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"Sorry, but I don't think I need to share the cost of the services to talk about a job well done; although, we definitely feel that we received our money's" worth. We are highly pleased with the quality and craftsmanship of the final product. The work was meticulously crafted and well thought out. There were a few delays, but I myself cannot imagine working in the extreme heat of the day, everyday, so I had no concerns with minor delays. I preferred the employees working when rested, clear minded and happy, to reduce the risk of injury or a mistake, which resulted in a product beyond our expectations. Thank you to

-Irma R.

"Stay away!! We hired Sooner on the recommendation of someone. His bid came in the same as another contractor, so the price was fair. They were hired to remodel" kitchen, baths, flooring, paint and drywall. We also opened up a few walls. He told us the project would take 5-6 weeks, same as the other contractor. We were 15 weeks in and still not even close to being finished. On top of being way behind, the quality of the work was awful. I will load some pictures if I can. You can see several drywall seems, the painting was terrible. We have all new trim in the house, and the painters got wall paint all over it. They did not fill he nail holes correctly, and they can all be seen. We asked for 1/16 grout lines in the wall tile, and they gave us 1/8 to 1/4. Th cut tiles incorrectly, and just have varying gout line thickness. The carpentry is not good either. The joints were bad. Some 45s had 1/2 inch gaps that they tried to fix with caulk and not wood filler. The paint on the doors is so bad we had to hire another company to remove the doors, sand and repaint. One top of not being close to being finished, bad quality work, without fail, he had no problem asking for more money. He received 1000s more than the work complete, and still asked for more. We asked multiple times why he was so over budget and time, and all he could say we yes we are. He would never directly answer any questions asked. Needless to say, we had to hired other people to repaint, finish the plumbing, kitchen, floors...along with he punch list of times that needed to be fixed.

-Jennifer R.

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I agree with Jim Casper - after about 50 years of dealing with weathered wood finishing both in my homes and in the construction business, it comes down to about 90% preparation, 10% the finishing. If you do not prep the wood right, any moisture, mold, etc in the wood will destroy whatever you put over it.

High-build finishes like paint and epoxies and, from reading the Rustoleum flyer on this new product that too, work by trying to make an impenetrable surface and depend on a very good bond with the surface, AND no water getting under them. Because they are thick and are designed to provide a waterproof surface, unfortunately where water gets under them they are just as good or better at keeping it from evaporating, so you get fungal growth, blistering, and peeling.

Unfortunately, on deck and most outdoor applications except siding the surface will get nicked, scratched and otherwise develop leaks in short order. Water will therefore get into the underlying wood, and because it entered through small cracks and scratches, does not have any airflow to make it evaporate, so it sits there and breaks the finish bond to the wood (causing peeling and blisters), and promotes decay. That is why new deck boards and siding and trim that have been heavily or multi-coat painted on all 4 sides, thinking that will give the best protection, only last a few years versus the usual 10-20 years or so for boards that are painted top and sides only.

The full sun and hot conditions will, of course, cause more thann normal heating of dark colored painted decking. I had one instance where I was doing an independent appraisal of a very large commercial deck at a government facility, and in 85-90 degree daytime temps, in the sushine the chocolate brown deck surface temp was 150 degrees, and the paint was softening so much it stuck to the bottom of your shoes a couple of months after application.

As Jim said, the studies pretty clearly show that a breathable penetrating stain gives the best life, after plain ACA/CCA (copper chromium variations - the green stuff) treated wood. Penetrating stains, properly applied, do NOT seal in the moisture, they inhibit its entry and (when dark colored) help protect against sun damage to the wood and finish, but still breathe enough to let moisture escape on dry days. For my money, I will only use petroleum distillate (paint thinner cleanup) products, as they penetrate into the wood much better. Water based ones immediately start swelling the wood pores, so it blocks further penetration of the stain, which while cleanup is a bit easier, totally defeats the purpose of a PENETRATING stain or sealer.

