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Old 03-01-2008, 12:34 PM   #16
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Another quote thins morning for 2600, crushed cement underneath, otherwise still 4000 lb fiber mesh and he'll do a stamped brick border on the sides.

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Old 03-02-2008, 09:22 AM   #17
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no one can give you any ideas,,, fiber's ' hot ' but doesn't do much IF the contractions jnts're not properly spac'd OR cut at the right time ( be back tomorrow to cut the jnts is NOT what you want to hear ),,, someone else mention'd base mtl - he's right - its EXTREMELY important as is drainage so lawn runoff doesn't get under the conc & soften the base mtl.

down where you are, air's not as important as it'd be in warren or sussex cty.

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Old 03-28-2008, 02:28 PM   #18
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Just a quick update:

A local contractor (30+ years experience, family owned father-and-son deal) will be doing the job for $1850. I'll post before-and-afters ASAP.
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Do you know the size of the driveway? We're looking at putting a new 20x25 (20x30 can't remember) driveway so we don't have to fight the neighbors parking on the street. I haven't called for quotes yet but it would probably be cheaper here in the midwest.
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27' long x 14'6" wide. Most quotes came in just over 2000.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:39 PM   #21
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All done!

We needed to do the patio in the back, too, and the contractor cut us a break.

The driveway and patio were started at 8:45 this morning and they had it poured and were out by 1PM. I think it's one of the best concrete jobs I've seen in a long time.
Driveway before, including sinking from the garage:


Driveway after:



"Patio" before:

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Old 04-03-2008, 11:40 AM   #22
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Rasputin, I mean no offense by this but only post to help others. It seems you made your decision entirely based on price. If one doesn't care about the quality of the job done then that is an excellent way to decide who to hire.

But I looked at the close ups in your photo album that popped up when I clicked on your photos. Frankly, the finish work is poorly done and does indeed reflect that you hired the low bidder. If you're happy with that level of finish then that's great and you made the right decision.

I find the best way to hire contractors is to actually inspect the quality of their work if at all possible. If I don't understand the trade well enough to rely on my own inspection then I rely on others who's opinion I trust. In early discussions with a contractor I evaluate his focus. If it's on how fast, easy and cheap he can get the job done, or if he utters the magic words "we'll figure out something" when looking at a problematic area of the job then he doesn't get the job. After the contractors are narrowed down by quality then timing and cost can come into play. A bad job done for less is not a bargain.
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Rasputin, I mean no offense by this but only post to help others. It seems you made your decision entirely based on price. If one doesn't care about the quality of the job done then that is an excellent way to decide who to hire.

But I looked at the close ups in your photo album that popped up when I clicked on your photos. Frankly, the finish work is poorly done and does indeed reflect that you hired the low bidder. If you're happy with that level of finish then that's great and you made the right decision.

I'm happy with the job quality overall, and the price was more than acceptable, and just as comparable to the rest of the quotes in the area. They also came highly recommended from other homeowners in the area.

Can you define 'finish work' for me? I don't quite understand if you mean the finish-pattern on the surface or the edging of the...well, I hesitate to call it 'landscaping' but that's an area that needed work prior to the driveway and patio, and it's an area I'll be covering myself anyway, including taking out the horrible, horrible bush-trees the previous owner never took care of.

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