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    Quote Originally Posted by Abuilder View Post
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    What is the final plan for that apartment/building? You are removing things that would normally stay in a remodel.
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    The Property owner has a warehouse of stock. Basically, anything that is outdated, broken, not code or just plain worn out... all gets pulled and replaced. So as an example the bath fan that I pulled- it wasn't even the make and model of what is currently utilized in these apartments- Plus it was horribly dirty and was on its last leg. So It got pulled and has already been replaced with a new one. Same with the plugs and switches. I pull all the old ones and replace everything with new.

    Now on the other side of the coin things like the front and back door to the duplex apartment- they are steel- they could be scrapped- but they stay because they are in good shape and will be re-used obviously. Each apartment also has 2 wall A/C's in it. As long as they are functional.. they are cleaned and left in the apartment.

    So in a nutshell-- as long as it works or is in acceptable working order, it stays.

    I have had apartments that the entire HVAC was replaced.. so thus you would have seen a huge pile of 3" 4" and 5" Galvanized pipes, elbows, starting collars, etc. This apartment has the HVAC already where it needs to be.. so again it stays. I work to replace only what is necessary to replace and thankfully the client trusts my judgement and is happy that I work to re-utilize what I can and only spend money on replacing what REALLY needs to be replaced. (Boy that is a lot of "Really's... Really!)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Abuilder View Post
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    What is the final plan for that apartment/building? You are removing things that would normally stay in a remodel.
    Who said he's remodeling it? I heard his brother asked him to look after his apartment for the weekend, and sledge thought scrapping everything was taking care of it

    Just teasing ya sledge since I know your a good sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longhairboy View Post
    Who said he's remodeling it? I heard his brother asked him to look after his apartment for the weekend, and sledge thought scrapping everything was taking care of it

    Just teasing ya sledge since I know your a good sport
    Ha.. Well you didn't see a nice thick pile of copper pipe and wiring in my thread did ya?

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    I thought you mentioned something about those ****ed pvc pipes and aluminum wire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longhairboy View Post
    I thought you mentioned something about those ****ed pvc pipes and aluminum wire
    Wasn't me.. maybe another thread?

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    I was joking, trying to say there was no picture of the copper cuz it was pvc and aluminum

    Looks like I messed up my punch line... lol
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    Thanks for the detailed reply. What confused me was why you were pulling out good grounded outlets. The only time I pull good outlets is if Iím killing that circuit. As you may have guessed, you and I are in the same business.
    I have a client that just cuts me lose on his properties also. Sometimes I almost forget that I donít own them.

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    This is how I imagine Sledge working on apartments:




    Congrats on a GREAT breakdown!!!
    Last edited by pjost; 01-11-2015 at 02:04 AM.
    Money is not the root of all evil, the love of money is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abuilder View Post
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    Thanks for the detailed reply. What confused me was why you were pulling out good grounded outlets. The only time I pull good outlets is if I’m killing that circuit. As you may have guessed, you and I are in the same business.
    I have a client that just cuts me lose on his properties also. Sometimes I almost forget that I don’t own them.
    I will say this. I have found a client that is as retentive as myself. If that grounded outlet is not white, and I don't mean a paint coated crap covered white, but fresh and clean white (like new) he wants it replaced. This particular apartment had 2 plugs that a tenant put in.. He strung one down into a closet and also put a gang box into the hallway ceiling.. both of them the client said "What the ****? Pull all that S*** out of there" He has owned this property for a long time and he still gets a few tenant "HUH????" moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjost View Post
    This is how I imagine Sledge working on apartments:




    Congrats on a GREAT breakdown!!!
    Umm wow.. I think a lot of folks that meet me may think that as well.. but I gotta say.. that dude holding those tools having no focus on the work or the safety.. made me cringe!!
    Thanks for the Congrats. I do appreciate it sir!

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    Reading your posts on this apartment rework tells me you have a client who has a lot of common sense about rental properties. Changing the little things like receptacle plugs in a "lot" basis is (1) cheap insurance (2) reduces callouts (3) looks good when finished.

    Everyone knows that things like plugs and fans and taps and switches wear out and wear out faster with tenants. Change them out to reduce fire hazards and potential for water damage.

    Callouts are costly--what would you charge your client to go to a tenants place and change out one plug or a fan or a drippy tap? His cost per item, when doing the whole works, is probably a fraction of what that callout would be. He's smart like fox!

    The impression to a tenant is probably better than just new paint. New, shiny plugs and exhaust fans probably gets him more than a few bucks per month extra. It may even get him a better class of tenant.

    Your benefit is you get to work with a smart person, who just isn't focused on the short term "save a penny today..." accounting model. And you get to keep the scrap!!


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    Yes sir.. You hit the nail on the head! He is one AWESOME guy and one I have learned quite a bit from. I have always been most appreciative that he has allowed me to think this way also and I think it is why he and I have such a good rapport with each other. He knows I don't want to replace things that cost him money.. but I also need these apartments to look good, be functional and shine as best they can!

    Every point you made was correct! I know he thinks this way and you articulated it perfectly!!

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    I am always appreciative of your "thanks" so if you "Thank here" Please also "Thank" Post #1 of the thread. I Thank YOU in advance!

    It appears our trip breakdown is coming to an end.
    I wanted to post my last round of photos for the thread and the contest!

    So here we go....

    Toilet Flange: Client wanted different centering and old cast iron cut out. (Thanks to Pjost for the grinder trick notch before hitting it with a sawzall!!)


    Toilet Flange Out: Cast Iron


    Sink Supply Nips off of Wing ELL: Ends were disintegrated and needed to be replaced. Valves stay as the are brand new.


    Sink Supply Nips off of Wing ELL After: Steel


    And Last but not Least: Our town Curbside Recycles. I always take any tenant left behind non-metal recyclables and put them to the recycle bin and send to the curb on trash day.. also I have a slight penchant for Mtn. Dew while I work.. so I recycle the bottles and caps as well! We all like to make $ in our scrapping and recycling efforts.. but even if I can't get paid.. I still like to recycle anything I can for Mother Earth and future generations!


    Well Folks.. That's what I've got for ya on breaking down a Duplex Apt!
    I want to Thank ALL OF YOU who took the time to read, comment and "Like" or "Thank" my thread. I am humbled, I am glad people liked the journey and took the time to take it with me!
    Scrap On!
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    If you're at work and scrap somethigyou hadn't shared yet, maybe you could.keep building on this post? It's a well done thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longhairboy View Post
    If you're at work and scrap somethigyou hadn't shared yet, maybe you could.keep building on this post? It's a well done thread
    I'm hoping that the Admin will keep these open.. I was thinking the same thing.. once I move onto the next apartment.. I potentially have a lot more items that could be rehabbed.. Wiring that needs replaced, HVAC systems, steel doors, water heaters, kitchen faucets, copper plumbing.. so yes there is a lot more that could be scrapped in an apartment for certain!

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    I really hope its kept open, I have some unusual things to break down that I'll probably share on here, plus we'd get to keep seeing this thread!

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