Why Don't We Get Sued? Because...

Why aren't we being sued? Because...from Krubinski vs Schmutzer-"truth is a complete defense against liability for defamation, regardless of bad faith or malicious purpose."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DeckTech's Granite Deck System- Were You a Victim of Fraud?

On every job I've seen where DeckTech was installing Granite Deck, these buckets keep appearing.
I've never seen a bucket labeled "Granite Deck" or with "Nevada Coatings" on them. 

 Are Claims Like "Granite Deck Is Unlike Any Other", "Eliminates All of The Components That Make Other Waterproofing Methods Fail", "Offers a Class A Fire Rating" "Offers an Anti-Fracture Membrane" Misleading or Fraudulent When It Fractures, Peels & Cracks? 

If you bought the DeckTech Granite Deck System in the last 10 years, in my opinion, you were the victim of fraud. That's a bold statement to make, so let me make my case, then you decide ok?

DeckTech's Old Website

So here below we see some screen grabs from DeckTech's old website. One screen grab shows their guarantees and warranties boasting about their "proven waterproofing system" that "almost completely eliminates the risk of fractures, fissures or cracks..."


Here on a screen shot from Deck tech's website in February of 2015 we see DeckTech claiming the Nevada Coating System is a "proven waterproofing system" . They are one of the few companies authorized to utilize this advanced form of waterproofing technology. 

On DeckTech's page devoted to Granite Deck, they claim a Class A fire rating & "encapsulation at flashing & nailing details."  We've asked for proof from Nevada Coating Systems and Decktech, and each has refused to provide a copy of the industry standard ASTM E-108 Roof Classification Fire Test report that shows the product passed an accredited lab's fire testing protocols.
Claiming a Class A rating when there isn't one is fraudulent in my opinion, a consumer trusts that what an advertisement says is true, and there is a truth in advertising law in place that the FTC enforces that an ad, whether on the Internet...or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate,  backed by scientific evidence.
Did you buy Granite Deck? Have you ever seen any evidence the product has a Class A rating? 
Here is Exhibit A, a page from Deck tech's old website. Here they talk about Granite Deck being the end all to your deck problems, "Granite Deck is unlike any other" and "offers an anti-fracture membrane". Is that really true? I say it's not.




Is Granite Deck Class A fire rated? 

Here we see the DeckTech Granite Deck burning in a non-scientific "test" I did on one of their samples. I put burning coals from my BBQ on the sample and let them smolder. The coating ignited like you see here, and when I pushed the coals off, the coating continued to burn. I don't think this product would pass the standardized Class ASTM E-108 testing in my opinion. So again, if there is no test, no proof it is Class A as DeckTech claimed, and you bought because it was, that seems to be fraud in my opinion.  
I don't believe so. Despite Deck tech's claim on it's website and despite David Krubinski/Mazor in an email saying so, they refuse to actually show any tests that might prove it is. I asked for a copy in 2013 from Nevada Coatings. This is the answer I got back from Krubinski/Mazor- 

"To clarify, you are not entitled to our fire testing information since you are not a client of Nevada Coatings neither are you an authority on this issue, waterproofing issues or any construction in general.  You are simply an improperly licensed contractor continually impugning others work and efforts by touting yourself as an expert on a web site, when you are not…
Nevada Coatings will not participate in your web games, however we will advise you, Nevada Coatings has been thoroughly tested through Underwriters Laboratory and has achieved a Class A Fire Rating a number of years ago. Therefore if you were truly honest and trying to make a difference in the coatings industry, you would let the two or three readers of your web page know Nevada Coatings has confirmed a Class A Fire Rating, but I doubt you have the courage to be honest.
 To confirm our position, we will not be submitting any documents to you at any time and this will be our last correspondence with you." 
So with the exception of NCS, every manufacturer I know of has no problem releasing data that proves their claims. Either Major and DeckTech is lying, which is probable, since Mazor has been caught 2x lying under oath in legal proceedings. 

Exhibit B- A claim on Decktech's website says they "have collaborated with Nevada Coating Systems" and that it is a "This proven waterproofing system eliminates all of the components that make traditional waterproofing methods fail..."


History

DeckTech began selling Granite Deck around 2012 or 2013 I believe. Nevada Coating Systems is the "manufacturer" of the Granite Deck "product". Nevada Coating is owned by David Mazor, formerly David Krubinski. Krubinski supposedly "manufacturer's" Nevada Coatings. 

What is Granite Deck? Who/What Is Nevada Coatings, Inc?

