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Old 03-19-2009, 03:07 PM   #61
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by consumer reports?

you have to re-seal granite too.
Yeah they are relying on pop-science...basically buying into the solid-surface marketing machine. I have solid surface and it is great...but it isn't any more safe than granite. Especially if you clean your kitchen on a regular basis. And I personally think the sealing issue is way way way overblown. Buy the sealer and wipe it on twice a year. You spend like $10 and 5 minutes of your life a year on the "hassle" of sealing.
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:15 PM   #62
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Is this your first home and where is it located? .
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I assume you're staying in the DC area right? Whereabouts is your new place? It's a great time to buy around here. Congrats!

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I am moving from Kensington to Silver Spring. It's only about 8 miles away but this place will be my own, and yes I am a first time buyer. I have waited 2 1/2 years for this (since getting out of the Army).
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:12 PM   #63
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Thanks!
I am moving from Kensington to Silver Spring. It's only about 8 miles away but this place will be my own, and yes I am a first time buyer. I have waited 2 1/2 years for this (since getting out of the Army).
Nice. I grew up in upper NW DC, but I live just across the city line in Silver Spring right now. Let me tell you, it's come a long way in the past 7-10 years. I really love it. Welcome!
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:06 AM   #64
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My wife and I make too much to get the full amount of first time buyer thing, but we will get some of it...Thanks Obama! My real estate agent and my lending agent are long time friends of my wife and her family. They have been doing a great job of looking out for us at every decision.

I will not be living so close to the line, I am a few miles up 29. The area is nice and the homes are a bit more reasonably priced.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:35 AM   #65
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That's awesome Angry, congrats! There is nothing like buying your first home...

What's your proximity to Four Corners?
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:59 AM   #66
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That's awesome Angry, congrats! There is nothing like buying your first home...

What's your proximity to Four Corners?
About 6 miles North East. In between Cherry Hill and Briggs Cheyney
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So the wife and I are moving into a new house soon and we're doing some major remodeling in the new place.

New hardwood floors throughout the main living area and in the master bedroom, a brand new kitchen, new carpets in the guest bedrooms, new paint, etc.

We hired a guy to do the floors and carpets, and he also did some painting in 2 of the bedrooms, and he scrapped our popcorn ceilings. This guy came recommended from a neighbor, and we checked his work there and everything seemed fine.

We haven't been too happy with this floor guy so far but the crap really hit the fan tonight. Up until now his work wasn't horrible necessarily, but he just kept missing deadlines and was hard to get in touch with sometimes. So we stopped in to check out the floors tonight and they looked horrible, just pathetic. I swear a monkey could have done a better job. Blotches everywhere. Obviously he did a piss poor job with the sanding and every blemish is showing, big time.

So we're into this project pretty deep and I could just throw up after seeing the total amateur job he did with the hardwoods. Luckily, the contractor we have doing the kitchen remodel is a real professional and a great guy, I only wish we would have just hired him to do the whole house. He's calling his guy that does floors to come out and see if he can salvage the damage that's already been done. Best case he can sand them properly and stain them again, worst case we might have to rip up the floors and start over.

We feel like we've been kicked in the gut. We're just thankful the contractor who is doing the kitchen is a real pro who can help us out. Hell, he even flat out old told the floor guy he did a shit job right to his face!

I guess the lesson here is to really do your homework when hiring a contractor for a major job, and get more than just a neighbor's recommendation. I think this contractor was just a small time guy who bit off more than he could chew, and unfortunately we're the ones that have to deal with cleaning up his mess.
sorry to hear about your luck

hope this works out man

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Old 04-01-2009, 07:00 PM   #68
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Had our small claims case today and we won, slam F'ing dunk. The dude didn't even show up. F'ing coward. Too bad we probably won't see a dime from this scumbag but it's satisfying to at least have the judgment in our favor.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:32 AM   #69
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^ Always feels good.
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Had our small claims case today and we won, slam F'ing dunk. The dude didn't even show up. F'ing coward. Too bad we probably won't see a dime from this scumbag but it's satisfying to at least have the judgment in our favor.

Congrats. What was the judgment?
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Had our small claims case today and we won, slam F'ing dunk. The dude didn't even show up. F'ing coward. Too bad we probably won't see a dime from this scumbag but it's satisfying to at least have the judgment in our favor.
Congratulations on that man; hope you can recover something.
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Congrats. What was the judgment?
The max allowed, 3k plus court fees
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