And so the journey to a new shop begins.....#3

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 08-28-2010 12:05 AM 1210 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

August 27, 2010…..Got a hitch in the git-a-long….Today I took a contractor friend to look the house over. I’m very glad I did. There are over $22,000.00 in repairs to be made before we could move in. And since every thing must be 100% for this USDA farm loan, it is a no go.

Problem No.1…Two septic systems one new for the addition and the original is a pig in a polk.
No.2…At one time the house was 4 apartments. Additions are hodge-podge additions.
No.3…No HVAC . only two wall heaters with thermostats attached to side of heaters. Only swamp coolers. These are no good for my son as he can not control his body temp. due to damage to his hypothalamus.
No.4…Three trees growing nest to foundation. An 1 1/2” nest to new addition foundation. Two large 6” on corner of original foundation with 3/4 wide crack out side, Inside is covered with new carpet.
No.5… Large elm, 2 1/2 foot trunk on top of old septic tank.
No.6…Illegal wiring in 3 car garage and new addition. ie extension cords rather than romex. and Worse.
No.7…Fire damage not repaired in two car garage, just painted over bubbles in wal.
And much more….

So back to hunting for a better deal. I bet this is going to take a year….l

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 12:47 AM

Better a year, than a pig inna poke!

They also call them “The Money Pit” and soon after, the divorce proceedings begin….

When it’s right, it’s right.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 02:33 AM

I don’t wanna cry wee wee wee all the way home. lol Rand

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#3 posted 08-28-2010 01:06 PM

you and I are it the same boat get thing to fit uu I need to update my shop pix on hear I have done a lot to get the shop to fit the wheel chair .but it a has been fun doing it it all that is building the shop it fit

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-28-2010 01:39 PM

Well, Rand, remember the commercial for the ketchup… Anticipation? It really is half the fun, so take your time and get it right.

I used to tell client thats when we would do large renovations. Everybody is in such a blasted hurry, they don’t enjoy the journey.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 08-28-2010 05:42 PM

Rand, oh well wasnt meant to be. Keep looking there is something out there for you. lipstick and mascarra hide a lot of things ( no offense to the ladies out there), good you had someone look at it and didnt have to spend 5000.00 to find it out.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#6 posted 08-28-2010 08:51 PM

Robert, I’m looking forward to seeing your new shop. While we wait I want you to know that your are keeping a redneck in suspense. lol

Lee, What would make this journey much more enjoyable, would be having a real estate agent that was looking out for my fiduciary well being rather than than keep repeating, “We need to make an offer right now.” I will not make an offer until I know I’m not buying a money pit. The first morning because of the sun being in the east, I didn’t see the door problem, but the next day we came in the afternoon and there was more light coming in around the doors than the windows. When we checked the attic for insulation, there was none on the addition and no inspection hole for the old part of the house. Now I know why they were using to wall heaters (with the thermostats mounted on the metal cover of the heaters) a fireplace and two wood stoves to heat the place. Need I go no and on and on….....

To be honest, the most enjoyable part of this journey is sharing with my LJ Buddies and being encouraged by your comments. You guys and gals are a great source of enjoyment to me. Thanks to all, Rand

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#7 posted 08-29-2010 06:19 PM

i sent you a pm on my old house in apple valley it is selling for 110,000.00 26X38 foot shop 60 amp service to the shop 17 110 outlets, 6 more outlets in the ceiling for lighting separate tool room 12 foot ceiling
15 trees on the lot and lot is just over 1/2 a acer

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Jim Reeves

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#8 posted 09-04-2010 06:22 PM

Hi Rand my friend, l am sorry to hear this news, how you been doing bud?
Rand, tried to find your email to ask you something.
Rand if you find a home you can get into before winter, l thought l would make an offer to you.
If was ok to leave this end here in ontario, meaning could arrange for my daughter to be driven to work, as long as it didn’t mean her ex moving back in here.

I drive her to work and pick her up each day, so if can arrange someone to do that here is what l was thinking.
If l had no commitments to do drywall jobs here, which l dought haven’t made much in drywall in nearly 2 1/2 years, so likely not much worry there.
For the price of a 2 way plane ticket, free board, meals and some shop experience in makiing panels, tenons etc, l would come down there and tape the house you buy if it needs drywalling, would be able to assit in putting board on walls, couldn’t put board on ceilings but am a very good taper.

That iis all it would cost you my friend so will make you that offer, could also help you insulate, do vapour barrier etc as long as wasn’t needed here in ontario.
Which likely wouldn’t be a problem don’t know if anyone would notice me gone.
But would save you money hiring a drywall taper anyway offer is there for you ok.
Hope you have success in finding a home Rand.

-- jim

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 08:43 PM

Jim, Thank you for your very generous offer. I will most definitely keep it in mind when I find our new roost.
Can you see you and me in my wheelchair hanging drywall. What comes to my mind is, “Hire the handicapped, we’re fun to watch.” Bad backs be damned, full speed ahead. lol
I hope you appreciate my humor. I mean no offense. You should have seen me fall and try to git up off a hot parking lot yesterday. Lots of fun to watch I’m sure. Sure wish I knew how to levitate. lol
It is great to have Buddies like you, here on LJ. Give our love to the family. Rand

PS. Any time you need my email, go to my home page on LJ.

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