Ok so this will be a living entry for the next week or so, hopefully it can be put to rest at that point. Final Update 1/5/06 - 1:00 PM. It is done.
The story begins on Wednesday November 23 which was the day before Thanksgiving. After exhausting various contacts with friends I was unable to find a recommended drywall installer. As a result I decided to try Reliable Remodeler. If filled out there online form to get some contacts. At first they said they needed more info, but later decided in fact they didn't. On Monday the 28th I was given the contact of Storch Construction. On Tuesday the 29th I setup an appointment with Shawn to get a site survey and estimate done.
Throughout the following timeline I will leave out the various odd ball stories and excuses that were given. I will simply stick to the facts of what happened. Feel free to fill in any random excuse and you will be close.
Wednesday 11/30/05 9:30 AM - Shawn comes in with an associate to survey the basement and give me an estimate. The estimate was $3024. I talked with some people at work and my dad and decided to go ahead with the install via Storch.
Thursday 12/01/05 - I gave Shawn the deposit check and signed a contract for the work. The contract stated work would start on 12/12/05 and be completed by 12/16/05. He indicated verbally that his guys might be able to start as early as 12/07/05. By the way the check cleared on 12/05/05.
Sunday 12/04/05 9:30 PM - I recieved a call from Shawn to see if his guys could start the following week would I want them to. I confirmed yes. He also asked about possible delivery of materials and I said I would be available if needed.
Tuesday 12/06/05 8:30 PM- I call Shawn to see if his guys would be starting the next day since I would have to be home when they came. No return call.
Sunday 12/11/05 Noon - I recieved a call from Shawn indicating he would be delivering materials during the day and wanted to check if I would be there. Told him I would be.
Sunday 12/11/05 8 PM - I recieved a call from Shawn indicating he would not be delivering materials that day. He said he would have Home Depot deliver them either Monday or Tuesday and I wouldn't need to be there. No delivery either Monday or Tuesday.
Tuesday 12/13/05 9 PM - I called Shawn to check on delivery of materials. He indicated he would be delivering them 8 AM on Thrusday 12/15/05.
Thusday 12/15/05 8:15 AM - I recieved call from Shawn indicating he would not be delivering materials that day. He said he would come on Friday.
Friday 12/16/05 8:15 AM - Shawn called to say he was running a little late. He and his associate arrived at about 10 AM with materials. I gave him the second third of payment at this point as well. I asked when his guys would be showing. He said Monday or Tuesday and would confirm via call that night and leave message on my machine at home. No call. Check cleared 12/22/05.
Tuesday 12/20/05 2:30 PM - Called Shawn to get an update on when guys would be here. Left message on his voice mail.
Tuesday 12/20/05 7:30 PM - Shawn called and indicated his guys would be there Thrusday at 1 PM.
Thursday 12/22/05 12:30 PM - Shawn called and indicated his guys would not be here Thursday as indicated most likely, hopefully Friday. Asked if I was going to be in town next week, and I said yes I was.
Friday 12/23/05 4:00 PM - Guys did not show and did not recieve call from Shawn. Called him and left message on his voicemail.
Monday 12/26/05 Noon - Got home, no call or message as to status.
Tuesday 12/27/05 1:30 PM - Talked to Shawn, new crew (since last one were flakes) showing up by 8 AM tomorrow.
Wednesday 12/28/05 7:30 AM - The drywall guys actually showed up today at 7:30 AM. They are setting up as I write this. They stayed until about 7 PM.
Friday 12/30/05 8:00 AM - As promised the drywall guys returned today. They arrived about 8 AM. This time only 2 of 3 guys came back. They stayed until about 8 PM.
Monday 1/2/06 9:00 AM - Guys didn't show up so I called Shawn. Guys called me back and asked if they could come tomorrow, I said yes. I figured if they hadn't even left yet they wouldn't get here until 11 AM and I would rather have a full day then half.
Tuesday 1/3/06 8:00 AM - The drywall guys showed up today. They stayed until 7:30 PM and didn't quite finish. They mudded and taped all day. Hopefully they will finish tomorrow.
Wednesday 1/4/06 8:00 AM - The drywall guys returned again today. They only worked from about 8-3 today. They continued mudding and sanding. They are letting the current coat dry and set and will finish in a few hours tomorrow.
Thursday 1/5/06 8:00 AM - The final day. They finished up today about 1 PM. It is done.
Total man hours for drywall install - 105.5
Monday 1/9/06 4:00 PM - Shawn called asked to come take pictures, said sure on my time. Although not very representative since I will have done lots of work since. Also asked about final payment check.
Friday 1/13/06 - Mailed check, no big rush I figured since it took so long for them to do the job.
I will keep adding to the above timeline as this story progresses. Hopefully it will be over soon.