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    Dave Palmer was horrible to deal with and we eventually hired a new contractor to finish this job.

    A contract was signed on September 2010, and work was suppose to start on October 15, 2010. We removed the interior fireplace ourselves on October 10, 2010 to start the project. This turned out to be a big problem as it left a hole in our house and turned out and Dave could not start the project when he promised. As days went on and the temperature dropped, we started getting very cold inside our house.

    We kept getting more and more delays, and were told in an November 2, 2010 email that "You are the next job I will start, I just need to finish the one I am on."  Communication with Dave was very bad. By December  2011 we had to board up the fireplace opening with plywood and canned spray foam to keep the cold air out of our house.

    In Spring of 2011 it was warm enough to work, but we kept getting more delays. In March we were emailed a new work schedule by Dave's employee Peter that construction for the windowseat addition would start May 2 and end May 10, 2011. We kept getting more and more delays. Dave finally finished the exterior of the windowseat on December 2011 - fourteen months late.

    Dave had two back surgeries during this project. We did not find out this through him, but through his employees. Communication was difficult. We were not happy with the way the addition was framed. We expected straight construction, but Dave framed the addition askew, because he said the existing building was crooked. I would expect a new addition to be built straight and plumb. The rough openings for the side windows were built 1/2" too wide.

    The new Pella windows were installed without sill and pan flashing. We asked that the windows be removed, sill and pan flashing added as per Pella's installation manual, and the windows be put back in. The two side windows are very, very crooked in the openings because of the skew of the walls making them hard to open.

    We met with Dave on October 23, 2011 at our house and told him we were unhappy with him and the delays in the project and didn't want him to finish the project. It was an awkward meeting and I was very upset. We told him to finish the exterior, and we would hire others to finish the interior drywall, ductwork and electrical.

    Right now a new contractor is finishing the project and the new contractor is a pleasure to work with.

    We would never hire Dave Palmer again.
    - Andre C.
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    Mr. Kitner is coming after us with a mechanic's lien even though he knows full well we paid the contractor exactly $30,000 at the start of the job specifically for the foundation work, and he should have been paid out of that. The state gives him the right to place a lien on our property, but he sat in our living room and knows full well we paid the contractor. He had the lien delivered to us on Christmas Eve. So we're out tens of thousands, taken by a crooked contractor, and Kitner insists we owe him money. He still hasn't accounted for several thousand dollars' worth of lumber he took from our property to use on a diner he said he was restoring with the crooked contractor. According to our contract, he inflated his price on the lien and, in our opinion, has no honor, because he's coming after us, and we're the victims who have already paid -- albeit the wrong guy -- for Kitner's work.
    - Fred V.
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