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Bob Rineer Builders, Inc.
Phone: (717) 738-1403 Fax: (717) 738-1740 27 Garden Spot Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Complaint: I hired Bob Rineer Builders to replace my fence and add deck. I negotiated the price for the job for $8,000. I supplied the fencing material, they were to supply the deck supplies and remove the debris. I had 3 people bid on the job, but choose Bob Rineer because of the fact that he is a licenced contractor and I wanted to be sure that the work was up to code and they would be professional. The second day on the job, they needed to go onto my neighbors property to install the fence and destroyed their flowers and left construction dirt. Bob was not appoligetic ,but rude. My neighbors forbid him access to their property to complete the work. I paid my neighbors for their flowers and agreed to take a day off work to be there when that section of the fence was completed. Work resumed and is almost complete. Last Thursday, April 25, I discoved that the gate on the fence was not going to put to code. I have an inground pool and there are codes regarding access. Also, the deck infringes on my neighbors property. I was not pleased with the height of the fence, it was not providing any privacy. They left construction side debris all over my off street parking and spilling into the street. In additioin, they destroyed my flowers, and left trash laying around my yard. They also left the job site insecure that anyone could have walk into my yard and fallen into the pool. I called Bob and and told him I needed the gate replaced and the fence corrected. He got very angry and asked me who was going to pay for the work. I told him that I expected them to do the work up to code and that I would not pay more for his errors. He then became excessively rude to me and made sexist personal attacks. I told him there was no excuse for this to be personal. I just wanted the job done correcly. He advised his wife, who is his secritary, that their son , who also is employed by them, that I would not allow Bob back on the property. I do not trust him on my property. I am afraid of him. He acted very unprofessinaly to both me and my neighbor. I told them if they don't finish the work, I will hire another contractor and subtract that cost from the bill. I think that is reasonable.
Desired Settlement: I have to options I would be agreeable with: 1) Their son can complete the work, I will inspect it with him and write then a check for the blance I owe at that time 2) I can hire another contractor to finish the work. I would sutract that cost from the bill, and submit a copy of that with the balance I owe.
THE FIRST THING I AM GOING TO DO IS FORWARD TO YOU ALL E-MAILS I HAVE SENT *** ******* AND THE E-MAILS SHE SENT ME. AFTER I HAVE ALL OF THESE FORWARDED TO YOU, I WILL COME BACK TO THIS FORM AND REPLY. I AM NOT THE BEST ON THE COMPUTER WHEN IT COMES TO DOING EXTRA MAILING SO PLEASE DON'T BE SURPRISED IF TAKES ME A FEW TIMES TO GET EVERYTHING TO YOU.
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BOB RINEER BUILDERS, INC.
SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET BACK WITH YOU. I HAD A FEW PHONE CALLS IN BETWEEN THIS. I AM GOING TO RESPOND THE BEST I CAN. *** WITHERS FATHER, WHOM WE HAVE WORKED FOR MANY TIMES CALLED US AND ASKED IF WE WOULD GO TO ************ TO WORK. HIS DAUGHTER LIVES IN ************ AND SHE NEEDED A DECK AND FENCE BUILT. WE CONTACTED ***, BOB LOOKED AT THE JOB AND GAVE HER A QUOTE. *** CALLED OR E-MAILED ME ABOUT THE NEIGHBORS FLOWERS. SHE SAID THAT IS HOW THEY ARE. SHE SAID SHE WENT TO ********* AND GOT THEM A GIFT CARD. WHEN I DID THE FINAL BILL I WAS GOING TO ASK FOR HER FOR THE RECEIPT FOR THE CARD AND TAKE THAT OFF THE BILL. WHEN BOB AND **** STARTED THE JOB, BOB TALKED TO *** ABOUT THE HEIGHT OF THE FENCE. SHE WANTED IT LOW ENOUGH TO SEE THE RIVER FROM HER DECK. ON THURSDAY EVENING APRIL 25TH, BOB SPOKE TO ***. HE SAID HE SHOULD FINISH ON FRIDAY, BUT HE HAD QUESTIONS HE NEEDED HER TO ANSWER. AT THAT TIME HE ASKED ABOUT THE FENCE AND GATES. SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT SINCE IT WAS RAINING. HE INSTALLED THE FENCE AS SHE WANTED IT. SHE CALLS FRIDAY AT LUNCH TIME AFTER HE HAD THE HEIGHT SET ON WHAT SHE WANTED. AT THAT TIME SHE SAID SHE WANTED IT DIFFRENT. HE WAS UPSET THAT SHE WAITED UP TO LUNCH TIME TO CALL HIM, AND WANTED CHANGES. BUT HE DID TEMPORARY SET THE FENCE TO HEIGHT THAT SHE SAID SHE WANTED. HE DIDN'T DO ANYMORE UNTIL HE WOULD HEAR FROM HER. BOB LEFT HER A NOTE. THEN SHE CALLS ME AND SAID HE CAN'T COME BACK AND DO THE WORK. AT FIRST SHE SAID WE HAD TO TAKE CARE OF IT ON FRIDAY. I SAID WE COULDN'T , SINCE OUR SON WAS WORKING IN NEW YORK AND BOB WASN'T ALOUD TO COME THERE HIMSELF. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ALL WAS SAID BUT I BELEIVE BOTH WERE UPSET. AS I EXPLAINED TO ***, BOB SAID SOMETHINGS HE SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID. THAT IS NOT LIKE HIM. HE JUST SAID THAT NO MATTER WHAT HE SAID, SHE WOULD TURN THINGS AROUND AND SAY HE SAID THINGS HE DIDN'T SAY. HE WILL ADMIT, HE SAID THINGS HE SHOULDN'T HAVE. BUT IN 34 YEARS IN BUSINESS HE NEVER LOST HIS TEMPER. WE ARE SORRY FOR THAT. HE WOULD NEVER HURT ANYONE. SHE IS TO BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY, SO I DON'T KNOW WHY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM FOR HIM AND **** GO BACK AND FINISH. WE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO ANYONES PROPERTY. THAT WOULD HURT OUR GOOD NAME. AND WE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
I REALLY WANTED TO GET HELP TO FIX THIS MATTER, SO ON MONDAY MORNING I CALLED BBB, AND SPOKE TO ***. AFTER TALKING TO HER, BOB AND I DECIDED TO SEND **** UP AND REMOVE THE DEBRIS. SHE GAVE ME VERY GOOD ADVISE. I WAS WAITING TO HEAR FROM *** , SINCE SHE IS OUT OF TOWN.
ON MONDAY MORNING **** WENT UP TO ***S HOME. HE DIDN'T GO INSIDE THE FENCE. HE DID CLEAN UP THE DEBRIS THAT WAS OUTSIDE THE FENCE. I HAD SPOKE TO *** ON THE PHONE FRIDAY NIGHT AND I REALLY THOUGH WE HAD EVERYTHING WORKED OUT. SHE WAS TELLING HOW SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GO OUT OF TOWN AND JUST SMALL TALK. I TOLD BOB I THINK WE REALLY HAVE THINGS WORKED OUT. I REALLY BELEIVED AT THAT TIME IT WAS OK FOR BOB AND ****, TO GO ON MONDAY AND FINISH. WE LEFT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING TO GO TO OUR HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS TO MOW. WE GET HOME AND I CHECK MY E-MAILS AND I COULDN'T BELEIVE WHAT I WAS READING. I NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO HER THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NEGATIVE. I DID SAY THAT I FEEL IT WOULD BE UNFAIR FOR **** TO COME ALONE AND FINISH. HE IS OUR SON, BUT HE IS AN EMPLOYEE. HE HAS NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH ANYONE THAT WASN'T HAPPY WITH OUR FIRM. THAT IS THE REASON I DIDN'T SEND **** IN TO DO THE WORK. I REALLY WAS AFRAID IF HE WENT INSIDE HER PROPERTY SHE MIGHT HAVE HIM ARRESTED, FOR TRESPASSING. BUT I FELT SHE WOULD SEE WE WERE TRYING TO WORK THINGS OUT, IF WE REMOVED THE DEBRIS.
