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Old 20th August 2019, 06:34 PM
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You may have just opened a very large 'can of worms'. There have been several discussions in past threads concerning having houses built, construction practices, getting work done, and such.

I'll let it go at that, as I've already had my fill for today of blood pressure raising experience while dealing with PLDT this morning.

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I am sorry to hear that I have opened a can of worms and raised your blood pressure. My hope in posting the thread was to help others now considering a building project to learn from situations that arose for those of us in the midst of a project or one that was completed. Please accept my apologies as I am relatively new to the community.

Had it not been for my sister-in-law's management, the project could have turned into a very expensive endeavor and one with bad feelings on all sides.
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I believe that we saved money through buying supplies. Our foreman (note: not contractor) believed in the beginning that he would get a commission through buying our material.
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I hear you. For us, we added one of our relatives who criticized the foreman's focus on quality. The foreman (a friend of my father-in-law) threatened to quit. Through the help of my father-in-law, who acted as a go-between, we were able to resolve the issue peacefully at best--but maybe a cease-fire would have been a better description.

We borrowed a cement mixer from my wife's friend who was finishing her house project. That saved a lot of work versus hand-mixing cement.

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I am sorry to hear that I have opened a can of worms and raised your blood pressure. My hope in posting the thread was to help others now considering a building project to learn from situations that arose for those of us in the midst of a project or one that was completed. Please accept my apologies as I am relatively new to the community.

Had it not been for my sister-in-law's management, the project could have turned into a very expensive endeavor and one with bad feelings on all sides.
You didn't hurt me a bit, just my manner of speaking. What I meant by the 'can of worms' is that there are quite a few stories already posted in different threads of some of the experiences (mine included) of having housing built or work being done by the local labor market. I've squalled enough about my experience when I had my house built so I'll let sleeping dogs rest.

I had just got back from PLDT and had terminated their service after having no service for 2 weeks and my third time to their office to complain about it. The 1st time, the lady told me it would be fixed in 2 or 3 days, the next week I complained again and was promised it would be repaired the next day. The 3rd time, I finally told them to terminate. Shortly after I arrived home, I got a call from a repairman asking if I was there so he could come to repair. I am already up and running with Globe phone & internet service. I'll just have to wait & see how they do when & if it goes down.

Just a bit disgusted with Philippine CUSTOMER SERVICE but I should be used to it by now as I have been visiting here for quite a few years and have lived permanently here for nearly 5 years.

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You didn't hurt me a bit, just my manner of speaking. What I meant by the 'can of worms' is that there are quite a few stories already posted in different threads of some of the experiences (mine included) of having housing built or work being done by the local labor market. I've squalled enough about my experience when I had my house built so I'll let sleeping dogs rest.

I had just got back from PLDT and had terminated their service after having no service for 2 weeks and my third time to their office to complain about it. The 1st time, the lady told me it would be fixed in 2 or 3 days, the next week I complained again and was promised it would be repaired the next day. The 3rd time, I finally told them to terminate. Shortly after I arrived home, I got a call from a repairman asking if I was there so he could come to repair. I am already up and running with Globe phone & internet service. I'll just have to wait & see how they do when & if it goes down.

Just a bit disgusted with Philippine CUSTOMER SERVICE but I should be used to it by now as I have been visiting here for quite a few years and have lived permanently here for nearly 5 years.

Fred
Hard to get used to some things Fred
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