I would recommend against any sort of waterproofing sealer, as they trap the water just like paint, and I have never seen one that is effective for 2 years.

My personal preference, though it limits the architectural coloration possibilities, is ground-contact rated copper compound treated wood (NOT the Wolmanized brown product), which comes green initially but can be retreated with either green or brown solution or can be liquid colorized darker (though not easily to a specific tone) using either of those as a base. My practice is to redo the treatment before installation to ensure thorough treatment, as from the mill it commonly has skips where boards contacted each other or where stacking seperators laid on it, and the ends are commonly very poorly done. This is done after cutting to length, as cut ends have to be retreated anyway.  A simple short deck cleaner soak followed by a light pressure washing and brush or roller re-treating of ONLY the TOP surface every 10 years or so has, for me, reduced visible weathering of the boards and beams to negligible.

As stated by others: You get what you pay for.  Many contractors no longer use employees.  The cost/benefit ratio is gone by the time worker's comp. insurance, unemplyment and other taxes are paid.  Especially with the high turnover in our industry.  Many, myself included, have our guys set up as sub-contractors.  That means even if the job is only for a day the duties have been outlined and a set pay to complete those duties has been established from the onset.  It's a better way to manage costs once I got used to it.  Also, it means I can operate cheaper and not have to charge as much to the customer.  My agreements with my guys, which they sign, make it clear that I nor the homeowner are responsible for their safety and medical care should a problem arise and that all parties are relieved of any such obligation.  If you hire a contractor who follows this growing practice ask to see a copy of his sub-contractor agreement.

That being said, a legitimate contractor still has operating cost which vary by area and how they run their business.  I break even at $150/day not including labor and materials so I've got to charge more than that to make money.  To keep the math simple, if I'm paying $250 for a pne day job in labor plus another $300 in materials and $150 operating costs I've got to charge $700 to the customer to break even.  That's if I'm only doing one job a day which is why most of us manage several at a time.  The point I'm trying to make is that someone with the necessary knowledge and experience to build you a safe deck is not going to be cheap.  Knowledge accompanies success which costs money.

I've repaired or restructured several decks built by handymen who should find another profession.  Ask yourself this question when hiring someone for this project: Would I trust this person to build my house?  If the answer is no you need to find someone else.  The deck is just as important.  It's where your family, friends, kids are going to gather and interact.  If it isn't structurally sound it can collapse causing injury or even death.  One last word on decks: Always screw a deck together, don't nail it.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX

Assuming you buy the right size door to fit the rough opening, and that your old door is not a size that is no longer made, and that you get the correct depth and transition adapters and sills and flashing and trim and seals and such, and that you transport it home without distorting and damaging it, then removal and disposal of old one and install new one probably about $250-400 depending on how well it fits, number of transition and similar pieces that have to be assembled (from 1 or 2 for some doors to as many as 30 on others).

The laundry list of things at the start WAS intended to intimidate you - I would say not 1 in 25 homeowners who buy a new patio door have bought it the right size for the rough opening and have everything needed to install it - the contractor almost invariably has to go get materials or parts to complete the installation - sometimes waiting weeks for factory adapters that are needed or missing parts AFTER the original door has already been taken out.

I would question why you are going to probably spend as much installing a door that may not do the job for you as the cost of the door. I would hazard at least half of people who go buy a $250-400 cheap door at a box store are sorely disappointed within months - due to poorly fitted parts, bad or non-existent seals causing drafts or water leaks, fogging or breaking glass, etc.

I would recommend you assess your needs, in conjunction with your installer find a decent and reputable brand unit to fit that need and that fits the loction right, and probably pay 50% more installed but have something that you might actually be happy with. Oh - BTW - your best installers generally will not install the cheapest box store units because they do not want the callbacks, so many times the quality of the installer who will actually do the job for you at a price you are willing to pay gives you a job that is - you guessed it, worth what you paid for it.


