Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Rant: Roof Delay ~ Found Another Roofer

A Rant: Roof Delay ~ Found Another Roofer
Nothing is worse than a company that is incapable of following through as they promise.

Almost 7 weeks ago we signed the contract for the roof and sent them payment. We were told that as soon as they received the contract (we emailed it back immediately) they would order the materials, which would take about 3 weeks to come in, and then the roof would be done shortly thereafter.

When we called them last week their cell phone always had a busy signal. Seriously? Cell phones don't have busy signals, unless they have an app for calls they don't want to take. Pathetic. 

When we emailed them they never answered that either. Nothing whatsoever.

So hubby called the office and spoke with the office manager and told her to have the salesman call. Two days later he still hadn't so hubby called again, and left another message. The salesman was "unavailable at the moment". 

Three days later the office manager calls back and says that the salesman had just left for the day (it wasn't even 10 am). He couldn't call himself prior to leaving? Seriously? Pathetic. Anyway, the message from the salesman was that the materials weren't in yet (we'd gotten an email on 8/3 that they'd been ordered that day - 18 days after receiving payment, 22 days after receiving the contract). It would be "sometime after that" that the roof would be done.

Sorry, not good enough.

So hubby called another roofer, the receptionist said she'd give the message to a sales rep and have him call. He called less than 5 minutes later and said he would go out to the property immediately and get back with us when he got there. And he did.

He said he'd send us the quote tomorrow. We fully expect to receive it as he said. He also knew immediately who we were dealing with when hubby explained the problems we were having. Apparently it is modus operandi for that company! (For those in Kansas, that fail company is Roofmasters - don't use them!)

This new company said they could have the materials in a week and the job done within 2 weeks after. THAT is how a business should be run!

So now we have the fun of waiting for the other company (Roofmasters) to refund our money so we can get the other company to do the job.

I think one of my biggest pet peeves is when a business is so lax and who-cares in the way they treat their customers. Until retiring I'd always been self-employed and I absolutely never forgot that "the customer is always right" and did everything I could to make sure they were satisfied. Over 25 years in business and 3 very different businesses, thus very different clientele, I have a very good idea how a business should be run and its employees should conduct themselves. Roofmasters needs a few instructions on all of it. We will never recommend them to anyone. We will steer them away. And I hope more people do the same.

Ok, I'm done ranting. Hopefully the next time I post it will be that the roof is complete!

Oh, we also decided on a different shingle. Less expensive, and it doesn't have the extra benefits of the Solaris, but it's a very nice looking shingle, strong, and it will look really nice on the church.

Heritage: Thunderstorm Grey

Friday, August 17, 2012

Awesome Find ~ A Child's Casket!

Awesome Find ~ A Child's Casket!
Oh boy do I have a great new project! While hubby was visiting the property to take a look around he found this child's casket in the choir loft.

As I posted previously, hubby called me once he was up and exploring (we were pleasantly surprised that we had perfect cell phone service out there!) He went through the schoolhouse first and then the church. In the choir loft of the church, in the dark (as there's no electricity on yet), he found a child's casket. It was all covered in dust & dirt, and the outer fabric cover was coming off. LOL Your typical so-not-what-you-want-to-see-when-exploring-dark-empty-creepy places! He learily opened the casket lid and saw that the interior, while thankfully empty, was still in perfect, pristine condition! Woohoo!

I told him that he had to bring that back to me! I had to see it - and make it pretty again!

So here are the pictures of it (the last picture has the best surprise of all!):

While still in the choir loft.

The casket front.

The casket left side.

The casket back.

The casket right side. No, that's not a split in the wood, it's actually sawn that way, but not all the way through. Not sure why, but I'm going to find out!

The casket top. As you can see, there is water damage and warping on the right end. It is also split about a third of the way down the top. Not sure how to repair that, but I'm going to do some research to find out if it's possible. Or pay someone who knows how!

The casket interior. Isn't it beautiful! It's in perfect condition! Some child would've looked so beautiful and peaceful wrapped in such soft, fluffy, silken beauty.

The casket pillow. This is so sweet! It's not some flat, cheap thing either. This pillow is about 4" thick and beautifully tufted in the center.

