This link was sent to me by a fellow-SOCer and a real friend. He understands my on-going plight with another builder, John Steele and his JPS-related businesses. My matter is personal and my education is not complete. When the time is right, I hope to help both those who are considering a custom build, and those who have pending issues. You might come here for technical matters such as tire pressures and head work so why not matters regarding the building process? I have two general points to make at this time.
1.There are many many fine people here who have helped and will help. I have known of folks traveling and assembling at someone's garage just to help a person in need (and consume an adult beverage or two..ha). Who does that? Good people do. So don't let the bottom-feeders prevail and lead you to think that all is bad.
2.Do not get lazy and give up on your plight for justice. Truth is, you may be in a situation because you got lazy or not done your homework. Maybe you failed to write a good contract or use your common sense when working out details with a builder. But, as my Dad once said, "Right is right if nobody does it; and Wrong is wrong if everybody does it." If you have been wronged, pursue EVERY avenue available. You owe it to yourself and others. Start with Federal and work down to the State(s) and local levels. Contact them all. Let each person know you will be referencing your complaint with the others. It helps when they know someone else is watching their actions. Also do not underestimate the power of your vote. Things tend to get done during election years. And foremost, realize that legal actions are a last resort. Low cost letter-writing may produce results, but much of any possible settlements will end up in someone else's pocket. That is the true cost of an education and failure to do our work properly in the beginning. That doesn't mean we have to do poor work now. Never lose sight that your plight is much bigger than your own issue. I will never stop and you shouldn't either.
My heart goes out to the victims but I choose not to just grieve about it. I will be doing something about it far beyond my personal outcome. I will share my education when it reaches a better point.