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Old 03-20-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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Hi, gang:

I'm in a jam. I finally closed on my new (OLD) home, only to discover that the company I had in mind to do the masonery & tuckpointing no longer does residential. My second choice in now contracting the work out and has boosted their prices accordingly.

Long story made short, we are planning to install a foam roof but have to have the brick work done first... And I am eager to Stop the natural "water features" happening inside the house... LOL

No, seriously...Help? There are so many folks who offer the services, I have no idea who to ask. If you've had a good experience with someone who does this kind of work, please chime in.

Thank you you all, in advance. I'm all ears...
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:55 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I haven't had to use a tuck pointer in years, but put a call in to a buddy of mine who rehabs houses ( a lot of them brick) and will get back to you when he calls.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:28 PM
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There is a St. Louis rehabbers group list serve. You will probably have a lot of luck if you post that question to them.

Saint Louis Rehabbers Club (http://www.rehabbersclub.org/subscribe.html - broken link)
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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HMS(humesmasonry.com). They did a fantastic job on my home. Gentleman were very nice, too.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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Default Help in hiring a contractor

I recently bought a fixer upper here and one of the major jobs that I couldn't do was the tuckpointing. Having done this a few times I have learned how to protect myself when finding a contractor to do a job.

These are the important points in hiring a contractor:
1) Get at least three bids. If one is way lower then they will most likely do a bad job.
2) Check references.
3) Get an insurance certificate from the one you might use. Just get the name of their agent. Call and they will fax or email it to you.
4) Make sure they have a valid license for their trade if it is required. (get a copy)
5) Make sure their proposal is explicit in defining what they are going to do.
6) Make sure the contract shows a timeframe to get the job done( how many days it will take) and has a start and finish date. This will protect you from them starting and never finishing.
7) Never pay a large deposit. No more than $50 or so. You can make progress payments, but never let them get in your pocket for more than they have already completed minus around 10 or 15 percent. If they need money for materials then purchase them yourself and subtract the amount from your payment to them.

You should educate yourself a bit so you can tell if the are doing your job properly or not so that when they start working you can check up on them. If they are doing substandard work then you will know right away and can either chase them off or make them do it right.

The last tuckpointing contractor I used was St Louis Brickers. They were reasonably priced and did a very good job. I hope this helps someone.

Last edited by paparuss; 02-23-2010 at 03:11 PM.. Reason: bad spelling
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: St. Louis City
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I will second the recommendation for Humes Masonry. I've used Terry (Humes) on several projects. He does excellent work and is very fair.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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We used Richardson Masonry for our house. He tuckpointed three walls, built one wall, rebuilt the cornice and chimneys and tuckpointed the foundation. His crew was fast, professional, and very good. If you'd like to swing by and check out his handiwork, just DM me and I will send you our address so you can do a drive by. He's also done a considerable amount of work in Soulard.
Home
314-276-0703
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Millenium Restoration and Development have done really great restoration jobs as well. Millennium Restoration & Development
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Millenium Restoration and Development have done really great restoration jobs as well. Millennium Restoration & Development
Agreed - Millennium does great work. It's worth pointing out, however, that Millennium often uses Richardson as their mason/tuckpointer.
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:25 PM
 
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Default Heff's masonry is the one you want

I had to get three bids because of a fire with one of my buildings. One of them was a young man whom I got his number from an old partner of mine. He doesn't do any advertising, but is really really good. He gave me a 15 year guarantee that no one else would. He told me all of the ins and outs of brick work and kept me informed of what he was doing and why. Etremely professional, decent pricing considering it will probably last longer than the other guys I talked to, and just a nice guy altogether. I would be happy to recommend him.

His name is Gary
314-737-8026


Definitely do NOT go with St. Louis brickers or masonry works for sure!
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