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Old 11-18-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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I just finished a job and noticed a water stain on the kitchen table..{very expensive solid wood}

I had a drop sheet on it the whole time,so I'm not sure if I damaged it or not....I could have put a wet rag on it and it soaked through...I really can't say...

The owner was not home when I left and he has not called me about it...He paid me,but I have to go back in a month to do some more work.

I really hate to bring it up to him,because he could easily say it was my doing,even if it was there for months/years...I just don't want the guy to spring it on me with the last payment....

Anyone else ever get a tabletop refinished/repaired because of a water stain?...Apparently a water stain (white) occurs when it gets under the lacquer and can't dry out...

I looked online and many say just to iron it with medium heat over a dish towel...I hate to go in there unprepared with an answer to the problem.
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No,but I droped somthing heavy on a glass table and it shattered to a million pieces.What about moving refrigerators on ( suppose to be hardwood floors)and it leaves a grooves it up.
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No,but I droped somthing heavy on a glass table and it shattered to a million pieces.What about moving refrigerators on ( suppose to be hardwood floors)and it leaves a grooves it up.

Ouch!...That glass was probably fairly expensive to replace,I'll bet...

Yeah hardwood floors is always a problem..Some are finished as hard as diamonds,so moving furniture isn't a problem...I hate taking that chance when I have to move the furniture by myself...Most of the time I just slip a drop under it.

Moving a fridge is a different story,especially if there is an island in the way...You sometimes have to move it side ways.
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I painted this guys great room years ago and it had 18' vaulted ceilings. I ended up breaking one of his native american pieces with the back of the pole.
He was not happy but was cool about the whole thing and I do not think it was ever charged for, i was a employee just learning at the time.
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Yeah this is good advise to all: the new floors that are basicly plywood and 1 million of and inch hardwood on top, be very carefull how you move heavy objects. This is not you grandmas old hardwood floor we are talking about. Welcome to the new soft age.
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I painted this guys great room years ago and it had 18' vaulted ceilings. I ended up breaking one of his native american pieces with the back of the pole.
He was not happy but was cool about the whole thing and I do not think it was ever charged for, i was a employee just learning at the time.
Sometimes I paint in homes with $15K couches,and rediculously priced furniture etc....Just one mistake with one piece,and a months work could be down the drain...
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Sometimes I paint in homes with $15K couches,and rediculously priced furniture etc....Just one mistake with one piece,and a months work could be down the drain...
I hear you on that. Best to cover everything if you are working in the room.
My mistake was total rookie. The bosses were in another part of the house.
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I painted this guys great room years ago and it had 18' vaulted ceilings. I ended up breaking one of his native american pieces with the back of the pole.
He was not happy but was cool about the whole thing and I do not think it was ever charged for, i was a employee just learning at the time.
I don't think any one can top that. I bet you felt real chizzy
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I don't think any one can top that. I bet you felt real chizzy
Yeah I really did. I do not know the value of it but I tell myself it was something he bought at the mall.
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Correct on the dish towel/iron theory although it is not a theory as it does work. I know what you are saying about the table spot and not wanting to say. Its a 50/50 chance of him thinking it was you, but if he is a freak on knowing every square inch of his home and he knows for a fact that he did not do it, then you better be in store for a lashing.
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ah the stories I have heard. and the stories i could tell.

But legal council says I shan't

Couple of years ago I was moving a ladder off the van (20 ft ext) and musta grazed the PU next to the van. Didn't even know it happened. this was at a business site where I was replacing some vinyl damaged by a painter (place musta been cursed). The owner of the PU "informed" me of the scratch. Although I literally did not know it happened, I could not deny it and accepted his say I did it. Anyway, I was ready to pay him cash to have quarter panel repainted, but he said the auto body shop estimated $750. WHAT ?!?!?!. Someone was ripping someone off. I called around and got an estimate for $400.

Anyway, my liability would not cover it. Something about not being covered by moving equipment and damaging vehicles. WTF !!!

He got another estimate and we negotiated a settlement.

All I know is that it SUCKS doing damage. Makes you want to know how to cover these things up. You pay how may thousands for liability and they find a weasel hole to crawl into



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A few years ago we were painting a five story condo. We were working on the parking lot side with the 60' lift when a resident parked next to it. The HO called up to my father in the basket and asked if it was alright to park there. Well, he looks down and thinks there is enough room. WRONG! He did'nt think about the counter weights sticking out on the other end. When he rotated the boom, he wiped out the whole side of the car.

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I was painting Robin egg blue for a HO, had the entire area covered with drop cloths (so I thought) Client had white carpet and yes, I dropped ONE drop of blue paint on the white carpet. opps, my first instinct was to grab a cloth and scrub.....this created problem #2..... Sometimes accidents happen, this particular incident haunted me for months. Good news is the HO recently called me back to paint 3 more rooms.
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white shag rugs are a MAGNET.

The ratio of cutting myself on a job is relatively low especially considering working with razor blades all day. The certainty of cutting myself when there is a white shag is INSANELY high.



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The ratio of cutting myself on a job is relatively low especially considering working with razor blades all day. The certainty of cutting myself when there is a white shag is INSANELY high.
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I was painting Robin egg blue for a HO, had the entire area covered with drop cloths (so I thought) Client had white carpet and yes, I dropped ONE drop of blue paint on the white carpet. opps, my first instinct was to grab a cloth and scrub.....this created problem #2..... Sometimes accidents happen, this particular incident haunted me for months. Good news is the HO recently called me back to paint 3 more rooms.
Painting rule #37- The one spot that there is a gap in the drops on the carpet, it exactly where the drip of paint will fall!
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Sometimes it is best to let the water base skim over on carpet before you try to get it up. My problem is the homeowner wants to spy it before I get the chance to scrape it up.
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