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RSCo
Section Hand

USA
76 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2012 :  8:14:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit RSCo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Matt - Lighting looks great and glad to hear the list of steel related industries forthcoming. There was a self published book on Wheeling-Pitt Steel just published a few months ago that is available online. Might be helpful. As to your contractor problem - be careful as you probably don't want anyone that doesn't respond in a timely manner to phone calls or turn around the estimate quickly - that is usually indicative of how organized they are and their communication skills. It would likely only get worse once they got on the job. I'd say only 1 out of 10 contractors act like true professionals. The rest help give everyone a bad name

Jim

Jim Musser
Hainesport, NJ
blog - http://mussersteelmill.blogspot.com
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Red P
Crew Chief

USA
978 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2012 :  11:50:58 PM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Im having the same problem with contractors also. I really dont know what the deal is.
As far as ops go I have found the perfect place on the PC (at least for me).
Im going to do Richmond, In. set in 1973. It was the old PRR panhandle double main. PC ran 12-14 trains through there a day, Amtrak 2. There is also A 2.5 mile branch line that was used just to service local industry. There were also a couple of other industries around Richmond. Plus a C&O interchange.
P

http://pcpanhandle.shutterfly.com/
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nhguy
Fireman

USA
4241 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  02:49:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit nhguy's Homepage  Send nhguy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I echo Phil's answer about any contractor. If they will not or do not respond to you in a timely manner then it is time to look elsewhere. I had the same problem with electrical contractors. It took me a month to find one that would respond professionally and set up an estimate date. Make sure you get a free estimate. Good contractors will not charge for this because they want your business. Poor contractors will charge for one. These are the guys that show up, charge you for the estimate and turn around and not call back or schedule a job. Why should they. They already have your money. These guys give good reputable contractors a bad name.

Sometimes you have to repeatedly call them back to get their attention. Try different times during the business day. Leaving your number on an answering machine doesn't always work.

Tryand talk to your co-workers and friends about contractors they might know or recommend. A recommended contractor is a better deal than the phone book. Especially if you tell them they were recommended from a previous job. Of course if the recommendation is bad, don't waste your time.

Bill Shanaman
Superintendent, Chief Track Cleaner,
New Haven RR in the 1948 to 1952 era
PMRA President 2014-15, OpSIG Member
NCE User Since 1999
Sugar City, Colorado
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Red P
Crew Chief

USA
978 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  08:17:37 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Theres always Agnies list, but you have to pay for that service.
P

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sjconrail
Engine Wiper

USA
166 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  08:48:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit sjconrail's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I'm a member of Angie's list. I've had good success with one electrical contractor on it. He was a little expensive, but not too bad and was quick in setting up the appointment and everything. I'm going to try another electrician for the bathroom that my parent's used. I'm using one of their deals tomorrow for duct cleaning since I've been in the house 5 years and I've redone 4 rooms so who knows what's in my ducts. I've reached out to a few on Angie's list for plumbing but haven't heard back. Matt, if you want me to take a look a drywall services, let me know, the do their list by the Philly area,

Phil

http://www.conrailharrisburgline.org

http://www.thecrhs.org
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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  8:09:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mark, Bill, Rick & Phil-thanks for the comments around freelancing a prototypical area or era. It's going to be fun bringing it all together. Nice thing about it is having the option to "backdate" it if I choose to(can see Mark & Rick grinning right now saying "there's still hope!").

Jim, great to hear from you, hope you're feeling better. I've been admiring your work on your blog and it's quite impressive to say the least. In awe of the by-products plant. Thanks for the tip on the book. I wasn't aware that one had come out and will definitely start looking for it.

And thanks guys for the tips on the contractors. The original guy I brought in has done a couple friends and family members basements and the work looks great and everyone thought the same. But I think my problem comes back to only needing 2 walls done while they're looking to do a complete basement. They must be busy enough to turn down small jobs like mine. I'll just keep trying. It's frustrating as you know what...[:-banghead] The fortunate part is the french drain is the only job that I require a contractor. 10 years ago, I would've done it myself already with some of my friends. If I did it now, I wouldn't be able to move for a week or so...

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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10447 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  11:57:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pcmatt

Mark, Bill, Rick & Phil-thanks for the comments around freelancing a prototypical area or era. It's going to be fun bringing it all together. Nice thing about it is having the option to "backdate" it if I choose to(can see Mark & Rick grinning right now saying "there's still hope!").


... It's music to my ears!!!

[:-idea] Bruce, we need to start planning a steam night on Matt's layout! [:-eyebrows]

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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nhguy
Fireman

USA
4241 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2012 :  02:38:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit nhguy's Homepage  Send nhguy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hey, The Valley Railroad will lend you back ole 97 for service on the PC if you need it. (This is going to be fun)

Bill Shanaman
Superintendent, Chief Track Cleaner,
New Haven RR in the 1948 to 1952 era
PMRA President 2014-15, OpSIG Member
NCE User Since 1999
Sugar City, Colorado
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Harsco
Fireman

USA
1202 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2012 :  9:15:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MarkF

quote:
Originally posted by pcmatt

Mark, Bill, Rick & Phil-thanks for the comments around freelancing a prototypical area or era. It's going to be fun bringing it all together. Nice thing about it is having the option to "backdate" it if I choose to(can see Mark & Rick grinning right now saying "there's still hope!").


... It's music to my ears!!!

[:-idea] Bruce, we need to start planning a steam night on Matt's layout! [:-eyebrows]



I call dibs on the 0-6-0 with the orange C! Or was that a blue "P"?
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Red P
Crew Chief

USA
978 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2012 :  11:40:57 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Even the PC has standards. They may not be very high, but we still have them..
P

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pcmatt
Engine Wiper

USA
186 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2012 :  9:06:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a quick update, sorry guys no pics with this one, but great news, the french drain system was installed today!!! Only 5 months but well worth the wait. I will be starting to get the layout room back together tomorrow night after letting the concrete set for at least 24 hours. Then I have to tackle the other side of the basement before moving on. The carpet will be laid on 4/11 so it's going to be fast moving to get everything back in order. The best part is that I'll be able to get back to the layout. [:-bouncy]

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PEIR
Section Hand

Canada
80 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2012 :  9:09:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great news!
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MarkF
Engineer

USA
10447 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2012 :  10:42:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good to hear Matt! I know that's been frustrating you, but hopefully that chapter is finally over! Can't wait to get over for the next work session.

Mark

See my homepage at http://home.comcast.net/~prrndiv/
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MikeMc
Engine Wiper

USA
170 Posts

Posted - 05/03/2012 :  10:44:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit MikeMc's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Been away from the forum for a bit, so getting caught up.

Matt, glad to hear the water-damage reconstruction is complete and you are back to actual layout building. Let me know of any upcoming work sessions, hopefully I can make it over to check things out and lend a hand.

Mike McNamara
Delran, NJ
nekrailroad.com
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Red P
Crew Chief

USA
978 Posts

Posted - 05/03/2012 :  11:14:36 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Glad to hear it Matt. Im renovating a house that was built in 1900. The basement is so horrible I dont even want to think what all will be involved in getting it ready for a layout. so im going to set something up in a spare bedroom.
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