The company was born apparently in 1997 according to filings at the CA Secretary of State's office

Nevada Coating Systems is a "manufacturer" as they claim on their cheap website. David Mazor/Krubinski "invented" or somehow came up with the idea of Granite Deck I believe in 2007/2008. (Based on date stamps on CNS Tech Bulletins at www.nevadacoatings.com )By taking Polyurea, a 2 part fast drying coating that is sprayed onto a surface using a special paint gun that catalyzes the A & B parts of the polyurea at the nozzle, where when they combine, the materials cure very rapidly. Broadcasting ground up Corian chips from Amerylite into the mix gives it it's "granite" appearance. After it's cured, a clear UV resistant coatings is applied. 

The Reality
The truth though is that David Major doesn't manufacturer anything at all. The companies address is listed as a home in an HOA near Palm Springs. From what I've seen over the years, all they do is resell Carboline's  Reactamine polyureas. 


DeckTech sold this Polyurea as the Wonder Bread solution to every deck problem in the world, dissing all the other deck companies products when they were selling Granite Deck so hard. They sell a "warranty maintenance package with the Granite Deck-10 years they claim, as long as you pay them every year. And they want a lot of money for a bunch of nonsense. 

For a while, everything seems groovy. However, after a couple years, I start getting calls from DeckTech clients everywhere-Orcutt, a pool deck at condos that is peeling up everywhere,  Cayucos a custom home not yet finished, failures everywhere, Avila Beach, more condo's with a failing Granite Deck system, Shell Beach where the Granite Deck is falling off the deck, an owner on El Portal in Shell Beach, another one in Morro Bay who files suit and files a complaint with CSLB. Atascadero, an owner calls, their Granite Deck is peeling and DeckTech refuses to fix it, they didn't reseal it every year as recommended. Paso Robles, a large winery with B&B rooms has roofs and decks failing. An owner on Rockview Condo's in SLO calls 3 weeks ago, another calls on Wednesday with a deck that's failing. Scroll on down...see all the failures-

A Few Photo's I've Taken Over the Years of Failing Granite Deck systems

Failure on deck in Arroyo Grande

Peeling in Arroyo Grande
Blown out in Pismo Beach

Failed to encapsulate the metal, so it still rusted. Avila Beach.

Pinhole delamination Granite Deck applied so thin it's worthless. Orcutt

Another sample of Granite Deck pinholed. Cayucos 

Peeling Granite Deck on copper flashing in Cayucos

A whole pile peeled off the copper flashings in Cayucos. 

Failing Granite Deck under tile on El Portal in Shell Beach
Failed Granite Deck Rockview Condos SLO

Granite Deck is peeling off flashing at Rockview Condo's in SLO
So Now What?

So now after 5-6 years of Granite Deck systems being installed, the chickens have come home to roost. Clients are complaining to us about their decks. A list I got hold of from DeckTech's recycling bin last year showed over 20 clients on a "warranty" list of decks needing repairs.  That's a lot of warranty repairs!

I'm sure there's a lot more people who just gave up on DeckTech and moved on...but don't just move on. You spent a lot of money on false promises of this deck system solving all your problems and it didn't. Instead the Granite Deck system only created more problems for you. Why should you incur the financial loss? You may be able to recover your funds by making a complaint.

The money you spent on the annual deck maintenance agreement was just designed to seperate you from your money, because DeckTech knew, or should have known, that this product was not going to work in the long run, or really even in the short run. They just used your money to line their pockets and limp your system along. For many people though, even with the ADMA, their decks are starting to fail and Deck tech won't be able to stem the tide once the gates break open.

So what should you do? The things I recommend are this- don't let Deck tech tell you it's your fault. It's not, any deck with Granite Deck on it that has problems is having problems because of the product and application.

File a complaint with the CSLB Click here to be taken to the online form for filing a complaint.

Remember, they have a probationary license, any complaints against DeckTech now could result in their license being revoked. That sword handing over their head should make them very willing to work with you to completely replace your deck, including tearing off everything to joists and installing all new plywood, a metal lath decking system and have it done right.

File a complaint with the SLO County District Attorney's office. Let them know you believe you were a victim of fraud. Present your contract and screen shots of our DeckTech info. Want an actual copy of the website page? Check the way back machine at waybackmachine.org   Look up DeckTech's old website, you'll see it there archived in their files, forever proving they may have made claims that are fraudulent.

Let us know about your deck problems with Decktech. With more pressure on them, they have to do something. Send us pictures, copies of contracts, anything you have and we'll direct you to the right people who can get your damages recovered. 




Monday, July 17, 2017

Deck tech's Owner Has a Lot To Lose; Working While On a Suspended License is A BIG Risk

Ron McKenna's bet is he can work with a suspended license without getting caught. 

DeckTech Inc has had a suspended license now for a week. 

Since last Monday when after a last minute attempt in court to stay a probationary license status, it backfired and without a required disciplinary bond ready to place with CSLB, their license was promptly suspended and remains so. Click here to check current status. 

