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  • They were very professional and delivered when they said they would.   I have used them before and nothing has changed.  They are very user friendly to the "Do It Yourselfer"
    - Larry R.
  • Very nice folks to deal with, Jake is a pro on the dozer and saved hours of work by doing such a good job. They came in in the morning and were done by early afternoon. This was just over 13,000 sq feet of lawn done. Very nice job for a fair price.
    - Lance G.
  • The company owner and his son showed up at about 1PM. They dug a very big hole that was full of very wet mud. They had to have a man in the hole at times with a shovel and that was very dangerous.  After the leak was found, they repaired it with a large clamp. They then filled in the hole and leveled it out.
    Tony and Titus Gumley are very skilled at what they do. Watching them work that excavator was very inspiring. They did a great job and were willing to come on a snowy winter day.
     I did learn a very important lesson about doing business with Gumley Excavation. You need to get a written estimate for the cost of the job. When I received the bill, it gave a price and just said, "repaired water line." I asked for a detailed bill and was surprised to see that I was charged $750 to get the excavator there and back to the site. I was also charged for about 2 1/2 more hours of labor than they were there. I know that it doesn't seem like a lot, but at $100 an hour, I thought it was a lot. When I questioned what I thought were overcharges, I was told that the extra labor was to get the excavator out of storage. I would have understood that, except I was charged $750 to move 1 piece of equipment and was charged $600 to move 3 pieces of equipment on a job in August.  We thought that the much larger charge should have covered getting the equipment out of storage. 
    After a few letters back and forth to Mr. Gumley, he threatened to sue us, so we paid the extra $250 and decided to never call or use any of his other businesses again.
    When I have been asked about my experience with Gumley, I have said that he does a fantastic job digging and filling in a hole, but whatever you do, Get A Written Estimate.
    - Lori W.
  • Our leach field failed in Sept of this year, partly in part to very heavy rainfall and partly due to misuse and abuse by previous tenants. (We just moved in this place in February of this year). Dirtworks, Inc. did the previous leach field in 2005 (this is the 3rd leach field on this property), so we called Scott to come out and help us find the missing leach field monitor tubes so we could check the field. We had been unable to find them and they were not found for the inspection prior to purchasing the property either. We dug where he told us to and still were unable to find them. He then sent one of his employees out with a min-excavator and dug a large, 8 ft deep by 15 ft long hole and finally found the broken monitor tubes and leach pipe down at 8 ft. The hole immediately flooded with septic water.
    It was then decided that we needed the leach field redone. We were recommended by another professional to have the water table level checked also due to the recent heavy rainfall. We called Scott with Dirtworks to see when he could begin digging the new leach field. He said he was tied up with other jobs and could not begin for a week. It was actually 15 days later from date of the test hole (on Oct 18, 2012) that he begun on Friday, Oct. 2 and 2:30 in the afternoon. They worked until 5:00 pm and left. They came out on Sat and worked on it. Scott has his own engineer, Micah, who showed up later that morning and began working on the design details. He first figured out we would need a 50 ft by 16 ft deep trench. They had dug a test hole the night before to determine water table level. The next morning, after looking at the test hole which now had water in it, he changed his mind and determined that we would need a 60 ft by 11 ft trench. Then after performing the perk test he changed his mind again and determined that we would need (2) 82 ft by 11 ft trenches. We had had 3 side dump loads of washed rock delivered previously to the dig. We also had bought 70 ft of heavy duty perforated pipe and a large roll of typar in an effort to cut down on our costs. After starting and restarting due to changes in engineering, the backhoe operator and guy in the trench continued working. The got one trench dug and laid and back-filled to 70 ft. We were unable to get more rock or pipe on Sat due to business and gravel pits being closed. On Monday we had the rock and pipe delivered before the crew arrived. We also had our 45 ft semi-van which was now in the way, moved to another location so as not to hold them up. Scott sent an entirely different crew out here on Monday that had no idea what had been done. They finished the one trench to 85 ft and put monitor tubes in. They then started digging the second trench and completed the "T" intersection of both trenches and got about 40 ft into second trench by the end of the day. On Tues they finished digging the second trench and laid the pipe. This took the entire day. On Weds they arrived and put more rock in the trench while waiting for the engineer to show up and okay the second trench. Meanwhile they dug up the line to the septic tank and inspected the tank and line. After Micah gave the go ahead on the trench, they backfilled it and installed monitor tube. They finished around 4:00 pm and left.
    Scott had originally quoted us a price of $4,000 total for the leach field. This would have included the rock, pipe and typar, which we then supplied in an effort to reduce our costs. We realize they had to dig an additional trench which was not realized at that time. After completion of the work he talked to my husband on the phone and told him the cost was going to be $7,787.50 with an additional charge of $705.00 for the engineer's fees, for a total of $8,492.50. We were shocked to hear this! My husband discussed this with him and reminded him that we had provided all the materials needed for the job. Scott mentioned how this "always happens when the clients are standing there watching all the time and taking pictures". Scott called us back a few hours later and told us he would discount $1,000 off the bill which bring it to $7,492.50. This was still almost double what he quoted us before he knew we would supply all the materials.
    My brother, who is an operator by trade and works for a construction company who installs large water and septic lines for city work, etc, was enraged that we would charge us that much and that it took them 5 days to complete a job he said should have taken only 2 days. Needless, to say, we are very unhappy with the outcome of this project. I only hope and pray that this is the last time we have to have the leach field replaced. We feel he overcharged us. The second crew he sent out we did not feel was competent ,and were quite slow. We feel that we are paying for all of that unnecessary labor hours. The multiple indecisions of his engineer cost a lot of time and labor also.
    - Jackie N.
  • Wonderful experience. We had such a horrible experience with the previous company and we needed to have everything fixed and finished basically redone and this company was awesome. very professional , knowledgable let us know each step what was happening and why. Even answered questions about other things we aren't able to do yet. They fixed, repaired everything and we have no worries now about flooding again or large mud holes. I honestly can't say enough good about this company. Really nice people on top of everything else....
    - Chris P.
  • The work is gorgeous and should last forever
    - Jamie R.
  • Wheather plays a huge part on work that can be done because of rain. Rock work in the beginning of the year is hard because of quarries being closed due to road conditions due to break up.
    - Josh M.
  • Scott and his team are excellent. They squeezed me in the day after I called, came on time, and were very professional and courteous. They did the job quickly and professionally.
    - Aria W.
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    - Larry R.
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  • FM2 Inc.

    1451 E Parks Hwy
    Wasilla, AK