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    #16
    hi Noel
    can't wait to see pictures [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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      #17
      Originally posted by Noel View Post
      Note, I am big on fire safety, which is something that is sorely overlooked or just plan dismissed in the disabled and elderly community. I have installed a home fire sprinkler system throughout the house. The 19 sprinkler heads are attractively hidden flush with the ceiling. In my master bedroom I have installed a 2nd exit door for emergency. As a 190 pound quad, climbing out a window or rolling 50 feet through a smoke and fire filled house, is not an option. I now rest at ease at night.
      Noel, that is the right thing to do. I also am considering installing at least a few sprinkler heads in my apartment. A friend of my friend recently had his home on fire. Good that he was not at home at that time, but the damage was bad. Restoration company he used even asked him about the possibility of putting the pictures they took on their web, which they actually did, over here: http://restoration-911.com/fire.php

      If you scroll down that page, you will see what happened

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        #18
        Who managed to get this thread off of CanDo? And we also have a sprinkler system in our new condo. Surprisingly having such a system raised our home insurance because it becomes an added amenity that adds to the home's value.
        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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          #19
          just wondering if any of you have any contractor trouble.
          Since i was a contractor myself i'm finding it very difficult to accept excessive billing, lame excuses to hike up prices and shoddy work. i do send family members to see and take pictures of work i can't access and tell them what to look for.
          Just starting to build a 3 story complex, on which i have made a detailed contract on what has to be done and payment rates. Went through the contract several times prior signing it
          the next time the builder says to me this is extra i will explode. Since there is already some bad blood on excessive billing i don't know if i should continue or fire him and find a new one which has its drawbacks too, if work will again be found to be defective a whos responsibility is it problem will arise. Anyone experience this problem.

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            #20
            Peter, even when you think you have everything nailed down there are always cost overruns. Sometimes it is contractors that are very good at padding costs everywhere and making them sound needed and have all sorts of reasons why they weren't in the original quote. Others are because the contractors are new to what you want and take more time to get it right and teach this to their employees. If the extra costs are items that suddenly have a new cost then tell the contractor to send the item back and you'll find something less expensive to stay on budget. That will have him telling you that.."well, then my people will be waiting around and I need to pay them while we wait". I've heard that one. Tell him to go take on a small job or two until your cheaper item arrives. That will probably get the cost back where you agreed and on time.
            We did a total gut of our master bathroom when we bought this place. We had only planned on leaving the original huge shower and remove the 4 inch high walk over and replace the cabinets and sinks completely so one would be a roll under sink for me. And we were adding a ceiling track lift from the bedroom to the bath stopping above the new tub. Well, the tile and grout expert looked carefully at the great shower that was only 3 years old and said he couldn't cut a space out of the bottom and he was worried about these incredibly tiny cracks we couldn't even see. We went and tried to go with our original plan. We were 800 miles away when we got email pictures of all the mold on the wood studs and plywood under all that tile and green board. He found the first mold at that area we just wanted removed. The guy doing the track lift also mentioned the mold in his email update and he worked for another company. So, yes, the cost of our renovation almost doubled but it has rubber backing on the new shower, a hot water on demand gas water heater and since we needed to retile an entire huge shower and soaking tub surround we did the floor in both the bath and walk in closet in a porcelin tile that looks and feels like real stone. Emi2, I think, used the same kind of tile. We are happy with the finished product. We also donated lighting fixtures and the old sinks and toilets, well cleaned and barely used, to a local warehouse where many do-it-yourself types and charities like Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together buy these lightly used items at very discounted prices.
            But to answer your question honestly, yes, here in the US cost overruns are more common than not. When we lived in Italy any work by home contractors was outragously priced to begin with and yet, in Germany there were few problems there and the inspections on finished builds were very tough so workers are very detail oriented. Yes, pre-SCI we lived in Europe for many years.
            Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

            Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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