Blairstown Porch Railing Installation

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Business Description: Fabcon is a small family owned business that is a combination of my construction and fabricating business, Specializing in architectural fabrications and sheet metal work. Our experience in each field helps bridge the gap between your ideas and our finished installations. Capabilities include shearing and bending up to 1/8"x 10'. Mig and tig welding of most weld able metals. Tube bending and rolling, along with the usual support machines such as saws, drills, lathe, plasma...
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Recent Review: It went very well.  Everything was cleaned up completely; the railings were secured well and designed to meet my Dad's needs for getting to the garbage can so that he would have something to hold onto.  Mr. Richard worked very nicely with my Dad and sought my Dad's input as to his specific needs.  Mr. Richard seems very respectful of elderly people.  Although the previous page states he is not insured, that is not correct.  My Dad is a former carpenter/builder, and he specifically asked that question.
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Recent Review: I have considerable experience as a carpenter.  I needed to install a handrail, newel post, and spindles. I knew this would not be an easy job, and I did not have the time capacity to dedicate to the project.  I contacted To The Rescue.  James was very professional, time efficient, and easy to work with.  We discussed the project, agreed to the details, and time estimation.  His quote was reasonable.  His carpenters were also very professional, and the work was completed in the estimated time communicated.  They kept the project area clean.  We are very pleased with their work and efforts.  I would recommend them. 
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Recent Review: He is absolutely wonderful. I've had 3 family members use him. He has great prices and service.
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Recent Review: They are very good to work with; they tell me their plans and then keep me updated as they go along.
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Recent Review: He does work himself and he coordinates for other trades. I have found him to be innovative and reliable. If I need something done and I don’t know who to go to, I simply call Les. He is willing to do research on things and I highly recommend him. He came up with a solution for an outside stair problem; it looked good, it worked better than what we had in mind, and it left less of a footprint in our backyard. He researched the type of staircase, came up with the one he thought was best, and presented the plan to us. He is a very reliable contractor and he does exactly what he says he will. He is imaginative, innovative, and dependable. He isn’t the cheapest but it ends up being cheaper in the end.
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Recent Review: He was friendly, efficient and very fair with his time and cost. He offered advice on how I could most effectively get other items on my wish list completed, regardless of whether he did it or someone else. He was very honest about what tasks would be most efficiently completed by him or by another person, thus saving me time and money. He has a good list of resources to utilize for other household repairs that are beyond the scope of what he does. I really appreciated that extra help.
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Recent Review: I had Cutter construction replace my old 12 x 14 cedar wood deck with a Trex capped composite deck (same size), as I had grown tired of stripping and staining it every 2 years. I had done research on capped composite decks and found out they were pretty reliable now. They were able to reuse the old pressure treated deck framing as it was still in decent shape, and I had them replace the deck floor boards, all the railing, the stairs, and fascia boards with Trex Transcend floor boards, picture framing, composite shells over the existing rail posts, Trex Signature aluminum railing and balusters with a cocktail rail, and new stairs. I also had them put pavers at the end of the stairs as I had problems with my old deck stairs directly contacting the ground, and didn’t want that happening again. They did a really nice job with the picture framing which also helps protect the fascia boards as the picture frame overhangs the fascia boards. The framing they added to put the picture frame floor board on also looked to be done very well. I had them use the hidden fastener system for attaching the deck floor boards and that really makes it look sharp. Mike was very aware of problems decks can have if they are not done correctly , which my old deck had where the flashing between it and the house was not correctly installed causing significant water damage to the walls contacting the deck, not to mention causing a carpenter ant infestation in the wall. It got to the point I finally had to have that water damaged wall repaired the prior year for some $3500 by Service Master 380 (who did a very nice job). Cutter construction is a certified Trex Pro installer which I wanted as Trex will guarantee their work meets all the requirements their warranty calls out for the warranty to be valid. Cutter also sends in the warranty registration for you. Cutter’s estimate was the middle of the 3 estimates I got. I went with Cutter due it being a certified Trex Pro installer, having installed many decks, and due to the numerous discussions I had with Mike Cutter prior to them even giving me an estimate or me giving them the job. The final invoice was about $170 more than the estimate due to some minor changes along the way. As any issues came up Mike would contact me to discuss them. They were able to fit me in their busy schedule and got my deck done when they said they would. I also liked that they used saw horses to hold their material to keep from killing the grass. I am very pleased with the job they did and look forward to minimal deck maintenance from here on out.
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Reviews in Blairstown for Porch Railing Installation

ARichard Repairs
It went very well.  Everything was cleaned up completely; the railings were secured well and designed to meet my Dad's needs for getting to the garbage can so that he would have something to hold onto.  Mr. Richard worked very nicely with my Dad and sought my Dad's input as to his specific needs.  Mr. Richard seems very respectful of elderly people.  Although the previous page states he is not insured, that is not correct.  My Dad is a former carpenter/builder, and he specifically asked that question.
- Patricia M....
