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Thread: Home repair store with husband diary (This is a true story and I have pictures) Part 1

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    Day 1-Trip to Menards. Decide to buy sink for kitchen. Eat out to celebrate.
    Day 2 - Spend 2 days looking, find sink, a special order. Decide we need new faucets. Look for faucets. Eat out.
    Day 4 - Find faucets! special order.
    Day 8 - Faucets come in. Pick up.
    Day 13 - Sink comes in. Pick up. Also buy putty, grout, strainer, caulk, sawblade, flange, adhesive, etc. Husband goes nuts.
    Day 14 - Friend who is a tileman comes over to release and lift old cast iron sink. We need him so we don't break the special order ceramic tiles around it. He scores sink, breaks a tile. We don't kill friend. Husband goes nuts after friend leaves. Have replacement tiles in basement from former owner. Husband says he can cut them and repair. Uses maybe a chain saw. Tiles destroyed. Sawblade destroyed. Decide to check out tile cutters.
    Day 15 - Other friend comes over, helps lift out old sink because plumber buddy coming tomorrow to help put in new sink. Old sink now out. Eat out. Plumber buddy calls and can't come for 3 days. Eat out for 2 days.
    Day 16 - Back to Menards to return grout. Wrong color. Go to Home Depot. Buy tile cutter that is really cool. Husband goes nuts because he only needs diamond blades for his chainsaw or whatever he used. Buy diamond blades but also tile cutter. Husband tries tile cutter and loves it. Problems solved. Eat out. Measure - realize old hole for sink is too small for new hill dollar sink. Husband goes nuts. Recut support for sink and pull out tiles. (I would have attached this if I knew how.)

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    Part 2
    Day 17-Menards for right color grout. Special order-2 wk delivery. Decide no. While there, spot bulbs to plant, better color grout, paint chips for hall, check out lighting for bathroom. etc. $______ later husband goes nuts. Eat out.
    Day 18 - Tile cutter works great - husband has a new tool, therefore is happy, cuts tile, we set tile. Back to Home Depot for the perfect color group - find it! It only comes in 25 lb bags. Spend 2 hours visiting with friends at Home Depot because most of the employees by now think we work there. Eat out.
    Day 19 - Discover new fancy faucet supply lines don't match in-house supply lines. Back to Home Depot for new connections. Come home and spread grout. Decide rest of grout needs cleaning. Down to Ace Hardware for grout cleaner. Spend Saturday nite cleaning grout. The party never ends.
    Day 20 - Put in sink and new faucets. New faucets are male and connections are male. Need female connections. To Menards to replace sexually dysfunctional faucets. Eat out.
    Day 21 - Drug store to renew high blood pressure medication.

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    Now that's so doggone funny I can't quit laughin hehe

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    Pam, that is just too funny! I could picture it all the way through, and even winced a couple of times to think of how my husband would have reacted to some of the "issues" you had. No, I think I would need drugs to deal with his frustration. My husband is a computer geek - not a carpenter, plumber or auto mechanic. :lol:

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    That is hilarious. We have had some small issues but nothing like that.

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    LOL Forget the high blood pressure meds.. give me something stronger :lol: Can't wait for the rest
    Sharon

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    Save money for the gym membership! All that "eating out!" LOL! Good luck to you and hang in there.

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    good luck



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    :lol: :lol:
    I've been there before. Everything takes 4 time longer and cost 5 times as much as you think it will.

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    Oh, that is too, too funny! Having been there, I can relate to how frustrating it is while it is happening, and how funny when you have some distance from it.
    Relationships are definitely tested when immersed in any renovation project, especially when you are PAYING to have it done correctly! :?

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    Thanks, girls, this was 2 years ago and we're still married. Longest month of my life.

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    I can really relate!!!! My ceilings fell in at 2AM (8 yrs ago) on New Year's Day. We were planning on going to see my daughter in the hospital 2 hours away. Didn't go that day. The next night more of the ceiling tiles (3" sections) fell in due to ice getting up into the eaves and into the structure and the furnace melted the ice causing wet ceilings! Which fell in sections!

    We went to see daughter through the delivery of her second child. We were 2 hours away. Got home and ceiling and insulation all over the floor again.

    We had to pack everything I could and put it in a large van we had at the time. Everything except the bed and the appliances! We still lived in it for 3 months.

    My uncle and his crew did the remodeling had to take the whole builiding back to the siding. This is in Jan to April! Plus they tore out and redid doors! In the middle of winter!!

    Everything I wanted I had to fight for because my uncle and my cousin kept saying oh you don't want that and did what they wanted!!!

    I won a few but lost a few too! I did get a set of shelves from floor to ceiling for my fabric but only because all they had to do was nail them to the wall. I had already made free standing shelves a couple of years before so I got my storage!!

