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DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Mar 21, 2024 10:29 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by NE [PA]) Mar 21, 2024 10:36 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by S i d [MO]) Mar 21, 2024 10:39 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Mar 21, 2024 11:02 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Gene [OH]) Mar 21, 2024 11:12 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Tim [CA]) Mar 21, 2024 11:52 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Mar 21, 2024 12:12 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by WMH [NC]) Mar 21, 2024 12:13 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Ken [NY]) Mar 21, 2024 12:39 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by RB [TN]) Mar 21, 2024 1:21 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by NE [PA]) Mar 21, 2024 1:23 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Pat [VA]) Mar 21, 2024 2:03 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Busy [WI]) Mar 21, 2024 2:18 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Mar 21, 2024 4:17 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by RB [TN]) Mar 21, 2024 4:38 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Jim [CA]) Mar 21, 2024 4:39 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by S i d [MO]) Mar 21, 2024 4:45 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Ken [NY]) Mar 21, 2024 5:15 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by MikeA [TX]) Mar 21, 2024 6:45 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Mar 21, 2024 6:52 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by 6x6 [TN]) Mar 21, 2024 6:52 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Pat [VA]) Mar 21, 2024 7:14 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by melinda [MD]) Mar 21, 2024 7:29 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Mar 21, 2024 8:15 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Lucy [IN]) Mar 21, 2024 10:50 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Vee [OH]) Mar 22, 2024 7:34 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Mar 22, 2024 9:49 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Busy [WI]) Mar 22, 2024 1:03 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Hoosier [IN]) Mar 22, 2024 2:41 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Mar 24, 2024 12:52 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Mar 24, 2024 11:02 AM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by zero [IN]) Mar 24, 2024 12:24 PM
       DIY Disgusting jobs (by gevans [SC]) Mar 25, 2024 6:26 PM

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DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 10:29 AM
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I hire out 80-90% of the work that my rehab houses need. With the fixer upper house I bought yesterday, there is a job that needs to be done that is so disgusting that no one on my crew will do it. Not even my plumber who is accustomed to seeing these type things. This is a job that someone has to do and today that person will be me.

I bought this house from an amateur burned out landlord whose former tenants had their water disconnected for non-payment. These tenants continued to use the toilet with no water to flush it until the day they were evicted. Fast forward 30 days to today. I will be wrapping duct tape around this toilet and taking it to the landfill.

My question to you is: what was the most disgusting job you had to do yourself? Can anyone top what I am about to do today?

--71.207.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 10:36 AM
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Iíve had tenants septic feces splash right in my face with some getting in my mouth. After that, you can conquer the world. --174.240.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 10:39 AM
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"Can anyone top what I am about to do today?"

Personally... nope, and for that I am glad!

The most disgusting job ever done at one of my units was a lateral sewer line that was plugged with #2 and feminine hygiene products. One of my contractors had to disassembled it under the house, clear it, and reassemble it. I think THAT job would top yours, because they actually cleaned it out vs. just wrapping it up. Sooooo glad I took the tools out of my truck long ago!

People are disgusting sometimes.

P.S. Congrats to you for hiring out 80-90%! --184.4.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 11:02 AM
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Sid,

15 years ago, a tenant of mine unscrewed the top off the sewer cleanout port located in the front yard. After 3 days, the neighbors were calling me making all kinds of threats if I did not come out there immediately and deal with the foul smelling cesspool in the front yard. Of course the tenant did not call me, it was the neighbors! That was my first eviction too! --71.207.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 11:12 AM
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I remember helping my dad with one of the houses he bought. People had thrown their dirty clothes in the basement which had some moisture issues. When we went to clean it out, we had to use shovels because the pile of dirty clothes had maggots.

That same house had rat issues. Me dad had me run water into its underground tunnels outside and he waited by another tunnel exit. When the rat came out, my dad hit it with the shovel to kill it.

A few years later during the first year of my marriage, my wife and I lived in the renovated house for about a year. --99.165.xx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Tim [CA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 11:52 AM
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I think it would be less disgusting to clean it rather than carry it out while it's full of stuff. Snake it if you need to, then start filling the bowl and let the water sit for a while, then stir it up if need be to loosen everything and flush it. Do that over and over and you'll have it clean in no time. I wouldn't haul it out. --73.2.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 12:12 PM
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I had a tenant simply unplug and leave a freezer about 3/4 full of food- mostly meat. They left the door open so the maggots were incredible. That stink soaked into the drywall throughout the house.

Ended up selling that house at auction as I could get rid of that smell. It is one of two houses where I lost money on when I sold.

Cleaning out that freezer was over the top.........Really hoped that the smell would have disappeared. --24.101.xxx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 12:13 PM
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I've got one. I was a tenant but it counts.

I lived in Lowell Massachusetts and there was a garbage strike. I lived in a beautiful old house converted to rooms, I had the only true apartment on the first floor, everyone else was upstairs.

Tenants began piling their garbage bags in the extremely large front hall - I think the original living room? But basically right outside my front door. I had my garbage in the back yard but I was the only one with access to that.

