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Old 09-24-2008, 05:57 AM   #1
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Hello house fire

Hello. We had a house fire and had no insurance at the time. We lost most everything. The fire was caused by a multiple wall jack. We started working with a guy who befriended us and told us he was a contractor, but when I asked for the permit and an expense report after his request for more money, he quit. And his expense report that he finally gave me was very vague, claiming 50% of the $20K we gave him as "payroll", and 25% as "labor, transportation, and administration fees". Our house has been cleaned out and gutted and he purchased no materials with the remaining 25%, except for one garbage can. Then I found out he was not a contractor but using someone else's license number and he never paid for a permit or plans. So now, as an owner-builder, I'm learning as I go. I drew up plans and bought a permit. I've done alot of DIY stuff before, but I need to get familiar with the building codes. We're also hiring licensed sub-contractors. I look forward to reading and learning!

I posted some pics and will try to get more up. (as I learn my way around this site)


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Old 09-24-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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Harleena welcome to DIY Chatroom,

I am very sorry to hear about your fire, I hope no one was hurt. People are harder to fix then your dwelling and contents. Fires are very traumatic and life style altering events.

That you have been additionally victimized, by fraud is outrageous. Please consult with an attorney, the police and your states construction licensing board.
Documenting his use of the contractors license number will be very important to the courts and boards.

Please post photos, we can provide a lot of help on this forum.

I have dealt with hundreds of fire restorations.


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Old 09-24-2008, 04:40 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Sue the bum.
Hope that you get everything sorted out and get your home back.

In any event, welcome to the site.
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