Sunday, July 22, 2007

If the Phone Doesn't Ring.....

No, Dick the copper drip edge fabricator did not call with an estimate last Wed. as promised.

Nor did he call on Thurs. or Friday or Sat. or Sun. I now feel a little like Pollyanna for thinking that he would.

Enough said.

I have now called 3 roofers and 5 sheet metal fabricator/roofers. 5 came out to see the overhang, told me they would be happy to do the work, promised to call with an estimate.....and then just vanished. One called with an estimate, got the job and then vanished. Is this how roofers in the Twin Cities operate these days? Really?

8 comments:

Patricia in Jackson said...

Wow, there must be alot of other roofs to do that involve more money for you to be getting snubbed like that. It is really strange and it stinks that you are having so much trouble with these people. If they have no intention of doing it why can't they be honest and tell you why?

Ranty said...

I have experienced the same thing will all sorts of contractors. I have no clue what it means...

StuccoHouse said...

I guess I have been spoiled. My plumber & electrician will usually come out the same day I call. I had one flaky concrete guy, but the one I ended up using was great. All sewer guys got back to me with quotes asap. The two handymen I have been using call me back the same day I call them. I'm not used to this.

It's weird. I don't know how they can look me in the eye and tell me they will call me with a price...and then not call. Why not just say - geez, we can't do that....don't want to do that...want only big jobs...are too busy....whatever.

I'm gonne call this last guy back and see what he says.

anothersouthsideoldhouse said...

Have you talked to any of the handymen you've used about making the drip edge? Sometimes they're handymen because they like doing a wide variety of jobs and do things like this just fine.

Anonymous said...

I think contractors, in general, bite off more than they can chew. I was in a similar situation several months back. I found a contractor, decided what I wanted done, paid them half of the total cost up-front to "get on their schedule", and proceeded to wait two months for them to even start the job. It's sheer craziness. Good luck...I truly feel for you.

Hofersj said...

I was going to suggest Angie's List, but judging from some of your prior posts, it sounds like you didn't have a good experience. So far, my experience has been pretty good. May I ask what happened?

Mike said...

Hey Stucco,

I think roofers in general are like that. I went through the same thing at our old place. IF there has been hail damage, or if there's lots of new construction it seems as though old house owners get shafted.

Any luck on the backband? I've got someone here who might be able to make some? I think he has all the old Gordon-VanTine knives. I haven't seen any like yours at the salvage barn.

StuccoHouse said...

Another South - I had an jack-of-all-trades uncle that could have done this for me in a flash. I don't get the soldering vibe from the handymen I know...and with the price of copper these day..I'm nevervous to go with a non-fabricator. But maybe I should start looking for a real small shop.

Anon - Yea, you are probably right. It's weird because I'm pretty flexible..told them to work me in between their other jobs....I don't care....as long as I know it's in the works. Lol..my whiney posts may not indicate it, but I am pretty easy to do projects for ;-).

Hofersj - Ah, AL. I had two rather odd incidents. A contractor that charged for estimates, but applied it to the work. Came out and told me that he couldn't do the work, and then charged for giving me an "estimate." And a plumber that stalked me ;-) I posted about the first, and the contractor was able to post a nasty rebuttal. I emailed my concern about the plumber to AG because I was afraid to post a comment but didn't want another woman to go through that...and never heard back. I can see the benefit of AL, they just weren't for me.

Mike - I guess. It just seems so odd to me that they just don't tell me they are not interested.

I did find a company in NJ (thanks to the anon. poster that gave me the tip) that will make a special run for me for $2 a foot in pine...and exact profile match. The kicker is that it will cost $100 to ship UPS. This is still the best deal I have found so far. Lots of calling has been taking place behind the scenes.

I am all ears about any contact you might have! I'd love to order it from someone semi-local.

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