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Posted by Lisa in Groveland, FL on 7/27/2007

As much as there are never enough hours in the day, this week has been the same but it has gone on what feels like forever. Wednesday definitely felt like Friday!!

Firstly, the GOOD news. We had a total of EIGHT inspections this week:  One by the bank and before that, seven from the county. Wednesday was Strapping/Door Bucks, Electric, Plumbing and Low Voltage (Pre-wiring for the alarm). We passed on the provisos that certain things were corrected.  They were. Friday brought the Gas Piping, HVAC (A/C) and FRAMING. We passed all those too, although it was a near thing. The inspector was concerned some trusses were not sitting on the pre-cast wall and framing. Luckily I had a ladder available and climbed up there and yes, it was not sitting on the framing of the sliding glass door which is good as it runs to the mitered glass area and according to the details it is not allowed to put weight downwards on that, but it was snuggly fitted to the pre-cast wall. Thank goodness I had a ladder available.

It was a near thing - the inspection should have taken place on Wednesday, but due to doors and the framers not pitching up on Wednesday and last Friday, it put us right back, and the stress was on as we needed the next draw-down to pay people.

I am pleased with the framers' quality of work and the guys on the job were great. See below for a piccie of two who stuck with us throughout, Jay and Bob. However it could have been finished earlier had more people been sent, as well as having a continuous site boss, plus communication should have been a lot better. That was in no way the guys' fault, just the bosses. Pity, as we were promised the world and it did not come off and I don’t think Todd the Supervisor liked us at the end. That said, on punch-out he missed lots and we kept the quality control going by talking to everyone. I found another botch by Quick Walls though, as the window bucks needed to be flush with the outside of the property. They put them flush with the inside. I honestly had not noticed until the stucco people asked for various things to fill the inch gap and rung the window people and although the window people and Quick Walls liaised, the error was still made, so we will get charged for the extra time on that by the framers. However we are pleased with the job they have done.


Stock Building Supply (BS)

What can I say, a comedy of errors. The replacement door finally got ordered on 26th July!!! Regarding our meeting on Monday, well I chased Mr. King as having heard nothing by 12:30 I was concerned we were on the back burner. He did eventually turn up at the same time as a massive thunderstorm, (see piccie) where we vacated the Pac Van for the first time, as sitting in a tin box during all that lightning was probably not a wise thing to do. I explained about the hassle and the dismay at the lack of customer service since Shawn left. He understood, but when I started going on about the costs ($50 per week interest, extra storage, extra rent etc.)I really felt like he was about to walk away and leave us high and dry. So the compromise was they would return on Wednesday with Dunnidge Doors (dummy) and then I will have to call back the stucco, framing, insulation, drywall and painting. He kept telling us that this was a great move as it would protect our doors. Yeah right, I really want all that hassle of calling people back and you guys were meant to be replacing them anyway once installed, and looking after the oak doors, but as they say there was no point going there.

Well they turned up Wednesday and installed the dummy (rectangle) doors and the glass for the French doors. Scratch that, they replaced the sidelights and put glass in one door and the other had not been brought. So I called again and told them a) Where is the glass for the 2nd door??? b) the dummy doors are 1.5 inches off the floor, just the right height for snakes!! Please come back with the missing glass and something to put on the bottom of the doors to stop snakes and the rain coming in!!

So back they come on Friday just before the inspectors are due with no glass. 'Is it not here?' they say. “Errr, nope” I say. They waited four hours while someone else brings it from Stock BS!!! Luckily the inspector turned up just as they had finished installing it. They found an old one knocking around the warehouse, and boy does it look like it. Mr. King frankly had run out of excuses for them and they have spent an extra $300 getting our correct door air freighted to me so the wait time will be 3- 6 weeks so expect at least 6 at a guess. They thought that would forgo calling everyone back, but it does NOT and there will still be costs calling  people back which they are debating on whether they will pay.

The schedule is so tight, stucco next week, then insulation the following week and then drywall the week after. At the three-week point this will all be done, and so will the painting the outside I hope. Anyway enough for this post. Hope you like the piccies of the staked-out driveway, the arches and bath framed out. Yes Becky the bath was not staying  in our dining room, mind you that would make a talking point at dinner parties. We also had some more fill delivered for grading and the driveway which will hopefully be poured this coming week. Rupe had not seen this process before, and therefore took piccies. This was on Wednesday and every man and his dog had turned up (except the framers) so Rupe took one of the fill being dumped and our carpark.

As they Say, to be continued…


Posted by Joe in Oakland, FL on 8/1/2007

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Hi Lisa,

Believe it or not, I was in Groveland the last week in June and drove by your place, but unfortunately the gate was locked. I have to tell you that stretch of road to your home is quite therapeutic. My uncle lives in Clermont, and we are planning on building in Sumter County by the end of the year, and if you'd be kind enough to divulge some info as per your contractors and how much they charge it will be well appreciated. (Electric, HVAC {Munn's said no thanks, so we have to look for someone else, maybe Home Depot or Lowe's}, roofing, insulation, etc.)

Funny you are having a hard time with Buck. Guess what, he is the same person we encountered when we went over to Stock Building Supply to get lumber bids. Their prices are out of whack compared to even Home Depot, who states they will put your takeoff in the bid room and beat any written estimates. Just as you stated, Buck comes off as being nice, but as my uncle and I have always believed, trust no human 100%! In fact when we went in, we initially met another older gentleman at the desk who gave us an annoyed look. Then, enter Buck to save the day, yeah right! I am sure we will not be using them for any lumber.

Bye for now,

Joe B.

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