Help My House is on Fire cont: The Porches get Started
Here it is… the week end… and no one has showed up to work on the modular home… it seems like an eternity since work was done on the modular, but this time it’s Mother Nature causing the delays! Remember the song… rain, rain go away…come back another day… Maybe if we all stared singing this song, she might get the hint and ease up a little! Last year at this time, we were in a drought… our water usage was restricted… Crops were burning up in the fields and fishing was almost impossible due to lake levels being so low! Now, this year it has rained at least 4 of the 7 days each week! There is so much water flooding everything! In fact there’s no place for the water to go… rivers, lakes, dams and fields are flooded… Why just the other day I saw fish with life jackets on… and… they were in a BOAT… Like I said…there’s a lot of rain water around! But the rains finally let up and on Monday, two trucks pulled up in front of the modular. Ray, from Riley’s Home Inc. and his CREW OF ONE arrived to work on the porches. They quickly organized their equipment and started to work
YEP… a delay! It seemed that the lumber they needed to make the wall frames had been off loaded 1st which meant it was on the bottom of the pile… so every piece of material needed to start couldn’t be reached until the off loaded lumber pile was reversed… believe me… you don’t want to hear what was said or thought about the people or person responsible for this goof up! Even though it was hot work, these two men got it done and started to work on the porches’ wall frame, but after just two hours of work… they had to stop due to rain. They waited and waited while it rained and rained. After waiting for over three hours for the rain to stop, the men called it a day and left in the rain…rain…and more rain!
Tuesday… the rain had finally stopped and the two man crew had arrived to start work on the porch. We did not have any rain this day, but Mother Nature once again threw us a carve ball! She turned up the heat… AND I mean HOT. The temperature went into the 90’s with the heat index even HIGHER! The two man crew was able to get the porch’s frame work finished! But, they had to change their shirts several times because they had to work in the bright sun all day… when they left, you could see that they were tired… VERY glad to get out of the sun!
Wednesday…Ray, from Riley’s Homes Inc. had to work without his helper today! Seems his helper had appointments which could not be rescheduled. Early in the morning, Ray worked on getting shingles put on the roof of the East porch before it got too hot! As the temperature continued to get hotter and hotter, Ray kept right on working away in that hot blazing sun! We asked him if he wanted some ice cold water. But Ray said no because he was taking cool –down- breaks when it got too hot. Eek Gads… by noon the heat index was up to 105 degrees…and there was POOR RAY, just working away. By day’s end Ray had all of our saved old house windows installed, along with the sides! It was now looking like a porch, not looking like some type of a Helios- landing- pad!
Thursday… Ray was called to another work site which needed his expertise. But his helper continued to work no our porch. Mother Nature continued to turn up the heat, so working out in the full was truly a brutal task! You would think working in the shade of our fully enclosed porch with all the windows wide open that it would be a little cooler… IT WAS NOT COOLER, in fact it was HOTTER! The helper did all he could by himself… so the work was put on hold until next week when two men could work together… besides there wasn’t enough siding to finish the porches. Remember… we flipped the modular and added a front porch with a dormer- like porch… also, the East side enclosed porch was just completed being erected, but not sided…And the back also needed siding! Question… why wasn’t there enough siding ordered in the first place? OH WELL… the more we wait… the more expertise we become on WAITING… By now I should be a PHD on the subject of waiting!
A new week has been started and the plan is to have everything finished by Wednesday! But this was to be another very HOT DAY.
Ray and his helper started working on the South porch… that is the front porch or main entryway to the modular… as soon as Ray and his helper put up the front porch’s roof along with it’s two pillars the modular really took on the appearance of a normal looking home…
MAN-O-MAN what a difference a porch, roof, and railing makes! Guess what?????… YEP… another delay! It seems our A/C unit for the modular had to be back ordered A SECOND TIME! Also, the railing end caps for the front porch has to be ordered… A QUESTION… why weren’t they included with the railings… We are beginning to feel that our modular home was packed up by the “Key-Stone-Kops”! What made the packing job worse was the Three Stooges were the supervisors! Oh well… life goes on. Our daughter was so anxious to move in that she said she could live without the A/C until it came! I guess living with mom and dad has its draw back… Ha… ha…ha! AINT love grand!!!!
The men continued to work on both porches… doing what they could in spite of the materials that were on back order! They put in the steps to both porches, so if we could go inside… we would now able to get inside the modular without having to pole vault our way onto the porches. The men had to stop for now because they had to wait on the back ordered materials! Expecting another long wait… we were totally surprised when two women showed up on Friday and asked for the key to our modular so they could clean the inside! After telephoning Chuck and getting the okay to let the gals inside, we received another surprise… Chuck was going to be here this afternoon to do the final walk through! The ladies went to work… they made the inside spotless and believe this or not completed their work in short few hours… so they packed up and were ready to leave, Chuck showed up. Great timing! We were ready to start the final walk through. As we went from room to room, Chuck wrote down everything and also took pictures of everything that needed attention. Most items were just small corrections. About half way through this walk, our daughter arrived from her job and was able to continue the final walk through with us also! Finally, after the final walk through… The KEY… that beautiful key was handed over to us… at last the modular could be moved into! Our daughter was present to hear those words… You can move in now!
This was a special time for her because these words were the best birthday present she could ever have… her birthday was in two days… and she will be in her own home!!! There were still some work to be done to the modular, but Riley’s was going to let her move in!!!
Next blog is the move in and a new surprise not one you want!