Martha Ann Crider Comes From a Coal Mining Family and Is the Wife of a Retired Miner Living in Fireco, near Beckley, West Virginia. She Is President of the Mountaineer Family Health Plan 05/1974

Martha Ann Crider Comes From a Coal Mining Family and Is the Wife of a Retired Miner Living in Fireco, near Beckley, West Virginia. She Is President of the Mountaineer Family Health Plan 05/1974
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Original Caption: Martha Ann Crider Comes From a Coal Mining Family and Is the Wife of a Retired Miner Living in Fireco, near Beckley, West Virginia. She Is President of the Mountaineer Family Health Plan. It Is Raleigh County’s Only Comprehensive Health Plan for 7,000 Households with 16,000 People of Which 90 Per Cent Are Coal Related She Is a Bright, Articulate Woman Who Is at Ease with the Poor, the Politicians and the Press. It Is a Federal Project Funded for .2 Million by H.E.W 05/1974

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Photographer: Corn, Jack, 1929-

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window, living room picture window – 33 – full view – unpaint’d roof edge – Lemonjello, Oranjello – IMG_3684 (20111014)

window, living room picture window – 33 – full view – unpaint’d roof edge – Lemonjello, Oranjello – IMG_3684 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
The "utility side" of our house, with all its glorious wires. I mainly took this picture to illustrate the soffit/roof edge on this side of the house. It remains unpainted, because all those wires are dangerous, and I don’t feel like painting inches away from a live electrical wire. You can see the grey I painted on the very edges — as far as my arms could reach from the corner — but at no point was any ladder ever rested against this wall. And that side of the roof is pretty scary compared to the middle of the roof. So that part doesn’t get painted.

Who was the moron who used bright orange wires outside? Daniel M. Lopez’s idiotic underlings at Virginia Design Builders, who were no longer licensed after fucking our job up, missing the contract deadline, the new deadline, and the deadline after that, and getting fined by the state. Watch out for any Hispanic construction companies operating out of Laurel, MD that employ anyone with the name Lopez, because from what I could gather, his children are continuing his legacy of idiocy. If they are as retarded as the monkeys who took over 3 years to perform a 3 month addition contract, then they are probably still screwing people to this day. These people took 40 man hours to install a new heating unit! (I’ve asked around, and most non-retarded non-monkeys say it’s a one day job.) I had an "inspection passed" sticker placed on a circuit breaker box that had never been inspected. Daniel M. Lopez was arrested for theft of subcontractor funds, and I visited the police to talk to them bout him. I wonder how the 0K lawsuit against Daniel M. Lopez (from other people who claimed to us on the phone that they were tricked into buying OUR construction materials) is doing. Hopefully he lost and faced bankruptcy, but I doubt it. I’d love to protest at Lopez’s funeral, likeWestboro Baptist Church does. Only my protest would not be based on his lifestyle choice and my hate of it due to an imaginary sky fairy, but based on him bringing actual misery and massive financial damage, unhappiness, and marital problems to many couples — some of which I’ve spoken with at length about him. If this comment sounds racist, well — situations like these are what cause people to be racist. And it’s not like the workers in my house didn’t make it a point to tell me they didn’t like black people (my brother in law at the time was black, but it’s offensive to hear whether or not I have black family). And another screwed subcontractor came to my house yelling, "I thought I could trust him because he was Mexican! But he’s a fucking Indian!" (My builder was Mexican Native American.) What the fuck! You’re a minority; learn that it sucks and don’t foist that same suckage and judgment on others. Sorry. Got on a little side-rant about race, because I can just imagine how this caption might be interpreted negatively by some people (esp if you’re Hispanic–sorry). I call the people who worked on my house retarded monkeys not because of their race, but because they were uneducated idiots who screwed every possible thing up — like installing a thermostat so high Carolyn couldn’t see the display, having a floor made out of pieces of wood that were fucking trapezoids and shit that makes no sense, bringing a tractor-trailer-sized dumpster of other people’s trash from other jobs and leaving it in our driveway until we called a tow company, creating a roof that makes it so that when it rains, it rains inside, etc, etc, etc, etc.

