DIY rant-a-day 2011 - who's been through it?

There is this featured topic on a challenge to do a DIY project or part of it everyday for the month of February 2011.  Now this is all well and good and an extra kick for those that need the motivation. But what if you already have a list of DIY things that need to be minor repairs on the house or you run into something that needs fixing? I could spend time to document each thing as an instructable but that would at least double the time for each task. My calendar is already filled and it seems like there is always something else to add to the list. No good deed goes unpunished so along with completing each DIY task, there is always trouble, it never goes smooth no matter how well you plan.

So here I plan to add my comments on my DIY rants of the day. I guess a proper blog is the way to do it, but I don't have time to blog. And besides, I know a lot of people here have similar stories to share.

I'll kick it off with one...maybe three...

Please add your own DIY rant-a-day, when you get a chance.  Don't be too mean on big box stores or chains, unless it is Radio Snacks. I hate to admit this will end up sounding like Andy Rooney of 60 minutes, I guess I am getting old. :-( ...but not as old as NachoMahma :-).

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caitlinsdad (author) 6 years ago
Btw, do you know they have armed guards now at IKEA and Home Depot in Brooklyn. These rent-a-cops have been delegated the duty of loss-prevention. They check your receipt like they know what the items in your bag are. Seems like people have been walking out with a couch under their arm and 12 foot sections of premium composite decking.
OMG Sam's Club is freakin' horrible for this. If you can even get in the place; I swear I have no idea how you join, because to be a member you must get in the front door, but to get in the front door, you must be a member. I swear it would have be easier to bust in and out of West Berlin than to get into Sam's Club. If they don't tackle you coming in, they tackle you going out, accusing you of stealing an iPod when really you just got a different color and they rang it up twice and voided once. They will also make you open up your pizza box if you get lunch at the food court, to make sure there's no contraband of course. I've known prison breaks that were easier than getting past the yellow marker and glaring eye of the guard dog making sure that BY GOD EVERY ITEM IN THAT CART IS ACCOUNTED FOR, after they frisk you TSA-style, of course...
caitlinsdad (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
It seems to be a paradox, are you on the outside looking in or an insider looking out? Either way, Everyday Low Prices is a privilege, not a right. You must pay for freedom.
Not all those prices are so HAVE to know your prices or you get bilked, royally.
caitlinsdad (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
And you have to eat all of those mass quantities before they spoil. I always laugh at the guy with a case of beans in the 10lb cans and a case of toilet paper on his flatbed wagon.
Well, toilet paper and cases of paper towels don't spoil so quickly ;-)
caitlinsdad (author) 6 years ago
So I've been busy refinishing an apartment so we can rent it out to help pay for the high cost of heating this winter. Good thing we had converted over from oil to gas a while back. The rental unit needed to be "refreshed" from the last tenants so some of the other members of the "family crew" said, oh, we can paint, we can clean, we can do some minor repairs, etc... They started the job without me and did some stuff when I could not be there to supervise.

Well, the moral of this tale is, don't trust anyone who thinks they know what they are doing to do something, supervise, and there is only one creative vision that shouold make the decisions.  I actually spent the last two months and zillions of trips back and forth to the home center to fix their mistakes.

The walls had to be refinished because they used cheap rollers that lint peel off and dried to hard pointy specks on the wall.  Resand all walls and paint.  They wanted to replace the vanity and recessed medicine cabinet.  They bought an expensive vanity that the pipes interfere with the drawers and back opening.  Had to shorten a drawer and custom cut and reinforce opeings in the back panel.  No modern cabinet fits in the old recess in the wall.  Minor surgery and framing to make a bigger opening.  They wanted to do stained wood wainscot in the bathroom.  They stained the panels locked together before they were installed on the wall.  Pine was all blotchy, warped, and painted together.  They took apart the old toilet to replace the flapper mechanism.  Just ended up replacing the entire toilet with a new water-saver model.  Yup, Valspar Woodrow Wilson Putty color looks pretty boring, their choice.   I at least was able to paint Benjamin Moore Lightning Bolt pale yellow in the bedroom to liven it up.  They mixed up using semi-gloss for trim and the flat ceiling white. Then I fired up my old carpet shampoo machine and it the motor would not spray.  Had to rent a carpet machine but it turned out it didn't vacuum and just flooded the carpet with cleaning solution.  We had to use the old machine to suck and the new one to blow.  We had another big room to do so we spent an hour to go trade it in.  The new one worked.  Ah, the tip of the iceberg when you attempt to remodel or do anything with an old house.

Turn signals! Is it too hard to indicate whether a driver is going to turn left or right? Smokers who smoke near a store door because smoking inside is prohibited-I have to hold my breath just to get into the store! People who chew gum in public and talk while they are chewing it. Parents who let their children run around screaming in restaurants- and no I don't mean McDonalds-that's a given. Tradespeople who don't show up when they say they will. Waiting in line while the cashier talks on their cell. O.K I'm done. Thanks :0)
And sometimes that smoke goes into the store ANYWAYS.....I am so glad I gave it up years ago.

Waiting in line while the cashier talks to the bagger :-)
Reminds me of my experience in walmart a few days ago. These 2 workers got off a break, and they simply ignored us while one employee decided to skip us in line to buy an item, even though we were waiting several minutes to checkout.
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