The product has evolved considerably since the lawsuit.


I would still do your own research and give you contractor your feedback.  At the end of the day, the cost for whatever board you want will be similar. 

Deck Building reviews in Fort Benning


I have intentionally waited six months to write this review, thinking that I would have a better perspective. I DO NOT.
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Z was the fifth contractor to bid on the job and I was fooled by his sales spiel. I admit it, he told me exactly what I wanted to hear and I fell for it. There are three things you need to know before you consider hiring this company. #1. DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD THAT
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Z. Before signing the contract, he understood that we were working under a time constraint and that if he couldn't get the job done by a specified date, he needed to tell me. He missed the deadline by three weeks due to their incompetence and assorted mistakes. As a result, my homeowner's insurance was within hours of being cancelled. #2 DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING
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Z TELLS YOU AND DOUBLE CHECK THE WORK AS IT'S BEING DONE. When the crew came to remove the existing driveway, I asked the foreman three times if he had checked the sprinkler system for damage. When I was ignored the fourth time I asked, I turned on the sprinkler to find out for myself. One line was completely severed, two others were split. The foreman said he would call
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Z that night (Friday) and that the sprinklers would be repaired the next day. That was not done and when I called
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on Monday, she didn't know anything about it. Also,
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had not called for an inspection on Friday, as she said she would. The sprinkler repair was partially done on Wednesday, the same day that ONE inspector came.
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did not know that the City of Hallandale requires inspections from both the engineering and structural department. The job has now been delayed one more week. #3 DO NOT LET ANYONE AT
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PULL THE PERMITS FOR YOU - DO IT YOURSELF! Hallandale Beach has a one-day walk-through program that neither
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Z or
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knew anything about. After the permits has been pending 4-1/2 weeks, I called the Permit Department myself and within 10 minutes had all the permits pulled. Within one hour, I was at City Hall paying the fees and collecting the permits.
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Z's response was "how was I suppose to know?" I think if you're going to work in Hallandale Beach, Margate,
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or any city, it is your responsibility to know what the permit process is. Finally, the concrete was scheduled to be poured on Monday but when
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Z found out that an inspector would be around to make sure that the corrections she wanted were made, he started scrambling to get a truck out on Saturday. One truck appeared but they ran out of concrete before the pour was complete. Another truck came and they ran out of concrete - AGAIN! The result is the southern quarter of the circular drive has a significantly deeper swale than the northern quarter. So deep that unless I am extremely careful, I will scrape the front bumper of my car when pulling into the driveway. After the crew removed the forms used to pour the concrete, they left. I had to pay a landscaper $350.00 to bring in top soil to fill in the trenches they left and sod to even out the lawn. In some places, the grass was 6" inches higher than the driveway, in other places the lawn was 4" lower than the driveway. It was a trip-an-fall lawsuit just waiting to be filed! Then I had to pay a sprinkler company $241.00 to replace the damaged lines that the other company ignored. Did I ever get an apologize for the botched job and missed deadline? NO. Did I ever see
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Z after the day he got the contract signed and collected a deposit? NO. Did anyone from
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come out to inspect the job or ask me if I was satisfied with the results? NO, NO AND NO! Half-way through the job, I was so disgusted with
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Z and
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that I called a customer service representative at Angie's List to ask about the online reviews. I was, and still am, convinced that at least half of the "A" reviews posted are fraudulent. The customer service representative urged me to file a complaint; the response from
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Z was that "the job would have to be delayed" Since we were already 10 days pasted the deadline, I did not file a complaint. Based on my experience,
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receives a D- review and a warning to anyone considering hiring them.
- Judy A N.

Working with
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first in designing of the project for size and shape and then going over where

to put doors and drawers, etc was great. He gave good advice and was also very helpful with picking tile colors. The project was absolutely gorgeous and helped to turn my backyard into my favorite place. I have received compliments from friends, neighbors and even other trade people working at the house. I was totally satisfied with their work
- Janis S.

