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Lesson learned NEVER let the wife tag along to the home show

heatpro02920 Member Posts: 991
I set up at a home show a little while back, {a good way to drum up business and the customers seem to be the good kind} and my wife was working the booth with me, when I noticed she had wandered off....

Well she walked through and got a few fliers {mind you our house is pretty new, we built it, we designed it, ect...} you wont guess what she found that she wanted.....

Toilets and ceiling fans!!! So anyway fast forward to last week, she put in an order with my supply house for 5 American Std Toilets and an order with my electrical supply co for 8 new Emerson ceiling fans!!!!

The toilets weren't bad 5 toilets for a little over $1k, they are nice, I had one of my guys install them over the weekend they are basic except they are high height with elongated bowls, slow close seats, and smooth sides Cadet 3 american stds, its a decent toilet, and when I built the house I did just throw in 5 cheap Kohler round bowls, that are still like brand new, but I will use them at some of my other properties so no real loss there...

BUT THE FANS, 8 fans = $4200!!! This is going to drive me crazy, they are just ceiling fans, they should be $99 each, that's what I originally installed, I think they cost me under $120 after tax, but the new ones she bought were around $500 EACH!!! And I HATE putting up ceiling fans, our lowest ceiling is 9ft the master bedroom is 11ft where the fan is mounted, I'm going to need scaffolding..... UNREAL, next year she stays home... guys learn from me, don't take your wife to the home shows..


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,881
    The solution:

    "Yes, dear".
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  • bill_105
    bill_105 Member Posts: 429
    Too much stuff

    We get a delivery from UPS or Fedex about once a week. Most of the time, what it is, isn't made known to me.

    I've made it very clear to both of the drivers that we are seeing way too much of each other. This week the UPS gal saw me standing in the doorway dreading yet another package. She started this shuffle with her shoulders and hips and loudly humming the tune from Jaws.

     Well today I saw the auto child seat on the garage floor.Oh no I thought, she's coming home with something so big that the back seat had to be flipped down. Luckily she was just helping a friend with the SUV. Sigh of relief. Whew, that was a close one:).

  • heatpro02920
    heatpro02920 Member Posts: 991
    Steamhead- that is what I practice, just say yes anything else is just delaying the same result.

    Bill, I know that feeling, I throw away them Macys and store flyers when they come, I dont even recycle them because she will find them, I make sure I toss them in the real garbage and stick a PB and J to them, I try to go through her magazines and rip out anything that looks like an advertisement she that would turn up in my living room....

    I learned the SUV trick a long time ago, so I bought her a prius, but when she pulls the SUV out of the garage I know she is going shopping....
  • Paul48
    Paul48 Member Posts: 4,469
    No Winning

    Damage Control is the answer. If you try arguing, she'll start crying, and then it'll cost you twice as much. There's a manual out there somewhere, that they all train from.Here's a statement that will make you cringe,"I'll do it myself". That one will get you out of bed, with the flu. Page 42 in the manual...LOL
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 20,827
    You all

    are so right...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • TonyS
    TonyS Member Posts: 849
    I learned that along time ago

    I only take her to bike shows. That way the only thing for her to buy is bike parts and bikes.... and I have no problem with that.LOL
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,165
    No arguing....

    just say no. end of story. There is no way I could afford that kind of stuff.
  • heatpro02920
    heatpro02920 Member Posts: 991
    I think we should trade wifes

    if that works with yours, I am jealous, if you tell me she can cook and keeps the house clean without a "housekeeper" visiting once a week, I may kidnap her...
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,537

    When we remodeled our baths talked her into the elevated bowls. Helps a tall guy out right?

    After installation my wife tried it out feet barley touched the floor......yikes! I thought. She never said a word . I think because she knew she would have never did a test trial in a store on one.
  • Paul48
    Paul48 Member Posts: 4,469

    You only think you made a winner with that one. I'm tellin ya, there's a marker waitin' to be played. It's in the manual somewhere. My wife is my best friend, and strongest ally. She has been for over 30 years. I don't say "NO" to her. I lay out the facts, and let her figure it out. And that's a two-way street.
  • heatpro02920
    heatpro02920 Member Posts: 991
    My wife is 5'9" and I am 6'5"

    so the high toilets are fine for both of us, You don't notice the difference untl you go back to a standard height model...
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,537
    Two way street

    Yeah we are best friends, and allies. Your right there's a marker to be played. There always is that's the fun of the game. The marker is the Mrs. And the riding mower.

    Yesterday I came home lawn mower out of gas in the farthest corner of the lot. I get the gas can walk out to the tractor and the mulch plug is laying on the seat in pieces. I had the bagger attachment on before which sticks out 8" farther. Out comes the Mrs. Honey I got a little to close to the guy wire.....Ya think ! It was only thoughts on my behalf because guess who would be mowing then. Not that I mind it.

    Another time is when we got new gutters, and downspouts. Apparently judging the bagger attachment sticking out the back was missed. I get home from work relieved she had mowed only to find various new down spouts smashed flat. She did not even notice until I was going around doing some reshape work. I guess I got a little close......Ya Think! Guess who had excessive weed wacking after that remark.

    My wife is 5'2" heatpro.....6'6" when the Irish temper gets going. We still have a shorty in the basement bath seems as though you may as,well be squatting after using a high one.
  • TonyS
    TonyS Member Posts: 849
    You may want to reconsider those toilets


    The high toilets just compound this problem. Google this topic and you will see
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,537
    edited May 2013

    I remember when I was in Italy it was not uncommon to be at an eating establishment where the restroom had the squatting porcelain god in the floor. But most homes had regular toilets, and bidets.

    But one would have to say this is the most natural position Tony. No problems in our family this far though.
  • heatpro02920
    heatpro02920 Member Posts: 991
    Gordy, I hate when my wife touches my mower..

    I have a zero turn Exmark lazer Z with the vac bagger, its a monster, but we have 3 acres of irrigated treated lawn, so you need that big girl.. My wife took out the garage door rail on our old house with my old scag cat zero turn, just left it rite where it was, so when I came home and hit the power opener before I seen the carnage, I made it 3 times worse and caused the opener to pull itself off of the ceiling and land on my 32 ford {just scratched and dented the fender, but the body shop didnt think twice about charging me $1300 to fix it...}...

    She now leaves the mowing to me and my sons...
  • rick in Alaska
    rick in Alaska Member Posts: 1,413
    making a happy wife

    Two things you need to say to your wife to keep her happy: ( This is from my wife)

    1.Yes dear

    2. I love it!

    Life is easy.

  • RobG
    RobG Member Posts: 1,850
    One thing you left out Gordy

    3. No, those jeans don't make you look fat:)
  • knotgrumpy
    knotgrumpy Member Posts: 211
    Don't provoke the wrath of the Secretary of War...

    Like I did today.  Removed the actuator for a casement window to work on the window a week or so ago.  As I am more than capable of doing, I misplaced it.  Evidently.  Or the cat did? Not important, cats can do no wrong.

    "Mark, do you know where the crank is?" she asks, slightly loaded for bear.

    To slightly plagiarize an old John Prine lyric, I grinned just a second to long.

    I found the crank.
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