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Old 04-09-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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That doesn't explain anything.

Oh and I'd just love it if a contractor I gave a negative review to tried to sue me for it. BRING IT.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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They would only have grounds to sue for defamation (which includes libel and slander) if the statements made are false, and the person knows they are false, but makes the statements anyway. Negative opinions, and negative reviews that contain actual facts do not count as defamation.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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They would only have grounds to sue for defamation (which includes libel and slander) if the statements made are false, and the person knows they are false, but makes the statements anyway. Negative opinions, and negative reviews that contain actual facts do not count as defamation.
That doesn't matter to some contractors; if I have given a negative review, it's because I've been unable to successfully resolve a conflict via other means and I have e-mails, pictures, etc. to back up what I'm saying because in this day and age, I'm practically expecting to be sued at the drop of a hat.

Homeowners are a total cash cow for a lot of people. Just recently I incurred $200 in legal fees to get a nuisance lien released. A subcontractor put the lien on my property in 2009 but I was never notified; the GC, whom I paid in full and I can prove it, failed to pay the sub. The sub sued the GC and won, but they still put a lien on my house for the amount of the judgment against the GC.

For a lot of reasons, their lien was invalid under Texas statutes and by the time I found out about it, the statue of limitations for them to foreclose on the lien, if they'd even been able to, had long since passed. Even if it hadn't, they still could not have foreclosed on the lien under Texas law...yet they were expecting me to pay them money. Wasn't gonna happen, and there was no way they could legally compel me to do so.

They knew that. They admitted it.

I still had to pay a lawyer to write nasty threatening letters to them.

What they did was perfectly legal under Texas law and personally I feel it's nothing more than harassment. It sucks.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Just as I suspected this thread is just a ***** fest against contractors.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Just as I suspected this thread is just a ***** fest against contractors.
Hard not to slam them when almost every single one I've dealt with in the last 4 years has tried to rip me off.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: BNA -> HSV
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But it seems to me that a "good" fence contractor could at least publish: "This is our materials charge per foot $5-$45 depending on style of fencing and options, for each of these kinds of fences. Labor will be more, and can range from $15 to $65 per hour or per day."

How hard can that be?
There, maybe this will help...
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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That's a little broader than "ballpark"
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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That's irrelevant. Contractors need to live with whoever requires their services. The contractors attitude is so simply because the pubic accepts it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
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Why not DIY? You said that you already have the posts up, that's the hard part. 140 ft of fence line , that would be 18 6x8 panels @ $40 each =$720. You can rent a truck at Home Depot and buy a power drill for around $60. This will all cost under a thousand dollars and take a day or two to put up. If you don't want to deal with the 6x8 fence panels, you can buy 2x3's for each 8ft section. One at the top, middle and bottom. Then get 5 1/2 in wide x 6 ft tall dog ear fence panels and screw them to the 2x3's. You will need 3 in and 2 in screws and 280 dog ear panels @ $560, you will save even more. This is not Rocket Science. If I can do it, anyone can. What money you save, can be used for a great vacation.
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