BPRK Williams Construction & Remodeling
I have considerable experience as a carpenter.  I needed to install a handrail, newel post, and spindles. I knew this would not be an easy job, and I did not have the time capacity to dedicate to the project.  I contacted To The Rescue.  James was very professional, time efficient, and easy to work with.  We discussed the project, agreed to the details, and time estimation.  His quote was reasonable.  His carpenters were also very professional, and the work was completed in the estimated time communicated.  They kept the project area clean.  We are very pleased with their work and efforts.  I would recommend them. 
- Mike T....
ADallas Bayles Handyman Service
I am always very satisfied because of his attention to detail, the quality of his work, and his rates are very fair.
- Patricia M....
ASchroer and Sons Home Improvement
They are very good to work with; they tell me their plans and then keep me updated as they go along.
- Linda H....
ALES DEAL INC
He does work himself and he coordinates for other trades. I have found him to be innovative and reliable. If I need something done and I don’t know who to go to, I simply call Les. He is willing to do research on things and I highly recommend him. He came up with a solution for an outside stair problem; it looked good, it worked better than what we had in mind, and it left less of a footprint in our backyard. He researched the type of staircase, came up with the one he thought was best, and presented the plan to us. He is a very reliable contractor and he does exactly what he says he will. He is imaginative, innovative, and dependable. He isn’t the cheapest but it ends up being cheaper in the end.
- Plenny B....
DJB Construction and Handyman Services
To say the least, I am disappointed in the craftsmanship and quality of the work done.  It felt all the way through the construction that James just didn't care about or pay any attention to what he was doing.  I told him I was a stickler for details and I am because I've done a lot of construction work and have always taken pride in doing the job well.  There were a number of mistakes with measuring and centering the railing posts and spindles, a number of things had to be redone or replaced, including a top rail with a noticeable chunk of wood missing from the underside ("you'll never see it" was his response when I pointed it out) and a deck floor board that was cut too short.  I was going to have him do more work on this project, including adding lattice, building a new gate, and filling in siding where the old deck was removed but after I saw some of the sloppy workmanship, I didn't want to have him do any more work.  There are still spindles on one side of the stairs that are all different lengths which I've asked him to replace (the spindles on the other side of the stairs are all evenly cut, which mystifies me), a number of pieces of wood have splintered edges where the cuts weren't very clean, at least one deck floor board has a saw cut in it, one of the stair rails has an edge sticking up above the main top rail, and one of the stair top rails is noticeably longer than the other.  He promised that the deck would be solid and it is, but that doesn't make up for the sloppy workmanship.  He also didn't know a permit was required from the city to rebuild the deck and I'm taking care of that after the fact.  He did show up when he said he would, although he was often an hour or so later.     I don't know if he underbid this job just to have more work to do and I've had him do some small projects in the past which he did suitably, but he's done working for me and I cannot recommend him to anyone else.  As it is, I may have some of the deck redone so it doesn't look so incredibly amateurish.
- Steven P....
AANDREWS CONSTRUCTION
The roof was off and re-shingled in less than a week. Once it was done the porch work started. I had asked for the rotted edge of the porch to be repaired. Thanks to Andy's suggestions I ended up with new porch columns and rails and I now have a covering under-layer under the porch roof itself. It looks great and it is something I never would have thought about on my own. After the porch was done the gutters went up in one day. After work was done, clean up was very thorough----he even threw away some of my old junk that was not job related!
- Terri N....
ACutter Construction
I had Cutter construction replace my old 12 x 14 cedar wood deck with a Trex capped composite deck (same size), as I had grown tired of stripping and staining it every 2 years. I had done research on capped composite decks and found out they were pretty reliable now. They were able to reuse the old pressure treated deck framing as it was still in decent shape, and I had them replace the deck floor boards, all the railing, the stairs, and fascia boards with Trex Transcend floor boards, picture framing, composite shells over the existing rail posts, Trex Signature aluminum railing and balusters with a cocktail rail, and new stairs. I also had them put pavers at the end of the stairs as I had problems with my old deck stairs directly contacting the ground, and didn’t want that happening again. They did a really nice job with the picture framing which also helps protect the fascia boards as the picture frame overhangs the fascia boards. The framing they added to put the picture frame floor board on also looked to be done very well. I had them use the hidden fastener system for attaching the deck floor boards and that really makes it look sharp. Mike was very aware of problems decks can have if they are not done correctly , which my old deck had where the flashing between it and the house was not correctly installed causing significant water damage to the walls contacting the deck, not to mention causing a carpenter ant infestation in the wall. It got to the point I finally had to have that water damaged wall repaired the prior year for some $3500 by Service Master 380 (who did a very nice job). Cutter construction is a certified Trex Pro installer which I wanted as Trex will guarantee their work meets all the requirements their warranty calls out for the warranty to be valid. Cutter also sends in the warranty registration for you. Cutter’s estimate was the middle of the 3 estimates I got. I went with Cutter due it being a certified Trex Pro installer, having installed many decks, and due to the numerous discussions I had with Mike Cutter prior to them even giving me an estimate or me giving them the job. The final invoice was about $170 more than the estimate due to some minor changes along the way. As any issues came up Mike would contact me to discuss them. They were able to fit me in their busy schedule and got my deck done when they said they would. I also liked that they used saw horses to hold their material to keep from killing the grass. I am very pleased with the job they did and look forward to minimal deck maintenance from here on out.
