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Thursday, July 31, 2008

More Things I Didn't Know About Home Construction

So today I check out the progress on the floor tiles at the new condo. Looks good, albeit only one room is done so far. Then we get a phone call from the builder. They can't proceed beyond this one room until the 'trim' is cut -- that's the tile that is essentially the baseboard of the room.

Okay, I think, so trim it.

Oh, no -- the builder doesn't do this. First, he doesn't have the machinery and second, it's not his job.

Guess who's job it is? Right. Ours.

Sooooo....Sunday morning we're trekking with floor tile over to a shop in Tantur where the owner DOES own the requisite machinery and will chop floor tile pieces into the proper size of trim. Of course, we're taking Yossi because my Arabic is even worse than my Hebrew, and the idea of two non-native speakers of bad Hebrew trying to work out the proper dimensions of the floor trim is giving me ulcers.

As Jameel put it so well recently, the answer to survival in Israel is "attitude" -- of the positive kind. Okay, I didn't know we had to trim our own tiles for edging the floor, but you know what? It's a surprise, not a disaster.

Ze lo bayah.....

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