The good:
* The price; lowest cost of three estimates * Salesperson; very friendly, knowledgeable; helped with
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requirements (a big plus!) * Office staff; very friendly, owner called how things went. The not so good:
* No and/or mis-communication between salesperson and office staff and us....More /> ** salesperson said project was going to start one day....three days later we called on where crew was; office did not know anything about project being ready to go.
** had to wait a long time 40-45 days until they could start project, but all bidders were saying that, office never touched base with us on status during that period.

The ugly:
* The crew. materials delivered one afternoon without notice. crew showed up two days later without notice at 2PM in afternoon. started project. at the end of every day, the crew announced they did not have enough or the wrong materials. on the 3rd day, a friday afternoon, they still did not have materials to finish job; said they were going to finish "next week", at that point we had to convince them to stay, go get materials needed, and finish.
There is potential here with this vendor; but management needs to step in and provide communication and direction.


August 29th I met with
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at my home to obtain a
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for work to be performed on the roof of my home. We walked around the perimeter of
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home and I bought to his attention the sag in the middle of my roof. I explained that there were no leaks I just wanted the sag to be repaired. He stated the wood beneath the shingles had probably rotted and by replacing the wood would remove the sag. The quote to complete the work was $3800 plus $50 per sheet of plywood that exceeded the first two sheets. I accepted his quote and he agreed to return the following week to repair the roof. September 10th the work was performed. While at work I received a call from
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that he was leaving and his men were on my roof completing the repairs. When I returned home I immediately saw that there was no visual difference in the appearance of my roof. However, I did notice the new shingles. I immediately called
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and expressed my dissatisfaction. He agreed to come to my home the next day to discuss it. September 11th I met with
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at my home. At that time he told me there were rafters that needed to be replaced in my roof. I asked him why wasn't I informed this prior to putting new shingles on my roof. If he knew that replacing the shingles would not correct the sag then why didn't he recommend rebuilding the rafters before putting new shingles down. He couldn't explain. I asked him what would be required of me to have his company fix my food as we originally discussed. He stated he would finish the roof to my satisfaction and rebuild the rafters. The only charge to me was wood and 1/2 the cost of labor. He estimated it would be no more than $200. He wrote that statement and signed the original contract. Because i believed that he genuinely wanted to make the repairs and finish the work I paid him $3000 because he agreed to complete the work the following week. My roof was never completed by this company. I was forced to hire another contractor to fix their botched work and make the repairs that I originally requested from
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- Ms W.

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produced a beautiful new cedar deck on time and with no hassles at all. His work was excellent. He and his helper removed the old deck and rebuilt the new one (in a different shape/orientation). He did exactly what he said he would do and we'll be able to enjoy the new deck for many years.
- Patricia K.

He came and did the initial visit and ordered all of the materials. He then sub-contracted the job out to 2 very hardworking guys who did all the work.
The guys who were actually doing the work repeatedly found that
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did not order the correct supplies or the correct amount of supplies so when they told him that he gave them a hard time and said that they have everything they need. They ended up needing to go to Home Depot multiple times to fix
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's screw up since he wasn't willing to admit that the materials weren't correct. This lead to the job taking much longer than anticipated.
We kept asking
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what was going on and he just made excuses and when we finally asked the guy building the deck what was actually going on (and he honestly told us all of the issues), we contacted
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to see what was going on. the response that we got was that we were not to talk to the builder and only talk to
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. This posed a problem however because
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was not giving us any information so we had to talk to the builder.
The deck ended up getting finished but then failed inspection for a couple things that we talked to
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about and his exact response was "the deck passing inspection was not a goal of our contract." Shouldn't that be the goal of any contractors contract?
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is refusing to pay his workers and I am trying to help them get their money because they deserve to be paid for what they did.
- Alexandra M.