DeckTech's owner Ron McKenna is thumbing his nose at the CSLB suspension however, having been found  working at two jobs thanks to tips from the public. One tip alerted us to their job in Pismo Beach in the tony "The Bluffs HOA" on Bluff Dr. 

Thanks to their sign, it's pretty clear who's job this is. By law no work can be performed, bid on, or employees be on a job. 

DeckTech Inc is working on a project at The Bluffs in Pismo Beach. Not for long.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Reference I Wouldn't Touch With a Ten Foot Pole-Local Celebrity Attorney Jim Duenow Provides A Declaration for DeckTech

“How about if I punch him?”
Local attorney Jim Duenow spoke those words as he walked out of a San Luis Obispo courtroom March 6. 
Deck tech's Application for a Stay on Their Probationary
License Was Denied by The Judge

DeckTech Inc's Attorney, John Hodges, has actually thrown shit on the wall to see what sticks. Shit as in local "celebrity attorney" Jim Duenow, who has thrown his "good name" into the hat of DeckTech's  references. 
Duenow we will all remember infamously offered to punch opposition attorney James Wagstaffe in a SLAPP hearing last year for Cal Coast News during a slander/libel trial he represented them in. 
Duenow's license to practice was apparently suspended while he was representing Cal Coast News. In a civil matter. The CAS State Bar lists his license as being "Not Eligible to Practice Law" as of 7/1/16 and not until 3/8/17 did his license become active again. 
So now this fine upstanding individual has said "DeckTech has really saved us." in a declaration he submitted for Hodges to file with an appeal seeking to hold up Decktech's license being placed on a probationary status. 
As of now the appeal was denied and we are waiting for a conference scheduled for several months from now. 
But seriously, Jim Duenow? That's a stretch. 
Citations/links

Monday, July 10, 2017

DeckTech's Probation Monitor Assigned to Protect the Public

DeckTech's 3 Year Probation Begin's When Their License Returns to Active Status
Probation Monitor Watches Over Probationary Licenses
At Any Time, CSLB Can Review DeckTech's Books/Contracts & Interview Employees


I a conversation today with a CSLB representative, I was provided the newly assigned Probation Monitor's contact information.

Danica Storm at the CSLB will be the Probation Monitor charged with watching over DeckTech's  activities and business procedures to ensure they are in compliance with the terms of the probation. Yes, it's just like being a criminal, there's a price to pay when you are found by CSLB and an administrative law judge to have broken laws and abandoned the job...and that price is Danica watches over them.

You can read the official documents here online  This takes you to CSLB's website.

Have you been wronged by DeckTech? Do you feel that they aren't being honest or doing the right thing?      Don't hesitate to call Danica at 916-255-4460. 

Remember, only your documentation, photograph's, videos and most importantly, your desire to help quash a bad apple in the construction community will help Danika do her job fully. 







CONSUMER WARNING- Decktech's License Is SUSPENDED For Failing to Post Disciplinary Bond

Sister Company Hunter-James Inc is Suspended As Well
Suspensions Result From An Accusation Filed Against Them by CSLB
CSLB & Admin Law Judge Found DeckTech Violated Contractor Law's
Was Ordered to Pay Over $28,000 in Reimbursement 

Last Minute Attempt To Stave Off License Probation Fails


This morning in SLO Superior Court, Attorney John Hodges appeal to get a stay on a CSLB order placing DeckTech Inc on a probationary license status was denied. Appearing for CSLB by telephone was DA Deputy Attorney Shawn Cook who successfully argued the case for the CSLB. 

Apparently in blind confidence that the appeal would be allowed, DeckTech had not obtained the required disciplinary bonds of $15,000 each for them and Hunter-James. Upon notification by the DA, the CSLB suspended DeckTech's  license for failing to post the bonds by today. 

Cook expects DeckTech to file with the appeals court to overturn the CSLB order from comments made by Deck tech's attorney, John Hodges. Cook also expressed dismay that DeckTech elected to fight as they did with the evidence against them-a check for $15,000 as the deposit they took illegally for example. He said the State offered a stipulated settlement that DeckTech refused, which resulted in 6 days of testimony being given at 2 hearings and all that evidence is now admittable in any court hearings and public information as well.

The DA also related Atty Hodges great dislike for me saying he'd made numerous disparaging remarks about me during the months of the case winding it's way along.  I don't mind, it makes me feel good to have bitter enemies. One thing I wonder is Ron McKenna going to learn to stop digging the hole that he's in? I sure hope not, as long as the money well is open, John Hodges will keep billing DeckTech. Don't help them pay their legal fees! 

