|Project by BillyJ||posted 07-09-2011 05:21 AM||3674 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES. MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Ok, enough with the FCC warnings. I present to you my fix-up from Hades. Not only did it take forever, it was one of those jobs I shouldn’t have taken.
A little background.
This is my wife’s friends house. A lot of tragedy has taken place there, and she is ready to part with it. Although it has been over 20-years since she has lived there, it remains sentimental. When she first approached me to do work on it a year ago, I suggested she dump the house without putting anything into it. I further suggested that she get the opinion of a real-estate agent. Although I was never told what the agent suggested, I surmise she was told that fortune awaits her if she fixes it up.
I have swamp land for sale, too.
It started out simple enough, or so I thought. A year later (and no pictures to remind me of the house), I told her to get several quotes. She did, and they came in higher then she was willing to pay. Hmmm, did they know something I didn’t? I’m sure they did, as I am still looking for my gluteus maximus.
This is the house in the original state.
As you can see, the house was filled with stuff. All of which I had to work around. That is, until I got tired of moving it so I could work. Also, please note the walls. The running tar on the walls was the result of 20+ years of two smokers never washing the walls.
I washed the walls three times with TSP. Painted them with two primers (varnish based on the last coat), and two coats of paint. Perhaps it was the seared imaged of running tar, but I still think I can see it bleeding through.
(I know – fingers).
Of course, everything I touched fell apart. The quick, not too much work house, became a never-ending nightmare.
Besides walls and ceilings needing patching, everything needed something.
The finished product:
1. Don’t do a job below what you would normally charge, just to get one. My time is more important then the couple of dollars I gained.
2. Next time my wife suggests I work for a friend of ours, I’m going to pretend I did not hear her.
3. Do EXACTLY what the the customer wants. ANYTHING above and beyond – make them pay double.
Any other bits of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Our friend put the house on the market last Sunday. She’s already had two offers, and apparently there’s another in the making. Guess she’ll actually make out with this one. I’m glad.
BTW – she’s thanking me every time she talks to us.
-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.