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Old 10-29-2008, 03:02 PM   #16
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Let him get the permits... and since you have a legitimate list of concerns, make sure you're on site when the inspection is scheduled...bring up your concerns with him. Keep taking pictures of the issues you have.

It's odd that the contract has his signature and not yours...would make one wonder if it's valid, I doubt it is. If you can get out of the contract, fire him. You could go through small claims to recover the balance of the $3K in materials you feel due you. You may want to check with the Home builders association and BBB to see if they have a process to register a complaint about a member, find out what it is...and get ready to pull the trigger with the complaint if you cannot reach a mutual agreement. At minimum at the end of this, you should negotiate that he signs a lein waiver for materials and labor he has done with this job.

EDIT: Do as Marvin_Gardens says!

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First off call the BBB. If he says he is a member and isn't they will go after him. Then file a complaint.

Second call the state. If he has a contractors license then file a monetary complaint. If he doesn't have a contractors license then file a complaint about not having a contractors license.

Third, call the county DA where you live and find out about criminal action for operating without a contractors license.
He has a Residential Contractor License. I verified it with South Carolina License and Labor Board. How do you find out if he is a member of BBB? He's listed on the site, but does that automatically mean he's a member.

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Forth, find out all you can about him. Get his home address and license of his vehicles. Go to small claims court and sue him. More than likely he will not show up. You will win by default.
This might be the road I have to take.
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...How do you find out if he is a member of BBB?
Ya contact them....http://www.greenville.bbb.org
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Whatever he tells you, that is hack work. Total and complete jack leg hack work. I don't care what his website says, or workmanship warranties, or what ever, that work is horrible. He's clue-less.
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I had to contact them by email. I'm having another guy come out and tell me what needs to be done to correct everything short of tearing it out.
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Whatever he tells you, that is hack work. Total and complete jack leg hack work. I don't care what his website says, or workmanship warranties, or what ever, that work is horrible. He's clue-less.
Thanks... hindsight is 20/20 and lots of money. I failed to ask the important questions. I could just slap myself for being stupid enough to not research a little bit more. His website shows custom homes built in very well-to-do neighborhoods.

I have had to show him how his measurements were off on Monday, I gave him the 3rd degree, and so he cut the beam and ended up cutting it too short. He now claims that my garage wall is out of square and that is why it is screwed up. He's telling me that a 90 degree bracket will solve this. I told him no way, it needs support of a 6x6.

I just called the inspector and he says that if I apply for the permit, I am the contractor and must bring everything up to code. He told me to leave it to the contractor responsibility. They are going to "double fee" charge him.
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Try this:

Better Business Bureau
408 N. Church St, Suite C
Greenville, SC 29601-2164
864-242-5052
Toll free: 1-800-948-5791
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You can go to BBB.org here and do a nationwide search.

http://us.bbb.org/WWWRoot/SitePage.a...6-e4df22e6f371

You might have to look up under different names to find him like his personal name, or phone number, or address, or business name. Just keep searching.

I agree with everyone else that this is a real hack job. Keep in mind that on a web site you can put anything you want to including pictures that he got off the internet. Doesn't mean he did that work. It means he either hired someone to do his web site or did it himself and knows how to post pictures.
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....His website shows custom homes built in very well-to-do neighborhoods.

I have had to show him how his measurements were off on Monday, I gave him the 3rd degree, and so he cut the beam and ended up cutting it too short. He now claims that my garage wall is out of square and that is why it is screwed up. He's telling me that a 90 degree bracket will solve this. I told him no way, it needs support of a 6x6.
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I wonder if he's even who he says he is. I wonder if he could be using some one else's info, website, and numbers....

Because: There is no way in the world, that the work you showed, was done by a custom home builder....not a million years.

A "carpenter's apprentice" could do better work.

Complete Hack.
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Try this:

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My luck, they close at 4pm.
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I'm sure you'll be up early in the morning!
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Take a look at this photo again. I'm sure it is hard to see. Maybe I will take closer ones. I Just need opinions. This will eventually be a gable roof. He has notched the beam boards that sit on the top plate of my house. Shouldn't these sit squarely on the top plate of the outside wall and attach to something?




UPDATE: He called me back and said that he would be going out to the job site in the morning and fixing that 1 inch gap by using a double joist hanger and screws. I asked him if the gap would be gone, he said no, the gap would still be there, but the joist hanger is 1.5 inches and will be strong enough to tie it in. ??????????????
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Take a look at this photo again. I'm sure it is hard to see. Maybe I will take closer ones. I Just need opinions. This will eventually be a gable roof. He has notched the beam boards that sit on the top plate of my house. Shouldn't these sit squarely on the top plate of the outside wall and attach to something?




UPDATE: He called me back and said that he would be going out to the job site in the morning and fixing that 1 inch gap by using a double joist hanger and screws. I asked him if the gap would be gone, he said no, the gap would still be there, but the joist hanger is 1.5 inches and will be strong enough to tie it in. ??????????????
This entire structure needs to be removed from the house. You might be able to salvage the wood, but not the structure.
Stevie Wonder with a chain saw could do a better job.
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if i understand this right the guy can't measure, doesn't know code, has total disdain for the building inspector, expects gravity to hold things up,and never heard of windshear. oh yes he also dosn't realize that notching reduces the whole joist to the strength of the width of the notch. miss anything?

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