Actually, the better title might be, "How do you get the 'dead' smell out of furniture?
But don't call the cops on me; this question came from the cops, a CSI friend of mine.
She wrote: "You can imagine that crime scene investigators like me get interesting questions. However, tonight's, though forensically sound, is more appropriate for my Atta Girls. Neighbor: "How do you get the smell of 'dead' out of furniture?" Seems a 78-year-old, sentimental chest of drawers in her garage became home to a decaying critter without her immediate knowledge. She's tried Fabreeze and bleach, which not only didn't work, but also warped a thin, wood packing crate her father used to craft the piece. Any suggestions?"
I gave my pal some suggestions for getting the stench out of old furniture and thrift store finds, which you can read on my blog, Atta Girl Says. But I also wanted to post the query here at Hometalk.
Window seats are not only beautiful but functional as well, especially when they contain storage! Here is a step by step do it yourself guide to building your own window seat, over the weekend from At The Picket Fence.
These companies specialize in lead generation for contractors. They will send you any old lead even if all the contact information is false. As for me I sold 1 job with each company.
Almost every lead Ive got from each company was a bogus lead. It takes me hours on the phone of arguing that the lead is fake (none of the contact info adds up) they tell me they will take care of it and then they bill me for it. Ive contacted the BBB as well as the FTC. Right now Im looking into a claim with the small claims court. If anyone out there has any other information that would be useful in going about this matter, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much. Also everyone out there make sure you stay away from Service Magic (who just changed their name to Home Advisor) and Contractors.com. Both of these entities have deceived me and wrongfully taken my money. Dont let it happen to you!
Commented on Jan 29, 2013
I'm just the average home owner. As I read this, one of my thoughts (besides how pathetic
these so called companies are for changing a letter etc.) why pay for that service when you could advertise or send flyers or use some other form of generating a lead. Probably easier said than done right? I worked for an Insurance company who promised leads for the sales staff. Well, leads were provided, but all the lead staff did was recycle them from previous years. It was so frustrating from all sides. The customers were irrate, and rightfully so. The lead staff was lazy but also very frustrated as they were not trained properly. Sales staff was spending valuable time on useless leads, suffering irrate customers, suffering sales managers, who suffered district managers, who suffered vice presidents, etc. Word of mouth was the best referral, which brings me to the next part.
I had a couple guys finish my cellar. They were local, not insured at the time,but I knew of them and their work was good. I have not been able to have them comeback to do more work, because they are so busy. It was word of mouth and they cut their price a bit. Not by thousands but a few hundred. Now they are insured and licensed, and making a decent living.
I also had a proffesional landscaper redesign my yard. It turned out beautiful, better than I expected. He asked me if he could use me as a referral. I received many inquiries regarding his work. I got many many calls. Which showed he was looking to increase his business. But,I know I was a part of his ability to continue in his business. He is still in business today, even when the economy is as bad as it is.
I feel like Im rambling on, but, felt like sharing my experience of getting and giving referrals.
A few photos of one of our recent installations. As part of an entire backyard installation, we created an outdoor room built into a small slope. The stone wall is a gravity wall we built
using Tennessee fieldstone. We shaped the rock and fit it all together to create a more rustic looking wall without using any mortar. We made the bench using a large slab of stone and built it into the wall.
The structure is built out of solid cedar timbers. Nearly every joint is mortise and tenon and held together using wooden pegs, as you see in the photos. All that remains is for the homeowner to add a table and a few chairs and a 'candlelier'.
We look forward to the plantings surrounding this garden room to fill in over the next few years as the garden fills in as we designed.