Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
As LDH suggested Himself called the town building inspector. He came to inspect the bathroom and brought a stop Work Order. He was very sympathetic with our plight and he would try to help us out.
He was not happy as we related the details of the job. Contrary to what the contractor told us, we were supposed to have a building permit. Like LDH, the inspector scowled and grimaced at the work. It was not up to state code. He became incensed when he learned the contractor performed all the electrical and plumbing work. His license doesn't allow him to do that kind of work. And the building inspector will see he no longer has a license.
We will have to apply for a building permit. Once the permit is issued, we can contact a plumber to take care of leaks the building inspector found and to call an electrician to check the electrical work.
As to arbitration, he didn't think we qualified because we did not have a building permit. I think we'll still try to pursue this avenue. What's the worse that can happen but that our request is denied. We'll wait to see what the building inspector turns up and then decide whether we should sue the pants off contractor.
Friday, August 24, 2007
He looked. He scowled. He took photographs. The laundry drain ended in the bay over my computer workstation in the basement. Good thing we didn't move the washer upstairs! Wires coiled in the ceiling and not run to the circuit box. Fortunately, they weren't live. The news just kept going down hill. Shoddy work, work not done up to code. Poor LDH, he didn't want to make us feel bad. I'm glad he told the truth. Too bad more contactors weren't like him.
There were rays of sunshine poking through the bad news. The disaster was fixable. The contractor hadn't really done any major plumbing. The sink, toilet and shower were in their orignal spots and they work. He didn't think everything had to come down, but some might. The blueboard used is not rated for tile work so, tiles might come down and mold might grow behind. He might have to remove the shower, and no guarantee the walls won't crack. As I told him, in for a penny, in for a pound.
We felt a little better after LDH left. He didn't think it would cost as much as we already paid out, though this is one expensive bathroom for a little dollhouse. He could fix the bathroom, make it better, stronger, faster. Well, maybe not quite like that, but he said it would look nice which is all we wanted in the first place.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I had a very bad feeling yesterday when the contractor left after one hour. He also took his trailer he used to store our fixtures. I told myself I was just being silly. The bathroom is only half completed. He began work on July 2. It was only supposed to take 3 weeks to complete. 4 tops with problems. Since he was to finish up today, he has been paid on full. But he would be back to finish. It's always a gamble when a homeowner hires a contractor. Unless you know the ins and outs of the trades, you have to trust these people.
This morning we waited. We waited until 9:15am, an hour after his normal start time. Himself called the contractor's cellphone, got the voice mail and left a message. Was the call returned? You guessed it in the cheap seats! No! This is the third time he's pulled a no show and didn't bother to call or return our calls. No excuse! It wouldn't have taken more than a minute to call to say he wasn't coming to work today. We have been more than patient and more than fair! So the old adage holds. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.
Fortunately, the state I live in has an arbitration process for homeowners to lodge a complaint against contractors. I have printed out the required form. Taken photographs which will be burned to a CD to be submitted with the form. I have his license number. There's no guarantee we will recoup any of our loss, but at least the process will make me feel better and maybe teach the contractor a valuable lesson.
Since word of mouth is the best advertising, I am now his worse nightmare. I would never recommend him to do any work. We had other work to be done down the road. This contractor won't even be considered.
Also fortunate is a back up plan. The major portions of the bathroom are installed and work. Lambie's husband is a contractor, and was the original person we wanted to do the work. But because he had taken a full time job, he didn't want to hold us up and take 6 mos. for the remodel, especially since we only have the one bathroom in the dollhouse. I'll call to see if he is available to work some weekends to finish the job. If he can't or doesn't want to, I hope he can recommend a reliable person to help us out.
Still left to be done:
The wall under and over the window has to be tiled.
The 3 walls above the shower have to be tiled.
The wall between the shower and the laundry area needs to be tiled.
The hole for the dryer vent has to be cut.
The dryer vent has to be installed and run up through the crawl space and vented out the roof.
The shower fan has to be vented out the roof.
Tile in the laundry area needs to be finished.
All wall tile needs to be grouted.
All wall tile grout needs to be sealed
Under floor heating has to be installed.
Washer and dryer to be brought upstairs.
Medicine and storage cabinets need to be installed.
Laundry cabinets need to be installed.
Ceiling needs scraped, textured and to be painted.
Window clamshell and stool needs to be installed.
Window clamshell and stoll needs to be painted.
Bathroom door needs to be taken down.
New door needs mortises cut for locks and hinge and the door hung to swing from the opposite side.
New door knob to be installed.
Mermaid hooks need to be installed
Toilet paper holder needs to be installed
Join between floor and door wall needs to be tiled/grouted
Missing tile in corner where door will swing in needs to be installed
Outside wall in hallway needs new baseboard.
Construction debris needs to be removed from the driveway.
Wall sconces by medicine cabinet need to be installed and connected.