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Update on La Casa del Fly

This is an update to bring you up to speed with the great trials and tribulations of managing La Casa del Fly.

So the contractor came, not the usual guy. I hired a friend of a friend, and unfortunately, he works alone. The good news is he does not employ lots of idiotic illegal Mexicans. The bad news is it takes him 3x as long to do anything, due to the quality of his workmanship.

The plumber took a look and surmised the upstairs bathroom is no longer routing into the main. Essentially, that fucker “went rogue” and is simply pouring freely into the foundation of the house, the wall, floors, whatever. The upstairs bathroom is no longer restricted by asshole “water prisons” aka pipes. As a result, water is all over the outside, garage, and most egregiously, under the downstairs bathroom tiles and throughout the entire downstairs Brazilian Cherry floors. The bathroom is not an issue, since I want to upgrade it anyway. However, if I am interested in preventing a fucking black mold from permeating the plywood under the wood floors, I may need to rip up the fucking floors, in order to let it dry out. ROFL

This shit is so funny, especially since we have all sorts of parties planned in the near future. I can’t wait to see the look on peoples faces when they go to the bathroom and find nothing but beams and exposed sewer pipes.

Trust me when I say, this all bodes well for stock market gains. The more black mold the better. As a matter of fact, fuck this house entirely. “Knock it down and try it again,” is my motto.

It was also funny hearing the contractor pitch me cheap price points from his quarry supply, as if I need that shit. I imagine people nickel and dime him often, mainly because people are fucking idiots, always trying to rip someone off. Look, if the guy does good work, who am I to nickel and dime him, in order to save a few thousand dollars? If you want to save money, eat rats for dinner.

The way I see it, if you want something of quality, you should pay up for it.

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64 comments

  1. MX2101

    If you are not already arranging it, I suggest having a couple other contractors look at this. I think the previous poster who suggested immediately researching your insurance coverage is on point.

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    • The Fly

      No point. I had several plumbers and the problem is with the upstairs pipes dislodging . Water
      Is not flowing into the main, at all. So where’s it going? Lol

      Fuck my neighbors

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      • Neighbor Old Man De Luca
        Neighbor Old Man De Luca

        Vaffanculo Neighbor.

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      • ruggyup

        Here’s hoping the neighbor doesn’t have the clap.

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      • Baron de Rothschild
        Baron de Rothschild

        It’s time to short your house.

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      • Bill Johnson

        Your homeowners should have water damage coverage, then you can have the pipes fixed by the insurance company and have them go after whoever installed your pipes orginally… stressing la fly out less and allowing you to rip the crack with the rest of us later this week…

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  2. Bullish

    I vote for knocking it down and building a new one.

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  3. Musky_Hunt

    Sounds like FLYushima to me

    Black Mold adds character, i would put it on the salad at your dinner parties

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  4. Count de Monet

    More problems at La Casa del Fly:

    http://youtu.be/SRsp3OqsHS4
    http://youtu.be/EuElJTDR5QM

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  5. MOOBER

    Dude, just get some sham wows. How much water flowed? just one shower/tub worth? Distributed over the area you describe no way mold could form let alone some kind of voodoo black mold.

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  6. Belly of the Beast
    Belly of the Beast

    I’m not a pro, but it sounds like you can open a hole in the ceiling below the upstairs bathroom, replace the trap and close up the sheet rock. $400 for the plumber, $200 for the handyman on the sheet rock.

    Everything else will dry out by itself. If the first floor bathrooms need to be retiled or just grouted; not that bad.
    The worst of it is having workers in the house. How about thick plastic sheets hung over the tiles while the grout dries ?

    http://youtu.be/fEmgDXlZZOI

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    • The Fly

      not the trap. It’s the fucking pipe

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      • Belly of the Beast
        Belly of the Beast

        That’s not a big deal. Hell, I’d go with a sharp handyman over the plumber, too.

        Want my contractor ? 35 years experience and a pilot in the Air Force during wartime.

        http://youtu.be/zyejhWpEFtY

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        • Belly of the Beast
          Belly of the Beast

          For our side.

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          • Belly of the Beast
            Belly of the Beast

            Eddie – 516 424 2194

            Tell him Bobby from Greenpoint gave you his number.

            His price depends on your WNR.

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          • franky

            you need to give Eddie a ring and warn him that you posted his phone number on a site full of angry motherfuckers who can’t manage their money. I am certain he has already received several lucrative offers to purchase the Fly’s personal phone number and address.

