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House update: almost there [May. 6th, 2004|03:34 pm]
Callicrates
We had our orientation this afternoon. This was a fairly straightforward affair: a thorough walkthrough and inspection where Pam pointed out things like cutoffs for water and gas, where the circuit breakers for GFI outlets are, what the different faceplates on the walls can be used for, how to take care of the tile, countertop, glass... utterly mundane and totally necessary details of upkeep.

There are still some details to be completed before we close tomorrow afternoon. The louvers have not been put onto the walls to hide the manifolds for the radiant heat. The city has not done its final inspection to issue a certificate of occupancy. The garage floor still needs to be sprayed down and something done about the big oil stain. I don't think it'll be possible to remove it entirely -- it's a lot of oil -- but maybe they can make some progress. The cover for the boiler for the radiant heat is missing -- a new one will need to be ordered -- but I'm okay waiting for that.

The network wiring, predictably, hasn't been touched. It's possible that I have voicemail in my office from Prewire but I don't know -- I left late in the morning and have spent the time since then working from home. Pam offered to try to get them on the phone, but I decided not to. I'm tired of wasting my time dealing with them. It's four RJ-45s and four faceplates. I am totally capable of doing that myself, probably in less time than it would take to argue prewire into coming out and doing it. I'm also not at all confident that they would get it right.

I wrote up a summary of the saga we've had with them over the last six months. It was not flattering. Throughout the whole thing they've been nearly impossible to get in touch with. They've made a couple of serious errors in the installation that I had to catch myself. The people I've talked to have not known some pretty important details about their own products. I have not been at all pleased with their performance. Pam got a copy of the summary to give to Rick, her boss, and the two of them will decide what to do about it. I get the impression I'm not the only one to have had trouble with them. I'll be curious to see what happens, if anything.

Meanwhile... I now have a cashier's check for a mindboggling amount of money. Closing is in 1456 minutes. I can hardly wait.
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[User Picture]From: goldenlily
2004-05-06 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oil stains can be removed, though sometimes the stain is left even if the oily residue is gone and they might need to use some nasty chemicals to do so (think about on the roads when they have oil spills - they can't just leave it there). Get them to paint/stain the concrete if it's permanently stained.
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-05-06 04:09 pm (UTC)
What she said, definitely. Also, where did the stain come from?
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2004-05-06 06:19 pm (UTC)
A bobcat was parked in the garage one day. It... well, 'leak' is a poor and inadequate word for what it did. Hemorrhage comes closer. It left rather a lot of oil on the floor.
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-05-06 06:26 pm (UTC)
You know, A bobcat was parked in the garage one day could mean so many things...
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[User Picture]From: goldenlily
2004-05-06 06:49 pm (UTC)
It sounds wrong to me, then I had to remember it's a constructional piece of equipment and not a wild feline :)
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-05-06 06:54 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I was all, 'Hey! I want a bobcat in my garage too!' and then I thought, 'Hmm, I probably don't want an oily bobcat in my garage...' followed by 'And that's weird, haven't heard of any oil spills in New Mexico lately' and only then did I remember that it was also construction equipment.

Having a wild bobcat in your garage (oily or not) is way cooler anyway!
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2004-05-06 06:57 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I should sneak into the under-construction neighborhoods at night with a can of paint and do up the construction equipment to look like a bobcat... complete with ears and a nose.

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[User Picture]From: goldenlily
2004-05-06 07:03 pm (UTC)
Now, that would be funny!

Though, a wild bobcat might make more mess as well, now that I think about it. :)
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