Found this in the latest issue of "Tools of the Trade" magazine...
Sending your crew out to work on a house? Better put a GPS unit in their
truck and then follow them to the site anyway to make sure they actually get
there. At least that's what the owner of Precision Roofing should have done
when he sent his crew out to re-roof a home in Granada Hills, CA. The Los
Angeles Daily News reports that, as it turned out, the house at 17722 Tulsa
St. did need a new roof--but only after the Precision crew was done
stripping it. The roof they were supposed to strip was at 17722 Tribune St.
I love those stories. Fine Homebuilding had one some years back that
was a pip. Local law prohibited contractors starting before 8 am, so
the crew arriving at 7:30 set up in preparation. Had a guy with the
gas chopsaw layout for cutting the patio door into the stucco wall,
others tied lines around the front porch's columns connected to a
truck's hitch, etc. 8 am arrives and the crew swings into action, yank
the porch down, chopsaw and circular saws screaming...and everyone runs
when the lady in a bathrobe comes running out of the house with murder
on her face. Oops, wrong house.
All turned out well, as the contractor ended up doing a lot of work for
the put-out property owner, at a _great_ price, so he made some profit
instead of facing a lawsuit.
John Grossbohlin wrote:
> Found this in the latest issue of "Tools of the Trade" magazine...
> Sending your crew out to work on a house? Better put a GPS unit in their
> truck and then follow them to the site anyway to make sure they
> there. At least that's what the owner of Precision Roofing should
> when he sent his crew out to re-roof a home in Granada Hills, CA.
The guy didn't have a valid contractor's license, so the home owner
wouldn't let him anywhere near the damage to make repairs.
Brought in a licensed contractor to do the job.
It seems like somebody is getting a new roof.
It isn't as bad as having the local swat team with a mistaken address break
down your door in the middle of the night. Some of those situations can get
One of my carpet installation crews did that a few years ago. Seems that
two of the houses at the corner of Elm and Second streets were white with
yellow trim and each were owned by Mrs. Johnson, but not the same Mrs.
Johnson. Its funny now. It wasn't then.
On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:23:18 -0600, Swingman wrote:
Maybe next time at least the driver will be able to read English ... and
compare the street name on the work order with the street name on the
street sign before breaking out the tools.
Maybe not. It might be cheaper to keep the crew he has now and just eat
the occaisional address mixup.
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