Consumer warning-DeckTech cannot legally contract accept a deposit or perform any work unless/until their license is reactivated. That could take some time. In the meantime  do not contract with DeckTech; do not give them a deposit, if you have, exercise your right to cancel immediately. Cancel any checks you may have written, call your bank too. Credit card deposits- file a claim with your card issuer to stop payment. If your 3 day right to cancel has passed, call an attorney immediately and file a complaint with CSLB. 

If DeckTech is currently working on a job of yours. STOP THEM FROM WORKING IMMEDIATELY! Any injuries to a worker will likely not be covered by workers compensation insurance. Document with video you requesting they stop work and leave the premises after removing their tools. Any materials should remain on the job if you paid for them.
Call the CSLB for advice on how to handle this.   Call the CSLB SWIFT team  at (559) 490-0580 Above all, do not make any payments to DeckTech! If you paid money by credit card, you may wish to file a complaint with them to stop payment or get a credit back. Call your attorney for advice on how to handle the issue you have. 

Email the CSLB SWIFT Team documents, photograph's etc if DeckTech is working on your property swiftcentral@cslb.ca.gov  

If you feel threatened in any way by Ron McKenna or anyone at DeckTech, call the police.  Then, file a complaint with CSLB. 
DeckTech & it's Affiliate Hunter-James Inc's licenses are suspended for failing to post ordered
disciplinary bonds resulting from an Accusation filed by CSLB.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lucia Mar Unified School District Needs to Be Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts

DeckTech Offers to Donate Labor, Time, Materials
Is This Just a PR Stunt to Try To Make Themselves Look Good? 


Ron McKenna, seemingly out of the goodness of his heart, wants to donate time, materials and labor to rebuild a weight room. I think LMUSD needs to know Deck tech's background and ask what their ulterior motive is?

So we are just bringing forth that LMUSD needs to know that DeckTech is about to be placed on probationary license status.  Bet LMUSD contracting standards would not allow DeckTech to bid projects with a probationary license. 

LMUSD should also ask what ulterior motives DeckTech might have-like free publicity about what great guys they are...to me this stinks of a red herring to take consumers eye off the ball, that DeckTech has violated state contracting laws, bringing serious financial damage to a consumer. 

What do you think? 

Friday, June 16, 2017

DeckTech's License Disclosure at CSLB Will Haunt Them for SEVEN Years

CSLB Will Disclose the Information About The Accusation Against Decktech on the Web
DeckTech "Willfully Departed From Trade Standards" 
DeckTech "Failed to Complete Project for Price Stated"
DeckTech Took an Illegal Deposit of $15,000
Requirement to Obtain Two Disciplinary Bond's Will Be Costly 


Decktech's illegal acts that substantially harmed a consumer will cost them dearly, even without their license being revoked. Read the final decision that revoked Deck tech's license with a stay upon completing a 3 year term of probabtion, issued by CSLB here 

From CSLB's website-

 Accusations that result in suspension, stayed suspension or stayed revocation of a contractor license are disclosed from the date the accusation is filed and for seven (7) years after the accusation has been settled, if no additional disciplinary actions have been filed against the licensee during the seven-year period

So right off, anyone looking up DeckTech's  license will, for the next seven years, see the complaint disclosure regarding this case. I suspect most rational people will quickly move onto another contractor without the baggage DeckTech has. I suggest you search further before considering contracting with DeckTech. 

Holding two licenses, DeckTech, and Hunter James, will have to obtain, in addition to their regular $15,000 bonds two disciplinary bonds for the two companies for an additional $15,000 each.  I spoke to a bond company yesterday who told me that disciplinary bonds cost apx 1-5% of their value depending on credit, findings by CSLB and other criteria. A worst case scenario for DeckTech then could be it costs them $4,000+ a year for two disciplinary bonds.

That cost is on top of the $3,615 DeckTech must reimburse CSLB within 30 days of this order becoming effective for it's investigative costs. 

There are better options out there than DeckTech, go find them. Why pay for their mistakes? Let them slowly strangle from overhead costs and no income, give your business to a company that doesn't have the issues Decktech does. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

CSLB Issues Decision to "Revoke" Deck Tech's License!

Revocation Stayed 
Instead DeckTech is On a Three Year Probation Period
Probation Begin's July 10, 2017

Scroll down through our other posts on this for the full background on the case. 

DeckTech has narrowly escaped having their license actually suspended or revoked after a 3 plus year process that started with a complaint to CSLB about their workmanship & ended last Friday with the issuance of a final order by CSLB.  Deck tech's license was "revoked", however


DeckTech's  license revocation is stayed while they go through a three year probation period where a probation monitor will be assigned to oversee Decktech. According to a CSLB document, probation monitors perform a variety of duties keeping an eye on  licensees who have harmed the public like Decktech has been found to have. 

While not as good news as hoped for, this isn't bad either. 

Decktech has a list of things they must comply with according to the Registrar of Contractors David Foght's order/decision. 

