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05-16-07, 03:41 AM #1
Okay, so this has been quite a busy week. This is kind of a long story, but there's hardly a way to say it more simply...
My very soon-to-be inlaws are in town visiting this week, and we decided to get my father inlaw to help with some home improvements. He is quite the handyman type, and actually designed and built their 3,000 sq ft home himself... So, I figured he knew his crap a lot better than me!!!
Anyway, we asked if he could install a bathroom exhaust fan for us this week. Of course, this is a fairly minor project, so the prospect of getting it done didn't present any issues.
Nevertheless, I get a call from my fiance while I'm working tonight. She just says "hey, you'll need to park in the drive (not the garage) when you get home tonight". Of course I asked why, and her response was: "because my dad has some support beams holding our ceiling up in the garage right now, and they're blocking your parking spot".
Now this is obviously getting me wondering. So I ask why we have the ceiling supported right now, since it apparently did fine on its own for the past 40 years... She responds "so it doesn't collapse" (gee, no kidding?).
As I dig deeper I get this basic story:
Father inlaw goes up into the attic today to install bathroom fan. He doesn't like the wiring he sees in the attic (which was fine per our home inspector and from everything I could tell). He decides that the wiring is absolutely getting fixed to his standards... and he also decided that he didn't want to crawl up into the attic by just using my ladder a couple dozen times today (we had no attic stairs, just a "hatch" in the ceiling of the attached garage).
Anyway, I got home from work late tonight, and they were already in bed at the time of my arrival. As far as I can tell (and was told), this is our current situation:
1) we apparently have attic stairs now... he reportedly installed them because our ladder wasn't "good enough" (an adjustable Gorilla ladder). He's in the process of rebracing some beams that needed "adjusted" to accomadate this fancy attic-stair thing, and has therefore braced our ceiling from below until he can finish this particular job.
2) Our home has damn near been completely rewired (at least above the ceiling.... new wire, junction boxes, routing of the wires, etc.).
3) The local cops were out to my house at about 9:30 tonight on a noise complaint due to this work Kind of embarasing for me, but I was gone at the time and my fiance says they were friendly.
4) We still don't have an exhaust fan in our bathroom. Perhaps tomorrow?
05-16-07, 03:47 AM #2
05-16-07, 07:25 AM #3
Are they the in-laws or the outlaws??To be a good Law Enforcement Officer you MUST know the law!
05-16-07, 10:09 AM #4"I'm not a coward,
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I'd like to think that if I was,
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05-16-07, 10:17 AM #5
Man, does he have a permit for all that work? Around here it could jam you up having electric work done by someone who does it as a hobby or whatever.
My father in law is the same way though. His house is a collection of about 20 half finished ambitious projects.
05-16-07, 10:27 AM #6
Look at it this way.....now you know to NEVER ask your father-in-law to help with home improvement projects!
Some people take decades to learn that sort of thing.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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05-16-07, 10:31 AM #7
Just think of the added value to your home. Thank the man, if he didn't like you or want you to marry his daughter he wouldn't have done it.If you can't do it from a boat. Do you really want to do it?
05-16-07, 11:06 AM #8
Sorry man.......but just Smile, thank him, and count the days till he leaves!!!! (and hope all the projects are completed by then)"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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05-16-07, 02:08 PM #12
It's a kitten doing pushups! He's badass, Beans!
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05-16-07, 07:29 PM #14Oppressor of Crackheads
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Sorry dude. Enjoy married life!! =)
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as an electrician, I must say the idea of a ton of J boxes in the attic scares the crap out of me....let alone someone doing things they may not have full knowledge of...as a son in law...your father in law rocks, mine is just a drug addicted red neck. LMAO500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
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Grin, bear it, get an electrician to check it out after he leaves...
...and be proud of yourself for having such patience. This has convinced me to only date orphans.
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05-17-07, 04:38 AM #20
Anyway, the projects continue... Today we completely re-plumbed the solar and gas hot water systems (I had actually just requested one new mixer valve since the old one on there was not working properly). This pretty much took the entire day.
It all started with the father-in-law saying: "I don't know what the fuck the idiot who used to live here thought he was doing, but he was obviously too lazy or too stupid to do the job right... now go to the store and buy X, Y, and Z so we can get this thing fixed. I'm not about to half-ass this project so that it can be more screwed up the next time we have to look at the thing".
40' of copper pipe later, 5 new ball valves, a new check valve and mixer valve, and lots of pipe sweating... we are now newly set up on the hot water system! I've also been told that I get to learn how to work with sheet metal tomorrow, because he doesn't like the setup with the exhaust from the furnace and hot water heater (another case of "some idiot was too lazy to upgrade this when they changed out the furnace/water heater, and they just tried to find an easy way out").
In regards to his knowledge... As hard as it is to work for "his majesty" at times, I have to admit that his work looks far better than what ever it is he has removed. I'm no expert, but the electrical work looks a lot closer to what I'd imagine code as being, and the plumbing also seems better overall. So, I guess I'll put up with the 12-hour breakless days of backbreaking work --- 'cause I'm getting a lot of cheap work done!!!
I guess he actually has a contractor's license... which he ended up having to obtain originally to be able to put the sewer connection between the house he built and the city system (or something to that effect). Again, not my area of expertise!!
Regardless, I wonder how much of this stuff actually needs fixed. He does have a reputation as a bit of a perfectionist!
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