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Sorry first of all for posting my rant but I just have had it with foundation repair guys. First I wasted months to get John Pfister to stop by and check our foundation and lately I am being trying to get Bill Marks to visit me. Bill Marks is a little better because you can actually talk to him some times (John always just left had has his wife answer the phone). However Bill is never in reach of his agenda, always promises to call back (never does) and we even made an appointment for today and he doesn't show up ARGH.

What is up with foundation men?

I need a third recommendation for a pier and beam specialist .... thanks!

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I have heard that Pfister can be difficult to schedule, but our experience this past spring was the opposite. He and his son were out within days of my call and, if the weather would have permitted, work would have begun within a week of the estimate. Unless you are under a deadline, he is definitely worth waiting for.

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Hi,

Sorry first of all for posting my rant but I just have had it with foundation repair guys. First I wasted months to get John Pfister to stop by and check our foundation and lately I am being trying to get Bill Marks to visit me. Bill Marks is a little better because you can actually talk to him some times (John always just left had has his wife answer the phone). However Bill is never in reach of his agenda, always promises to call back (never does) and we even made an appointment for today and he doesn't show up ARGH.

What is up with foundation men?

I need a third recommendation for a pier and beam specialist .... thanks!

Ok I stand corrected .... Bill did show up late in the afternoon and gave a reasonable quote for lifting

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I need a third recommendation for a pier and beam specialist .... thanks!

Dawson Foundation Repair - http://www.dawsonfoundationrepair.com/

They've done two jobs for me. The first was on my block/beam crawlspace bungalow 5 years ago, the second was last week on my slab-on-grade pier/beam 50s ranch. I really like the team. I used to do foundation analysis for an engineering firm, and I can talk to Dawson and his project managers and know that they are giving me the straight poop. They've always been prompt, do what they say, clean up their work and have reasonable pricing (IMO).

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Pfister was unbelievably hard to get ahold of. It took months just to reach him. He said there was an llness/death in the family so all was forgiven. Came out (with son), spent at least an hour talking to us. Salt of the earth. Previous estimate had been $8,000. His was $1500 as he said it wasn't that bad. Set up a date for him to do the work and guess what? He never showed! At all. No call and then of course we couldn't reach him. Since HE didn't think the problem was too bad we let it go. Five years later, of course, we really need work done. Who did you find? Dawson evidently doesn't do pier and beam.

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Pfister was unbelievably hard to get ahold of. It took months just to reach him. He said there was an llness/death in the family so all was forgiven. Came out (with son), spent at least an hour talking to us. Salt of the earth. Previous estimate had been $8,000. His was $1500 as he said it wasn't that bad. Set up a date for him to do the work and guess what? He never showed! At all. No call and then of course we couldn't reach him. Since HE didn't think the problem was too bad we let it go. Five years later, of course, we really need work done. Who did you find? Dawson evidently doesn't do pier and beam.

How was the surf that day?

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Pfister was unbelievably hard to get ahold of. It took months just to reach him. He said there was an llness/death in the family so all was forgiven. Came out (with son), spent at least an hour talking to us. Salt of the earth. Previous estimate had been $8,000. His was $1500 as he said it wasn't that bad. Set up a date for him to do the work and guess what? He never showed! At all. No call and then of course we couldn't reach him. Since HE didn't think the problem was too bad we let it go. Five years later, of course, we really need work done. Who did you find? Dawson evidently doesn't do pier and beam.

Michelle, I don't know who told you that Dawson doesn't do pier and beam, because they've done work on two houses of mine (one as recently as early June '09) and both were pier and beam. They've poured bell-bottom piers and leveled my houses on both jobs.

Give them a call.

Sorry Pfister's such an ass.

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I recently called Dawson and they don't do pier & beam /block & base. They referred me to Pfister who never called me back. I also called Bill and he got back with me 2 days later. I went with a small outfit called A-Affordable Foundation Repair - Ricky: 281-799-1742. (He didn't mind me posting his phone # and he's not really good with email.)

He came out, gave me a quote which included straightening all of my blocks, replacing old ones, leveling and tightening all required. He also added two 30' beams (with blocks) the length of my house all for about the cost I hear most are quoted for just the leveling. He started one day later and was done the same day. When I saw something I didn't like, he came back out 1 day later and corrected it. My house is a whole lot better now and there is less interior vibration in the floors and windows because of the added beams. I'm not sure if Ricky will do the same great job for everyone but I'm happy with his work. Anyone looking may want to give him a consideration

Michelle, I don't know who told you that Dawson doesn't do pier and beam, because they've done work on two houses of mine (one as recently as early June '09) and both were pier and beam. They've poured bell-bottom piers and leveled my houses on both jobs.

Give them a call.

Sorry Pfister's such an ass.

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