So yeah, that orange wire makes me pretty angry. Use some fucking common sense. The west side of my house is ugly enough without making it worse.

Lemonjello the cat, Oranjello the cat, attic vent, bricks, gutters, house maintenance, living room window, soffit, well, wires.

roof, side yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 14, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

So the largest window in our house — actually 3 windows — was a major pain, and one of the few single-pane windows in the house. It would leak heat/cold in the summer/winter, and looked really bad compared to the new siding we had installed 6 or so years ago. So we decided to go ahead and replace just this window (actually 3 separate windows). Man was it expensive! ,350! Thompson Creek had the best pitch and data, whereas Home Depot required up front for an appointment they never showed up for and a list of 4 phone numbers to escalate (all 4 failed). So we had Thompson Creek do it of course! They did it, said they did it wrong, made us wait a month while making a new window (pro: they are all custom-made just for you; con: they are all custom-made, so a screw-up requires waiting for a new one to be made), then installed the new window, and finally everything was good and we were satisfied.

It was just kind of a pain because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our paint was peeling! Ridiculous…

window, living room (rear) – from outside – IMG_3685 (20111014)

window, living room (rear) – from outside – IMG_3685 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Our rear living room window, now repainted, from the outside. The only true single-pane window left in the house; this one would be over 00 to replace thanks to government building codes requiring much more expensive tempered glass to be used, because this window is over stairs and could hurt someone on the stairs when it breaks. So government safety regulations actually made it so expensive to replace that we changed our mind and didn’t — actually making things less safe and less energy efficient. This is how government regulation often has the opposite effect, and is not a magic answer to all societal problems.

Oops, painted this window shut too.

Sacrificial boards are used a lot in my house. I guess it’s an "old wood window thing". I paid a good + for another piece of crown moulding to put over the sill. The idea is that the sacrificial wood rots before the actual sill. In this window’s case, the old sacrificial board was so rotten you could rip it off the nails and into pieces with your pinky finger. The sill itself was rotted out too. I spent a week or two building it up with successive layers of Elmer’s wood filler. It kept raining on my wood filler and I’d have to start over! Eventually, though, it was built up enough to be flat enough to nail a NEW sacrificial board to. Hopefully this is the last paint job this sill will ever need. At some point in the future when we have more disposable income, we’ll replace this window. (We need about ,000 in new windows, so it’s going to be awhile…)

You can also see the chimney to our old boiler. I actually had an ex-friend argue with me in the past about whether that that’s what this was. Not sure why people think I don’t know my own house. This chimney once tried to kill me by being blocked up and filling the house with diesel fumes. Fortunately the smoke was thick enough to break the laser on our cd player, turning the music off so that I was able to hear the carbon monoxide alarm. I was sleeping in the basement. Carolyn was upstairs. I probably would have left her a widow if that alarm hadn’t gone off. We don’t use a boiler or CD players anymore. Heat pumps are way safer in terms of CO2.

You can also see the soffit damage due to raccoons, as well as some leftover rope from the "roof tarp years". That rope came in handy when painting!

The gutters for this part of the house rotted off. Estimate for just that one ~6-foot section of gutter to be replaced? 0! Ouch! The parts are less than 0! I’ve seen gutter crimpers in use. It shouldn’t cost THAT much. I think if I just had "a guy" come do it, instead of a licensed business — that it would be way cheaper.

boiler chimney, house maintenance, living room window, raccoon damage, sacrificial board, soffit.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 14, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

It was quite a pain because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our windows let in moisture because their paint was peeling! Ridiculous… Is paint really all that’s holding us back from having property damage through our windows? I DON’T THINK SO, as no moisture was getting in prior to repainting. Just total hassling from Farmers *AND* Progressive Insurance. NationWide, however, appears to finally be on my side.

window, living room (rear) – from outside – IMG_3687 (20111014)

window, living room (rear) – from outside – IMG_3687 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Our rear living room window, now repainted, from the outside. The only true single-pane window left in the house; this one would be over 00 to replace thanks to government building codes requiring much more expensive tempered glass to be used, because this window is over stairs and could hurt someone on the stairs when it breaks. So government safety regulations actually made it so expensive to replace that we changed our mind and didn’t — actually making things less safe and less energy efficient. This is how government regulation often has the opposite effect, and is not a magic answer to all societal problems.

