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    03-01-2012, 10:59 PM
  #1
Weanling
Rant.. using family builders

The reason not to use family when building.

So my bro in law does fencing. I'm getting a stallion... need fence... call bro in law. Don't ask for special treatment, just want a fence. Fence all paid for... need finished by March 1st (this is late Jan), no problem. Get material delivered. Put posts in Feb 19th, be back the following Thurs to finish!! Yeah. Things come up... delay, delay, delay. We'll be there on the 29th. Okay. Getting concerned. 29th... oh look at that... major storm (not that they could of done anything about that but knew the last minute thing would not work). Don't worry, 1st weather is good, get it done while you pick up stallion (date set in stone, no leeway, STRESSED this to bro in law in Jan).

Come home today after picking up my stallion. That part goes nice and smoothly. Told on phone by sis that fence wasn't "completely" done but good enough to put stallion in. This paddock is a 125' x 150' paddock, 5' high horse fence with top and bottom 2" x 6 " rail. Planning to add hot wire on top and middle. Dark when we get home, hop on gator to take a look and now I want to cry . The fence is suitable for foals or as a kennel but lousy for a stallion.

DH had, in detail, described how the fence needed to be done. We could of done this ourselves, but time and energy is in short supply at this time. We figured why not spend the extra $$ and take away the stress.
Top rail not fully nailed on all the way around, bottom rail sitting on ground in places, wire stretched but not attached properly to the corner post, cross wire stretched and then TIED to the other WIRE. I can't even begin to think how they thought that was a good idea. Gate one... for the most part, though not the way I wanted (which is the way EVERY single gate on the farm is done and since he helped put those up you'd think that wouldn't be an issue).

I know I can't say anything to sis because she'll just get upset and say we're too picky, her husband was sick (which I'm sorry for but he was good last week when it should of been done but chose to do other small fence jobs that could of waited. The first delay was simply waiting on the wire to come in. Why not finish one of the other small quick jobs then that day and come the next day. Frustrated as , and now have a stallion spending the night in the trailer. It's 20' with no divider and he's loose so not terrible but I have NOWHERE else to put him tomorrow. My stalls are too simplistic. The rest of my pastures are simply hot wire. Now I'm going to have to spend tomorrow trying to find a place to keep him until I can get his fence redone or put another one up. Good luck with that...

Next time I stick to non family so I can cuss them out when they screw up royally.

Okay... rant over. Just needed to vent as my usual venting sources (sister and mom) are out of the question.
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    03-01-2012, 11:49 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You were wrong before you got don with the first sentence,,, " fence all paid for"
That was your problem. You don't pay for stuff like that until after the fence is installed and inspected and completed as per the original contract.
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    03-01-2012, 11:55 PM
  #3
Yearling
Wow.... over a month and still couldn't get it done. I feel your pain.

We have a rule at our house that we don't do business with family, and seldom with friends. It's nice when business associates turn into friends, however, but if they left my fence like yours, they wouldn't have a chance.

Good luck getting it fixed and getting temporary housing for the new stallion. Maybe the bro-in-law could pay for the stable board if you have to put the horse somewhere off property?
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    03-02-2012, 12:05 AM
  #4
Trained
How unfortunate. We have gone through a similar situations with hiring family/friends. It rarely works out.

On the bright side...Lets see this stallion! :-D
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    03-02-2012, 12:59 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
You were wrong before you got don with the first sentence,,, " fence all paid for"
That was your problem. You don't pay for stuff like that until after the fence is installed and inspected and completed as per the original contract.
This I realize now was definitely a mistake. Part of my fault in thinking that since he was great with residential/ commercial fence and done some horse fence I had no need to worry.
I'm going to talk with them tomorrow... once I've gotten sleep and cooled off a bit more.
     
    03-02-2012, 01:03 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Wow.... over a month and still couldn't get it done. I feel your pain.

We have a rule at our house that we don't do business with family, and seldom with friends. It's nice when business associates turn into friends, however, but if they left my fence like yours, they wouldn't have a chance.

Good luck getting it fixed and getting temporary housing for the new stallion. Maybe the bro-in-law could pay for the stable board if you have to put the horse somewhere off property?
Yep, new rule in this house too now. Such a shame as family should be the first people you can go to. Guess they feel they have the right to take it easy or slack because your just family. It's not like they did this for free. I know they did take a bit off for family (even though I told them not too). Now if I complain I'm being b****y and never satisfied even though they gave me a great deal. *sigh*

Now that I'm calming down I have another not so ideal but possibly manageable, for the short term, place to put him. I also have another horse friend looking into a place for him for the short term.
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    03-02-2012, 01:05 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
How unfortunate. We have gone through a similar situations with hiring family/friends. It rarely works out.

On the bright side...Lets see this stallion! :-D
I was hoping to take tons of pics tomorrow with him in his shiny new paddock. Now it will have to wait until I find somewhere else to put him.

Then, however, you'll get stallion pic overload!!
     
    03-02-2012, 10:23 AM
  #8
Weanling
Just in case you think I'm over exaggerating I took some pics this morning. Looks even worse in the daylight. Remember, this is my "almost done" fence and "no problem" putting my stallion in there.
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    03-02-2012, 10:31 AM
  #9
Weanling
Wow! I'm sorry!
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    03-02-2012, 10:57 AM
  #10
Trained
Ummm...WoW.

Just.............WoW!
     

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