Our current project / disaster in progress (non pond)

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    sissy sissy

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    Had 2 friends here that went through horror rental stories .Took the 5 months to get the tenants out with no rent from them and court costs and destroyed house .They sold the house as is ,to much to repair it .The people even stole the toilets and doors .Anything they could steal they stole .I think at the time I posted it on here as it was 4 years ago .Lease said no dogs and they ended having 3 big dogs and the smell was bad .Realtor that was supposed to have gotten references did not do her job .Sad people like that make it bad for good tenants
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    We have a real nice respectable retired fireman living alone in our rental. He's been there for years and if he ever leaves we will be in trouble cuz we have been through the horrid renter thing in the past. We want to sell it but won't while he is in there.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Sigh.......the upstairs bath mixer valve leaking....bought a new one. Well pipes in wall broke. Luckily before I did tile.

    Chopped hole in wall.

    With previous hubby had two rentals. He made it my job to gather rent. I am the worse at that. Hate confrontation. Well bad renter finally moved. Left a female pit and 7 pups without water or food. When we checked on house stuff everywhere. Poop pee all over stuff. Stunk. Poor things skin and bones. The mother had ribbons from shows. We were calling the pound when someone drove up to get the dogs for ex renter. Sold that sucker after cleaning it up.

    Swore I would never have rentals again. Then married man with rentals.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We do have good tenants. But when you get a bad one it smacks you.
    We are trying to sell one a year.

    Florida you can get them out in less than a month. Here months....
     
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    I don't think it's just renters who destroy homes. Several homes that have been foreclosed in our neighborhood have been gutted by the "owners" before they left - holes smashed in walls, toilets and light fixtures stolen, one guy even plugged up the sinks and left the water running to flood the place. Trash is trash.
     
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    Neighbor had found they plugged all his pipes with cement .I just got grouting my tile it is easier to put tile on the wall with mastic than to grout it ..The constant clean up and then waiting for it to haze is a pain .
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Most of my tile I put up with a very small gap, almost grout less. Use the tube of sand less grout, the kitchen took less than 1/2 of a tube to grout it.

    I dislike grout, dislike keeping it looking nice and really dislike installing it, fighting the haze the never leaves.
     
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    I used sandless also since the tile is glass tile .Geeze wish they sold the tubed kind here .I just needed enough to finish the tile off after I moved the cabinets over .But then the bull nose tile on the end of the countertop .I decided to remove all the old white grout builder put in and put grey grout in it .What a job ..Why white grout for grey tile ,not sure what they were thinking .I seal ll my grout with 3 coats of sealer makes it really easy to clean .Sealer is easy just wipe it on wait and then wipe off excess .
     
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    Addy, can I hire you and your hubby to help with our basement? Its been a disaster since we started 30 years ago now trying to remove carpet glue from concrete floor! BTW- 600 square feet!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    aww easy peasy..................after hands, legs, knees recover............ Sand the concrete and stain it! makes a real pretty floor. But cold. They do it a lot in Arizona.

    I don't work for hire, people are too fussy. We do things for free, when we have time and desire. Then you can say you got what you paid for! LOL

    We had our basement slated to be worked on this winter, well that all changed. It is my bee storage room, need to remove carpet put down laminate or tile, easier to keep clean from wax, propolis, honey drips etc.

    Actually our whole house is a disaster right now. Need to put things away, pick up, etc, just don't feel like it when we get home.
     
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    Bath tile installed.... 20180214_131639.jpg
     
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    I just stopped at habitat for humanity and they got furniture from a furniture store but have not priced it yet .The manager left me look at it because he knows me and he put aside 2 oversized recliners for me .win win 25 dollars and price tag on them said 399. dollars onsale .I have to pick them up with my truck since I had hubbies truck .The backs come off but they are huge so I will take both vehicles and put the backs in there and the rest in mine .What luck I was not going to stop and take a look .They got in wood look ceramic tile also ,he said 50boxes of them
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We took a look at the one near HD, some tile, some cabinets, not a lot. A bunch of windows, doors bath tubs etc.

    Nothing we could use. It is probably watched by those that live in the area.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    YEAH STAIRS DONE! We ran into a guy at HD, trying to figure out stairs, he told us how to do it. The we asked can we hire you? Well he came through beautifully! He and his crew had it done in one day, today, just sent me photos via phone. We left hours ago.
    WOW what a change. Still need to paint stain etc but wow they look great.

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    The new!
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    I love the nooks or display shelves next to the steps
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    They did a great job! I like the shelves they made too.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Love what they did. Need to paint and stain.

    Grouted the upstairs bath.
    Got the glass block walls up. Hard to get a picture small room. 20180215_134543.jpg 20180215_134551.jpg 20180215_134601.jpg
     
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    Wow, the stairs are gorgeous ! Love the shelving, really adds interest!

    Neat idea on the glass block :)
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Nice!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Newest done things................the stairs had some gapping so trimmed them out with quarter round and some pvc lattice.

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    The granite was installed today, still need to replace the one upper cabinet. We had them put in a matching window seal.

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    Now a new disaster...................1128 miles away..................

    Our tenant, was weak when we saw her. We were going to terminate the lease, but couldn't kick her out. Just received a call, she is failing at this point. Moved from a hospital to a care facility. Collapsed lung, pneumonia, ulcers on feet, 68 lbs.

    We don't know if she will be returning. Neighbors are removing garbage, excess expired food from cupboards and the fridge. They say the house stinks, rotten food, garbage, smells. When we were there in November, it was clean and did not stink. Rats are moving in, we have a company doing control, but can only do it to a point as long as all that bad food is there.

    So on our list will be a emergency run to Florida, most of the stuff, furniture is ours. We can do nothing until she passes.
     
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