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  1. Two steps backward, and one step forward.

    by , 04-13-2010 at 01:45 PM
    Now that I have gotten my frustration out of my system, I need to start over with my attitude. My contractor has called me finally and I basically told him that we don't need to rehash anything. I just want my job done, and it is his job to do it.

    I have more to lose by being hostile.

    I can't imagine the juggling that these contractors have to do with getting people to show up and work. After all, it's not like he is physically doing the work himself. Being the ...
  2. Losing Faith

    by , 04-12-2010 at 05:06 PM
    I had to write a pretty unkind e-mail to my contractor today about how I was losing faith in him. The reason I felt that I had to do this was because he said he was going to come to my house today, and by noon, he still wasn't there.

    It's been weeks since any work has been done. I'd like to know how can a contractor take my money and then not do the work. I asked him that in my e-mail to him.

    I remember when I hired him. I probably did it way too fast in all my ...
  3. Patience

    by , 04-06-2010 at 04:14 AM
    Patience is one of those things that you either have, or you don't have. I like to think that I'm better than most.

    Now when I am totally in charge of completing a task, I know that I will get it done, because I can always trust myself. Trusting other people is where the patience comes in.

    I have been looking forward to the completion of my attic, since I signed the contract back on July 29th of last year. I have imagined it finished so many times in my head. ...
  4. Your fired!

    by , 04-01-2010 at 04:33 AM
    I feel like sending an e-mail to my contractor. Just two words. Your fired!. How long will it take him to figure out that I am upset with him? How long will it take him to realize that I am not happy with the job that he is doing? Or should I say, not doing at this point in time. Perhaps, I am being impatient. Perhaps this is normal contractor behavior. I realize that he is not, physically, doing the work himself and he has to depend on other people.

    Right after we got the ...
  5. The mystery of the staircase.

    by , 03-27-2010 at 10:52 AM
    The staircase that is supposed to be built going from the 2nd floor up to the attic has become a mystery to me. I just can't wrap my head around how it is actually going to be configured. Actually, the carpenter and the contractor can't quite figure it out either. They were both over at my house this morning taking a look at the space, and getting measurements. After much conversation, and speculating, we were left with 2 main points. The stairs must pass the building code of the City of Chicago, ...