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Love At First Site

How Love Turned to Hate – A Tale of Sheetrocking WRONG

There are quite a few things that I love – some more typical than others (don’t get me started on why broccoli is the best vegetable ever, and you already know how I feel about dirt).  Well to make myself sound even more normal, I’ve also always loved sheetrock.  I can remember being on the job sites when I was younger and playing with little chunks for hours (cause isn’t this how every little girl spends her summers?).  

Anyhow, this love quickly turned into HATE when our normal sheetrocker — at the last-minute — decided that he couldn’t commit to a start date.  And, then almost as soon as our back-up sheetrocker began to work, it became obvious that with a little bit of guidance (and let’s not lie, a few more pounds of muscle) I would have been able to do a better job.  So, let me share with you what I learned from this experience:

  • How to kick someone of the job (and yes, it’s awkward)
  • The value of having a father who can fix just about anything (Glenno re-did and finished it all)

  • And I also learned that it’s not a good sign when:
    • It takes the guys an hour to hang one sheet cause they are trying to figure out where the holes for the recessed lights need to be
    • Even after they’ve spent said hour, they still cover up one of the lights
    • They try to fix a bubble under the tape (which you pointed out to them in the first place) by putting more joint compound over it rather than cutting it out
    • The sand created from sanding the joint compound creates so much dust that it breaks the shop vac

About LoveAtFirstSite

Some people love dogs, some people love cars, but not me. I love dirt. I'm pretty sure it's not the first thing you think when you see me, but it's true--I really love dirt. Although, I'm picky about where my dirt comes from. Construction sites are perfect, backyards are OK, but the streets of NYC not so much. So now that you know that I love dirt, you may want to know why. I've been on and off construction sites since I was little. And here's a picture to prove it. I recently quit my public relations job in NYC in the pursuit of cleaner dirt. I love home renovations and remodeling, and I've been working closely with my dad who has been in the business for 40 plus years to learn everything I can. I’m also a full-time residential real estate agent in the Greater Fairfield area. I’m dragging my fiancé, Neil, along for the ride too. For those of you who know us, thanks for reading. And for those of you who don’t, welcome to our house flipping, home remodeling, suburbanite lives! Alana Brier | Newtown, CT | 203.304.4235 |


One thought on “How Love Turned to Hate – A Tale of Sheetrocking WRONG

  1. I’ve been, there, done that! I was SO reluctant to hire a sheetrock guy but my husband insisted and then left it up to me to fire him. It’s not pleasant, AT ALL. But when it’s your house…hey, too bad. The worst part was knowing I’d have to finish it myself because hubby won’t touch sheetrock work. I feel for you because I had to fix EVERY THING that guy screwed up and it takes forever to undo the wrong in sheetrock. All I can say is… I’m so sorry.. and yes, thank goodness you have a willing and talented father to back you up when things go south. Lucky YOU!
    Sheetrock is at the bottom of my list of “fun things”. (really it shouldn’t be on the fun list, should it?) HA!

    Posted by Stacey@aGh | May 14, 2012, 5:16 pm

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