ABOUT DEBRIS LAYING AROUND- WE HAD TO LEAVE THE OLD FENCING THERE UNTIL THE DECK WAS DONE. WE WOULD HAVE TO PUT IT BACK UP AT THE END OF THE DAY, SINCE HER POOL WAS THERE. WE PICK UP AT THE END OF THE DAY, BUT WE DON'T DO ALL OF OUR CLEANING UP UNTIL THE JOB IS FINISHED.
THERE IS ALSO ITEMS *** WOULD LIKE DONE THAT ISN'T INCLUDED ON THE CONTRACT. WHEN WE DO A JOB CONTRACT, IF WE HAVE ITEMS LEFT OVER WE TAKE THAT WITH US. WE ALWAYS FIGURE EXTRA OUTDOOR LUMBER, JUST IN CASE THE LUMBER YARD SENDS SOME THAT WE DON'T FEEL IS GOOD ENOUGH TO USE. PLUS WITH THIS JOB BEING SO FAR AWAY WE ALSO ORDERED EXTRA LUMBER. I KNOW *** MADE A REMARK ABOUT THE MATERIAL AT THE JOB SITE LEFT WAS HERS. AT THAT POINT I NEVER SAID ANYTHING THAT MIGHT UPSET HER MORE.
BOB BELEIVES IT WILL TAKE 1-1 1/2 DAYS TO FINISH WHAT SHE WANTS COMPLETED. AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WE WOULD LIKE THE JOB FINISHED, BUT WE REALLY FEEL NO MATTER WHAT WE DO IT WON'T BE GOOD ENOUGH. SHE WILL FIND REASON NOT TO PAY US. WE ARE REALLY AT ***S MERCY. FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS IS ALLOT OF MONEY. THAT IS WHAT THE BALANCE OF THE CONTRACT IS. CAN ANYONE GUARANTEE US THAT WE WILL GET PAID?
I HOPE I HAVE ANSWERED ANY QUESTIONS THE BEST I CAN.
BOB RINEER BUILDERS, INC.
Bob asked that *** put in writing everything she expects done. I know she will say she has the items marked at her house. that doesn't do us any good. We need to know in as much detail as she can give for him to go over it with ******* before he leaves our office to go out there. Sign and say this is what she expects. What she feels we owe her. We have no more to say.
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That is an aburd request. Bob could have put in writing at the time of his quote what is qoute was for.
As they know, I am not in Pa. the work should have been completed. They are making up new operating proceedures. I accepted the meathod at the time of the contract. I am NOT changing the contract. they should simply finsih the work and do a walk through like the do with every customer.
I paid them in good faith. I am NOT the one who has broken the contract.
I want them to honor the contract. Period.
If the do not complete the work by the time I return to Pa I will hire another contractor and reduce the bill the amount it costs me.
I have no other option.
I simply expect them to honor their contract. they keep adding complications and are making a very simple job very difficult.
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Our son requested that we ask you to go into detail everything you needed done. He really wasn't happy about going to do this work alone. We were not trying to upset you in any way. At this point we have no where to go. So you do what you have to do. We will not make him go, when he isn't sure what he has to do. We don't know for sure when you say the deck needs cut back. Those are items Bob handles. I am sorry it has to end this way.
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Please refer to email I previously sent with list of things needed to complete.
Please advise when he will be here, as I will work from home as you previously requested.
Thank you for removing the debris that was on my off street parking.
You had suggested that it may be one and a half days work, but I would be very surprised if it is more then one.