This job is one disaster after another.
August 25, 2011 7:00pm CST
The job, now a week behind schedule, is getting to be insane. We're supposed to be done tomorrow, all of us hope. We all need to get paid and get on with other jobs. The guys are complaining about how little they're being paid, how they're being run ragged, and how they're being bossed around far too much. It seems like nothing has gone right at all in this job. Today was the worst one yet. First of all, all the scrap metal was still in the front of the house, it was supposed to have been removed this morning, but the guy didn't show up. The fence was supposed to have been taken down so the excavator could be brought in, and the bin was supposed to have been placed in the backyard. But since the scrap was still there, and the fence was still up, I couldn't tell the driver to put it in the backyard. All hell broke lose later when, despite being warned about the water pipe in the basement, one of the guys went and cut it open. Water was spewing all over the basement where work was still going on. We were on the phone for about an hour, back and forth between the contractor in charge of this job, and the city water people, trying to get the water supply shut off. The basement had a little drain about 15 feet away from the water pipe, so the water had to be channeled to it in order not to flood. We waited for hours for the water guy to show up, only to be told that the water shut off was under the junk bin in the driveway. This was a big problem as we couldn't move the bin and couldn't get a hold of the driver to move it. When the water guy looked around though, he told us that he was wrong, the shut off under the bin belonged to the neighbor. He had found the shut off about 2 feet away from the bin thankfully. So he shut it off, and the charge for this is $75. Ugh, not a good thing. And now, the repair of the water pipe is the company responsibility. The home owner was called in, she wasn't happy at all, and I can't blame her for that. I now have to take garbage home with me, we're not getting another bin for junk as there's not enough of it, nor is there enough to call in a garbage removal company to get it, it's not worth the cost. So I'll be responsible for removing it and dumping it myself at a fraction of the cost. Tomorrow, the backyard is to be dug up, and that's going to cost a pretty penny for someone to come in and operate the excavator, that was supposed to have been done last week. The remaining part of the wall will be coming down after the ground is dug up, we pray and hope that all of it is done tomorrow as we really need to get this done. This job has become quite a disaster and I'll be glad when it's done.
2 people like this
• United States
26 Aug 11
Sadly at times what can go smooth gets badly delayed. It does sound like quite a huge job you all have on your hands and hope that soon it is undergoing to completeness point. I hope you are resting though as it really does sound like a giant headache.
• Marion, Kansas
26 Aug 11
I do not know what to say here, really, except that I hope for your sake things get better. It is amazing how one person not showing up can delay an entire process and one person ignoring what they are told can cut into everyone's time and work.
28 Aug 11
Job is still not done. On Friday we discovered that the soil under the screenings is actually sand, and this has caused even more trouble. We couldn't do the excavation and tomorrow the walls of the pit will have to be shored up so they don't collapse while the guys take the house wall down. No one is amused at all.
• Garden Grove, California
26 Aug 11
hi kris wow what a lot of ghastly problems and its like the domino effect,one thing affects another until everything is all screwed up. I feel sorry for all of you and all the hard work you guys have already put in a nd more to come.hope your next project is not as fullk of unwanted surprises like this one was. ugh. Its too bad the guy did not watch out for the water pipe. that was not necessary to add to all the other stuff.wow.I will send some prayers y our way that things will run smoothly from now on for you guys.
• United States
3 Oct 11
Did the job finally get finished? I am over a month behind on discussions so I feel really lost. How long did the job finally wind up taking compared to what it was supposed to take? I hope that you are able to get easier jobs from now on! Have a great week!!!
26 Aug 11
This sounds like a scene from the three stooges or Mr. Bean movie. Your description is very hilarious and I can't help but think of those episodes as you narrate your story. Sounds really funny but I know you're not laughing so keep your cool there buddy. Hope it going to All's well that ends well.