One night I flipped on the light switch and the entire floor appeared to be MOVING. I stopped my kids (we were leaving to go somewhere) said GET BACK IN THE HOUSE and checked it out. It was MAGGOTS, millions and millions of them, covering the entire room...

I grabbed a broom and bleach and went to work pouring bleach all over the (beautiful, old, original) hardwood floors. I scraped up the dead maggots using a broom and dustpan, and moved EVERYONE'S disgusting trash bags outside. Let the city fine the landlord I didn't care.

Took me HOURS and HOURS and HOURS.

Totally forgot about that - thanks for the memories, Roy! :) --173.28.xx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 12:39 PM
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Roy and NE win the award,i am not trying to enter that contest.I have several guys who would clean that up for me.I had bought a hoarder house and when the toilet wouldnt go down anymore the guy filled the tub, same house there were about 100 whiskey bottles filled with urine,the guys took it all out to the dumpster.I bought a house where a guy committed suicide,his brains were splattered on the kitchen wall, a different guy cleaned that up.I had a freezer full of meat left in a garage,we refroze it and someone cleaned it out.The reason they are not doing it because they know you will,stop being the back up,they will do it when they have to,then after it is done give the guy who actually did it a $100 bill and he will do it next time also --74.77.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 1:21 PM
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Bought a bank owned home that sat vacant for 3 years,

with no ventilation.

You could smell the house from the road.

The neighbors told me about the residents.

3 chain smokers,

3 dogs,

2 cats,

several birds,

Pop / beer dispenser on main floor,

full size Kidney shaped adult jetted tub on main floor,

jumbo sized community pool in back yard.

Animal house to say the least.

DOWHATYAGOTTADO !

--69.130.xxx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 1:23 PM
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Ken, not my finest moment, and certainly not an award I was looking to win. It must not have been too bad though, because my wife didnít mention anything when I went home and gave her a big kiss. --174.240.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 2:03 PM
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Over the years, I can remember a few really bad ones we cleaned up. I kept some pictures.

I'm with Tim, but it's for you to know which is best if you're on the ground and have to decide. --216.126.xx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 2:18 PM
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I wouldnít have the strength to life a toilet with water and feces, so attempting to carry it would be a disaster. What Iíd probably do is buy a large soup ladle at Goodwill, and bring all the buckets with light fitting lids. Wearing a respirator mask, splash shield, tyveck suit, vinyl gloves, scoop solids into buckets. Seal those up and haul those off.

And, if Methylene Blue is available , open a bottle of that. Thatís what nurses used in the OR when the docs were doing a perirectal abscess. Stinkiest infection, possibly most foul smell. Peppermint oil in methylen blue isnít available.

I still might have to trash the toilet just cuz. Ewwww. I just can lift an empty toilet, would make a disaster out of a loaded one.

WMH, that might be the worst because it was in YOUR home. Shivers!! --172.59.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 4:17 PM
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Busy and any others who would scoop the poop out, I wish you all had there and saw what I saw. The bowl was almost filled with poop. You would change your mind quickly about scooping it out. That dirty job is over with now. I called my plumber and told him to bring a new one over.

Ken- I think the brains splattered on the wall is the job I would not have done under any circumstances. I would draw the line at that point.

WHM - just a couple of years ago, I had a female tenant who would throw her garbage bags down stairs into the laundry room instead of using her city supplied garbage. After a couple weeks, the maggots there were pretty bad but not anywhere near what you experienced. --71.207.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 4:38 PM
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"It is what it is." --69.130.xxx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Jim [CA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 4:39 PM
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Rehabbing a house where the cat peed in every single room. We had to wear respirators for the first week so we didnít throw up. --169.150.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 4:45 PM
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We should change the name of this post to "16 reasons to take the tools out of the trunk...." --184.4.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 5:15 PM
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Roy,I didnt even go in that apt,it creeped me out.gave the guy who actually did the job $100 cash bonus, he is happy to hear from me whenever i call --74.77.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 6:45 PM
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My worst was growing up on a farm. Kneeling at the back end of soon to be steers in knee deep muck and blood while their tail slings it all over you and they kick it up in your face for a few hours. Those times were what convinced me I didn't want to continue the farming tradition. But alas, buying foreclosures with full toilets, unplugged freezers, and pet droppings everywhere in the house is just as bad. --98.174.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 6:52 PM
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The most disgusting job was using a plumbers snake then snaking out a main drain where had to shower then change clothes after. --207.236.xxx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 6:52 PM
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I think NE won that one. --76.129.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 7:14 PM
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NE might have "won" but his wife sure didn't!

The brains on the wall made me think of the cute house I passed on at courthouse auction, I knew what happened inside but had not had a peek at inside so I did not buy at 40k.

The investor that did buy it later off realtor for 45K ended up redoing and selling for about 150k so yes, I did kick myself and still do. --216.126.xx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 7:29 PM
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We just went through the toilet filled with feces thing. Handyman had an appointment to replace the toilet. Turned off the

water . Told them not to use toilet. And they did!!

Handyman told them to clean out the toilet so that he could come back and replace toilet.