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          • Belly of the Beast
            Belly of the Beast

            C’est la vie …………… I’m retired NYPD and Eddie is a vet.
            Will you do better in the Yellow Pages ?
            All the Fly has to do is get a friend / relative to manage the job to stay anonymous.

            http://youtu.be/rf6n6ChLsp0

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  7. ruggyup

    All I know, without fear of contradiction, is plenty of verrry smart money guys are moving out of the good old USA. Well, many are at the very least securing ex pat domiciles prepping for the continued decline of $$$ and precarious position as a reserve currency. Lots of good sites out there, especially for those with a tidy kitty and beyond reckless pussy. Just say’n.

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  8. Green Machine

    This shit happened to me with an ice dam just after my big spike this year as if to say fuck you and your money, then the first monkey who showed up, I paid. He fucking raped me – El Salvador prison style. There were several phone conversations with choice words from moi about how a fucking roofer with a shovel nets more than a brain surgeon. I will not offer Senor advice since he is riding on dynamite sticks towards the sun and invented the Mayan calendar out of straws and gum and copper, but to the others out there, ALWAYS get THREE QUOTES.

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  9. Hugh Hendry

    FIG!

    Oh, and I never knew you were so Republican about illegal immigrants. LOL!!

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  10. TheArtist

    I thought you were moving to NC?

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  11. discoordinated

    The brent spread quote is nice on the right

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  12. LD

    Our plumbing story: No water from shower or sink etc reaching septic. Where was that water going? Big rusty holes in pipes under house. Water pouring onto ground in crawl space. Expensive problem. Glad we had no cellar.

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    • Belly of the Beast
      Belly of the Beast

      If you had a cellar , aka “basement,” the slow drip would have been caught before it became serious.

      Look into ventilation techniques for underneath the house, and HD sells termite mix and sprayers because of the moisture. They swarm up on the first warm days of spring. Moisture feeds them.

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      • LD

        Thanks BofB. We have vents but I hadn’t considered termites. I’ll look into the mix etc.

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  13. shipwrecked&alone
    shipwrecked&alone

    sorry to hear about the plumbing problems. hope all ends well and soon.

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  14. GYSC

    Sucks Fly, the happiness of home ownership. So much fun.

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  15. WTF

    Loved the analogy! Liquidity tearing down the walls and destroying hard assets aka “Brazilian cherry floors”. Sort of your private QE3 flood.

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  16. Juiceyfruit

    I guess I’ll take my cue to buy more WNR .

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  17. drummerboy

    i’m sorry,i gotta die laughing,not because of what happened.just from the comments.

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  18. LorenzofromTheRoyalFlushCo.
    LorenzofromTheRoyalFlushCo.

    Hey Fly!! WTF!!!!! Your check bounced AGAIN!!! I will fix da pipes when yose gets me cash. I will snake da pipes for free wit my WNR if yose don’t pay me fast. At least yose neighbor der named Steve pays on time. Take a lesson.

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  19. Taco

    Do it yourself. Learn a skill. Step outside the box.

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  20. Yogi & Boo Boo

    lol at all the trader handymen.

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    • Belly of the Beast
      Belly of the Beast

      Prefer to be called “slum lord”, as I don’t do the work myself. You can’t help but learn as you go, just like car repair. You just have to realize that plumbers and contractors charge triple what a handyman charges, yet he can do just as well, if you find a sharp one.

      When you find a sharp one, never let him go. Buy him coffee and lunch and tip him 20%
      Chat about something that interests HIM. Same with your car mechanic.
      You’ll be surprised at the “insiders” price and freebies along the way.
      Life lesson, no ?

      http://youtu.be/aMGu6457tFY

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    • drummerboy

      except if you have a handyman business……..

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  21. ruggyup

    Superbly appropriate. Thank you!

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  22. Frog in Dynamite Stick Car with Lit Candles
    Frog in Dynamite Stick Car with Lit Candles

    Latest you tube video on inflation going around now:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL7V9BnJXO8

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  23. Trading Nymph

    OK…it was the RRR (researve rate) the Winner this week for the New Game Show “How Are We Going To STOP Inflation”, China Style. March 25th was the last RRR hike, I first thought it was raising the Gas Price..but they only did that April 7. They don’t want to raise interests rates until June cuz it brings more hot money (out of the country illegal investments). They have such a mess on their hands. They have to get to Bitch Slapping the Metal Speculators if they really want to play hardball…but until then they will continue to play their game of RRR hike, Gas Price hike, Interest rate hike..repeat.

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    • go2mars

      What tools do they have for “bitch-slapping” metal speculators?

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  24. Braveflaps, Purveyor of All that is Awesome
    Braveflaps, Purveyor of All that is Awesome

    Always pay for Madame de la Qualite, indeud…

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  25. Trading Nymph

    Fly sorry about your house. It always sucks. OK, now talk about lame…I have been busy bidding in Ebay on Natalie from the Dixie Chicks old clothes, she’s selling them there…I am not sure who is more pathetic…Her, selling her stuff at pennies on the dollar of what she paid for it….or me bidding on them? See what happens when your a Bear, you have to wear hand me downs.

