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Concrete....a substance controlled entirely by aliens, gypsies, fairies and prayers

Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,347 ✭✭✭✭

Our photographer is putting in a pool. He has been trying to get the concrete done for over a month. So, I've been working around this to get our work done on several occations.

It has rained nearly every day he was scheduled to have them come..some days it said it was going to rain, but didn' looks HOPEFULLY today is THE day.

I swear, they were supposed to be there at 10am....but when he called to check on things, they informed him that they had not even loaded the truck yet and they would know a time once that was done. (Why give a time at all if this is how it is done is my question.)

I swear.....after all the nonsense involved in getting this done.....all the rescheduling and craziness involved.....if he told me a talking billygoat drove up in the truck it would not shock me.

I was thinking about getting my driveway redone, but I don't think I can handle more ordeals with the concrete guys.

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  • AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 14,948 ✭✭✭✭

    Every concrete company I ever dealt with could be counted on to arrive on time or they were sent back, never to be called upon again.

    Sounds like they don't belong in business.

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  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,180 ✭✭✭✭

    How has your weather? Weather has a lot to do with concrete. Especially something like a swimming pools

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  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,091 ✭✭✭✭

    Most pools today, are made of Gunite and stotcrete. It's like concrete, but last longer. Ours was made of concrete, as it was an older pool. It is in the process of being filled in, as nobody wants to buy a house with a built in pool anymore, because of the liability. Damn thing is more work than it is worth.

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 13,729 ✭✭✭✭

    Concrete isn't what it's cracked up to be.

    But seriously... it's what Alpine said. If a contractor says concrete at 9:30 a.m. and the truck doesn't roll up until 10-ish, that's the last pour the concrete company will make for that contractor.

    It's even worse if the concrete truck shows up on time, and the finishing guys wander in an hour later. They'd be fired on the spot with no pay. Because the whole pour may be lost.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,347 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm trying to stay out of this as much as possible....even though it is affecting things here. We all work together to get as much done as possible here. Once we are past the pool ordeal it will all be back to normal around least as normal as we can get it. I'm not a fan of these concrete guys.

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  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 65,607 ******

    Never had an experience even close to that with a concrete co.

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  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,180 ✭✭✭✭

    We live in chilly climate and I could probably count all the pools on one hand lol anyway one day I look out the upstairs window and there's a very large swimming pool hanging in there air.... Brrr

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  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 56,971 ******

    Many of mem have waited for concrete, but concrete will wait for no man. Get after it when it shows up.

  • tomh.tomh. Member Posts: 3,783 ✭✭✭✭

    I've had much the same experience with roofers. As a group, what a bunch of flakes.

  • scooterdriverscooterdriver Member Posts: 1,076 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 31

    Strange. In my experience people in the concrete business are either organized or unemployed. There’s money in it, but it’s hard work and wears out your body.

    Pools are a money pit. I hope your photographer checked with his home owner’s insurance company…he might be in a for an unwelcome surprise.

    Good luck getting past the interruption soonest.

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 5,956 ✭✭✭✭

    Have to go with the group. Show up on time or get sent home . Too many people waiting on the clock can ruin a pocketbook . And there are other concrete companies about .

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
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