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Old 11-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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As some of you know, I've been asking a LOT of questions about roof...torch down vs hot mop, etc.

Well....I just gave the go-ahead to one of the contractors that gave me a bid.

I only had two bids....(both licensed contractors)

Guy #1 - Have used him before...he has done work for me before...as well as family and neighbors....does good work...honest....when he came out to my house, he didn't take any measurements....but told me what he would do..etc..etc....but he wanted to do hot mop....no written contract...just verbal....

Guy #2 - Given to me as a reference from a contractor friend.....shows up last Sat....takes measurements...even though I told him what the dim were...he still took his cloth tape measure with the tennis ball on the end and got real #'s. Pretty much told me the same things as guy #1 except he wants to do torch down. Well written contract...all items spelled out....how much $$ when material is deliverd....how much is due at completion.

As I said...both guys are licensed contractors....guy #2 has his company name on his t-shirt along with his lic #.

On Sunday...guy #1 came by to see if I had made a decision. We got to talking about hot mop vs torch down...when I asked him if he had done torch down, he said "Yea, lots of times" while looking down at the ground....translation....he has maybe done it once.....

Roofing is one of those areas where the satisfaction of getting a cheap price is quickly lost on that first drip in the house.

Guy #2 is a few $$ more....but....I have a much better feeling about his ability to do it right.

I just called him to let him know he got the job.

To all of you who chimed in with answers to my questions.....thanks....

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Well with all your questions I have to give you credit for doing your homework.Now in time we will see if the chosen contractor cuts the mustard.

Just be careful of wolves in sheep's clothing.Meaning don't put your guard down.If at anytime things start to sway be the first to address it.Being assertive and direct will better the chances of a drama free experience.

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Well with all your questions I have to give you credit for doing your homework.Now in time we will see if the chosen contractor cuts the mustard.

Just be careful of wolves in sheep's clothing.Meaning don't put your guard down.If at anytime things start to sway be the first to address it.Being assertive and direct will better the chances of a drama free experience.
I totally agree.....and coming from a roofing contractor....very forthcoming on your part.....or, your the worlds greatest scammer....(which I really really doubt)

If your interested....I'll be glad to send you his propsal so you can pick it apart...
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To scam is to gain fraudulently.What do I have to gain in terms of scamming by offering useful advice ?
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To scam is to gain fraudulently.What do I have to gain in terms of scamming by offering useful advice ?
I guess I should have been a bit more clear.....

The classic scam artist will tell you to 'watch out for the bad guy'....convinces you that your looking out for his best interest.....

But that only works if he is in a position to take adavantage of you......

In your case...internet....there is no way you could take advantage of us....unless we were in your neck of the woods.....

Hence....your advice has been solid.....

So, sorry if my last post came across wrong......

In fact, if more contractors were like you.....things would be a lot better...
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Dawg, When your roof is complete would you please post detailed pictures?

I would really appreciate that, THX.
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Dawg, When your roof is complete would you please post detailed pictures?

I would really appreciate that, THX.
Here ya go sir....and...the total price including materials and torchdown....$3500





He used synthitic instead of tar paper....lot tougher...





I supplied the flashing kit for the skylight....he did the flashing the way I wanted on the fireplace surround....I'm going to install z-bar on top of the flashing and then the lap board over that...







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Thanks Dawg I appreciate that.

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