Wednesday, June 1, 2016

First World Problems

Cool Spanish Flowerpot spotted at Cordoba
So today I am running around madly trying to pack everything for our weekend trip to Ucluelet and Tofino which we leave for tomorrow.

We got some rather bad news this morning.  Our beautiful new floors that we had put in last August and paid $8000 to have installed in our hallway, front entry, kitchen, dining room and living room are faulty.  They creak really loudly.  Initially we had thought they were just settling but it is getting worse.  We called the flooring company as there is a warranty on it.  They thought it might have been improperly installed (they installed it) as unless you leave a bit of room for expansion and contraction between the boards and the wall (under baseboards) it has no room to move and may creak.  A little creaking is standard, a lot is another matter.  A salesman was here last week, he agreed with us it is creaking a lot.  Not just one place and not a normal amount.  An installer was here today with the company owner who removed the baseboards in one area and double checked their work.  It is a definitely a product issue, not an installation issue.  Now they have to go back to the manufacturer and see what they say.  Needless to say what this likely means is that all of it will have to be bloody ripped up and redone.  In the mean time we wait.  Did I mention that we installed it before we had our new appliances put in?  Crikey.  It will mean a larger job than it was the first time because of more furniture in each room. Not great news and not something I wanted to blog about until I knew the outcome but I have a sneaking suspicion this will drag on for a while.


Plus more headache of living in a construction zone.  Last time we were responsible for replacing the baseboards, re-caulking them and doing paint touch-ups.  Not this time!  I am peeved to say the least but not much we can do.  Definitely a first world problem.  Anyway, at least we get to go away this weekend, away from the creaking floors and take buddy and walk the beach and watch the crashing waves and surfers.  The weather looks like some rain and some sun so we are taking the kayaks hoping for the best.

I thought I would throw my grocery results into this post.  I went over my budget of $550 in May(all food, non-food products like cleaners and over the counter meds for two adults who eat 99% of the time at home) and came in at $599.01.  Due to being under budget last month I am still pretty much on track for the yearly budget (within $1.90 cents).  We had a couple of splurging family dinners when my stepdaughter was here plus I stocked up on over the counter meds that were on sale at the end of the month.  Sometimes you have to spend money to save money and that is why I went over-budget.

I hope to take lots of pictures of our weekend - see you on the other side!

27 comments:

  1. Have a nice non-creaky relaxing time!

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  2. I am so sorry about your floors!!!!What a PAIN!!!
    Glad you get to go away and I am already looking forward to your photos from the trip! Oh, how I would love to walk on a beach!!! Next best thing is photos of YOU doing it!!! Have fun! I KNOW you will!!

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    1. We had a great time - hard not to in one of the prettiest places on the planet :)

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  3. Have fun this weekend. We will be camping at Sasquatch park. Well, I sure hope your floor issue will get resolved without too much hassle.

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    1. Great scenery there too! I've been once about 15 years ago and it was very pretty

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  4. Sometimes you have to spend money to save money, so true. I hope your flooring problem gets solved.

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    1. The flooring issue is being sorted but it still drives me crazy

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  5. Creaking floors bring life to place, ghost that is.

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    1. No ghosts, house is way too young :)

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  6. Hope you have a great trip. Not good news about the floor, but at least you won't have to pay for the repairs, not that the inconvenience isn't paying in a way. - Margy

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    1. Yes, we are fortunate the company is reputable. They seem to be doing the right thing

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  7. Have a great weekend! Hope everything on the flooring issue works out well, but what a pain in the butt.

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  8. Have a great weekend. Don' think about flooring!

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    1. We had a great weekend and didn't think about the flooring at all! Alcohol helped too :)

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  9. What a huge pain! For sure they will have to do all the extras to make your home perfect again.

    Meanwhile enjoy your time away.

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    1. They have agreed to a replacement unexpectedly fast. I wonder if they had issues with others.

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  10. Groannnnn! I sympathize with your dilemma - I hope the only creaking you hear over the weekend is of the cricket variety!

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    1. 3/4 of our house is like that! and getting worse but the company agreed there is an issue and it is getting sorted, fortunately not on our dime. Still a big pain though.

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  11. Looking forward to the photos from your trip.

    Good luck with the flooring. Having to have work re-done is such a pain in the a$$.

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    1. Fortunately we will not have to pay for the redo except in time and inconvenience. It would have been great if they had gotten it right the first time.

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  12. What a shame about the floor - sounds like they're taking your complaint seriously though, which must make things a little easier. x

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    1. It does but it is still a gigantic pain in the arse....I was thinking of asking them to deliver a case of wine at the same time as the flooring :)

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  13. YOu poor thing. I hate when you think you are done with something and moving on to the next project and you have to go back and work on something that was scratched off the to do list. Chin up!
    We seem to be redoing brakes a lot around here.

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    1. I am so over renovations and to have to do it all over again! AAARG

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  14. Oh MAN! I'm glad I have old floors in an old house that are supposed to creak : )

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