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  1. First post...

    from the new place. I will post pics after all our stuff is here on Friday.

    HELL NO!!! We wanna see some photos showing all the moving chaos!! LOL........

    Seriously though, I'm glad your ordeal has come to an end and here's wishing you & your family the best of times ahead and turning that house into a home.

    Of course....not sure what all of us are gonna do for entertainment now that you'll no longer be posting "war stories". [;)] [:)]

    Tom

    Tom, as far as entertainment goes. Damon said something about "no curtains for awhile". If we get desperate for entertainment we could "drive by the new place". I am sure he and the lady of the house will be "experimenting" in each room of the house.

    Seriously, Damon, congratulations. You deserve all the best, you have put up with a lot just to be able to "sleep" in your new home.

    Good job, "grabbing the bull by the horns" with the inspectors.


  2. Okay Michael, what's up?

    I think you disappear every now and then so you can hear us all say how much we have missed you![;)]

    Well, we have missed you. Glad to see you're back. Try and stick around a little while this time. We hope you can make it to Hope also.


  3. I decided to blow my tax refund this year by starting on a home theater system.

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    Where does it all end?

    1. If you bought Klipsch, your $ is not blown, it is an investment and if my wife ask anyone here, that is the ONLY ACCEPTABLE response.

    Funny rlr, I remember hearing the same exact thing from dtel a couple of years ago. After researching his comments on my own, I totally agreed with him. It is an investment. I think my own "addiction" began at that point.


  4. As punishment, Klipshdude should have to be Kathy Mason from this point on.

    I agree. That is good prospect for standard sentencing guidelines for this particular offense.

    I think he/she/it is confused enough. IMO we should just give he/she/it time to figure out whether or not they want to participate in this forum in an honest fashion.


  5. Yep, that's it!

    Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are VERY touristy....lots of trinket shops, lot of small "carnival" like places for kids......if you go during the height of summer, beware of traffic. We were stuck for what seemed like an eternity on the highway leading into Gatlinburg from the interstate. I forget which highway...

    I didn't get the opportunity to check out Dollywood, so no opinions there. I'm sure kids love it. The only good part of the area (to me) is Smoky Mountain National Park. Once you get into the park, it's back to nature, and all the annoying shops and attractions go away--and it's just beautiful. Still can be fairly crowded, though, but not nearly as bad as the streets of town.

    Ditto, everything Amy says.

    Great Smoky Mountains...my favorite vacation spot. Amy, its 441 you were stuck on. Traffic for miles and miles and miles.

    Never been to Dollywood...don't think I am missing too much.

    Cades Cove, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Gatlinburg to Cherokee...all must sees. Plan a full day for Cades Cove and a full day for trip to Cherokee. It is awesome. I couldn't pick one over the other so be sure you have time to do all three.

    We visit those areas every time we go to GSM (at least once a year, sometimes two or three times a year). Cades Cove, deer will walk right up to your car. Almost guaranteed to see black bears in summer. Turkeys, too.

    It is miserable in summer so be sure to bring very light clothing.

    Fini, I hope you guys will have a few days in that area to take in the sights. Try to get out of town as much as you can.


  6. Thank you DrWho. What was the 4? about? Are you confused about whether all four of us are actually women?

    Max, maybe Klipsdude was pretending to be Kathy?

    BTW, I can assure all of you that I have only one personality, although it does change ocassionally based on which one of dtel's personalities is present.


  7. I would suggest you consider working very closely with the builder's association once the project is complete. The state licensing agency responsible for contractors could prove very helpful. I would recommend you work on getting any documentation you may have in order. Documentation, witnesses and a time line will prove invaluable in your quest to "expose" these guys.

    I would also suggest you consult with an attorney (maybe you have a friend/attorney that would help you out). You could have the attorney review any actions you wish to take. Especially those in writing. Even the truth, if not absolutely backed up by witnesses or documentation could prove costly to you.

    In any event, I would take the "risk" and expose these guys. If you let them get away with this others will suffer the horrors that you have. I am really surprised there is no criminal element to everything that has happened with your house.

