Sunday, August 19, 2007

contractor blues...

-Maybe it was the fact that the framers only worked 2 days last week. (And have never worked more than 3 1/2 days in any week. )
-Maybe it was the fact that they presented me with a change order (bill) for adding a window and two transom windows above doors (albeit the doors and wall were unframed when this change was made).
-Maybe it was their conveniently spotty memory when it came to considering the three windows I had removed from the plans - ones they had bid on - before framing even began. (If I make their job easier, their fee doesn't go down.)
-Maybe it was their declaration - on the heels of presenting me with the change order bill - that they were not going to be here framing on Friday (hence, the 2 day work week that started this list)

All these things cause me to loose sleep and pull out my hair in frustration. However, what I can't understand is how professionals can keep putting nails into our finished concrete floor. (3 nail holes so far, plus a small fracture from dropping a nail gun from the top of a ladder.) That the concrete is our finished floor is far from a secret. This has been a major issue from day one. The contractors response to my frustration - well, there aren't any dimensions on door. (See plan and photo showing the nailed down wall plate (with the opposite door directly in front of the nail!) Are these guys for real?

Meanwhile, we're in for a patch of rainy weather (on cue with the arrival of the straw bales.) I've got the bales covered with plastic while they wait to be stacked up as walls.

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