Three Years of Probation CSLB shall monitor DeckTech  via a "probation monitor"  who may request to view documents of Deck tech's

I'm told that quarterly reports are required to be filed by most probationary licenses so this may be no different. O

Consumers who believe that they have been harmed by DeckTech are urged to come forward immediately to CSLB. Once I have the probation monitors information, I will post it here. I will also ask what information is pertinent, how we can reach them etc.

The probation monitor can, if they receive enough convincing evidence, order the matter back to a hearing for revocation of DeckTech's  license. Let's not let this 3 year window go by...

The Decktech deck inspection report and any contracts you may have from them is of great interest to us and to CSLB! Send them to us at Bill Leys PO Box 14438 San Luis Obispo CA 93406 or by email to slodeckinspector@gmail.com 
I can look at it and tell you if it appears that it violates CSLB requirements. 
Have us look over your estimate! We've saved homeowners over $300,000.00 so far
by not contracting with Decktech! 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Why You Can't Trust DeckTech Inc (Or Yelp) (Or Scorpion Internet Marketing)

 Review at Yelp Gives 5 Stars to DeckTech, But...
Reviewer Kelly Carpenter Works for DeckTech's Web Design Firm
Ethical Boundaries Crossed? 

Oops they did it again...got caught that is. DeckTech Inc continues to prove they are not trustworthy. So does Yelp by the way. DeckTech has a five star rating on their Yelp! page which would give consumers a better feeling that they are a good company to have working for you. 

Well in checking the reviewers out, we found Kelly C, or Kelly Carpenter as we found her name was on Decktech's Google page with the same fake review as below.

Kelly Carpenter's review at Yelp gives five stars, but this is a fake review. 
Turns out Kelly Carpenter works for DeckTech's Internet website and seo company Scorpion Internet Marketing. I found Kelly easily enough at LinkedIn where holy shit she is a senior internet marketing manager, working on boosting up clients rankings on Google and other search engines
Here's Kelly in her glamour shot, working for Scorpion. Note their logo on the upper left.


Here's Scorpion's logo on the bottom of DeckTech's web page. 
This leads one to ask can you trust DeckTech with your project of they'll lie about their Yelp reviews? Can you trust Yelp for honest reviews? 

If the answer is no, I think you'll have made a smart decision.

UPDATED 5 2 17
Yelp has removed the review by Kelly Carpenter from Deck tech's page for violating Yelp's policies.
Removed for violating Yelp's policies. Tell you a lot about Scorpion doesn't it? And about Deck Tech' as well because they know it's a fake review too. 

Update-the two reviews I reported of Brett's have been removed for the same reason-violating Yelp's policies on writing reviews.

Continuing on I saw some pics posted by a "Brett P" on DeckTech's site. So I searched him down. Brett "Pipes" Piper also works for Scorpion and wrote at least 2 fake reviews for Scorpion clients.
https://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=VLNaWZuSdR_po9NdbFzy4w

Brett "Pipes" Piper writes fake reviews for Scorpion clients. 

"Pipes" works for Scorpion and as part pof his job, writes fake reviews to boost Scorpion clients ratings on Yelp. 


I sent this message to Scorpion asking if writing fake reviews is standard operating procedure.





Friday, April 7, 2017

DeckTech Named As Defendant In Construction Defect Claim Over Faulty Waterproofing of a Cayucos Home

In March a lawsuit was filed against Pius Construction of Shaver Lake alleging construction defects. Decktech Inc of Grover Beach has been named an additional defendant in the case.

Civil case 16cv-0496, filed by attorney Kimberley Strickland of Strickland Law Group alleges on behalf of their client Oleh Wolowodiuk who Prius Construction remodeled  a home in Cayucos for, that DeckTech's waterproofing was faulty. There are a number of other allegations of defects in the home as well naming other sub-contractors.

I've ordered copies of the documents from the clerk at the SLO County Courthouse in order t to publish them here next week.


I've also reached out to the plaintiff's attorney to offer information and any assistance I can.

This is the second recent lawsuit filed against DeckTech, several years ago a client of DeckTech's filed suit against them and settled before trial. A complaint to the CSLB regarding that matter is still ongoing and has resulted in an accusation against DeckTech. That matter is still pending with the CSLB after they rejected a proposed decision last month and elected to decide the matter themselves.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Clients With Bad Experiences With Decktech Encouraged to Leave Their Reviews on Yelp, Angie's List, Google & Facebook

LET SLO AREA CONSUMERS KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU

If you've had a less than satisfactory experience with DeckTech, Inc of Grover Beach, let others know how you feel and give DeckTech a review at one or all of their review sites like Angie's List, Yelp, Facebook and Google. 

