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Stuff People Who Don't Know %^@# Do to Houses
July 28, 2014
4:22 pm
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KAS
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 7917
Snarking Since:
June 6, 2011

Spill your DIY horror stories here!

July 28, 2014
4:59 pm
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Your Name is Liar
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 306
Snarking Since:
December 10, 2012

When they ran the plumbing for our main floor bathroom, a floor joist was in the way, so they just cut a one-foot section of it out and ran the pipes. No need for structural integrity here! Of course, it took us 4 years to get around to repairing it so I guess we weren't that concerned. embarrassed

 

Recently, when we renovated the ensuite bath we found that several of the studs in the wall between the bathroom and the bedroom were twisted and bent. The drywall (and cement board on the shower side) was only attached at the ceiling and floor.

My Dog Knows Your Secrets
July 28, 2014
5:11 pm
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Sanctimony and Snark
Cat
Meows: 35
Snarking Since:
August 27, 2013

We just bought a 1920s colonial.  When my dad tore out the nasty dropped ceiling/acoustic tile that the previous owner(s) had put in, he found aged but still live fabric-wrapped electrical lines from where there had once been a ceiling light that was later torn out.  They'd just put up the acoustical tile over it and gone on their merry way.

 

In my current rental, somebody put in slate tile over hardwood floor in the dining room/hall.  As in, directly over hardwood floor, with no subfloor/underlay or anything, so ALL the slate tiles were progressively popping up (note to idiots, hardwood flexes!)hammerhammerhammerhammer, as was the grout, until my dad pulled out the old slate and grout and put down floating vinyl instead.

July 28, 2014
5:38 pm
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PetoonyaPicklePuss
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 701
Snarking Since:
December 15, 2011

We went to dig up some grass for a flower bed and found out the wires to run electricity to our detached garage were buried about, oh, five inches deep.

July 28, 2014
5:50 pm
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Wallpaper Stripper

Our porch roof was entirely replaced except for an approximately 6 ft X 8 foot section. I can see the repair person telling the previous owner that he could save her some money. That section needs replaced now, of course.

Also, some of the rot on the house was wrapped or covered in metal, shingle or some other such product and painted to match. It's a mess. Also, there are holes drilled in the floor in random places. I still don't understand that.

July 28, 2014
6:01 pm
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sherry butter
Cat
Meows: 26
Snarking Since:
March 20, 2014

My old house had slate over hardwood. No problems with it though, and didn't even realize it was a problem. It had black grout, so it had that going for it. Another house  we had, the closet shelf was screwed into the wall, and into a drain pipe for the upstairs bathroom. We lived there for 4 years, and I did notice a weird water deposit-ness on the tile  and long suspected it. It wasn't until we had a baby and used that bathroom a lot more for baths and showers that it became a problem. Before that the only time it was used was for guests. There was always a puddle under it in the basement but we just assumed leaky basement, which was another nice feature. Current house was owned for 40 years by the same people. I think they decorated it and then didn't touch it for 39 years, which is fine by me. There are a few things that made me cock my head to the side (like why did they tear down the basement drywall and put a suspended ceiling EXCEPT in the spot where all the pipes run? Why did they remove the light switch for 1/2 of the basement lights from the top of the steps in favor of putting an outlet there?) but they did nothing really bad or dangerous. 

July 28, 2014
6:57 pm
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MarionRavenwood
Cat
Meows: 24
Snarking Since:
January 30, 2014

Living in the second floor of an old house right now (rental), but closing on our first real house this week! Yay! We'll be out of this house by the end of August (hopefully sooner), and I can only wonder what is going to happen to this place. Our landlord means well, but he's of the "I can fix that, no need to call a professional" variety.  

 

For example, I was shaving my legs in the shower one day, leaned against the tile wall for support, and promptly FELL THROUGH THE WALL. scared The tile and whatever was used for "drywall" underneath just crumbled away.  I promptly shut the shower off for fear of sending water to the people living downstairs and called the landlord.  He said he could be out in TWO WEEKS to fix it.  It's our only bathroom, and it was July in an apartment that easily reaches near 90 degrees in the summer. My husband and I took garbage bags and duct tape and covered everything like mad.  Finally, our landlord came out, declared that yes, it was indeed a mess.  I "showered" using the kitchen sink for a week.  He tore out the old wall and tiles, put in a new wall, and then did one of those bath fitter things instead of re-tiling – but only on the wall, not replacing the tub.  He also re-painted the new wall and recaulked everything, but it definitely wasn't done right.  

 

You see, in his infinite wisdom, he decided that in order to do the bath fitter wall, instead of re-tiling, that he was just going to cover up the one small window in the bathroom that provided ventilation.  He did not install a ceiling fan.  And the new paint he used could not stand up to the humidity, so we have had him come out an re-paint the wall twice. I also have to climb up on a step ladder and scrub spots off the ceiling on a regular basis, and this is even with my husband and I showering with the bathroom door open and a fan on.  The caulk, despite my very regular bathroom cleanings, has what has to be mold growing out from under it.  I can only imagine what is behind the walls of that bathroom. puke

 

There was also the time that I told him the basement was way too damp and said that I think water was coming in through some cracks in the wall.  He said he'd patch it.  And then we got walloped with a supercell storm that flooded our whole street and water actually started spurting horizontally in streams out of the basement walls, like a cartoon.  I took a video and texted it to him, got a HOLY SHIT in response, and finally got him to come make some repairs in a timely manner.  

