I’m having literal nightmares about the flipper

My stress from dealing with this house, being unemployed through the holidays, and having no way to prosecute the flipper has taken its toll on my mental health.

I’m angry that the county investigator gave up because they didn’t put much effort into finding him. I was able to find him within a few hours of phone calls. I’m furious that after I found him, all she did was leave a voicemail for him and then close the case when he didn’t call her back. But what sends me over the edge is when I found an invitation to the flipper’s destination wedding. In it, he has the gall to ask guests for cash instead of other gifts.

Today, I’m actually having recurring nightmares about the flipper. In them, I’m at the luxury hotel where he’s partying with his wedding guests. All of the money for this elegant wedding is coming out of my own bank account. I beg him to stop, but he just laughs in my face. I’m waking up every day enraged, exhausted, and depressed.

Flipper hid kitchen wiring problems!

In order to box-in the new kitchen vent stack, I decide to demolish the existing drywall on the adjacent column. Inside the column, I’m surprised to find that one of the corners is only held together by 2″x4″ scabs, and another has no framing at all… held together only by the outside corner bead.

What’s more, the pendant light wiring is not attached to any framing. Additionally, no holes were drilled in the framing for the wires. Instead, the flipper simply ran the wires around the framing, and laid the drywall directly on top of it!

Fixing electrical problems

I continue demolition of the kitchen column in order to address the electrical problems. In the attic I discover yet another wiring splice that was not in a junction box. I added a junction box to the nearby truss and properly attached the wiring to the framing.

Corrected framing and wiring

I correctly re-wire the pendant light switch in a proper switch box and add framing around the exposed vent stack.

Kitchen column drywall

I add drywall and tape to the new framing with an initial layer of joint compound.