    Since Hurricane Katrina a common criminal charge being pursued in this area is "theft by misrepresentation". Because you have a written contract this could be considered entirely civil. I would recommend consulting with your local authorities. If I understand all this correctly you have been paying the mortgage on this house for over a year now? This situation may be considered "theft by misrepresentation" because of the money you have spent and conversations etc. you may have had with the builder regarding completion.

    A demand letter for extra expenses you have incurred may be an appropriate course of action. In any event, see if you can "rustle up" an attorney for advice and make your move(s) as soon as construction is final.

    With all due respect.....did you not read the post where Damon said that he is TAPPED OUT with regards to available funds? So if Damon can't come up with the bucks for a deck, how's he gonna retain an attorney? And how much of Damon's future funds is he willing to part with?? I mean, if Damon took the moola he'd spend on this and put it in a college trust fund, he'd have his kids education covered by the time they hit 18. All this get a lawyer stuff is all well & good, but not every place in the U.S. is suffering the same kind of swindling that the Katrina disaster folks are.

    And here's a possibility no one seems to be considering (which BTW has nothing to do with my support of Damon). What if Damon is that one in 100+ homes anomoly where everything that could go wrong does? It's kinda tough to portray the builder in a bad light if he's got plenty of satisfied customers.

    3 sides to every story: yours, their's, and the truth.

    Tom

    The example of Katrina cases was simply to point out there is a possibility that "theft by misrepresentation" could have ocurred on Damon's project. If I am correct, he was given a "firm" price to complete construction on his house. That "firm" price has increased considerably. In addition, the "completion date" has been postponed numerous times for various reasons.

    There are contractors who will "low ball" bids in order to secure the contract (usually the contract is severely flawed). Once the dotted line is signed all the loop holes in the contract are utilized by the contractor to continue the deception and fraud.

    Some attorneys offer free consultations, or at least reasonable consult fees.

    I am not a "sue happy" person, but Damon's house project seems "out of sorts" with normal construction practices. Dtel and I have landscaped a lot of custom built homes and we have never heard of anyone having as many problems as Damon is experiencing.

    Being the last contractor on the job we hear every complaint a homeowner has about their contractor and I can assure you, all of the complaints combined don't equal to Damon's problems.

    The builder should have known that a deck would be required. I would also be real surprised if this contractor doesn't have a few other dissatisfied customers.

    Displaying of appliance manuals are a requirement to protect the homeowner. The inspector can then assume the homeowner will be in possession of the manuals.


  8. I would suggest you consider working very closely with the builder's association once the project is complete. The state licensing agency responsible for contractors could prove very helpful. I would recommend you work on getting any documentation you may have in order. Documentation, witnesses and a time line will prove invaluable in your quest to "expose" these guys.

    I would also suggest you consult with an attorney (maybe you have a friend/attorney that would help you out). You could have the attorney review any actions you wish to take. Especially those in writing. Even the truth, if not absolutely backed up by witnesses or documentation could prove costly to you.

    In any event, I would take the "risk" and expose these guys. If you let them get away with this others will suffer the horrors that you have. I am really surprised there is no criminal element to everything that has happened with your house.

    Since Hurricane Katrina a common criminal charge being pursued in this area is "theft by misrepresentation". Because you have a written contract this could be considered entirely civil. I would recommend consulting with your local authorities. If I understand all this correctly you have been paying the mortgage on this house for over a year now? This situation may be considered "theft by misrepresentation" because of the money you have spent and conversations etc. you may have had with the builder regarding completion.

    A demand letter for extra expenses you have incurred may be an appropriate course of action. In any event, see if you can "rustle up" an attorney for advice and make your move(s) as soon as construction is final.


  9. I was going to suggest contacting the local and state builder's association, as well as any other associations the contractor may hold membership in.

    I was also going to recommend that you contact the contractor's licensing board for your state. This is generally the quickest way to get something resolved.

    The third option, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. At least your complaint will be documented and the builder will have to satisfy your complaints, or the complaint will remain as "unsatisfactorily resolved".

    I hope the builder has accepted responsibility for the deck and the cost of the deck. I would at least consider a 4x4 deck. 3x3 is extremely small and could actually be dangerous, especially if you have small children.

