When Anonymous with the help of others dug our front yard out to remove the stump, a piece of siding needed to be removed. Anonymous and I were unsure as to whether we were responsible for the replacement siding or the HOA. We contacted the HOA and explained our problem and really didn’t hear back from them. Finally they sent out a termite inspector to survey the damage. We asked if they had a piece of siding in their warehouse and we got the usual, “we’ll get back to you.”
Meanwhile a month goes by and Fall comes so our anxiety level is starting to rise since we have a frakking hole in the side of our condo. Anonymous e-mails the HOA while I attend a HOA meeting. At this meeting we just ask for an answer. We are more than willing to fix the problem ourselves we just need confirmation that we can do so. The next day I recieve a phone call that the HOA will indeed be fixing our siding problems. I call Anonymous and we breathe a sigh of relief.
A few days later two gentlemen arrive and inform me, “We’re here to fix your siding.” I say, “great” and wait in the yard to see if they need an extension cord or something for their tools. They notice that I’m hanging around and then say, “Oh, were going to get the siding.” I excuse myself and head back inside. Three hours later they have not returned so I go out with Sean to get provisions. When we come home I have a niggling feeling about the yard. When I open the front door I notice something stuck in the screen door, it’s an invoice. It tells me that nearly $600 of work had been completed.
When I look at the work I notice that the new piece of siding is the wrong texture as the rest of the pieces and hasn’t even been painted. The siding has been secured properly and expertly caulked and sealed. I laugh at this and wait for Anonymous to get home because I know he won’t believe it. When Anonymous did get home he really didn’t believe it. “Did you know that’s a $45 piece of siding that you can get a Lowe’s? I know the price because that’s what I was going to buy to fix the hole!”
Later that night Anonymous sends an e-mail to the HOA letting them know that the price on the invoice really doesn’t reflect the work done. A couple of days go by and we take our left over paint in a small tin, from when the condos were built, to Lowe’s to get it matched so we can paint the siding. Now one must take into account that a fresh coat of paint is going to look darker since the rest of the pieces have been subjected to years of wear by the elements.
Last Thursday there is a knock on my door, it’s the same two gentlemen and they are pissed off. “Yeah we’re here to fix the siding… that piece we put on was temporary.”
Nowhere on the invoice did it state the work was temporary.
The lead guy looks at the house, “Did you paint this?”
“yes” I say sweetly.
“It’s the wrong color.” He tells me in a macho tone.
“Actually it isn’t.” I point to faded portion of the house. “This color is actually the same since it just has been subjected to the weather.”
The guys body language screams panic but I can’t really tell since he’s wearing sunglasses. “yeah ok right, uh I need the code for the paint.”
“There is no code.” I tell him nonchalantly.
“There has to be.” Now there is definitely panic.
“Nope, we got the paint matched from a sample.” I proceed to get the small 8oz can and show him. “as you can see this paint is quite old. All of the area codes for southern California are listed as 714 from San Diego to San Bernardino.”
“Well we have the piece of siding we had to get it milled.” He produces a hospital white piece of siding and then goes about his business tearing out the temporary siding to replace it with the new pristine milled siding. When they were done I was informed, “We’ll paint it.”
“Thats ok we can do it, we have the paint after all.” I say to hopefully get this guy in a better mood.
“Nope you painted it once we’ll paint it this time.”
So I can’t wait to see what type of paint these guys come up with!
The Merry-Go-Round spins on!