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#1 johndeereelfman OFFLINE  

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 04:47 PM

So with working an average of 72 hours a week for the past three months, I haven't been able to post much lately. However, things are slowly starting to slow down a bit, and one of my projects is coming to a final completion. A multi-million dollar home located 2 hours away, a very fussy and conceited home owner, and a lot of stressful hours, here are some pictures of our progress so far:

 

Office Ceiling Installation:

 

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Office Wall Panels Installation:

 

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Great Room Ceiling and Wall Panels Installation:

 

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We have the mantle and a couple more little pieces to install in the Office, then that will be complete. The Great Room ceiling is complete, although it wasn't easy as the ceiling height in this room is 23 feet. Just a couple more panels to trim out yet, and two to install next to the fireplace, then the great Room will be complete. Next will be the Bar Room and the Office Toilet Room. These are smaller rooms, so hopefully they won't take long at all. Wasn't real crazy about the stain colors that the Designer picked out at first, but now that things are coming together, it's not all that bad. 


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:00 PM

Looking good. That's what my garage/shop will look like when I win the lottery! Guess  I need to get a ticket, huh?


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:07 PM

Lottery will help Kenny. This home owner spent 15 million on the property, another 8.5 million for the house, and an additional 3 million on the building the horse barn. He has 170 thousand just in the landscaping alone. Last Thursday the stove arrived. It was custom made in France, all black with real gold accents. The cost for the stove? Just a measly 135 thousand. He is the owner of a huge Insurance Company somewhere in center city Philadelphia, and they say he brings home a seven digit paycheck each week. Can you imagine having all of that money? Just think about all of the tractors you could buy!!  :thumbs:


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:15 PM

Sounds like quite the project Troy. That is awesome trim work. Not often you see that much wood work any more. Let me guess, the horse barn is for the wife.
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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:18 PM

Beautiful work Troy!   :worshippy1:   As far as the paycheck the guy brings home....nobody is worth those figures, and it's such a shame hard working people can't even get by.  At least he's putting a lot of people to work, and I hope he continues to do so.  Money seems to bring arrogance along with it doesn't it!


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:52 PM

Very nice Troy that's Craftsmanship at its best there


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:56 PM

Yes Daniel, money really changes people. This guy knows he has a lot of money, and he isn't afraid to flaunt it in front of you. What bothers me the most is, he considers us as low class, and it seems like we aren't good enough or high societied enough for him to talk to sometimes. He almost treats us as if we are slaves, and we aren't to have conversation with him anymore than needed.  

 

Eric, no, the horse barn isn't his wife's. He enjoys watching horses, but has no desire to ride them or even take care of them. He has a hired servant to take care of the horses, and another servant to chase the geese away whenever they land close to the pond. He doesn't want goose poop laying all around the grounds. The horses are just for watching, not for enjoying.  :(

 

I forgot to tell you that he has a three car garage attached to the house, and a separate two car garage with it's own climate controlled air conditioning and heating system, just to help protect his antique cars. His workout gym is the size of most of our basements. It's huge, trust me. The 1/4 mile driveway is lined with cobblestones on both sides, and the custom bronze water fountain in the center of the turnaround was ordered and shipped from Germany. Don't know how much that cost him, but at this point, I don't even care. I just want to get done and out of there. 

 

Thanks for the compliments guys! 


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 06:30 PM

I just thought it sounded like a barn that a fella had built for his wife the other year.
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Posted October 25, 2015 - 07:17 PM

Three things
1)Thanks for checking in, was starting to get scared that you had become conflicted with the red paint and the green tractors and sold them all to keep sane...
2) Beautiful work, by everyone. The ceilings in that room would have been a challenge
The trimming is as close to perfect as it gets. I can see why the company hired you, what an eye for detail!
3) there are only three times in almost thirty years that I've said to my boss I won't go back somewhere.
One was a lady who's house had gotten beyond her ability to keep it and I had to run outside to lose my lunch once. I won't go into details, but it was an attack on sight and smell and I ruined a pair of shoes just walking thru the house.
One was a self important designer who's snotty attitude made it so I'd not pee on her if she was on fire.
One was a person like you're describing. Company he ran was started by his parents and they were decent folk. Always had time for a chin wag... Didnt matter if you were fortune 500 or didnt have 500.
Unfortunately, they never taught this jackass any manners and when I had had enough, I spoke up. He made a comment that he could buy and sell me and the company I work for and I better check my attitude and get back to work.
He thought he had put me in my place when I quietly walked away, but I just took his stuff back out to the truck, removed the notes I had on his wiring and left. I talked to the boss and explained the situation, then when the guy called three days later to find out what was going on, my boss let him have it.
Long story short, someone else went out and did the job, but only after the labor rate went way up and the jerk apologized. I bet the apology hurt a lot more than a few dollars.

Anyways, kudos on a fantastic job done and for holding it together enough to keep from throttling the guy.
Brace yourself for the walk around and following punch list. (And NO, that's not why they call it that)
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Posted October 25, 2015 - 07:35 PM

Brace yourself for the punch list. 

 

You knew what I was thinking and waiting for Alan! I know what a true punch list is, but a guy can dream can he? 

 

In all seriousness, it is hard doing a good job for someone who seems like they don't appreciate your talent or ability. However, I am determined to prevail as the better man by just doing what he asks and putting up with his selfish attitude. I just have to keep reminding myself daily, that we are almost done and this will soon be all over. 


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 08:14 PM

mh 81  well said!!!!!


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 08:23 PM

You can walk away, but he has to live with himself every day forever!


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 09:17 PM

And really, if he was such hot stuff he'd know how to do the work himself and have the ability and pride to do it. I sure hope your boss knows what he has in you and your abilities and truly appreciates you.
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Posted October 26, 2015 - 09:42 AM

One was a lady who's house had gotten beyond her ability to keep it and I had to run outside to lose my lunch once. I won't go into details, but it was an attack on sight and smell and I ruined a pair of shoes just walking thru the house.


I have to ask... were there cats involved?

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Posted October 26, 2015 - 12:06 PM

I have to ask... were there cats involved?


Used to be... And that's all I want to say about that.
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