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Old 09-26-2018, 11:39 PM   #241
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I have no idea what this undercoating is or what it entails. But great story?
They lift the car and spray black "tar" like asphalt. It helps against from metal rot from salt, ice, freeze/thaw condensation. Cars here after 10 years deteriorate crazily from the bottom. My van no longer had any rockers and some doors the bottom were complete gone. It took over 2 month full time to rebuild even though I didn't want to do like new or I'd of spent another 2 months to redo all the sheet metal. I redid some parts and fiberglass on old rusted holes...

Inside the rocker panels,fenders etc you spray a type of grease or oil to prevent rot from the inside out.





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Old 09-26-2018, 11:40 PM   #242
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A few weeks ago I got a call from a long time (well as long as Iíve been in business) LL (husband and wife team) for a plumbing inspection for a property they want to buy. So we go and check it out, Master sends them a bid with options. While weíre there I sold them on a video inspection.

Friday last week I get a call saying closing is coming up and they want a video done before. After the recent heavy rains that came through they found a few roof leaks. Seller has agreed to fix all major issues prior to and after the sale. Red flag for me unless itís in legal writing.

So I throw my camera down the line. Minor belly under the house, a bit longer belly outside the house where my camera went half way under water. This is probably the best clay line I have ever videoíd other than the bellies. Zero misalignments, seperations, cracks... until after a drop 80í out. Couldnít push past 84í.

Bring my machine down and cable. Get to that spot, bind up, pull back, shove. Feels like Iím battling some major root balls every couple of feet. Fight for 15 minuets, about six or seven inches and decide to pull it back to clean the roots off after chasing with the camera. Had some slight difficulty bringing it back. At first I thought I had a 4Ē root ball. Getting closer I knew it wasnít roots, but cable or cutter damage by the feel.

3Ē cutter came out 4 1/2Ē wide. I ran water while bringing it back to either flush or make it back up. Put the camera back down much cleaner, still holding at 80í. Still canít push past 84í with the camera. My guess is major separations and or crushed.

Other observations, LL claimed there was dried tp around the floor drain. Owner said thereís never been a main line backup to his knowledge, which might be true. He didnít live with mom. He had no idea about the roof. The pvc clean out cap in the cast clean out tells me itís been cabled. To open it took a 24Ē pipe wrench and many hammer swings to get it to budge. Cabled long ago.

So my customer calls the owner (his grandmother had the house built in Ď56 and passed away earlier this year), who is one paying me. He arrives and they start going at it. I just go back inside to clean up.

Interrupting myself here, but I have a minor rib injury at the moment, and that k6200 is a heavy mother ****ing son of a *****! Maybe Iím just getting old and fragile. To get it out I broke it down and brought it out in pieces. Super quick process! A couple minutes if you take your time. Iím going to buy a dedicated hand truck and modify it for the barrel alone.

Back to the drama, what I found out today...

My LL not only helped the owner clearing out all of his moms 60+ years of crap months ago, but scrubbed it clean, painted inside and out. First time I saw the house I thought it was more than ready for listing or rental, other than a few minor code issues. Apparently they are/weíre planning on flipping it in the spring. These guys arenít slum lords! I do a ton of work on that street for slum lords. One of the ones I take care of is just across the street. At one time it was used as a grow house.

I donít know what in the hell they were thinking. The wife was in tears, telling the owner she was going cancel the closing, calling to get the utilities taken out of her name, locking the keys in the house. All the time the owner said he would have it taken care of, but it seemed like my LL wanted him to call right that minute and get it fixed.

Unless sheís playing some game I donít know about.... if she got a good deal on the house and the owner pays all major expenses, Iíd say ok, closing when done.

I covered my legal bases. No problem from the owner, paid in full cash, so no chance of a bounced check. About this far, possibly this, possibly that, but look what it did to my equipment. Thatís not roots.



LL pays quick! If not immediately.
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:36 AM   #243
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@OpenSights I've never seen you type a long story like this, awesome!

Or do you use a fancy voice activated phone?

My stories are hand written and it takes a lot of time and more time to edit them to make sense.
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@OpenSights I've never seen you type a long story like this, awesome!

Or do you use a fancy voice activated phone?

My stories are hand written and it takes a lot of time and more time to edit them to make sense.
he has a ghost writer ..lol..
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:51 AM   #245
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No, I typed it out while Mrs. OpenSights was watching her show. Probably some errors, but I don’t care. Job took two hours, twice as long as it should have so I was in a bad mood last night.
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After almost 25 years in the trade none of this crap bothers me anymore. I suggest you guys that are starting out figure out a way to let it go. I don’t mean this as criticism so don’t take it that way. It can eat you up, leave you with a real bad attitude.

Myself, I’ve become sort of numb to it all. I don’t get excited when things are good and I don’t get pissed when things go sideways. That can be dangerous, though. I struggle with not letting the numbness carry over to the rest of my life- family, etc.
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After almost 25 years in the trade none of this crap bothers me anymore. I suggest you guys that are starting out figure out a way to let it go. I donít mean this as criticism so donít take it that way. It can eat you up, leave you with a real bad attitude.

Myself, Iíve become sort of numb to it all. I donít get excited when things are good and I donít get pissed when things go sideways. That can be dangerous, though. I struggle with not letting the numbness carry over to the rest of my life- family, etc.
TBH, I think that airing it out here with other people who understand is a great way to not hold on to this stuff.

I can sit here and talk to my wife all day about what I did on this job or that job, but most of the time she doesn't know what i'm talking about, and there's almost always an interruption from little feet.

So far the only real things that bother me now are people who are slow to pay, and maybe home inspectors, but they really aren't causing me any grief. I just don't like 'em.
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:32 PM   #248
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After almost 25 years in the trade none of this crap bothers me anymore. I suggest you guys that are starting out figure out a way to let it go. I donít mean this as criticism so donít take it that way. It can eat you up, leave you with a real bad attitude.

Myself, Iíve become sort of numb to it all. I donít get excited when things are good and I donít get pissed when things go sideways. That can be dangerous, though. I struggle with not letting the numbness carry over to the rest of my life- family, etc.
Yesterday's example with the rust proofing sure I got angry so they could see I meant business but I wasn't really angry, I was still calm inside just like a drill instructor displacing a lot of air. I wasn't going to let their scam and laziness slide. They deserved a reality check from a customer who wasn't oblivious.

Like Alan said it's good to air it our, beat the dusty rug outside. You may have noticed I like to write about it and it raises my morale and I also like to read other people's ordeals. Like Tommy said it's entertainment and it's better with pics! Who else is going to give you a pat on the back, cheer you up and comprehend?

I get angry from idiots sometimes and sometimes I laugh at it. It takes a while to cool off when I get chaffed, that's how I am, usually after a while I'm normal again and forget about it. Maybe after many years of handling customer after customer I will be desensitized just a little bit.
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Just got off the phone with the owner of the house with the broken line. I pushed Monday’s jobs off a bit to locate and meet with my excavator guy first thing.
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Just talked with my LL. They’re walking away even if he gets it repaired. Bad blood between them big time! I’m going to do what I’m hired to do, the rest is none of my concern.
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