Went well, they fixed broken lines in the concrete floor, took out all the cabinets in the kitchen,tore up old flooring and carpets, replaced cabinets, laid Pergo throughout the house, and recut and hung all doors and trim to fit... Painted all, and hooked everthing back up!... Would highly recommend
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and his crew! Plus they're pleasant to work with... (That always helps)
- Peter V.

I found
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on Angie's List and called him because he had fantastic reviews. From my initial phone call with him to set up time for an estimate, to the final day he was out here, he was a pleasure to work with. He was extremely attentive to my ideas and requirements for our deck, and he suggested the idea of putting a patio (patio pavers) under the deck and over to our basement door (I wasn't even thinking about a patio, just a deck). He was extremely patient with all my ideas and we went through several iterations of the design until getting the perfect one for us. His crew started early August and took about 2 1/2 weeks to finish. His crew was the most hard working crew I've ever hired, as well as friendly and respectful - they were here promptly at 8 AM every morning (sometimes earlier), worked late into the afternoon/early evening, and sometimes even weekends. They were extremely neat (we could still use our pool throughout construction, and they were working right next to it), and cleaned up at the end of every day. The work was top notch - the deck looks beautiful and the patio pavers are fantastic (thanks to
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for that suggestion). All of this overlooks our pool area, and we have a fabulous outdoor space now.
I felt that the price was extremely reasonable for all the work they did, and certainly for the quality of the work. This is one crew that pays attention to every detail and it really shows. They finished up the job ensuring they covered it all - finishing touches such as adding river rock, repairing landscaping to look better than it was before, and planting grass in all the bare spots, even spots that they didn't dig up! I HIGHLY recommend
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to anyone looking to build a deck or patio or both - our backyard outdoor space is fantastic now.

Deck Builders in Fort Benning, GA

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2519 10th Street

A1 Paint Company, Inc

PO Box 671

Absolute Home Services

3000 Manchester

Accel service and repair

223 Carpenter Rd.

ACE Hardscapes

5923 Warner Rd

Area Painting Co

1226 Chaplin Dr

B&E Enterprises

6442 Lee Road 279

Batchelor Quality Homes Inc

1774 Ga Highway 315

Bluewater Tile and Stone


Chattahoochee Fence Company

1639 Bradley Park Dr Suite 500

City Wide Home Improvements

4966 Ga Highway 354
Pine Mountain

Clint's Handyman Service

2125 Watkins Dr



Complete Home Care

3350 Hopewell Rd.

CRA Enterprises, LLC

3456 Hiawatha Drive

Diverse Construction Company

157 Lincoln Lane

Dreamtime Outdoors

10787 Hwy 92

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive


P.O. Box 3407



Gabriel's Home Repairs

908 Lee Road 424

Gibson General Contracting, Inc.

3629 Gentian Blvd

Golden Gate Construction Group

1535 Mount Vernon Rd

H&H Handyman Services

3848 Hampton Drive

Handyman R Us

1310 Pirkle Rd

MW Remodeling

1324 Jason Ct

New Coat Professional Painting and Remodeling

5944 Morningside Drive

Paint Pros Plus

643 Southern Pines Dr

Palmer Construction

2013 18th Ave

Peeler Construction

1905 40th Street

ROCON/Rolling Construction LLC

4801 Milgen Rd

Roof, Rinse & Run

1780 Hyden Park Lane

Shower Glass Dreamworks

3535 Club Dr

Smith & Fritz

182 lee rd 997

Stampitcrete LLC

PO Box 1987

Stedman Brothers

9031 Veterans Pkwy

Strong Fence

2910 N. Walnut

TeLaCo Construction

333 South Lake Drive

The Cabinet Man- Steve Welch

P.O.Box 423
West Point

The Ultimate Handyman

4649 Boston Ivy Dr

Tony's Lawn Care and Services

4514 18th ave

Tub Repair and Glaze

611 Lasso Loop

Turner Fence, LLC

P.O. Box 1123

Wilson Handyman

3441 Cherokee Ave

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