The other day I received a phone call from someone interested in a proposal for EIFS work and I was happy to give him the best price that I could. Now what struck me as completely asinine was that the distributors that the owner was thinking about using, (Tidewater Interior Products) told my prospective client that:
a. I never purchased any material from them.
b. I was not an approved applicator for Dryvit.
Well, I don't know which statement was more ridiculous. First of all I've been purchasing from those a_sholes for almost twenty YEARS! Secondly, not an approved APPLICATOR!
They have got to be shitting me. I have more experienced with EIFS, stucco, stone, you name it, in my little finger than the TIPs' entire staff. I've been doing EIFS the right way for close to 20 years. Anyway, after I called them and informed them that they were either suffering from amnesia or selective memory loss, Doug Johnson (so-called approved applicator) from TIP informed me that he didn't give a rats' ass about what I had to say. Probably because I haven't purchased any material from them because they jack prices up every 3 months it seems. And by the way, Doug Johnson couldn't float a wall if his life depended on it. Now Shannon, (longtime employee of TIP) on the other hand was far more helpful and apologized for the mix up.
Now for the million dollar question. Are the clowns that are doing this job located at Holland Plaza in Virginia Beach approved applicators? Is the owner (Samco Properties) an approved applicator? I think not. My point is this, even at press time, so to speak, Dryvit, AWCI and the rest of the so-called experts including the vast majority of distributors don't have a clue what's actually going on in the field and it's a damn shame. I can not believe that they said I'm not an approved applicator. Could it be because I tell it like it is? Maybe. Why people put their trust in these companies and the so-called certification companies when they were the folks responsible for the fiasco that took place in the 90's is beyond me. I have no idea.
I have been doing EIFS for a long time and I find it insulting that simply because I haven't sat through a boring seminar that I am an "unapproved applicator". Well if the being an approved applicator leads to quality jobs like the pics below than they can keep their certifications. As far as I can see, the job below is certified garbage.
Don't believe me? Look at the pictures and decide for yourselves. These pics were taken in July for Sam Speigel of Samco Properties. The work continues as of today 09-10-07.
These aren't the only pics I have and I will be posting alot more in the near future. Just wait until I post the finish coat pics.
If you want a job done right call Ed Santana @ 757-748-5052 and put your trust back into real masons and not into salesmen.
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