    Lots of stories but this gives you an idea. We were living out of boxes and at one point:

    My husband grew up doing construction and is handicapped now but he still nows how it should be done. I had to take him to our daughters so he would quit harrassing the guys because he didn't like how they were doing it!!!! We stayed there while they put in a new bathroom new shower etc.

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    Now I want to see the pictures lol too funny :wink:

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    That's too funny!
    I love the To Menards to replace sexually dysfunctional faucets LMAO!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    :lol: :lol:
    I've been there before. Everything takes 4 time longer and cost 5 times as much as you think it will.
    Yup. Had a friend who said when you get the estimate, add 2 zeros always. And that's being conservative.

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    What a RIOT!!! Half of me is cracking up, the other half is quite relieved to hear this goes on in other houses. :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

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    Oh, Pam, that is SO funny!!! :D :D :D :D

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    LMAO - your story is funny now because our kitchen is done.

    We decided to renovate our kitchen last year. Started on Memorial Day weekend and ended in August. (Well, if you count the missing base board, we're still not done)

    Gutted the place to studs and subfloor. Found out that window had leaked and had to replace the entire outside wall. (When it was 109 F in Sacramento, I had a tarp stapled to my house.) A 3-hour job to replace a window turned into a 2-week excursion.

    Then we had a sewer leak and DH had to fit 2009 replacement parts to 1980s stuff. Fun ....and a yummy smell. Nothing fit, nothing matched. on and on and on...... but it turned out pretty (at least I think so)

    http://s238.photobucket.com/albums/f...ilesplash3.jpg

    When he got ready to install the garbage disposal, he found out that the new sink was too deep and the disposal too large and the parts wouldn't fit into the existing plumbing. That was the day I ended up balling like a baby, curled up in fetal position on the bathroom floor.

    Yeah, those darling little do-it-yourself projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    I can really relate!!!! My ceilings fell in at 2AM (8 yrs ago) on New Year's Day. We were planning on going to see my daughter in the hospital 2 hours away. Didn't go that day. The next night more of the ceiling tiles (3" sections) fell in due to ice getting up into the eaves and into the structure and the furnace melted the ice causing wet ceilings! Which fell in sections!

    We went to see daughter through the delivery of her second child. We were 2 hours away. Got home and ceiling and insulation all over the floor again.

    We had to pack everything I could and put it in a large van we had at the time. Everything except the bed and the appliances! We still lived in it for 3 months.

    My uncle and his crew did the remodeling had to take the whole builiding back to the siding. This is in Jan to April! Plus they tore out and redid doors! In the middle of winter!!

    Everything I wanted I had to fight for because my uncle and my cousin kept saying oh you don't want that and did what they wanted!!!

    I won a few but lost a few too! I did get a set of shelves from floor to ceiling for my fabric but only because all they had to do was nail them to the wall. I had already made free standing shelves a couple of years before so I got my storage!!

    Lots of stories but this gives you an idea. We were living out of boxes and at one point:

    My husband grew up doing construction and is handicapped now but he still nows how it should be done. I had to take him to our daughters so he would quit harrassing the guys because he didn't like how they were doing it!!!! We stayed there while they put in a new bathroom new shower etc.
    In winter?!!!! In Iowa?!!!!!!! Bless you.

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    Not only did we live through the mess we had to replace the hot water heater due to sludge because of local water/ new kitchen sink( sunk it into my farmhouse table)/ new bathroom sink ( I fought to get them to put in plywood triangle to put the sink in!)/ new shower and new stool ( never had a reg bathroom because it was my dad' auto repair shop)and then on top of replacing or adding all these appliances - flames sprang out under our side by side refrigerator and we had to replace it and my stove quit and we had to replace it all in the same week!!!

    It was a mess and I am glad that was long ago now!! We built new walls during the renovation and put a new furnace in just 10 months before all this happened!
    Insurance paid for most of it because of all the storm damage due to the ice. We had water running down through the walls in almost every room and we replace three doors and one of those doors was moved a few feet over on the same wall.

    It would have been easier if it hadn't been all winter but we managed!

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    The 2nd law of Murphy is: before you can do anything, you have to do something else FIRST :!: Of course, we all know Murphy's Law #1: If anything can go wrong, it will :!: These laws are absolute & affect the entire universe :!:

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    So funny! Yes, funny, now. How does this universe work? Going to try to attach a picture. The other ones where he was saying things aren't fit to publish.

    My dear husband had lost his sense of humor by this time.
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    Bless you heart!! "They" say--"what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and you two must have a REALLY strong marriage by now!! Your story had me laughing all the way through.

    My husband decided when we moved into this house to finish our basement himself. We have lived here 3 1/2 years and he is no where near finished. I feel your pain. At least I do not have to eat out while he works on it. :-)

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    So sorry for everyones troubles. My original husband was very handy, bless his soul, but the current DH is not, so we just call our handyman, plumber, electrician etc. That saves us from the parrot picking up bad words!

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    Reeeealy glad I don't have a parrot. He would never be able to live anywhere else but on a pirate ship!

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