I think that I know what my next tattoo should be:
I believe that the world of contracting is very misogynistic, I think that some folks might see all five foot two inches of me and think that I am a push over, I think that I am very nice, and fun, and understanding until you F up my house and then, watch the F out.
We are having an issue with our Contractor, and when I questioned him about his sub-contractor’s work, and said that until they fix it, I will not pay for it and that I believe that they were being lazy and careless, he didn’t like it. That makes me sound really harsh, and maybe I was a bit, but here is the back-story:
Our Contractor is from Ireland, in his mid to late fifties, and unfortunately last week, one of his brother’s in Ireland, passed away. He went home for the funeral and wasn’t on our job for a week. I understood, urged him to take care of his family, and that we would be fine with out him. He promised me that work would continue and that he would give me the phone numbers of his Sub’s, so that I could GC for the week.
He didn’t get me those phone numbers, his Sub’s didn’t show up, when expected, missing days at a time and when they did the work was sub-par, to be kind. They also sent me off to get new supplies, three times and still didn’t finish the job.
Here I will show you
This is a GOOD cut, it is the radiator pipes underneath the “new” drop ceiling
The dotted thing is used to hold the pipe up to the ceiling. They cut them, because they were in the way, cutting them put the house at risk of flooding, because radiator pipes are filled with gallons of water, always. I brought this to the GC’s attention as the “lazy or stupid” part of his sub’s work. He put them back in place, with some very messy cuts, but at least back in place
The area in front of one of the windows. How sleek and streamlined is this. Crap
The drywall going up the stairs. Why doesn’t it go down to the stairs? Why all of the gaps? Logical questions, and no good answer was given.
Solutions to this asinine problem? Moldings that will take a ton of time and a ton of cuts, and I believe the impression is that I will pay for that work additionally. Nope. I’m no home improvement expert, but I am a logical and I watch the DIY network, and this is just shotty work.
So when he got back to work this week, we met at the house and starting going over the work, and I wasn’t quiet. I think, that he wanted me to say how amazing it is, how happy I am. How could I, I have eyes, and I’m too broke on this project, to pay for crappy work. So he got all pissed, and wouldn’t look at me, and muttered under his breath, and walked away. Well you know that I am not putting up with that.
He said that he didn’t need this crap after all that he has been through, and that he was leaving the job. I tried to talk to him, I (like a girl) followed him around the house, asking him to stop, to talk to me, to listen to what I was saying. I don’t think that your sub-contractors did a good job, I asked him if he did, I asked him for a schedule for this week, because we are a week off of goal, and since he didn’t get me a flooring guy’s number or the painter’s number, I have had to coordinate some of my own Sub’s, and now I need to coordinate everyone. I said that I am not un-happy with his work, I am un-happy with their work and he is my GC and I expect him to fix it. I don’t expect to pay for it until it is fixed, and I don’t expect to pay more for it, because they estimated a tough job, and there were no surprises in the job, so why should I pay for more? He went outside ranting, kept repeating that he was leaving, leaving and that he didn’t need this crap. He walked away, went in to the backyard and I heard him yelling at someone about me. I sat on the front steps and waited it out. Then I heard him in the house working again.
I went in, and he was assessing the stairs. I asked him if he was leaving the job, and he said no. I then told him that he owed me an apology, and I apologized as well. I feel like my hands are tied, I feel like I will never use him again, but for now, I have to get this job done. I truly believe that if I were a guy, this wouldn’t have even happened. He wouldn’t have thrown a hissy fit. I know that I should respect my elders, but shouldn’t he respect a lady? Ha, ha, ha
Tomorrow the floors are done being re-finished. The baby GC is working on the stairs, the new plumber is moving the radiator and I am painting a mud room and sanding some back stairs.