Oops, painted this window shut too.

Sacrificial boards are used a lot in my house. I guess it’s an "old wood window thing". I paid a good + for another piece of crown moulding to put over the sill. The idea is that the sacrificial wood rots before the actual sill. In this window’s case, the old sacrificial board was so rotten you could rip it off the nails and into pieces with your pinky finger. The sill itself was rotted out too. I spent a week or two building it up with successive layers of Elmer’s wood filler. It kept raining on my wood filler and I’d have to start over! Eventually, though, it was built up enough to be flat enough to nail a NEW sacrificial board to. Hopefully this is the last paint job this sill will ever need. At some point in the future when we have more disposable income, we’ll replace this window. (We need about ,000 in new windows, so it’s going to be awhile…)

You can also see the chimney to our old boiler. I actually had an ex-friend argue with me in the past about whether that that’s what this was. Not sure why people think I don’t know my own house. This chimney once tried to kill me by being blocked up and filling the house with diesel fumes. Fortunately the smoke was thick enough to break the laser on our cd player, turning the music off so that I was able to hear the carbon monoxide alarm. I was sleeping in the basement. Carolyn was upstairs. I probably would have left her a widow if that alarm hadn’t gone off. We don’t use a boiler or CD players anymore. Heat pumps are way safer in terms of CO2.

You can also see the soffit damage due to raccoons, as well as some leftover rope from the "roof tarp years". That rope came in handy when painting!

The gutters for this part of the house rotted off. Estimate for just that one ~6-foot section of gutter to be replaced? 0! Ouch! The parts are less than 0! I’ve seen gutter crimpers in use. It shouldn’t cost THAT much. I think if I just had "a guy" come do it, instead of a licensed business — that it would be way cheaper.

boiler chimney, house maintenance, living room window, raccoon damage, sacrificial board, soffit.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 14, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

It was quite a pain because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our windows let in moisture because their paint was peeling! Ridiculous… Is paint really all that’s holding us back from having property damage through our windows? I DON’T THINK SO, as no moisture was getting in prior to repainting. Just total hassling from Farmers *AND* Progressive Insurance. NationWide, however, appears to finally be on my side.

window, living room picture window – 51 – replacement #2 – broken trim replaced – (20110727) – IMG_3401

window, living room picture window – 51 – replacement #2 – broken trim replaced – (20110727) – IMG_3401
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
They broke my trim while installing the window. Given that I had waited an additional month past the original install date due to their mess-ups … I was pretty insistent that they go down to Home Depot, buy replacement trim, and install it at no cost to me right that second. They sent a higher-level guy over — he actually arrived within 2 minutes of me calling (!). I ultimately got my way. Even if, in theory, they weren’t the ones to break it….The least they can do for keeping our living room in disarray for a whole month is to actually make the final product look right. After all the trouble we’ve had with contractors during EVERY possible home renovation, it’s increasingly hard to get me to take no for an answer, and I’ve increasingly come to understand why "bitchy customers" are the way they are. Asking nice doesn’t work.

The replacement trim wasn’t an exact match, but nobody’s checking that. I’m quite happy with the results, especially after Carolyn painted it.