    Last but not least, if you have "taken title" to the property, you should be able to "pull a building permit" for a deck yourself. I am not sure about the laws in your particular state. Most laws heavily favor the homeowner. The trim carpenter that worked on your house may be able to the job for you.


  10. We got home late last night.

    What a treat, it snowed all day Saturday, but cleared up for us to be able to drive home on Sunday.

    Had a great trip, two of our daughters, three of our grandchildren, our niece, and "dtel's daughter's" fiance went with us. The grandchildren love the mountains, this is the third trip to the Smokies for the 4 and 5 year old and the second trip for the 3 year old. It is so wonderful to hear their reactions.

    The snow in the higher elevations was loose powder about a foot and half deep. We actually had to pack the snow to be able to use the sleds. We found one area that we could slide down without sleds. A steep short slope. Talk about fun. The four year old granddaughter is a dare devil. She jumped right on the hill, slid down spinning, ended up sliding face first for about thirty feet. She climbed right back up the hill and went again.

    We played in the snow for three days and on the way home took the kids on a cave tour. Racoon Mountain Cave in Chattanooga, TN. We have toured a few caves, but this by far was one of the best. The live formations in this cave are superb. It is one of the top rated caves in the United States. Our five year old grandson really liked the tour guide, she was only sixteen years old and related very well to the kids.

    All in all, a wonderful trip to my favorite place to visit.


  11. Gary,

    All the weather reports indicated 3 feet + in the upper most elevations? The area we usually sled is a hill right beside a vehicle pullover about 1/4 mile from Newfoundland Gap in the Smokies.

    One report said 41" at Mounte Leconte!!!![H] Stays lots colder at the top as much as 10 to 15 cooler. And our hill is under the trees!!![;)] So the snow melts a little slower.

    You are right, we are going to head out about 6:00p.m. tomorrow evening.[*]


  12. I was so excited when I saw this thread. No snow here, so what are we gonna do...drive almost eleven hours to play in the snow. We are leaving Wednesday, heading to the Smokies to play with the grandkids and our "grown" kids in the snow.

    Dtel thinks I am crazy. The first thing you see when you open our attic...snow disks...they stay close at hand... I LOVE the snow and try to go to the Smokies every chance I can. I usually have to drag Dtel screaming. He says we have a picture of every overlook in TN [:o] And his point is....

    Imagine snow disks in South Mississippi[:o] Will take some pics, suppose to be almost four feet of snow at Mt. LeConte.

    Moon, catch a plane and meet us....[;)]


  13. For any of you that are not familiar with fire ants I would strongly recommend that you bring some Benadyrl along for the trip. Most "yankees" and maybe some others have not developed a tolerance for fire ants and they can cause a serious allergic reaction.

    Another suggestion Trey, there are some granular fire ant treatments available that work very well. A local feed store would be able to assist in that area, if you care to check it out.


  14. It appears Ms. Dtel was right on the money for Saturday at the Farmhouse again, nice call[;)]

    Thank you very much set![H]

    I will do my drinking on Friday night as my two little knaves (3 & 5) will be wearing me out out Fathers day that Sunday so I don't want to be doing that with a hang over so put me on dez driver alert for Saturday also[:D]

    Maybe we should designate drivers prior to arrival in Hope?


  15. Don't worry, I will have the whole new "sharing" law figured out by then, including, but not limited to, loopholes that fit our situation. There is usually always a good one if you are having a "charitable event."

    Travis

    We live in a dry county also. In our area, if the "event" is a private party, the "dry county" law doesn't apply. Just a thought, as afar as loopholes go.[;)]


  16. We may end up using the farmhouse for Sat night as well, If that turns out to be the case, you could set up camp in the back yard.

    Trey,

    In another thread, I think it is entitled "Saturday Night" this was offered up as a suggestion. It seems everyone is very happy with the "farmhouse" idea. It is apparently far enough "out of the way" that we wouldn't bother anyone and it would be safe in the event of a "rain out".


  17. Picky,

    When our girls were younger we kept the volume low. When Buddy, our grandson who is now 5 came along we "cranked the volume up" whether it was music or a movie. Buddy stays sound asleep, even when the volume is "rattling the windows". It's all in what they get used to. So...our advice..."turn up the volume."

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