Finally, They Are Going In....

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Blog entry by RobH posted 09-29-2007 05:27 AM 726 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my last post I said I could see the light at the end of the tunnel with this bookshelf commission and that I hoped it was not a freight train. Well, last night I was beginning to think it was. The woman building the house that the shelves are going into came to visit her daughter this weekend. She came over to see the house and was looking over the bookshelves really good. Finally, she raised her hand, knocked on the back of the shelf and said “That is not oak.” I replied, “Yes ma’am, that is oak plywood.” Her response was “I did not want oak plywood.” Well to make a long story short, she simply said she would take it up with the contractor this morning. So, on the way home last night, I called the contractor and told him the situation and told him that instead of taking the day off today, I was going to go on into work. I gave him my work number and told him to call if he still wanted to install the shelves.

Well, about 11:30 this morning he called. He had worked things out with the homeowner and wanted me to get on with the installation. I finished up at work and took off early to go get started while the trim carpenter was still there to help me if I needed it. Turns out I had barely gotten the nailer board hung on the wall before the trim carpenter left. So, my wife and I are going over to the house tomorrow and she is going to help out with any of the big stuff I need help with.

Last night I was worried until I realized that no matter what was decided this morning that I would get paid. This contractor is a personal friend and I trust him to live up to his deal. Everything turned out ok in the end, and come this time tomorrow night, I should be done with the installation.

As soon as I finish and get some pictures I will let you all see. I am really proud of how these have turned out.

Everyone have a safe and productive weekend.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 09-29-2007 05:49 AM

Hope things go well tommorow! I sure know what it is like with communication in the construction world.

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#2 posted 09-29-2007 05:51 AM

I can’t wait to see the photos. My house is in dire need of some good bookshelves. I’ve been looking around for good ideas.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#3 posted 09-29-2007 06:19 AM

I, too, am looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 09-29-2007 11:32 AM

those darned homeowners!!
Scary and frustrating moment. I hope all goes well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-29-2007 02:44 PM

Any of you that want my plans are welcome to them. Of course, they are nothing special. They are all done in Sketchup. It is not a real good layout in Sketchup, but you can learn from my mistakes there as well as I can. I would also glady send you my CutList file for the shelves.

I am all packed up this morning and ready to go. In case I need some help LOML and the two kids are going with us. Can’t say that I am not nervous about a two and four year old in an unfinished house, but maybe things will go ok. Hopefully by the end of the weekend everything I can do will be done. I will take some pictures when I am done, but I might not post until I see if I can sneak back in the house once the hardwood floors are down and take a picture in the finished room. We will just have to wait and see.

Once again, everyone have a safe and productive weekend.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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