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Wisconsin Tacomas and bad financial advice

Discussion in 'Mid West' started by Thatbassguy, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Jun 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM
    Taco-Grinder

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    Another twist to my kitchen saga. After a 2 month delay for the backsplash install. They called last week Tuesday and said they could come the next day, instead of this week. We thought great let's do it.
    Well, somebody screwed up. They ran short of the accent trim by about 18 inches.
    WTF
    WTF
    Me not happy.
    Now some how they got more after just 1 week and they can finish next week.

    You know, everything I did from the demo to setting up the plumber, electrician, countertop, flooring, cabinets and backsplash all went smooth. Yet they all got me going :frusty: ,except the plumber.
    So after 1 year it's almost done:fingerscrossed:
     
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    OldSchlPunk

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    You're going to be about an hour west of me. You're not going down and back in a day, are you?
     
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    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    A delay on a remodeling project? This is unheard of!

    It's usually the electrician's fault.
     
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    Usually?
     
  5. Jun 21, 2024 at 7:54 PM
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    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    Well, the general likes to blame the electrician, because a lot of our stuff can't be installed until others are done. I've been on a job where the plaster around the outlets we were installing wasn't even dry, and the dumbfuck designer claimed that we were holding things up. Fuck that guy!

    These general contractors make unrealistic promises and then throw the subcontractors under the bus when reality sets in. It almost never fails.
     
  6. Jun 21, 2024 at 8:22 PM
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    The electricians just didn't put 3 outlets at the same height. Didn't notice it until the backsplash went on. 3/4 of an inch difference. Oh well, I can hide it with a coffee cup rack. I'm happy with everything else they did.
     
  7. Jun 21, 2024 at 8:39 PM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    That sucks.

    I wonder what they measured off of? I started using a laser level for countertops, because you can't trust the floor. Or, the ceiling, for that matter.
     
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    Gets worse the older the house gets.
    Walls shifting, foundation settling, heavy furniture and appliances start sagging the floor.......
     
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    No. We are going down this afternoon and staying at Hartman Creek St Pk for the night Long Day and then home. Monday we go back down to Minneapolis to fly
     
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    Thankgoodness you didn't do it yourself... I am still waiting for that f'in sheetrock guy in my head to come back and finish a job he started 16 years ago. Wife too. Figures if he holds out wife will give up and get a real mud guy to do it... Time will tell.
     
  11. Jun 22, 2024 at 6:07 AM
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    I heard your sheetrock guy bought a Tacoma and found new friends.
     
  12. Jun 22, 2024 at 7:09 AM
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    Definitely.

    We did a remodel in Greenfield once where the floor dropped 1.5" in an 8' span. Nobody caught it at rough so we wound up with the same situation Dan has. That was when I realized that a laser was pretty much a necessity for laying out kitchens, and any other space with a countertop.
     
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    That would be me! We're moving and expanding family blah blah blah. Picked up a 16ft trailer to accomodate the dog, baby, and another upcoming baby. Wife doesn't want to be doing quite so much climbing for everyone to snuggle so close... Dirty secret is I don't want to sleep with a 65lb dog on top of me either! Probably going to sell just the camper topper instead of the whole truck, I still like the truck just need my bed back
     
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    I measured the outlets from the countertop and the bottom of the cabinets
    Both are level.
    Just have to live with it.
    I've made mistakes too.
     
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    I was referring to the contractor. I wonder what the contractor measured off of when they laid out the receptacles. You can't trust the floor or the ceiling a lot of times, which is why I use a laser level.

    The cabinets and the countertops had better be level, otherwise you hired the wrong contractor, lol.
     
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    Guys, my old DeWalt drill died today. Been a long time comin'. It has struggled to get the job done for a couple of years. I got my money's worth from it. The batteries won't hold a charge longer than 20 mins. I built my house 19 yrs. ago with this drill and have used it since. Neighbor is carpenter and says to get a Mikita. I'm satisfied with the performance and lifespan of the DeWalt. Drills have come a long way since I last bought one and I'd like your opinions on what you would buy.
     
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    I'm satisfied with my 18v Makita power tools for my medium duty use. Our electricians and hvac guys all use Makita.
    If I was doing heavier work, everyday, I would go Milwaukee or Dewalt.

    19yrs ago? That motor still has brushes then.
    Most but not all are brushless now and I would start there.
    Brushless.
     
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    Oh for christ's sake, just get a Milwaukee and be done with it!

    https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/1488720-milwaukee-m18-compact-brushless-2-tool-combo-kit.html

    Or this, I picked up this set a couple months ago. Loving it.

    https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/1443051-milwaukee-m12-fuel-2-tool-combo-kit.html

    BTW, all the REAL electricians use Milwaukee tools!

    Or just pick your favorite color and go with that line. There's not much functional difference between any of them at this point in time.







    That being said, some of the finest, although corded tools I've owned are Makita. I also have cordless drills in Ryobi and Festool as well. They all work perfectly. I must be blonde, I just can make up my fucking mind.
     
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