The casket handle. Beautifully ornate and nickel plated! It was this shiny already, I did not "shine" it up for the pictures.

The manufacturer's postcard was inside. Notice the stamp in the corner? One cent! LOL Awesome!

This is the back of the manufacturer's card and it includes all of the information about the casket: the customer's name (who turned out to be a local business owner and banker), the town (Hoxie, KS), the casket number (14), and other pertinent information. But the most awesome bit of information is the date. October 2, 1933.
October 2nd is my birthday!

Seriously, what are the odds of that!???! 

I mean, finding our dream property that has both a church and a school on it. Then finding a casket in the church, which is odd enough already. But finding that casket with it's manufacturer's card and that card having that date on it! Granted, it's 27 yrs older than me, but out of 365 days in a year and all the years that company made caskets (50+) and all the years that this church was there (1930's - 1980 - close to 50 yrs!), and all the years the church sat empty (32 yrs) this casket was there, waiting for us to find it - for me!!

How totally, unbelievably awesome is that!!!!?????!!!!! I'm so excited I can't stand it! LOL can you tell?

So now the fun begins of restoring the wood - or re-covering it, I haven't decided yet. There is alot of glue on the wood that will take quite a bit of work to remove. Plus, I have to be very careful not to stain or damage the interior fabric. I'd never be able to get that back in place! So I have to very carefully work around it.

Once completed I'm going to use it as a coffee table or side table under a window or something.  I know, I'm sick! In fact, when hubby found the casket, his first thought (after seeing, thankfully, that it was empty!) was that his "creepy wife will love this!" Oh, he is sooo right! LOL Does my honey know me or what?! Luv u too, my great big hunk o' man! 

So, the project begins. I'll be sure to post updates as I progress with the project, so keep an eye out for them!

Correction

Correction
Since finding the old child's casket and the subsequent research I've been doing, we've found out that the schoolhouse & church were built in the 1930's, not the 1940's. Cool! So they're a decade older! (Still don't have an exact date yet, but I'm working on it).

Love it!

Staying Home & Getting Things Done

Staying Home & Getting Things Done
I decided that the money it would cost for me to take my trip out to the property could be better spent working on the shop downstairs, getting it enclosed and less "barn-like" looking. Which should make it easier to sell. Hopefully.

Yes, I'm more than a little disappointed about not going. I'd love to see all of it myself. Never mind digging through all of that "stuff" all by myself! I would've separated out what I considered salvageable or re-usable and made sure hubby didn't decided otherwise! LOL To him if it's not in perfect condition, it's not worth using. Throw it away.

Yeah, throw it away, like all of the bicycle rims he found in the schoolhouse basement closet! Well, I knew I could find a use for some of them. And I was right! Check this out:


How cool is that? A perfect trellis for vining vegetables! 

As an architectural interest, you could connect them end-to-end in rows and connect the rows for a border fence. Granted, not one to keep anything out per se, but definitely would look pretty with vining plants growing all over it! Attached to a lean-to support, it would make a good cucumber or squash trellis. Heavier hanging fruits & vegetables would need a bit more support, but the same trellis formation of bike rims could be used, just have cross-bracing where the rims come together, or attach the rims to each side of the boards, with the rims in between. Lots of options, you just have to see what works best for you.

Another use could be to connect 3 with long wooden stakes. Screw the rims to the stakes at about 12" intervals, leaving the stakes long enough (at least 12", maybe longer) to be shoved into the ground. This would be a good tomato plant support.

These are just a few ideas. I'm sure I'll come up with many more once I get my hands on everything that's just waiting for me out there!

But in the mean time, we'll plug along working on the downstairs. And with luck someone will just drop by because they saw the ad for the property and will be buyers not shoppers. We had shoppers drop by a couple of days ago. Would've been nice if they were buyers. We are sooooo ready to go!

Soon though, I'm sure. Soon.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hubby's at the Property Now

Hubby's at the Property Now
Well, he arrived about 1:30 am and slept in the back of the Expedition (we'd made a bed in the back with a futon mattress for him to sleep on).

He said that I will be in heaven because it is pitch black out there at night! Awesome! The stars will be so easy to see. And the Milky Way. I just might have to get myself a telescope!