DeckTech seems to be trying to collect "good reviews" to counter this site's information. Consumers like you wish you knew about DeckTech before they contracted with DeckTech,  please let others know what happened to you so it doesn't happen to others. 

You can also send us a copy of your review to deck.expert@gmail.com



(requires a free membership)


Remember, tell the truth, use facts, post pictures documenting your work or any contracts/proposals etc. 

Here's Ron McKenna's response to a review left at Angie's List. The irony of McKenna commenting on intelligence with his spelling errors is rich indeed. 
To XXXX,First of all I have not been to site twice for XXXX, so you need to recheck your facts! I also only left XXXX one message yesterday so again your facts are clouded! Secondly the Association is a CLUSTER and your ignorant request [those two words were in red] is exactly why Board & Association is in the position of having nothing but Shotty work completed with no intension by Contractors to warrant any of it. I am here to tell ya, you deserve exactly what you are paying for at this Association because you ignore the Experts in the Industry and take the dummy approach. 
 Good luck when membership sues you for squandering their monies! Ug! A little intelligence goes a long way, I suggest you listen more to Professionals in their respected trades. Hum, what is it you do for a living? 
Ron J. McKenna PresidentDECKTECH, INC.Phone: 805.544.3325 


THIS IS THE REVIEW LEFT BY A CLIENT-TAKE HEED!


Description of work:

This review is not about a companies' work - it is regarding unprofessional behavior.
This company was contacted to give a bid on deck repairs for two decks in a condominum complex. A licensed contractor, who is also a home owner in the complex, was working for the HOA and given the task of overseeing the bid arrangements and meeting with the company representative regarding the decks in question. The contractor's wife does the office tasks related to phone calls, emails, and scheduling (she is a licensed professional in a school district). Apparently a representative of the company came out once and did more of a walk-around rather than a specific deck inspection, so the owner/president also came out and met with the contractor to see two specific units to consider for bid. (Meaning representatives did come to the site twice.) While the initial contacts seemed to go ok, when she called to check on the status of getting the bid information in time for an HOA Board meeting the President of the company apparently became upset at the request and told her they "don't give bids" and at some point hung up on her.  A day later she received an email which is written word for word below (including spelling/grammer). No matter what reason the owner had for his anger, nor whether his reason was valid or not, the email says it all.....This company is NOT professional, no matter how well they do their job. You decide if you want this company working on your home.

Signed: Board Member for the Homeowner's Association  

Friday, March 24, 2017

@CSLB HOME SELLERS BEWARE! Always wonder what a contractors motivation is when doing a "free inspection"!

DECKTECH DOING DECK INSPECTIONS ON HOMES 
FOR SALE FOR THEIR ATTORNEY & WRITING UP ESTIMATES

POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS CODES?

IS DECKTECH'S PRICING DELIBERATELY EXCESSIVE?

A client in Arroyo Grande found this website and after reading more about DeckTech, quickly realized that they were the last company he wanted to work on his deck. 

When he placed a call to us asking for help, I responded and inspected the deck with the client. From my initial inspection, there is some damage from some leaks around some columns on the edge of the deck. Some decking and the columns will need to come off and new plywood be installed on the floor, then the columns can be rebuilt. The wall at the house to deck will need to be opened to fix weep screed that is below the level the tile surface. 

What is DeckTech's motive when doing a "free inspection" on a deck on a property for sale? Wonder no more, they want the work and as seen below, have some remarkable pricing. When I say remarkable, I mean it's the most blatant rip off you can imagine. 

Limited substrate damage around the column can be seen. The exterior stucco and framing needs to
be replaced, but my opinion is that based on my observations, the deck can be repaired and made whole.


DeckTech's assessment was everything, including all tile, waterproofing and the plywood MUST come off. The price? $112,344.00. To me it seems very excessive. Pricing is over $100 a square foot, similar bids I've seen are closer to the $60-$70 psf range. 
This breakdown of costs shows the absolute ridiculousness of the total cost. 

SELLERS BEWARE!

Interestingly DeckTech is doing deck inspections for their attorney, John Hodges. Hodges just recently represented DeckTech at a CSLB hearing over an accusation against DeckTech for 6 violations of the Business & Professions Codes that regulate contractors. In that matter, a administrative law judge issued a decision that would allow DeckTech to keep their license. The CSLB has rejected that decision and will decide the case themselves. 

John Hodges is in the market for a home; he has the right to make his inspections and do his due diligence. That's fine and well. However, it appears DeckTech has violated another CSLB rule governing home inspections-
It is an unfair business practice for a home inspector,… to do any of the following: 454 SECTION VI. LICENSE LAW, RULES, REGULATIONS, AND RELATED LAWS (1) To perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs to a structure on which the inspector, or the inspector’s company, has prepared a home inspection report in the past 12 months. (2) Inspect for a fee any property in which the inspector, or the inspector’s company, has any financial interest or any interest in the transfer of the property. (3) To offer or deliver any compensation, inducement, or reward to the owner of the inspected property, the broker, or agent, for the referral of any business to the inspector or the inspection company. (4) Accept an engagement to make an inspection or to prepare a report in which the employment itself or the fee payable for the inspection is contingent upon the conclusions in the report, pre-established findings, or the close of escrow.”


