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Thu Oct 30, 2014, 3:07 AM
Over the past few weeks I've been experiencing the joys of getting tradesmen in to fix various bits of my house. We've had a few roof leaks over winter, plus my auto garage door wasn't going up and down smoothly and then my hot water heater packed up.

The garage door we got fixed pretty easily, the water heater, well the guy turned up (Jims Plumbing btw...) took one look at it for all of 1 minute, said he can't do anything about it now unless he drives all over the city for some reason, and charged me $165. He then quoted $1800 to replace said water heater and tells me he can't do it until the following Monday. Meanwhile I remain without hot water...

So I said stuff that and got onto the interwebs and after about a half hour found a guy who could replace the water heater with the same model and could do so for $900! What's more he could do it at 2.00pm that afternoon. Problem solved there at least.

The roof leaks, well that became a bit of a saga. First off just trying to get a tradesman to actually answer their phone or return a message/answer an email turned out to be one of the the tasks of Hercules. When we did finally get a guy out to give a quote, he was pretty obviously a bit of a cowboy-character and quoted $1200... After another few false starts we found a guy who could do the leak repairs for $400.

Kinda wish we'd gone with the first cowboy though as the guy we used slapped grey rubber cement in great blobs all along the various roof seals that had deteriorated and this included on the cement render of my house outer surface. The house is a beige colour so the grey rubber sealant stood out like a sore thumb. I've now spent the past few days trying to find a colour that matches the colour of the house. Do you think I can find an exact match? Not a chance. (Plus since we didn't build this house and don't know who did, we can't talk to the previous owner on which colour paint they used) We found something that on the paint swatch matches closely but when I put it on its much too light. At least the spot is only about 8cm by 4cm but of course it's on the front of the house and I can bloody well see it, every, single, time, I drive into my garage.

We had a whinge at the guy who did the roof seals and he's refunded $100 of the fee but it still doesn't solve the problem does it? Btw, I looked into silicone removers etc but apparently you run the chance of removing the cement rendering as well, so I chose to avoid that risk...

So that's my ranting of late, but it brings me to the comics world and the life of a freelancer (of course...). I'm of the opinion that if you're a contractor it's only professional that you a) reply to people's messages for work regardless of how hopeless you think the project is. This is only being polite IMO. B) you give people your best effort, again regardless of how useless you think the actual project is. You've agreed to do it for money, something the other guy has already worked hard to earn, so it's only fair that you work hard as well to take it off his hands. :)

Now if only other trades could have the same attitude...

(btw, want to see what my house looks like? Here's the old real estate ad from when we bought it. That's the previous owners furniture of course though... -->

  • Mood: Irritated
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: Clive Custer - lost empire
  • Watching: TV
  • Playing: with my grand daughter
  • Eating: assorted lollies (that's candy for you foreigners)
  • Drinking: juice


Sean Ellery
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
I'm a high school teacher of Social Studies + Geography/History during the day and Caped Colouring Crusader by night, well... maybe not with an actual cape... colouring stuff on the side as a hobby and the odd paid gig here and there.

(If you're wondering about the picture in the floating screen in my DevID image above then you can find it here -->…

Current Residence: Perth Australia
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL
Favourite style of art: comic digital art
Operating System: win xp
Favourite cartoon character: pinky and the brain


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Vitali-Iakovlev Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the support!
deskridge Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch:!
SurfTiki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the contest, cant believe i scored a shared 3rd place.
And thanks for the new inks you faved.
Leuname-X31 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:pc: Thanks 4 watching Sean, been a long time fan/watcher o' yours :D
sjedi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for the fav!
JK5-Inks Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fav :)
RolandParis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fav, Sean!
Avionetca Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Thanks for the watch:D I can't belive vou added me to watch list, it's an honor! :)
kcspaghetti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:icongrin--plz: Thanks 4 the faves!
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