He also said there are sure to be lots of "boogers" out there to get us. LMAO rolls eyes Hubby gets the willies easily! LOL

He called me when he got up (about 8:20 am) and began his walk-through of the property. We were very happily surprised that the cell phones were working out there! Woohoo! I was thinking I wouldn't get to hear about the place until he went into town. Instead, I got to "walk" with him as he described everything he was seeing. 

Ooooo, the goodies to be found! I can't wait for my trip out there after he gets back. We had to take separate trips because of the dogs, the birds, and the chickens (the horses are fine w/o us for a few days). We didn't want to have to board any of the dogs, and traveling with birds is a pain in the ass. And, the chickens need to be fed everyday, as well as locked in at night and let out in the morning. So both going at one time just wasn't an option.

So, anyway, while walking in what will be the horse pasture, he found a pet cemetery with 4 headstones with the pets' names on them: Boomer, Poo, Babe, Kit. Awesome! So, we're going to put a nice fence around the area so the horses can't mess with them. I think I may bury some of Czar's ashes there as well. (Czar was our White Doberman that was killed the day we were leaving to move to Kentucky). Here's a picture of Czar:

RIP Czar: 9/29/2002 - 9/6/2008

Another really awesome find - and in a very weird place - was a child-size casket. Hubby found it at the top of the bell tower....??? Go figure. I mean, what on Earth was it doing up there? I told him he absolutely has to bring that back home with him! I want to see that in person, asap! LOL Yes, I'm a bit "weird". He said the velvet needs to be replaced - not a problem - and the wood needs to be refurbished - also not a problem, and it should be beautiful again. Apparently it still has the casket manufacturer's label still on it.

When I go out I'll be taking pictures of things he wouldn't have found interesting. Such as the plants, the architecture, and other things that catch my interest. I'll also be bringing back things he never would. He's all for throwing everything out. I on the other hand, have plans for so much of what he would consider "junk".

The brick shit-house apparently really stinks!! Oh, big surprise there! NOT! LOL We'll be filling it with rocks & debris, then filling with concrete and resealing the floor with a pouring of concrete to bring it level. That was going to be his machine shop, but he feels it will be too small, so it's MY storage building for all my goodies. You know, all the things he would throw away, but I know I can use! :D 

Oh, the plans that are whirling around in my head right now!
Hubby is now on his way to his sister's new place that we bought for her. A huge Victorian home on 4 acres (only $9,000!). It needs paint on the exterior and some minor cosmetic work inside, but otherwise it's perfect! Here's a picture of my SIL's new house:


LOL Hideous turquoise that will be changed to yellow once they move out there. They're in the same boat we are - can't move until their property sells. She'll be excited to see more detailed pictures though, rather than the few that we currently have. The architecture inside is incredible! Here are a couple of samples:

Isn't this built-in beautiful?! Love it!
Those glass doors allow access from the other room as well, a pass-through - how cool!

 Check out the detail around and at the top of the doorways! Love the oval in the front door too!


Anyway, if I learn anything new today, I'll update. If not, then I'll post pictures when I return.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ooo, Goodie! The Roof is Going on Soon!

Ooo, Goodie! The Roof is Going on Soon!
We got an e-mail this morning that the materials will be delivered and the roof renovations will begin by mid-August! Woohoo! It's going to look sooo nice!

We're going to go out for our first look at the place, probably next week. I can't wait to get my own pictures of everything. Never mind getting to go through all that stuff in those buildings! I am such a hound for scrounging through old buildings for left-over things! It's incredible the things I've found over the years. I feel that the things left behind feel lost until they're taken again and given new life. Rotting into the ground is such an ugly way to end existence - even for inanimate objects.

The trip out there should be interesting. Gris-Gris & Hoodoo will be boarded (not happy about that) and Ve'Ve' & JuJu will go with us. As will Nici, our Macaw. As for Thor, the little Robin I raised, well he's still coming around for his feedings and he doesn't like to be out in the big scary darkness, so he spends his nights in the house. I'm not sure what to do about him - take him with or leave him here to fend for himself for a few days? I'd just die of guilt if anything happened to him!

Well, that's about it for now. When we get back I'll be posting pictures for sure!