After running our shower, we would hear this crazy dripping behind our wall, and water would seep through a hole and pool in a corner on the ledge of the tub. After a while, moisture in the bathroom caused the linoleum to lift off of the floor in one big sheet, so that when you walked it would flap up – it was really strange and more of an annoyance because it was still secured around the edges. We were worried that the moisture was working against the integrity of the wall and flooring… I actually remember years ago when my sister was taking a shower and her tub randomly fell through the floor with her in it. Mobile homes don’t have a great reputation for being sturdy, so when something’s wrong you wanna get it fixed pretty quickly.
So when the work on my mother-in-law’s washroom was finished (oddly, the floor in the washroom of her house has had a reoccurring moisture problem) she sent the guy who had been working on that and her deck down here to fix our stuff for us. I was a bit uncomfortable, I’ll admit, because Cy had to close that night, which meant I’d be here alone all day with a strange guy coming in and out. He seemed nice enough though, and I had a lot of school work to do, so I figured he could do his thing in there and I could sit in here and get my psychology on.
Now, I didn’t realize that Cy wasn’t that happy about leaving me here alone. He didn’t admit that until the next day. The guy seemed nice enough, but he had already noticed that the guy kept putting his shirt on and taking it off. ”It’s not that hot, especially inside.” I’m pretty gullible, get taken advantage of, and oblivious. I hadn’t even noticed. I really wasn’t even paying attention to what the guy was talking about a lot of times when he was talking, or the fact that he was sitting in the living room talking to me instead of working – I was more annoyed that I wasn’t able to do my work than anything. Yes though – after my husband left, this guy who’s supposed to be fixing my bathroom spent most of his time sitting in my living room talking to me. Yes, the things in the bathroom got fixed. He did more than he originally quoted, too – including reinstalling my toilet, which hadn’t been done correctly when they put in a new one and it had actually been leaking underneath – ew!
Later though, after he left, I started thinking of some of what he was saying, and I started getting mad. Firstly, he talked a lot about his ex, which in itself is fine, but it obviously turned him against women in general. Don’t talk to a woman about how you don’t trust any woman. Also don’t tell a woman that any man who works a closing shift is getting cheated on when her husband is closing and you’re working in her home, especially when you keep putting your shirt on just to take it off (and he left it on the counter). I really wish I had been actually fully listening to him instead of trying to work on my school work, though I wonder if I’d have had the courage to call him on his ass-hattery… Here he is in MY house… sure, technically I’m wasn’t the one paying him but still he was doing the work for me, should you have talked to me like that? I don’t think so. When he was actually in the bathroom he kept getting me to drop everything and go in there to look at what he was doing, too. I really doubt that my mother-in-law had to look at every board he laid to fix her deck. By the end of the night he was calling me “sweetheart,” and of course he overcharged. He probably realized that he wouldn’t be hired back, especially if I said anything. Which I did.
Too, since he left we’ve had nothing but trouble from our air conditioner. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or what, but he noticed we had fuzz coming out of our air vents. We’ve always lived in places that had filters we couldn’t even access to change, so he showed me where the filter is in this place and how to get the grate off (it was rusted together). It was filthy, so it hadn’t been changed in forever. He cleaned the cover, and since we didn’t have a replacement filter, cleaned the filter, dried it best he could, and put it back, telling me as he did so, “I fix air conditioners too.” It has leaked into the floor since (it’s an indoor unit). Cy’s step-dad has cut away insulation from under the home because it was holding water and that would destroy the floors. Yes, back to the floors! For now, it’s still broken. Just calling someone who used to work on them, it would entail removing the whole furnace/air conditioner unit to find whatever’s clogging the drain and fix it. Meanwhile, it’s either roast or put up with a river of water in our floor. We’re just lucky that we’ve had a much cooler season than usual. Window units are an option, as well, but those are a hassle and expensive too :\
Cy thinks repair dude (Steve) did something to sabotage the a/c. I was watching him the whole time, but… I’m an idiot with this stuff, too. After all, it took me until the next day to catch what all he said and get mad :( I felt so silly for thinking he was trying to be friendly, and he really wasn’t being nice at all… especially overcharging so severely for subpar work… Example – when he hooked the washer back up, he didn’t even turn the water back on, and had the water hookups reversed! Cy had to pull the washer out and do it again!