A-1 American Construction

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Two guys from this company (which I found in my local Westchester County Yellow Pages and claimed to be "NY & NJ Licensed") showed up at my house unannounced on a Saturday night to replace my stainless steel chimney chase cover and chimney cap in the rain when I had agreed with the owner (who came by my house in a car dressed up to look like a cop car that morning) for him to begin the job the next day between 9-11am when the weather was supposed to be nice...and it was. I paid his guys $1,000 cash when they came back Sun. morning to collect payment. The next week after rain kept coming in my chimney and showing up on my walls, I contacted the Westchester County Dept. of Consumer Protection who said this company is NOT LICENSED in Westchester County and operated illegally on my chimney. They also said it was unlikely someone could fabricate a stainless steel chimney chase and cap on the spot (which every other company I spoke to said would take 1-2 weeks for them to order) and that it should only cost between $400-$800. The Dept. of Consumer Protection told me they have issued multiple fines against the owner and this company (which also does business as A-1 AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION) by mail to two different addresses (one in Roselle Park, NJ and one in Brooklyn, NY where the owner said to send them) but unfortunately the mail keeps getting returned to sender. (I know. There's a total shocker, right?) Anyway, I am still getting tons of water coming through the chimney everytime it rains staining my wall and have had a local inspection done stating the following: "Do not use the fireplace! Attached are pictures of a cap which is blocking the outer airspace which will lead to a chimney fire. The chase cover is "seemed" together, which will allow water to enter chase. And is not pitched to allow water to run off. An aluminum sleeve is used to attach the cap to the flue, it must be all stainless steel. As is, is not to code." I have since contacted this company via email and never heard back, and most recently over the phone when the owner ultimately hung up on me after I asked him if he could come look at the chimney or refund my money. DO NOT USE THESE GUYS! THEY ARE TOTAL SCAM ARTISTS! They also do business as: ROOFING POLICE, CHIMNEY SQUAD & A-1 AMERICAN CONTRUCTION. They're motto is: "We Show Up!" (which they sure do...in the rain at night to work outside the day before the job is really supposed to happen?!!!) and "To Protect and Serve Your Construction Needs" (seriously, all that these guys are "Serving New Jersey & New York" is a bunch of junk.). DO NOT USE THEM! RUN!!!

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Two guys from this company (which I found in my local Westchester County Yellow Pages and claimed to be "NY & NJ Licensed") showed up at my house unannounced on a Saturday night to replace my stainless steel chimney chase cover and chimney cap in the rain when I had agreed with the owner (who came by my house in a car dressed up to look like a cop car that morning) for him to begin the job the next day between 9-11am when the weather was supposed to be nice...and it was. I paid his guys $1,000 cash when they came back Sun. morning to collect payment. The next week after rain kept coming in my chimney and showing up on my walls, I contacted the Westchester County Dept. of Consumer Protection who said this company is NOT LICENSED in Westchester County and operated illegally on my chimney. They also said it was unlikely someone could fabricate a stainless steel chimney chase and cap on the spot (which every other company I spoke to said would take 1-2 weeks for them to order) and that it should only cost between $400-$800. The Dept. of Consumer Protection told me they have issued multiple fines against the owner and this company (which also does business as A-1 AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION) by mail to two different addresses (one in Roselle Park, NJ and one in Brooklyn, NY where the owner said to send them) but unfortunately the mail keeps getting returned to sender. (I know. There's a total shocker, right?) Anyway, I am still getting tons of water coming through the chimney everytime it rains staining my wall and have had a local inspection done stating the following: "Do not use the fireplace! Attached are pictures of a cap which is blocking the outer airspace which will lead to a chimney fire. The chase cover is "seemed" together, which will allow water to enter chase. And is not pitched to allow water to run off. An aluminum sleeve is used to attach the cap to the flue, it must be all stainless steel. As is, is not to code." I have since contacted this company via email and never heard back, and most recently over the phone when the owner ultimately hung up on me after I asked him if he could come look at the chimney or refund my money. DO NOT USE THESE GUYS! THEY ARE TOTAL SCAM ARTISTS! They also do business as: ROOFING POLICE, CHIMNEY SQUAD & A-1 AMERICAN CONTRUCTION. They're motto is: "We Show Up!" (which they sure do...in the rain at night to work outside the day before the job is really supposed to happen?!!!) and "To Protect and Serve Your Construction Needs" (seriously, all that these guys are "Serving New Jersey & New York" is a bunch of junk.). DO NOT USE THEM! RUN!!!

Pros: They show up (but trust me you don't want them to)

Cons: Unlicensed, untrained, unpolite

 

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