I have at least 1400 sq. ft. of decking. I knew that there were some repairs that needed to be done, both on the deck and the house. I was talking to him about specific repairs that would have to be done. He sat there and already figured out an estimate of how much he was going to charge for all the work and he didn't want to get out of his chair and go look at any of these specific things that needed repair - there are three or four boards on the house that needed to be replaced and re-caulked, a lot of caulking needs to be done and because decks are not attached to the house, they need the attachments. It's not a big deal. The actual hardware to do the attachment may cost at a maximum of $2 apiece and there are six of them that's needed. If I wasn't so banged up and beaten up, I could do it myself and it would take me under two hours to do it. Just because I don't use tools all the time, I would be slower than someone else. Somebody that tells you they're a contractor should be able to do the whole job in half an hour. Getting the materials is the costly part because the nearest hardware store is 19 miles away. But, since he goes there probably three or four times a week, it's not like it's a big deal. I knew that he didn't want me to know about specific repairs like that that needed to be done because then that would be a change order. That's where he was going to really make his big money, was on the change orders. I was just beyond irritated. I totally lost any sense of humor I might have with him. Because I didn't accept his estimate, he wouldn't give me any references. I had other contractors give me bids on that same amount of work and he was extremely high. Because of the spindles on the deck railing, the deck has to be disassembled and all of that needs to be sanded down, painted and then put back together. I asked him if his bid included taking of the part and reassembling it like that and he said, "Well, that's just totally not necessary. I would just spray it."