- Greg G....
DS & M Concrete
The porch has a 12 inch section that is rougher and darker than the rest of the porch.  The sealant between the porch and the house is very unsightly.  It also has a 5-6 inch section that is open.  I have called Shawn 5 times about it. He came back once and said that the concrete should bleach out and he would send someone to use a stone to smooth out the rough section.  He didn't respond to how the sealant could be improved to be more presentable.  He just said that it was a problem with self adjusting caulks. Every other time I called, he said he would send someone out.  It has been over 6 weeks now.  We have been putting off having the new railing installed until this problem was resolved. We chose S & M because of a neighbor's recommendation and the quality of the work done for them.  When people come to our front porch they are apalled by the appearance of the caulk and the section of the porch that is so much rougher and darker than the rest. Today, 9/26/2014, we noticed that the new porch had a crack down the middle.  There was a crack in the old porch which is why we had it replaced.  Now my husband has to decide what we are going to do so that we can have our railing contractor install the new railing.
- Sharon F....
FJB Construction and Handyman Services
I contacted James on 4/8/2013 with a list of minor repairs that I wanted to get done around the house. We set up a meeting at my house on 4/11 so I could show him what I needed.  We talked about past issues with having water in my finished basement, which was why my broken sump pump hose was the most important concern we discussed.  I also showed him the flexible tube repair solution that Menards had sold me to try to install myself.  He wanted to use pvc pipe instead of Menards' flexible tube and said he would be able to start with that issue early the following week. He would then work on the other items, including a wobbly hand rail, wobbly ceiling fan, and roof vents with birds' nests in them.  On 4/16, I contacted him to ask: "Since it's supposed to rain pretty hard over the next few days, do you think I should try to install the sump pump solution that Menards suggested, just in case?"  He told me he could swing by on 4/17 to fix the hose and then work on the rest of the list on 4/18; he said he would let me know when the hose was fixed.  At noon on 4/17, I received this message from him "I just stopped by [the house], gonna get parts and come back and fix. I am kinda waiting for rain to let up, I will keep ya posted."  I returned home in the evening on 4/17, after another day of heavy rain, to find that he had not done anything with the hose.  I finally got a message from him at 8pm on 4/17 that said "I will be stopping over in morning [4/18] to install new line for sump pump."  I replied that as long as my basement is dry, I'm a happy camper.  At 5am on 4/18, there was water pouring into my basement, coming from the hose that he did not fix when he said he would the day before.  I notified him of this fact via text at 510am, and at 640am he apologized and replied that he would be there at 8am.  He still had not arrived at 9am, so I contacted him again to ask if he was still on his way. He said he was, but he still did not arrive until after 10am.  By this time, I had installed the repair that Menards had suggested, which worked perfectly well to stop the influx of water into the basement.  If he had either completed the repair when he said he would, or told me to do the Menards' repair myself, I would not have been angry at all. On 4/25, he contacted me to ask if 4/26 would work for him to finish the other projects.  I replied yes, but he didn't reply and didn't show up on 4/26.  On 4/29, he apologized for not getting back to me about 4/26, and he asked if 4/30 would work for him to finish the other projects.  I replied yes, and he sent me an email on 4/30 to tell me that he had fixed the hand rail, he had removed the wobbly ceiling fan but could not rehang it due to a broken rubber grommet, and he could not identify any problems with the roof vents.  On 5/2, he sent me an invoice and I mailed the check that night.  On 5/3, I cut my hand open on the handrail because it had a 3-inch section of jagged splinters.  I sent him a picture of it and he apologized and said he would look at it right away and repair or replace it.  On 5/6, he said he hasn't forgotten about the hand rail, just has a huge schedule this week and will get to it asap. On 5/20, he apologized for the delay and asked when he could finish the hand rail.  I told him that they key (that he had been using for every other visit) was still in the mailbox because the plumber I hired needed it too.  He said ok thanks, but then I didn?t see or hear from him for over 3 weeks.  On 6/11, I contacted him to find out when he planned to fix the hand rail issues that I had first notified him about on 5/3.  He apologized and said he had totally forgotten about it and will get it done before the weekend.  On 6/13, he said he would stop over on 6/14 to fix the hand rail.  When I returned home on 6/14, I contacted him because I found that I had no hand rail in place at all.  He apologized and said he wanted to apply a finish to it, which has to dry, and then he will install it on 6/17.  I said I wished he had mentioned that there would be no hand rail at all for 3 days before he took it down, as it was on a very steep set of stairs.  When I returned home on 6/17, I contacted him because I found that I still had no hand rail in place at all.  He finally replaced the hand rail on 6/18.
- Julee B....