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RE: doesn't ayone

Well, judging by the stories I've heard, my method isn't infallible -
but it's worked for us every time we've employed it: you ask around for
the place everyone recommends, they are inevitably twice as expensive as
anyone else, and you pay it. They're twice as expensive because they use
better materials and hire people who actually know what they're doing.
But you have to have the $$.
Example, our tree trimmers. There is a company in town universally
acknowledged to be the best. I had them do my sycamores one year, it was
mid-spring and the trees had started to leaf out, my perennials and
bulbs were all up underneath the trees. I said, please be careful of the
garden underneath. Sure, they said. A crew spent the day tramping around
under my sycamores with chainsaws etc. When they were done my trees were
30% smaller and you couldn't even tell where they'd cut. There wasn't so
much as a footprint in the perennial beds. Talk about expensive. I rave
about them still, but I can't afford them even every few years.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 3:26 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] doesn't ayone

Is it just me, or does it seem to anyone else that it would just be so
easier, less expensive, take less time, and produce repeat business and
positive testimonials if THEY'D JUST DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 11:42 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] doesn't ayone

> My sister just bought a new shelter for her horse turnout pen. It is
> essentially a 3-sided metal structure, no doors or anything, horses
> wander in and out as they feel like it. Supposed to be 12x24, and they
> said they'd show up on a certain day to put the thing up. They don't
> show. She calls and gripes. Two days later they come and install it.
> asks them, shouldn't they be using more support poles in the center?
> no, they say, this is how we always do it.
> The next day she's looking at the installed shelter and she's thinking
> it looks smaller than she expected. She measures. The thing is
> 8 x 24, not deep enough to really provide good shelter in weather. She
> calls and gripes. Oops, they'll be out that day to uninstall it and
> day after that to put up the new one. But of course they don't show.
> That night it was really windy. Nothing extraordinary for here, but
> windy. They hear a noise from outside, but it's too dark to see
> anything. Next morning she discovered the entire shelter had lifted
> of the ground and was upside down 150 feet away on top of the fence
> between her and the neighbor.
> They did come and take away the debris...they were supposed to install
> the right thing this weekend. I'm thinking maybe she ought to just ask
> for her money back.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Kitty
> Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 9:39 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] doesn't ayone
> ever get it right?  Or is it just me?
> I've regaled you all in the past with my home improvement stories.
> guy
> that took 8 months to do my kitchen and still hung doors sideways.
> last spring, the craftsman who stained all my woodwork red (which I
> since decided I like for just that room). Now it's the window people.
> spent a fortune on 3 new windows last August to get these wonderful
> Shuco
> windows.  They promised 4-6 wks.  After a ba-zillion mistakes, they
> finally
> brought my windows today.  And the biggest one is wrong.  I did not
> request
> ugly slats of fiberglass in the windows; I paid extra for beveling,
> etching,
> perimeter v-groove as they call it, in otherwise big plain panes of
> glass.
> The screens are in 2 pieces instead of one.
> He installed one window today and will come back Monday.  They WILL
> everything right, but instead of having it all done before
> I
> am now pinning my hopes on Easter.
> thanks for listening.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
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