I have a very cool landlord and we have an agreement. I can change or fix anything I want in my apartment. He pays for the supplies and I do the work. As my place is getting older now there is a fair amount of stuff to be done and over the past years I have ttaken on a few of the majors in my attempt to keep my living space clean and beautiful.
During the course of my projects I have developed and awe like reverence for the work done to the place by its’ Taiwanese Tradesmen and Contractors, as they have taken fucking the dog and cutting corners to a whole new level.
Here are a few of my favorites:
A one foot hole in the living room wall had a piece of saran wrap placed over it and then it was painted.
Every single outlet in the entire house is crooked.
At least half of the outlets crackle and melt the cords to whatever is plugged into it.
The pipes in the bathroom are held onto the outside of the tiled walls by duct-tape.
All of the floor draines are slightly elevated from the floor so that none of them actually work
The tiles on the patio are held in place not with tile adhesive and grout but rather with a soupy sand and concrete mix.
The wallpaper in the bedroom was applied to a bare untreated concrete wall.
And my new favorite the windows and joints were not sealed with silicone, they actually used doubled sided tape.