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    Default home repair gone sour

    Just wondering if anyonne here has any experience in this area... We bought a
    house 15 months ago; it was inspected and there had been a few leaks in the
    roof. All were dormant. We finally decided to replace a board up there that had
    been damaged from the previous leak. Called a roofer and paid him 375.00 to
    take out the old rotten piece of board and replace and reshingle that spot. Lo
    and behold, 2 months later after all of these rains, all leaks are now active
    (and I mean QUITE active!), to the point that water was pouring out of my
    upper cabinets that devide the kitchen from the LR. Now, this was after he had
    returned once to "fix" a brand new leak that has left a stain about 3 feet long
    on our ceiling. Also, the other spots where the leaks were are wet again and
    staining. In one place, the white gravely stuff is falling off the ceiling. He
    came out to "fix" this leak once again, said he siliconed the area in the attic
    where my DH had marked where water was dripping from the roof. I noticed that
    he wouldn't look at me when he was telling me all that he did. He told me he
    was gong to go get some tar and put it on the roof. I told him just to wait
    and I would call him Monday. (Didn't want anything else messed up.) DH went up
    there last night to check the silicone patch and there was no silicone up
    there. Had another roofer come today and basically told us we paid him for
    My question is what are my rights? We have these new stains and very active
    leaks only because they replaced that board. The cabinets that are attached to
    the ceiling have about a one inch shadow around them now, both in the kitchen
    and LR. This is also new. I am fearful of what might be lurking above the
    cabinets. I would like tham to be torn out anyway, but not because of water
    damage. How much of the repairs should this guy have to pay for? And how do I
    him to pay? Small claims? By the way, where the board he replaced in the roof can look in the attic in the daytime and see sunlight through it. If ya
    can see the light, the water can get through, right? DUH.
    TIA to anyone who might know where to point me in the right direction,
    Lea, NC

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    Marti Jean

    Default Re: Home Repair Gone Sour

    The first thing I should know is if this guy was a licensed contractor
    (general or sub, doesn't really matter). Also, did he have you sign
    anything before he got started (arbitration agreement?)...Sounds like small
    claims may be the way to go, get 3-4 other people up to see the extent of
    the damage and get a detailed list of what was (and was supposed to be) done
    ..I know that laws with a contractor can vary from state to state....Best of
    luck to you!

    Marti Jean in MN

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    Default Re: home repair gone sour

    In a message dated 7/13/2003 3:34:22 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
    > How much of the repairs should this guy have to pay for? And how do I get
    > him to pay? Small claims?

    I hope you hired a licensed, bonded and insured roofer? If he was you are in
    good shape. If he wasn't you have a fight on your hands. First I would
    contact two or three other roofers for a free estimate and explain the
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