 

Anyhow, I'll end it here, but let me just say that this apartment convinced me of the value of hiring people when something specific needs to be done right. And I am so glad to be moving out of this place! emoticon-animal-001 I should actually be doing more packing right now, but instead I'm drinking wine and reading GOMI.

July 28, 2014
7:37 pm
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BeanyMalone
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1351
Snarking Since:
April 12, 2012

We have one of those really deep closets under a staircase.  The walls inside the closet were covered with really old, unfinished drywall.  I got inspired by pinterest (I knowrolleyes) to tear out the drywall and replace it with beadboard and paint it white and make it all pretty.  So we tore out the drywall and discovered that someone had installed it to conceal the evidence of a FIRE.  The beam that supports our stair landing is almost completely charred, although someone nailed a second beam next to it to support the landing, the underside of the landing's floorboards are also charred.  It appears that someone must have left the closet light on and it started a fire.

This drywall "repair" looks so old, I think it was put up by the people who lived there BEFORE the people we bought it from. We will definitely have to replace the floorboards of our landing, but haven't gotten around to it yet.  As long as we don't gain any weight, maybe we won't fall through the floor into the closet.

July 28, 2014
9:32 pm
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The 20th Duggar
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 755
Snarking Since:
February 10, 2014

More live wires inside walls here. It's scary how often I hear about that. Also, lots of shitty carpentry "fixed" with caulk. Thin, one coat paint jobs that practically evaporate after a couple of years. The worst things I've seen have been in houses that were "fixed up" to sell. And to clarify, the people who didn't know %^@# were all contractors, probably the lowest bidders.

I try to approach every project as if I'm going to have to live with it for a long time. I have never cut corners on safety or quality and we have always been able to sell our houses quickly. (Only three, but still.)

July 28, 2014
10:13 pm
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peekaru
Kitten
Meows: 5
Snarking Since:
April 7, 2014

Our dryer didn't vent outside. We bought the house, finally got the old washer and dryer out (filled with mouse droppings) and went to install the new dry. No outside vent, at all. It vented to a void space in the basement wall. This was after we found mouse nests in the kitchen and demoed it, so at that point I was like "let that f**ker burn".

For the record, we got it all fixed, we just keep finding things and having to fix them.

July 28, 2014
10:28 pm
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Live Journal Bower
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 271
Snarking Since:
December 5, 2012

My huscat discovered our bathroom fans vented into the unfinished attic this winter. We live in a part of the US I'm charitably calling "Basically Canada" (it's really cold here) and one day our fans started leaking water. According to my husband and from what I can remember after drinking a whole box of Franzia, the air was being vented into the attic, it froze and then leaked back down as water. I discovered this morning when I went to get dressed in the outfit I picked out the night before and it was soaking wet. (I have a small table I the bathroom where I set out my work clothes.)

Also whoever "installed" the tiles on our fireplace set a few in on the hearth and forgot to actually attach them.

Our house is only 3 years old.

July 29, 2014
6:14 am
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Beefer Sutherland
Hamcat
Meows: 157
Snarking Since:
January 23, 2013

Live Journal Bower said
My huscat discovered our bathroom fans vented into the unfinished attic this winter. We live in a part of the US I'm charitably calling "Basically Canada" (it's really cold here) and one day our fans started leaking water. According to my husband and from what I can remember after drinking a whole box of Franzia, the air was being vented into the attic, it froze and then leaked back down as water. I discovered this morning when I went to get dressed in the outfit I picked out the night before and it was soaking wet. (I have a small table I the bathroom where I set out my work clothes.)

Also whoever "installed" the tiles on our fireplace set a few in on the hearth and forgot to actually attach them.

Our house is only 3 years old.

God there's some horror stories in this thread.

Livejournal Bower, that's pretty disappointing for a 3yo house. Our bathroom fan vents into the attic too, but it never gets below freezing here so I guess everything's hunky-dory. It's amazing how many issues there are with new construction — I'm thinking of all the rotting window frames, etc in Katie Bower's house even though her place is what, 10 years old.

(Not to say that older builds are perfect – insulation is non-existent in any pre-2000s house in Australia unless it's been added later on, which isn't the end of the world, but still. Our house has ceiling batts, but it's still a sweat lodge in summer and an icebox in winter, just like everyone else's houses.)

My complaints:

- One set of previous owners had an extension done on the back of our house, and the contractors they brought in must have done a sloppy job of it — the foundation is solid brick and it's fine, but the floor itself has a noticeable slope. Makes things fun when you're planning to tile the floor (it's currently covered in cheap vinyl).

- All the guttering was installed the wrong way (outflow going on an incline rather than decline, etc), which didn't help when the gutters were clogged up with old leaves. There's also one section of guttering that isn't long enough, nor secure enough, so the paint on the wall underneath is completely bubbled and shot. Again, this wasn't shonky DIY work, this was shonky contracting work. hammer

July 29, 2014
7:34 am
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Wallpaper Stripper

In CA, we had a cord dangling from the kitchen ceiling. They had used it to plug in something in the kitchen. The two-way switches were backwards, and for some reason, the owner had drilled holes (25-30 holes) in several of the doors at the bottom, presumably for ventilation?



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