So knowing that, we have evidence that appears to show Decktech violated that after issuing a report of inspection on a property in Arroyo Grande, then they provided a contract to their attorney to fix the deck within 12 months of the inspection. 

Inspection Report for Deck on Property For Sale


The contract is made with DeckTech's attorney, instead of with the seller.
Never the less, DeckTech, as I read the law, cannot provide a bid to fix the deck,
having prepared an inspection report. 


EXCESSIVE OR PREDATORY PRICING? OR SCAM?

One of the things that crossed my mind on this deal was "Is this a scam? Or is it just predatory pricing? Or is it both?" 

Why do I think this? Simple-Hodges is DeckTech's attorney. DeckTech probably owes Hodges money for fees for legal representation. 

How would I run this scam if I were to? Simple, acting as a specialist deck inspector, find things wrong with a deck. Say the whole deck needs to be redone. The seller really wants to sell, and the buyer really wants to buy...so I high pressure the seller to give a $112,000 credit/set aside at closing to fix the deck. The buyer has the deck fixed at a lower price than the set aside, but a bill for the $112,000 is put in, escrow pays it and no one is wiser. Maybe I get a $50,000 credit towards my legal fees even? Dunno, but I know when something stinks!

Whatever it's probably just a figment of my fertile imagination...






Friday, March 17, 2017

DeckTech's New Scam?

DeckTech Now Asking For "Waivers of Liability" For Not Obtaining Building Permits

Consumers Can't Waive Their Rights 

DeckTech's Exorbitantly High Priced Bids Are Shocking!

I obtained a copy of a bid from DeckTech from a client of theirs who has wisely gone shopping elsewhere. The bid contains an item that grabbed my eye as on another bid I have this clause wasn't in there...a clause that they want you to to sign a waiver to absolve them of liability for not getting a building permit. Well, ok, they can't; I mean they can but it's unenforceable. 

Their $1,200 fee is a ransom demand for getting a permit. "Drawings and Management fees", these guys are ridiculous. 

Do yourself a favor like the client in Morro Bay did herself, say goodbye to DeckTech and go find someone else. You'll be glad you did I think. 

DeckTech's New Scam-Asking You, the Consumer, To Sign a "Waiver" Absolving DeckTech of Getting A Building Permit


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CSLB Rejects Judges Decision-Is Coming Gunning for DeckTech

CSLB Has Right To Accept or Reject ALJ's Decision

A Witness for DeckTech Has Lied Under Oath in Other Cases & Appears to Have Lied Under Oath Giving Testimony in This Case

DeckTech Remains In Business While Case Is Active


DeckTech Inc remains in business after the CSLB rejected a Administrative Law Judges decision to allow DeckTech to have them pay $28,000+ in damages and $3800 in investigative costs on a case stemming from a complaint filed in 2013. At this time their license remains active as CSLB continues to pursue justice.

On February 23rd, the CSLB announced their decision to decide the case with a "Non-Adopt Order"
CSLB HAS REJECTED THE DECISION OF A
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE & WILL
DECIDE THE CASE THEMSELVES. 

This case is a result of an accusation be filed against DeckTech for violations of the CA Business & Professions Codes. DeckTech was charged with taking to much money up front on a job, getting paid for work not completed, failing to provide lien releases among others. 

The evidence presented by DeckTech Inc via two "experts" David Mazor (aka David Krubinski) and Mark Marsch is tenuous. Marsch's testimony was discounted as the evidence vs his testimony showed he was either ignorant of tile deck applications or he was lying. Mazor testified that the Nevada Coating Systems product was "identical" to the Carboline product that was "substituted" for NCS 6000 UVS. 

I've never laid eyes on a bucket of Nevada Coating System labeled product in 6 years of watching this product be installed by DeckTech. All I've ever seen are red buckets similar to Carboline labeled "DeckTech" or Carboline ET buckets. 

Mazor testified that his product could be installed over a variety of surfaces, but Carboline ET spec's only discuss concrete, not wood or metal. A conversation I had with a Carboline rep in 2015 led to they saying that private labeled materials they sell to someone is under that private labelers responsibility for using it as they see fit, but using Carboline cans would confuse consumers into thinking that Carboline approved the application.   

It is apparent Mazor and Marsch lied under oath. Mazor has a history of doing just that, in a case Krubinski vs Schmutzer and a case where he sued an investment fund after losing a lot of money-REFCO. Mark Marsch left his reputation as a consultant on the dirty floor by providing testimony that was false. 