Court date this Wed. No rent for 2 months. She is holding off on paying since work is not done in the house. Good bye girl. --24.245.xx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 8:15 PM
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Sid,

No, I should change the name of this post to: 16 reasons to keep your day job and not become a full time landlord. Without tools in my truck today, this job would taken at least a week of valuable rehab time (my time) in trying to get someone else to do this dirty disgusting job. I did it in 45 minutes and that included driving the commode to the county landfill just 3 miles away.

Now that the dirty job is done, gutting this bathroom down to the studs will start promptly in the morning and not next week! Poop commode had to be removed first before any other bathroom demo could begin. The stink was that bad. --71.207.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Mar 21, 2024 10:50 PM
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We bought a foreclosure. The folks in protest I heard left the pets in there to fend for themselves. We had to remove and replace all the wallboard and insulation below the windows because it was full of cat pee. We replaced the windows too. We had left the carpet while painting to not have to protect flooring. Well once we removed the carpet, it helped with the smell so much. Kicked ourselves for not removing it first. We also had a place where the old guy couldn't seem to hit the toilet. Pulled up the toilet and there was a puddle of sludge underneath on the subfloor full of a puddle of human waste. Replaced subfloor, main floor and toilet. So gross. Hubby has dealt with a lot of crap (literally) He used to be a dairy farmer so he was used to bad odors and could handle it. Thank goodness. I could not have done it without his help. --64.184.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2024 7:34 AM
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I would pour a pail of water in and let it sink slowly, next pail add some dish soap and the next one soap and bleach, this will verify the pip is not clogged up with clothing or a towel which I have seen more than once. --184.59.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2024 9:49 AM
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Vee,

Thank your expert tips and advice on how to deal with situation. However, since this bathroom is going to be gutted to the studs, everything (except the tub) had to be removed anyway. One of things I do in all of my rehabs is install a brand new Gerber or American Standard toilet with an elongated bowl which are my personal favorites. --71.207.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2024 1:03 PM
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Roy, I think how you handled it, quickly and efficiently, was best. Get that stink out as soon as you can. I 'm just a short lady, and though I 'm fairly strong, for me, lifting a loaded toilet would have been too heavy. I can safely lift an empty, but its pushing my limits. Didn't mean to imply you should done it my way, only was mentioning how I'd have gone about itfor all the others who search the 'net and might be wondering how to deal when they aren't as strong.

The thing I love the most about landlording/ housing providering is, we can all do it our own way and still be successful. Heck, we can even define success differently. Some with tools in the truck, some with just a cellphone and contact list. Some with a truck, some with a porch ( heehee, love that joke about painting the Porsche!) or me with my Grandmavan. --72.135.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2024 2:41 PM
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I can't beat that, but I had a set out once where the tenant left all sorts of stuff in the house...and I found a box full of used condoms and partially used hemerrhoid cream tubes....I didn't eat lunch that day. --64.38.xxx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2024 12:52 AM
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Roy,

Congrats on hiring most of the work!

Me? I'm concerned about a plumber or handyman that would not put a bag over the toilet and toss it in the dumpster.

Golly, I have too many to mention here because I had a DREAM and a BURN to be FREE!!! I look back and laugh! What would YOU do to be FREE!!!

Ken reminded me of scraping brains, hair, and sticky coagulated blood off the vinyl floor at the frying pan murder apt.

Poo shrinks when it dries but there was still a volcano of poo HIGHER than the rim of the toilet. They had to stand on the rim to make a deposit!

Foreclosure with 5 5gallon buckets or urine. Must have be hydrating!

28 cats in a studio apt. They like to do their biziness in the corner so it was stacked 6" high. The res simply laid more newspaper over any piles on the floor so there were several layers thick.

Long term res moved out. Cat urine stench. We realized the ENTIRE carpet and pad was "squishy" with urine. Floor vent boots had puddles of urine. We set the carpet outside, it rained and the runoff killed the grass.

A res thought they were gonna "get me" by pouring potato flakes in the toilet. They expanded and mushroomed over the rim. We took a stick to break it up, hold it back, flushed three times and viola! The flakes actually CLEANED the bowl!

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2024 11:02 AM
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Brad20K - You always have the best war stories. If any LL has seen it all, it is definitely you.

I remember the story you told when you discovered a man and woman naked on the living room floor (having sex?) who may have been vagrants who squatted in one of your homes for the night. That story was hilarious. --71.207.xxx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2024 12:24 PM
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Had a tenant leave a dead dog in the basement. Had been there so long that it didn't smell like death.

Sad as it was the family pet. Scoop shovel and a couple bags. --107.147.xx.xx




DIY Disgusting jobs (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2024 6:26 PM
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This past summer bought a foreclosure DWMH. The sewer drain under the master bath was laying on the ground. It had been completely broken off for YEARS. You could look down the toilet and see...what used to be the ground, but was now an enormous pile of poo. We poured lime down the toilet hole, and a week later dragged a tarp under the house and re attached the sewer pipes. The tarp is still under that house!

And last year had to remove a bed and mattress my tenant died on. Lots of fluids soaked into it. --69.80.xx.xx



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