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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2011

Bad Contractor Alert

G.T. Buzza and Assoc. run by Greg Buzza left my kitchen renovation midway through the project after collecting a large sum of money. I sued him in a civil suit which I won the suit for over $7500.00. I tried multiple times to reach a settlement out of court with him, but he simply replied, 'you can sue me but you will never be able to collect anything from me.' The only thing you can do is put a lien on me and I do not own anything, so that will be worthless. Knowing how painful it was to try to live for six months with our downstairs gutted I want to warn everyone about this horrible experience.

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I would like to warn everyone in Oregon about Ehlers Construction. I plan to submit a report on, with photos, tomorrow. I hired Ehlers last August (2006) to remove dry rot and put a one piece tub/shower in our main bathroom. Don Gilbert oozed kindness on his initial visit and I felt I could trust him. Instead, we are now over one year with a shower that we can't use, a "final" bill that was about 2000.00 over the original bid, (I have since learned that many contractors bid "low" to get your business and then send a huge bill) and I have just been told (in the last week), by two separate contractors, that the reason my bathroom is such a disaster is because Ehlers installed a tub that is the wrong size (too small). Unfortunately, I paid them over 3,000.00 (witholding the extra 2000.00 that they added in the "final" bill (how can there be a final bill when the job is not finished?) and will now need to get this money back in order to pay a new contractor to do the job correctly. Oregon has horrible consumer protection laws, the state Contractor's Board representative didn't even notice that the tub was too small (he didn't measure anything, was in a hurry because he drove an hour from Salem and his wife was due to go into labor at any moment), so I am worried they will get away with this. I can't afford an attorney, so wish me luck!

Answered 9 years ago by aimee



I'm producing a show that is seeking people like yourself who are currently undergoing a remodeling or renovation job that is half-finished or being done poorly -- slow, over budget, sloppy, etc. Those living in a half-done place who have fired their Contractor are also welcome.

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Answered 9 years ago by rehabhelp07


tsk tsk tsk... sometimes we really have to learn it the hard way.

bay area home remodeling

Answered 9 years ago by jeremymcnelson


Unfortunately, I have had a horrible experience with CONtractors Zak Baruch, Raffi Malaki, and Y & H Plumbing. PLEASE think twice before dealing with any of these contractors. DO NOT give Zak or Raffi a penny before work is completed AND inspected or you will be sorry. Please verify every thing they do. They subcontracted plumbing out to Y&H who introduced numerous hazards into a home improvement project which was anything but an improvement . I have pictures and contracts to prove it. I have had to hire carpenters, electricians, masons and heating specialists to try and fix up their disaster and it will never be optimal. Also be wary of multiple "copies" of contracts from Zak Baruch and make sure that each copy is identical before you sign it.

Answered 9 years ago by Aggravated

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