Look outside the window. See the solar light sitting in the bricks? LIFE TETRIS.

bricks, house maintenance, kudzu, living room window, replacement trim, solar light.

side yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

So the largest window in our house — actually 3 windows — was a major pain, and one of the few single-pane windows in the house. It would leak heat/cold in the summer/winter, and looked really bad compared to the new siding we had installed 6 or so years ago. So we decided to go ahead and replace just this window (actually 3 separate windows). Man was it expensive! ,350! Thompson Creek had the best pitch and data, whereas Home Depot required up front for an appointment they never showed up for and a list of 4 phone numbers to escalate (all 4 failed). So we had Thompson Creek do it of course! They did it, said they did it wrong, made us wait a month while making a new window (pro: they are all custom-made just for you; con: they are all custom-made, so a screw-up requires waiting for a new one to be made), then installed the new window, and finally everything was good and we were satisfied.

It was just kind of a pain because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our paint was peeling! Ridiculous…

Beach Living in King George, VA-House for Sale!

Home in quaint waterfront community on the Potomac River in King George, Virginia – It’s not on the market…at least right now. However, you never know. If you’re interested, timing could be right. we’re always considering moving. Small town living – only minutes to Dahlgren Naval Base, Ft. AP Hill, and Downtown Historic Fredericksburg, VA

Costs of living in Virginia for a family with 2 kids?

Question by Janet: Costs of living in Virginia for a family with 2 kids?
What would the budget for a family with 2 kids (age 7 and 4) living in Virginia and a total gross income per year of 110000 USD look like? The father works as a software developer and the mother works as an environmental scientist/chemist.

I am thinking about the costs for

– private primary school
– food
– healthcare
– dentalcare
– house insurrance
– car insurrance
– other insurrance
– rent/mortgage
– utilities (gas, water, heat, light)
– cable
– other taxes than income tax
– transportation
– clothes
– any other items that is not listed above

What would your estimate be of how much money this family would have left for savings after all expenses have been paid?

Best answer:

Answer by The New UKKR
110,000
20,000 mortgage
10,000 health care
? school
10,000 food
8,000 car payment and gas
2,000 car insurance
5,000 taxes
4,000 utilities
4,000 clothing
1,000 insurance
600 cable

That’s about 65,000 dollars without the primary school or unexpected things that always come up. Then, furniture and old credit card debts or college loans have to be paid for. Maybe money for 401k or something although lots of companies are paring back on that in this economy (it’s the first thing to go). The kids need money for school projects, and giving to charity is something that people do. I assume income taxes and Social Security can take $ 30,000 out of the paycheck. All of those numbers can go up and down. If it was me, I would always save at least 10% of my check, and I would also set aside lots of money that your budget doesn’t catch at first like trips to McDonalds, Pizza Hut, cigarettes or slurpees from convenience stores, cups of coffee from Starbucks. That stuff never seems to find its way into the budget until you wake up one day and ask why you are 15% over budget. And, that is always the cause. The choice is up to you: you can live 10% over budget or 10% under budget. I hope you avoid the credit trap and make sure you come under budget every month for years and years to come. Good luck.

If the car or fridge breaks down, or you find yourself without a job, you will want 20,000 in the savings account.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

window, living room (rear) – from inside – IMG_3679 (20111014)

window, living room (rear) – from inside – IMG_3679 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Our rear living room window, now repainted, from the inside. The only true single-pane window left in the house; this one would be over 00 to replace thanks to government building codes requiring much more expensive tempered glass to be used, because this window is over stairs and could hurt someone on the stairs when it breaks. So government safety regulations actually made it so expensive to replace that we changed our mind and didn’t — actually making things less safe and less energy efficient. This is how government regulation often has the opposite effect, and are not a magic silver bullet that solves all societal problems. A non-tempered 0 would be safer than these loose panes! But no! Big Brother won’t let me get that. So instead it’s technically way more dangerous, as any pane could fall out once the glazing compound dries out.

Oops, painted this window shut too.

