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post #21 of 34 Old 12-26-2008, 08:01 PM
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The elusive carrott dangled out jst far enough you will never reach it. If you can do this first, I will have more things for you to do, but you have to do it for this amount. I wonder why the guys tools and truck were still there, she probably drove him to kill himself. See if the keys are still in it!!

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post #22 of 34 Old 12-27-2008, 12:45 AM
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Check the hinges to see what the overlay is...you can`t put in an upper shelf without an H-unit or (place for the doors). A face frame might be too close to the mantle. You need to find where the other guy stepped on his own toes!! Keep it simple!! Repair...and use what`s there. Rick

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Looks like he could not figure out how to build the upper doors. You might have to build an applied header and bull-nose between upper and lower doors. Good Luck! Rick

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PIANOMAN!!! The only person to offer any hope... Thanks for nothin' everybody else! I'm just kidding. I e-mailed the woman asking if she would consider a complete redesign that would be correct, and functional. She wants to see the sketch up so that's a good sign in the right direction. Hopefully all goes well with that.

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I bet it was the husband who thought he could handle the project. He has to hide somewhere in the house while you fix his screw ups.
I have had to help women fix something while the husband was fiddle farting around on another project that was sure to be yet another screw up
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yeah! or maybe the lady tried to do it her self and broke a nail and can't admit...oh i better not go there. nevermind!
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Maybe I can talk her into letting me have the truck. Its been in her driveway for over a month. What are the rules on that?
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Maybe I can talk her into letting me have the truck. Its been in her driveway for over a month. What are the rules on that?
I think it's finders keepers, loosers weepers.

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Maybe I can talk her into letting me have the truck. Its been in her driveway for over a month. What are the rules on that?
Don't know about your neck of the woods, but.

We have rent houses and when they leave a car, truck,
we have to call the city to take care of it as abandon.
If you want to try to recover any money with it, we
have to get a lawyer, run an add in three newspapers,
send registered letters to their last know address and
wait six months. Then do it again. Then the car or
truck must be sold at auction and any left over
funds must be returned to the owner. If the owner
shows up with in a year, everything has to be returned
and they get the car or truck back.

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Someone else might have pointed this out, but that's reeeeeally close to the fireplace mantle! Doesn't leave a lot of room for any trim on the outside. You could redesign the piece and spend less than 25% of your budget on materials (if you went doorless and added more shelves), but that wouldn't leave a lot left over for your labor. Big space at the top for the TV and some nice shelves below instead of the center divider the last guy stuck in the middle. 2 sheets of nice plywood max, plus trim materials, and it looks like he left you some plywood to get you started...
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You will not make anything only charging $250, but you should lean some things. Finishing the thing, frame and doors are the art of a project like that. I would walk away. If you choose not to that is fine I have done my fair share of work for free, but just know that going in. You have about 8-10 hours of work to get that project looking good. But your plan is on thy correct tract. Don't mess with the tools or truck; it will just cause you problems. And for future refrence ppl lie, bid a project one piece at a time. If you do good work ppl will call you back, but dont give someone a "deal" hopeing for more work.
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Do not even think about it. There are all kinds of legal entanglements.

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Homeowner can have it towed and impounded. From there it's the property of the towing company. Then you can ask them to let you know when it comes up for auction. They'll hold it for 30 day's or so on average then sell it. I do foreclosures once in a while and they leave perfectly good cars there and I have to have them towed.

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The truck and the tools are pobably STOLEN! That's why he left them. Call 911 from her phone and run! Don't ask me I'm hiding from the guvmnt? bill

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