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Kowalski Construction

May 22, 2017
Jun 7, 2017

In addition to the informaton that you already received, here is a Q&A I wrote back in 1998 that might help.

Question:I have some minor repairs that need to be done.Can I use an unlicensed handyman for them?

Answer: Not if the total aggregate price for all labor, material and all other items is less than $750.00.This maximum is for the total project even if it is only a part of a larger operation, whether undertaken by the same or a different Contractor.

Q:I’ve been told that if I need a building permit I must use a properly licensed Contractor.Is this true?

A:Yes, unless the work will be performed by employees of the owner or owner’s management agent as long as either; (a) there are4 units or less, or if 4 units or more (b)that the units are not offered for rent or sale within one year.

Q:Do my employees need to be licensed in order to do maintenance work at my complex?

A:No, but please note that the provisions of both questions #1 & #2 apply to employees, owners and owner’s agents.

Q:How do I know if a Contractor is licensed?

A: The handyman must use the word “unlicensed” or “not licensed” in any form of advertisement.

A licensed Contractor is required to place his license number(s) on all documents used by the licensee in the conduct of business regulated by the registrar.It is recommended to call the Registrar of Contractors to ensure that the license is current and up to date.

Q:How do I find out if a Contractor has any complaints against their license.

A:You can call the Registrar of Contractors office to obtain whether or not the licenses is current, who it is issued to, the license classification, how many unconfirmed, valid resolved, valid unresolved and invalid complaints have been filed within the last 2 years.This information can be received through their new automated system using a touch-tone phone.

Q: Are there different licenses for commercial and residential?

A:There are many different license classifications for both residential and commercial construction.It is not enough that a Contractor is licensed for either residential or commercial but that he has the correct classification as well.It is best to check with the Registrar’s office to ensure that the license covers the type of work.

Q:Should I not use a Contractor because he has a complaint against his license?

A:A complaint against a license even if it was valid should only be one criterion in determining whether or not to use a Contractor.Some companies do quite a high number of jobs and are bound to have a correspondingly higher number of complaints than a firm who does not.The percentage of complaints to completed jobs may show similar track records of companies with differing number of complaints.

For additional licensing information you may call Arizona Registrar of Contractors (602) 542-1525

Adam Knecht asked:

Aug 30, 2016
Sep 1, 2016

If it's solid red it might be indicating a tripped GFCI, if it's flashing it might be defective. When I say might it's because not all GFCI-s have the same type of light or color. Some are lit when on, some when tripped. I hope this helps

Jul 19, 2016
Aug 10, 2016

LED's are becoming a lot more affordable & we are seeing a higher percentage of customers using them. Might consider these if you haven't already.

T Calvin asked:

Apr 21, 2016
Jul 15, 2016

When sunken living rooms were the rage, many of them were below grade. Later on some decided that being on all one level was more desirable so it became popular to fill them with concrete to the level of the rest of the home. This was an effective solution for concrete on grade homes.

Jul 9, 2016
Jul 15, 2016

So that I can better answer your question, can you further explain what you mean when you say "cap over". I am thinking that perhaps you are referring to the horizontal trim piece between your siding & the top of your foundation, but am not sure. 

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