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Old 04-23-2011, 04:17 AM   #21
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Why is it a liability? Contractors have to leave holes for A day or more on many occasions. You just need to properly protect the area or cover the holes, especially in your case they are just post holes, very easy to cover.

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Old 04-23-2011, 07:17 AM   #22
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I think your future in politics just came to an end, seeing as you apparently are willing to break so many laws and regulations. And posted it publicly.
If he didn't post it publicly he would have fitted in with politicians just fine
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:04 PM   #23
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If he didn't post it publicly he would have fitted in with politicians just fine


nope thats the makings of a connecticut govenor!!!!!!!! got my vote
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:34 PM   #24
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WAIT A MINUTE !!!!!!

How was he going to get the permit in such a short time? You aren't being a little 'two-faced' as a HO on us are you, Duck?
Not being two-faced. He was going to do a repair, not a replacement. a permit is not required.

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And you just happened to 'already have the material'? "Waiting for some labor" to wander by? You, of course, were going to hire a fully licensed and insured contractor? Oh I'm just positive you were.
I was planning on calling another contractor in the area (HandymanMatters.com) but never got around too it, as I wanted to find enough work for them to do. They have minimal charges for showing up and this just probably would have taken no more than 1/2 hour.

NOTE: Many of the local Handyman companies also enjoy customers purchasing their own material and have the SAME business model when it comes to materials that I advocate.
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I don't know about you guys, but when I need something done on my place (and same goes for everyone I know who works in construction) I wouldn't be phoning handyman matters....


are you going to have them do some painting and flooring too? You'd think someone who is actually a contractor (I have my doubts here) would enjoy working on their own place, not phone a company with a high hourly rate to do work around the house. When you buy the wrong part for them they will go pick it up and mark it up bigtime.

you know what else, if I needed to hire a tradesman to work on my place (electrician, plumber, whatever) and I was expected to provide the materials, I would probably think -gee, I may be better off hiring a professional, who is capable of providing the materials which they are knowledgable of to get the job done.

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All good points, I want to make a few as well...

1. Was this guy carrying around a notarized copy of his license, insurance and workers' compensation? If not, how did you know he was legit?
As I stated, my wife talked with him and directed him to return at a specific time when I would have had the opportunity to meet and validate him.

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2. How did you know he wasn't a felon? Background checks take longer than a few hours - oh wait, must be calling in political favors already, and you haven't even been elected.
Several thoughts on this. First, I do think there is a difference in hiring a felon to do work INSIDE a home vs simply being outside. For this job, he would have zero reason to be inside. Second, if I read into his name, I would probably guess Illegal more than felon :-)

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3. I see my roof everyday (usually twice, if no more), and I would certainly know if a few shingles were missing. How come you didn't notice it? How do you know the roofer didn't climb up, remove them, then knock on your door?
The roof shingles were in need of repair for about three weeks. I noticed it inside first as the ceiling in my kids' room started to show stains. The leak is in an area that is difficult to see unless I am standing in a very particular part of the neighborhood and is not visible from the driveway.

I think a few people in the neighborhood would have noticed a guy walking around with a very tall ladder removing roof shingles including my wife who would have ran outside with her Colt Detective Model and unloaded a few

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4. Was he carrying around references? Did you call them before giving him the go ahead?
Don't need to "call" references. If he was doing work in the neighborhood, it would have taken no more than a few minutes to check out his work by simply jumping on bike...
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This guy has a lot of negativity to contractors on this site, kinda seems like he's some pissed off HO
Hmmm. I shared the fact that I am a contractor attempting to hire another contractor to work on my home (which I think makes me a homeowner) that didn't show up (which I think makes me pissed)...
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Hmmm. I shared the fact that I am a contractor attempting to hire another contractor to work on my home (which I think makes me a homeowner) that didn't show up (which I think makes me pissed)...


Yeah but your always pissing on contractors one way or another, with your tv show (which I think is made up BS anways) and talking about crappy work all over and how diy's can do better etc etc

i just think you lie a lot and are on here with something to prove
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and talking about crappy work all over and how diy's can do better etc etc

i just think you lie a lot and are on here with something to prove
Yes, I am passionate about delivering high quality work and hope that a little bit of my attitude will become infectious upon others. Homeowners like us work hard for their money and we owe to them as a profession to deliver our best work.

While there are DIY that can do work better than many pros, I don't think I have ever said that the majority of DIY are better.
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I understand what you mean, I am currently doing a job taking over from another contractor who was fired off the job by the HO, and the more we do the more we find wrong and are redoing.

However doesn't mean I come on here with a negative stereotype of contractors, wanting to highlight some of the negative aspects of the industry.

I don't think the problem is with contractors, (the real ones) I think the problem is with people who decide they will be contractors. They may know some stuff, call themselves a "handyman" (not to put down anyone who does "handyman" type work, I do this at times myself) However they are not tradesman, and they take on work that a tradesman should be doing.

These amateurs attempting to do a professionals job are what gives the industry a bad name, and since a lot of HO think they can hire Bob the handyman who cleans their gutters to remodel their home. Surprise when Bob doesn't know what the *&&^^ he's doing, people don't realize what's involved in the work, and make false assumptions about some flake who was hired.

And I don't buy that some DIY's do a better job than most contractors. Someone with years of experience doing the work and possibly a trade certification, is very likely to do work at a higher quality and more efficiently than a HO who has spent a couple weekends at it. The good thing about DIY's is when people get over their heads they develop an appreciation for the knowledge and skill we have, when we get work fixing their mistakes. I've had quite a few jobs doing this, and I do enjoy educating people on the errors of their ways.
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The work probably isn't enough for him to make a priority, foolish we all know considering now you won't be sending him any work.
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...I don't buy that some DIY's do a better job than most contractors. Someone with years of experience doing the work and possibly a trade certification, is very likely to do work at a higher quality and more efficiently than a HO who has spent a couple weekends at it.
I don't buy it either, BC. A DIYer might have taught themselves how to be almost decent at one task, but the proficiency in all the different tasks that each trade entails isn't going to be there.

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