Dirty Girls Blog

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Oct 28 2016 06:00PM

Continued from Part 1...

Terrazzo floor polishing - We called 8-10 concrete people...numerous times over the course of 3 weeks. Half of those never returned a phone call. 1 was going to "think on it" and call us back - never happened. 1 called back and talked our ear off but refused to come to the house. Tried to quote us via square footage even though we told him we had an unusual situation/shaped areas and they needed to take a look in person....nope wouldn't do it. We had one company immediately reply to an email. They called, came out, seemed like a good company but weren't real confident in their terrazzo floor abilities. The quote took 3 weeks to get, and then it was only part of what we had asked for. When we asked for the other quotes (specific things we needed them to do), we never got it. We had one guy come out who seemed perturbed to be there (as in he had a problem with us), gave us an outrageously high quote and left. We had one company who advertised they did concrete work, but when they showed up only did foundations. The guy got out equipment, videos, etc...to start his entire spiel....I (Amy) immediately walked away and wanted nothing to do with the guy, but Anna politely heard him out. Turns out our foundation (which was just inspected by a structural engineer less than 3 weeks before and found to be in excellent condition) needed 6 piers at a cost of $9K or the house was going to fall in....imagine that!

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Oct 27 2016 03:50PM

This is a 2 part blog of our experience to date on the work we have had performed on our Mid Century house in TN.

As most everyone is aware we do the majority of the restoration work ourselves, ie: plumbing, general wiring, drywall, painting, tiling, flooring, etc.... However things we don't do are roofs, HVAC replacements, whole house electrical and panel re-wires, or specialty work such as large concrete jobs.

After closing, our first order of business (inside the house) was electrical.

By Dirty Girls Restoration, Sep 27 2016 12:00PM

Some advice and a bit of a rant....Most people (unless trained in environmental) don't realize some of the hazards involved in home restoration or how to protect themselves. The one I'm going to touch on today is the one causing us a headache at the moment. Anytime you hire a contractor to do any sort of concrete work, tile, terrazzo, stone, quartz, marble, etc....there is a chance that toxic silica dust could be in your home (if they don't do their job correctly). Concrete, quartz, marble, stone, etc...contain crystalline silica. When those materials are ground, cut, drilled or disturbed....silica dust occurs. (That is why you should always mix thinset/mortar outside, as well as do all your cutting outside as well!)