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I secured 4 bids for this repair and replacement work.
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's bid was the second cheapest but by fat the most detailed. I went with
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. 2 4x4 cedar posts on the porch had rot.
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had to take apart the whole side of the porch.
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and
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refabricated some wood stops for the screen to match the rest of the porch. The wood was painted and looks better than the rest of the porch. Then the 24 year old deck had to be serviced. The deck is large and had many split cedar boards.
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and I agreed to replace 20 16 ft. boards with cedar. One 4x4 post had to be removed and replaced. That necessitated removing some boards and spindles. The top rail was rotted in spots. New top rail pieces had to be fabricated. Some rotted spots on 2 posts could be repaired. All the new wood was painted. Then the deck floor and steps were painted. I was very impressed with
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's meticulous work. He took his time and all the cuts looked perfect. I was concerned how this repair job could be done. My 24 year old deck looks better than ever now.
- DAVID G.
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Perfectly!
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is not the stereotypical tradesman/contractor. He was there when he said he would be, me kept me informed about what was going on and when, his team was well mannered and they did an excellent job. After seeing the work
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and his team have done, a neighbor has contacted
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to install a deck for them.
- Linda L.
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Working with
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Brown (owner) was an absolute delight. Starting with his guidance for redesigning my old deck, to selecting the materials, lighting and colors,
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listened. He walked through the entire process with timeline and provided several estimates based on materials used. He showed up on schedule, kept the worksite clean and provided daily status reports. The finished product exceeded my expectations. I am positive no one else could have done better, no matter the money. And, because I did get other estimates, no one else would have delivered such quality for the same price. I will use
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again.
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is a professional businessman that knows his business.
- Renee R.
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Pat came over and gave us an estimate for a new deck. We decided to hire Pat mainly because we knew he was going to perform the work, and not a crew of people we didn't know or hadn't met. Early on in the process, he discovered that part of the rim joist common to the house around the dryer vent, had rotted out. We authorized the repair and the joist was repaired before work proceeded on the deck. He proceeded on the deck installation, building it to our specifications with picture framing and handrails on the short stairs. He informed us that handrails were not required on the stairs per code due to the short height, but we asked that rails be installed anyway. He respected our wishes and performed the work, and was up-front about the extra cost due to the original estimate did not include these. We were fine with that, work continued, and our deck was completed in a timely fashion despite the rim joist issue. The deck turned out beautifully, tight joints, even gaps, great workmanship. We highly recommend Pat, and will be utilizing his services in the future.
- george S.
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Crews arrived on time and finished ahead of schedule for all projects and repairs. Totally cleaned up and left no debris. Required no extra calls or effort on my part. A very pleasant experience.
- Robert J.
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was one of four companies we engaged to bid on the project, and not only was the price competitive, but the owner,
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, was by far the most professional and responsive of all of the companies we contacted. He inspired our confidence to spend what is for us, a large sum of saved money (we are fixing up our home as we have the cash, rather than financing), and was very patient with our questions as we changed our minds several times about what we wanted. Although the project started a couple weeks later than originally scheduled (due to our large beam being backordered),
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stayed in communication and finished the project within the expected parameters. He obviously cares about the quality of the finished product; for example, for this large beam that needed to be special-ordered, he paid an upcharge for a higher-quality piece of wood to ensure that we would be happy when it finally arrived, since he couldn't hand-pick the piece. He visited the job site approximately every other day to check the progress and make recommendations to the workers. All of the workers were professional and on-task, and amazingly cleaned up so that you didn't even know they were there that day. We recommend
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and his company without hesitation, and would happily use them again and refer them to our friends and neighbors.
- Laurie B.
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From day one up to the end of the project, it seemed like things were going south. The job consisted of multiple work assignments but the main ones were to remove a stone path to the side of the house and replace it with a cement sidewalk. Along with that an additional driveway was to be put in with another sidewalk next to that. The initial estimate was done on 3/26/2014 .We agreed to a price on the updated price and paid a down payment on 4/9 and was to start on the 16th. I mentioned that I had another project going to be started on the 19th of May and they assured me it would be done by then ( over a month away)

On the day the crew arrived, they started to dig out the old sidewalk of native stone and concrete, doing this by hand on the east side of the house. They mentioned that they would rent a bobcat for the main drive and west sidewalk. First issue was they parked their truck on the neighbors yard. The neighbor has a sprinkler system and because of it the ground was soft and created ruts in their yard.

