Recent Review: The cheek wall on our stairs has given me problems for years. I've attempted to patch it up myself twice, but it keeps coming apart. I suspect that it may not have been built properly as quite a bit of calcium has shown up on the wall. There is at least 6-12 large pieces that are only held in place by sand and gravel. Additionally, there are several parts that was clearly meant to me level that simply wasn't i.e. if I put a 2x4 over the hole/crack, it would not lay flat. This year, I resolved to get this fixed by either repair or replacement. So I went on Angie's List to look for someone who could fix it. I came across A+Plus Concrete here and found the prices other people paid to be more than reasonable. The part that scared me was that he doesn't pour concrete, which concerned me since I thought that this wall was beyond repair. I called his number listed on Angie's List on August 22nd, and Gary got back to me that evening. Already a plus in my book, as most contractors don't call after 5, which is when I'm done at work. He said that he could come out on Saturday at 8:45am. He arrived right on time for the estimate, took a look at the wall (and my poor patch jobs) , and told me that he's fixed up walls that were in worse shape than this, and he gave me the quote that I've posted above. I called him again on the following Tuesday (Aug 28th) and he said that he could do Sept 5th, and he'd be here at 9-9:30am. He did say that he needed access to water and electricity. Both these things made sense to me, having mixed my own patch before, and frankly it's sensible to just use water and electricity that's available on site than have to bring your own (which is far less efficient). I mention this specifically alert any readers who may not realize this is probably a necessary requirement. When he came by today at 9:30, I pointed at my outlet on my porch, a good 20 feet away from where he'd be working, and asked if he needed an extension cord. He said yes, so I pulled out my extension reel for him. I asked if he needed me around at all while he was working, and he said no, but he'd need me around 3pm when he figured he'd be done. I told him that I work about 30 minutes from home, so if he could give me a call about 30 minutes before he finished, I could be there by the time he finished. At 2:15 today, he gave me a call saying that he'd be done in 15 minutes. I dashed on home and saw that he did a great job, or at least as good as could be expected. Some of the parts that were uneven before still looked uneven, but all the cracks and gaps had been filled and everything had been resurfaced, and it's definitely all smooth. Gary recommended that I don't get it wet for the next 24-48 hours (although the 1st 24 are the most important), and that in about 28 days, when it's fully cured, I should brush on concrete waterproofing to help seal it from the snow, ice and salt that it'll inevitably be exposed to. As I said, it's not perfect, but at the level that the wall was at before, perfection may have been too much to ask for without a complete rebuild. Instead, Gary provided the next best thing and at a considerably better price. Right now, it definitely looks good enough that if anything goes wrong with it, I don't think I can blame Gary, but instead blame the wall, since a repair job is only as good as the foundation that it's fixed upon, and I question the foundation at this point.