Another item checked off my "to do" list for the insurance company, front porch railing installed.
I've had a local workman do a couple of smaller jobs around the house, tuckpointing basement, replacing a broken window and some boards on the front porch. He built two steps up to the front porch also, not really done the right way but all right for now. Prices have been fair but I've always thought he was a fast talker and a little on the sleazy side. But he works hard and work is done sturdily, not always with a lot of finesse.
So when he finished repairs on the porch last time, I told him I wanted handrails but couldn't do it until this month. Of course he measured right away and wanted to get started, letting me pay him later. I thought the price was high and didn't want to do it before I had the money. He called back and gave me a lower price.
I called when I got paid on the first on this month. He showed up with his cousin and said he would be doing most of the work. He told me his cousin was a carpenter (turns out he really is a retired carpenter). My original guy emphasized that after his cousin finished the work, I should call him and we would "settle up". The cousin worked really hard and did a beautiful job. I felt bad not paying him. He even fixed the lock on my front door and I gave him $20 to do it.
He asked if I had made payment arrangements with his cousin (Mr. Sleazy). I told him I had and that it was for $300. I also asked if he was interested in doing more work and he was. I just had a feeling something was fishy. So after the job is finished I called my original guy who had arranged the whole thing but not done any actual work. He was carrying on how I had shared his business with his cousin when I shouldn't have and that the cousin owed him money. He also was disturbed that his cousin mentioned that I might have more jobs for him. He continued along the same line when he showed up to pick up the payment. I told him it was up to him to settle it with his cousin and I wasn't getting into it with them.
So now I do have more things to get finished and have no desire to call Mr. Sleazy, would much prefer to call his cousin who finished my porch railing. Oh the drama!