After they dug up the east side they went ahead and removed an outside lamp post that was to be moved over to make room for the sidewalk. When the crew dug it up they cut the wire in the ground and shut off part of our electric. I had to come home from work and reset the breakers. Also they just left it lying , thinking they were to start the other part soon. Time went on and no one came back, reason by C & A was they were waiting on the permit.( Also I have to say we did have rain days also.) But the time frame came and went to where I had to reschedule my other project contractors because a month wasn’t long enough to get it done. I asked them if it would be done by the 26th of May as I had to leave town for two weeks. They said yes. Well, it wasn’t. So I asked them to stop on the 26th until I got back on the 10th of June. No problem they said. I did ask them to reset the lamppost as I was more comfortable having that on while my wife was home and I was gone, which they did. When they went to set it back up, they told me they had to dig up the electric line and rebury it inside a casing because of code. They dug it up laid down the pvc plumbing pipe. . According to the site manager it wasn’t deep enough so they had to come by and dig it back up and put in deeper into the ground. When the electrician came to wire it up, the workers had used the wrong pipe and had to re-dig it up for the third time and replant the proper casing in the ground. So after three attempts the light is usable, only to find out by the electrician that the casing was not needed as the wire that was used was made to be buried outside without a casing. So all that dig and
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was for no need

After I got back from my trip, I contacted C&A and told them they can continue on the 10th . The crew showed up the following week getting at the house usually around 10 ish, work till 11:30 and then get back around 1:00 to work usually around 3:00.

After my trip the work still seemed to go a little slow. We felt like we were just a job to fill in between the gaps of other projects they were doing. When the crew started on the driveway part, they brought in equipment to begin preparing the ground for the driveway. With all the dirt in the street from putting it in the truck they used the bucket part of the tractor to scoop it up. (Now I know this may be a little
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but the street was just newly paved about 1-2 months previous and the bucket from the tractor created grooves in the street which some neighbors made comments about) After all the driveway was dug and the west sidewalk and rebar place in , the area was ready for the concrete .

When the concrete came something was not right as when they started forming it, the curing of it got away from them and we ended up with piles of concrete in the forms and they could not smooth and finish. So after all that , they had to come back and air hammer it all back out and remove all the concrete they attempted to pour previously.

Realizing we were upset, the company stated when they repeated the process, we would be satisfied with the end result. One neighbor commented , wondering if the crew was going to retire on this project because of the length it was taking to complete.

After removing the old concrete, redoing the preparing of the new pour, the day has finally come to finish. C&A brought additional people including over seerers to make sure it was done right.

One of the reasons we did this was to avoid runoff of water from the yard into our garage. So after it hardened and cured, with a garden hose I tested it and the water ran directly into the garage. I showed this to the head of the project . He brought the worker back and had him grind a path so to speak into the concrete to reroute the water. By the
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the connection to the established
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was never smoothed out for some reason but I let it go because I was just ready to get it over with.

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9th C&A came by for the remaining payment which I did write a check for and to review the work. This is about one week after the pour. I noticed a crack in the walkway. I brought it to their attention and he tried to tell me it was superficial and wasn’t a concern. Again being frustrated I reluctantly agreed and said if it gets worse I will call him. He said they guarantee their work and that would not be a problem.

Well the crack is bigger and now there are 3 more cracks appearing. I email C&A and they came out to photograph it and this is their reply via email;







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Having inspected your driveway/sidewalk, the cracks you have all fall in the category of superficial versus structural and as unfortunate as the reality is - this is part of both the nature of the material and emphasized by us being in Oklahoma (weather and soil properties).



Because sidewalks and driveways don't have footings, they are even more susceptible to cracking, because of expansion and contraction due to temperature change and water. Even new construction home foundations (with footings) have cracks in the concrete.



We aim for the cracks to follow the line of the cuts we make - and for the most part they do - but sometimes they don't.



Sincerely,

C&A Paint and Remodel, Inc.

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I realize that at times concrete crack but within a week of the job being completed. I feel this is unacceptable. The one thing I have to say is that all the people I dealt with in the C&A group, they were all courteous and well mannered and respectful . No one got rude or disrespect with either one of us . For this I appreciate. I just wish the quality of work was a professional as the courteousness.

