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The last week of the decade!

December 29th, 2009 at 11:42 am

This is the last week of the decade. In a few days it will be 2010. I hope it has been a good year for you; for many it has been a pretty tough year.
My dh is fortunate enough to still have work, but the work has been difficult. He is starting a brand new house right in the beginning of winter, which means he will be outside all winter long. (Starting the footers for the basement today)
He does have an inside house to work on, but the owner is insisting that he do much of the work himself,so dh is having a lot of time off. It seems the owner wants to use hubby's tools also. Even tho the heat can be turned on, the owner doesn't want to pay for propane, so it is very cold in the house. dh does have a kerosene heater, but the owner is always borrowing it and using it where he is working. All in all, it has been the very worst house he has ever taken on, to build. The owner is going to lay the tile next and has been asking dh how to do it. I hope he doesn't ask to borrow the tile wet saw!!(cost over $1000 new)
I guess we should just be grateful that he is bringing home a paycheck at all.

I stocked up on NT strip steak yesterday at Bi Lo and saved $11 according to the receipt. I will add that to a $3 pinecone check and $1 cause the stock market went up yesterday, for a total of $15 more to the challenge.
Prev. total $17,554.00
today 15.00
new total $17,569.00 I meant NY strip steak, sorry!

2 Responses to “The last week of the decade!”

  1. Wonderlake653 Says:

    DH is way too nice! It sounds to me like DH was hired for the sole purpose of providing his "intellectual property" a.k.a his "know how" ... not to mention the tools. My dad was in the building trades for over 50 years and one thing he NEVER did was lend out tools. (They are never returned in the same condition in which they were lent, nor are they replaced when broken, which is often the case.) DH should remove his tools from the property as well as the heater and if the owner has the nerve to inquire about them he should just say they are getting refurbished or something. (DH does not owe owner any explanations.) Unless you signed a contract with owner DH should just move on and take his tools with him! And if owner calls him for advice DH needs to tell him he charges $200 an hour for his professional consultation fee. Also, going forward, you may want to consider charging people a consulting fee when DH finds himself in situations like this. I am sure you know who you can selflessly help and who is out to take advantage of a situation.

    Good Luck.

  2. Jerry Says:

    This post leads me to think the same thing... it sounds like this client is taking advantage of the goodness (and tools) of your DH! He is just looking for some insurance of having free tools to use and professional insight on the job. No way.
    Jerry

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