Sacrificial boards are used a lot in my house. I guess it’s an "old wood window thing". I paid a good + for another piece of crown moulding to put over the sill. The idea is that the sacrificial wood rots before the actual sill, much like sacrificial anodes on boats. In this window’s case, the old sacrificial board was so rotten you could rip it off the nails and into pieces with your pinky finger. The sill itself was rotted out too. I spent a week or two building it up with successive layers of Elmer’s wood filler. It kept raining on my wood filler and I’d have to start over! Eventually, though, it was built up enough to be flat enough to nail a NEW sacrificial board to. Hopefully this is the last paint job this sill will ever need. At some point in the future when we have more disposable income, we’ll replace this window. (We need about ,000 in new windows, so it’s going to be awhile…)

And no, we didn’t use edgers. We just got paint on the glass. BFD. I’m not focused on the window when I’m looking out of it. That stuff could be razor-bladed off if we cared enough. But what’s the point? This window will likely be replaced someday. If we really wanted to, we could fix this with a scraper and a ladder. It would take at least 30 minutes (20 scraping, 10 ladder setup), and require 2 people (Carolyn as the ladder stabilizer, me as the elbow grease). Don’t care enough to do that.

house maintenance, kudzu, living room window, sacrificial board.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 14, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

It was quite a pain because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our windows let in moisture because their paint was peeling! Ridiculous… Is paint really all that’s holding us back from having property damage through our windows? I DON’T THINK SO, as no moisture was getting in prior to repainting. Just total hassling from Farmers *AND* Progressive Insurance. NationWide, however, appears to finally be on my side.

window, living room picture window – 99 – replacement – lead paint warning sign – IMG_3111 – (20110627)

window, living room picture window – 99 – replacement – lead paint warning sign – IMG_3111 – (20110627)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Oops! Guess that WAS lead paint I was scraping and letting fall all in my mouth and eyes and all over my skin for weeks on end.

They had to do a lead test. No extra cost to the customer; but they had to take extra state-mandated safety measures, PLUS due to the lead status, they were only allowed to take 50% of the job costs up front. Since we had already paid the full cost of the job (~00) up front, they had to refund us half, and ask us to write another check for just ~50. Funny how the government kept me from paying the business I wanted to pay for the service they wanted to provide me. I understand that this was for my protection, but when I actually needed protection from a creepy addition builder who took 3 years to perform a 3 month contract, screwing me out of more than K extra over the contract, the government could only fine him 0 and help me . So what I am seeing from a lot of government regulation is that it makes people feel good, but doesn’t actually do anything for them.

This is also an example of a repainted window sill. Though this window is barely a window — the outer pane is just a sheet of plastic screwed into the wooden window pane. Not airtight or anything. I had sprayed Great Stuff in there years ago. Looks like ass but probably helped the breeze a bit. This time I painted a margin around the plastic sheet itself, to obscure the ugly Great Stuff. I often call this "The Worst Window In All Of Scotland", after the "Worst Toilet In All Of Scotland" from the movie Trainspotting.

We’re waiting for the sill on this window to finish rotting out. This window is one of the top 2 windows in the house up for future replacement. Always has been.

ADT sticker, Secured by ADT sticker, house maintenance, lead work area sign, living room window, no smoking or eating sign, no smoking warning.after painting.

side yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

So the largest window in our house — actually 3 windows — was a major pain, and one of the few single-pane windows in the house. It would leak heat/cold in the summer/winter, and looked really bad compared to the new siding we had installed 6 or so years ago. So we decided to go ahead and replace just this window (actually 3 separate windows). Man was it expensive! ,350! Thompson Creek had the best pitch and data, whereas Home Depot required up front for an appointment they never showed up for and a list of 4 phone numbers to escalate (all 4 failed). So we had Thompson Creek do it of course! They did it, said they did it wrong, made us wait a month while making a new window (pro: they are all custom-made just for you; con: they are all custom-made, so a screw-up requires waiting for anew one to be made), then installed the new window, and finally everything was good and we were satisfied.

It was just kind of a pain because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our paint was peeling! Ridiculous…