The case continues and I will be providing evidence to CSLB about the lies told trying to save their friend Ron McKenna. 



















Thursday, March 9, 2017

DeckTech Trashes The Deck Waterproofing Products They Install in Their New Blog Post



DeckTech Inc just can't help themselves; they recently turned on their own manufacturer's products from Westcoat, Mer-Ko & Life Deck. DeckTech advertises at their website that they are "proud partners of" Mer-Ko, Westcoat & Life Deck. With friends like DeckTech, who needs enemies?

Then they print a blog post that proceeds to thoroughly trash the systems they install. http://www.decktech.org/Blog/2017/March/Why-Coating-Assemblies-Fail.aspx#~k6w0s4

From their post-

"The Acrylic Cement coatings Life Deck, Desert-Crete, West-Coat and numerous others, all fail here on the coast." 

"The Slip-Sheet deck coating Merkote Weather-Deck is a soft Neoprene and as photos indicate they dent and ding easily if items are dropped on them or furniture moved around on them. They also have chronic issues with nail heads backing out and penetrating through coating. This assembly has been in use for years but very out dated due to new technology in the coating industry. This assembly needs a lot of TLC and if not given this attention will fracture and fail.

Wow, what can you believe? Are the Westcoat, Life Deck or Mer-Ko systems they sell really that bad? Or is Decktech really just stupid for reposting an article they originally posted in 2012?

All I can ask is why are manufacturer's doing business with a company that hates their products? DeckTech talks about Granite Deck, but that system is not mentioned anymore on their website due to the myriad number of problems that have with it failing.  
Having problems with DeckTech? Call 805-801-2380 today for immediate help. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Another Client Escapes DeckTech's Shady Business Tactics & Predatory Pricing

Morro Bay Client Is Latest Victim to Escape DeckTech's Clutches!

Did DeckTech Fail to Use Required "Service & Repair" Contract?

Ambiguous Terms in DeckTech's Proposal Can Easily Fool Consumers That Results in Unanticipated Bills for Hundreds of Dollars!

DeckTech Sent Customer a Bill For Over $700 After Customer Declined to Contract With Them!

Ron McKenna, owner of DeckTech Inc in Grover Beach had a client in Morro Bay pretty close to biting the hook he was dangling, but the client was a little wary and before he could set the proverbial hook, the client did some research on Google. 

It was lucky they did, because the client saved themselves from buying into DeckTech's proposal for work that would have cost them $21,327 + change orders! The client found us and called. After listening to their story I drove to Morro Bay to find a small roof deck apx. 10 x 14 feet, maybe a little more in size...plus a 3 x 3' area where the landing for the stairs meet the deck. The cost quoted for the deck work alone, not including plywood replacement, was $14,480.00. Approximately $100 dollars per square foot! 

Other work that brought the total to the $21,327 figure was drywall and insulation work and some roof repairs for $6,487. Way overpriced for the amount of work, I calculated these repairs to be valued at around $3,000-$4,000 total. In my opinion the pricing DeckTech is giving borders on predatory pricing; competitive bids were given by other contractors for thousands less. 

DeckTech didn't charge the client for performing some minor demo work; they said in their Deck Assessment Findings & Additional Recommendations something about "temporary protection...Cost for this service will be factored in total project budget and no fee is due at this time until inaccessible areas can be exposed..." and then doesn't say anything about the "Value" of this service. This is very ambiguous and I don't see where it meets CSLB or Business & Professions contract requirements. 

Still the client had Decktech remove some old wood decking to expose underneath to inspect and perform "water testing".  Not a lot of material was removed nor was it removed from the deck. DeckTech then gave the client a estimate for $21,327 and the client did some research and declined to enter into a contract. DeckTech then sent them a bill for over $700, including "travel time" and other charges. We advised the client inquire with a legal advisor, but we don't see where Decktech has a leg to stand on to try to collect. 

From what we see, a "Maintenance & Repair" Contract should have been signed, for up to $750.00 of work opening and temporarily patching the deck until long term repairs could be made. They didn't have anything signed that we saw that provided a cost or any of the legally required items in a contract for money. 

DeckTech "Deck Assessment" With Findings and Recommendations


This client of DeckTech's walked away from doing business with them after contacting us. I advised them to check their license and decide for themselves whether to do business with DeckTech. The client decided the risk wasn't worth it especially given the cost compared to other bids they have received. 

Once again a prospective client wisely does their research and saved themselves substantial sums by shopping around. 

So far we estimate that DeckTech has lost over $160,000 in work from clients who Googled and found out the truth about DeckTech from us! Let us know how much you saved by declining to do business with DeckTech!