I know this is a long letter but I just wanted to say to the most part of what we encountered. Other issues developed but I can only write so much.

For these reason I give the quality of workmanship a “C-D” and would not recommend them to do driveway work. Maybe the painting and interior is above quality, I
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’t know but I did experience the outdoor work. For to dig out a 2 foot path, approx 30 feet in length and an 8 foot driveway approx 20 feet in length and pour concrete to take over 2 months is unacceptable







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- Rick A.
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My experience was very positive. Good price and job. Ask for Nick "The Brick"
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to provide estimate and to oversee the job.
- GARY M.
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was here early each day and had everything organized for his crew and the day's work by the time they arrived. He was onsite quite a lot of the time, and always stopped back at the end of the day to check the work that had been done and to make sure that the job site was neat and tidy. The overall project took longer than originally anticipated, partly due to weather and partly due to indecision on our part regarding paver and stain selection. In the end, we had to try out two versions of each, and
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was very patient throughout.
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bees" did a very thorough job sanding--they took a deck originally built in the mid '90s and made it look brand new. It was all worth the effort because we are very pleased with the result--our deck looks better than it ever has. We are looking forward to enjoying it before the winter sets in.
- Sanjay K.
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I was refered to
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Fence by a friend. I called Arty the owner and came to our appointment promptly and on time. He was very nice and gave me several options of what we could do. My house backs up to a busy road so I needed a tall fence. He gave me a verbal estimate at the house, and that same evening he sent me a complete written estimate for an 8ft ot a 10ft fence with a cap. We decided to go with the 8ft. I appreciated that he was very honest and told us he thought the 8ft would actually give us the coverage we needed from the street behind our house, versus trying to sell me the 10ft. They started working on Friday afternoon, Saturday it rained a lot, and to my suprise he called and told me not to worry that they would work on Sunday until the project was complete (I thought they would come back on Monday, weather is one of those unpredictable things). They worked from 7 am to 7pm. The fence really looks beautiful and professionally done. They removed plenty of bushes and things that were on the way. All of his crew members where very polite and nice. I would definetly hire them again. Arty even contacted us checking to see if everything was ok and to tell us that if there was any issues to contact him. Many people have commented on how nice the fence looks. I cannot say enough of how good the experience was.
- Gloria B.
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A Mark of Integrity

2317 15th ave no
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baumgardner construction

203 west 2nd
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Beisser Lumber

1920 Central Ave
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Born Again Interiors

522 Highview drv.
Clinton, IA

Buresh Home Solutions

9379 Swanson Blvd
Clive, IA

C & K Construction

105 W. North St
Marshalltown, IA

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north
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City Builders

2009 Center St
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Dave & Son Construction

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Davis County Enterprises

29287 195th St
Bloomfield, IA

Dudley Brothers Company

3576 Dolphin Dr SE
Iowa City, IA

E C Siding & Windows

925 Hayes St
Burlington, IA

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.
Waverly, NE

Family First Construction

6845 20th Ave S
Centerville, MN

Frisbie Construction, LLC

PO Box 242
Washington, IA

Handyman's Express

305 N. 7th St.
Marshalltown, IA

Integrity Construction Inc

5024 S Bur Oak Pl
Sioux Falls, SD

JAGUAR ENTERPRISES

48 TRYON ST NE
Titonka, IA

Kiss Construction, L.L.C.

533 19th St. SE
Mason City, IA

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street
Strawberry Point, IA

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way
Blue Lake, CA

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA

Nawanna Construction

3210 Davis Ave
Sioux City, IA

Northwest Builders of Iowa Inc

2185 Fox Ave
Schaller, IA

Palm Services

1803 Lincoln Str.
Gowrie, Ia

Pettit's Roofing

Winfield, IA

Premier Exteriors

4780 South 131 St.
Omaha, NE

RC HOMES & REMODELING

1423 PRAIRIE DRIVE
Story City, IA

S.W.E. Construction

1000 S 7Th
Fairfield, IA

Savannah Construction

2 Rolling Hls
Humboldt, IA

Schmidt Construction

1905 S 2nd St
Omaha, NE

SPARKLE WASH

P.O. Box 416
Solon, IA

Spring Valley Roofing

440 12th St Nw
Fort Dodge, IA

SUNROOM ESCAPES

4870 Andrews Pl
Des Moines, IA
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