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    • Bullish

      I would buy her clothes and burn them. She was the Benedict Arnold that called George W. a war monger.
      Please don’t wear those traitor clothes Nymph.

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    • ruggyup

      Nymph, you vixen. Come on, Dixie Chicks duds from eBay? Probably filled with bugs and diseases. Forget show biz look alike, be yourself. Be what you are. BARE! Even drop the white frock and market your own persona, the Bare Bear!

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    • Frog in Dynamite Stick Car with Lit Candles
      Frog in Dynamite Stick Car with Lit Candles

      Hey, Nymph. I vote for doing whatever you damn please. It’s a free country– well, comparatively speaking.

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      • Trading Nymph

        Bullish…Its DESIGNER for almost free,omg, lol. I have no morals and am so Apolitical unless it effects the market.. Its sort of hard to have Morals in this game unless your always long. Ruggyup, the Bare Bear,…lol…and lose my swan, lol..have to think about that one,lol……for the items…two words “Dry Cleaning”, it looks like she is no longer wearing the sizes any more, ouch.. Frog..well its at least a cheap country when people are trying to sell their used stuff.and can’t get much for them at all cuz everyone is having a hard time filling up their gas tanks..but Ben B will save the day,

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        • Bullish

          I’m actually very apolitical as well, unless it effects the market too… hope you win the next auction – watch more Auction Kings on Discovery, might help.

          Maybe Fly will give you a tab for the Bare Bear, I’d read.

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  26. Mark

    “Look, if the guy does good work, who am I to nickel and dime him, in order to save a few thousand dollars?”

    Good attitude on your part, but probably not one your contractor hears very often. Anyway, sorry to hear about the whole mess, but anxiously looking forward to the winning trades that will result in order to balance this out 🙂

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  27. inandout@aol.com

    Had the same thing happen a month or so ago. Water can really mess shit up!
    It got under my wood floors between the black felt paper and the wood (undryable)had to rip them all up , had to tear up all my tiles in the other room and carpet in the downstairs bedroom, tore all my new cabinets out , and I just got everything put in new about 5 years ago. My floors were Antinque Rosey oak from the 1930’s kept stored away perfectly for about 75 years got them from a small local wood guy found out naturally they can’t be replaced , I was pissed (really liked those floors) I really felt like burning my house down at the time .

    All the water came from a tiny fuking seal that ran under my kitchen sink that must have froze and cracked weeks if not months ago. The water had to be leaking for a few weeks at least from under the cabinets unnoticed.
    I didn’t notice it till I came home one day and said wow my floors look good , nice and shiny (from the water lol), I wonder who waxed them?, then looked closer and noticed the water coming up slightly between two of the boards and starting yelling obesinities before I took a Axe to the floors in a panic to try and find the leak like a lunitic , not knowing(stupid me ) at the time it was coming from under the cabinet.
    Had just got back from a two month vacation(looking forward to being home) I did not want to stay at a hotel again, So I lived upstairs with no kitchen for about 6 weeks, had my coffee maker set up in the hallway with a small kichen like area of my making with the college fridge microwave thing going, living between the upstairs bedrooms, and at night It was awesome I had the pleasure of listening to the calming new aged sounds of 10 industrial dryers and 4 humidifers running in a sympathic harmony of vibrations and rumblings.
    Good news though my fireplace was ok .
    It’s fun to own a house, it goes down in value every year and you get to fix it too.

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  28. inandout

    Tn Dixie Chicks! lol
    did you get them?

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  29. alphadawgg

    If you would just go with a 5-star yurt and a 4-star outhouse, your problems would be solved pronto. I know you’re into top quality, but there is no such thing as a 5-star outhouse.

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  30. Belly of the Beast
    Belly of the Beast

    Sorry for your misery. As far as leaks under kitchen cabinets; you could catch a slow leak early by laying a wide piece of tissue paper or even newspaper across the top of your stuff inside the cabinet. Check it once a month for water drop stains. A few drops will show if you have a slow leak.

    Always study your ceilings for water stains that start out as minor.
    Roof leaks can travel 20 feet horizontally from the source.

    Can anyone tell me why my fuel pumps keep breaking on my 83 Caddy ?
    Electrical short ?

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  31. More is better

    “if you want something of quality, you should pay up for it”

    We couldn’t agree more.
    For a job for Joe McMansion we may charge him $5,000
    Same exact job for Reginald Mainliner $12,000

    Main Line Contractors

    But seriously, many times higher cost is better, but certainly not always. If life were that simple, it would be,
    simple.

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  32. Cloris Leechman

    Long plumber’s crack spread…

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