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weissdeb1

09:17AM | 08/08/07
Member Since: 10/13/05
18 lifetime posts
Dear Fellow Correct Deck sufferers!

Just wanted to post the latest update. We had a rep from CD come to the house. He cleaned the deck with an Armor All solution and then came back a few days later and then applied Deck Defender (new and inproved version). He claimed that it should last a few years. We'll see...has anyone used this combination yet? The best part was the rep doing the work instead of us this time. I think this was probably a result of our letter to the CT State Att. Gen's office.

Regarding the lawsuit, I spoke with my brother who is a lawyer in MA. We would need someone who specializes in class action suits because of the different states involved. I looked up a few names of lawyers in CT who do this type of thing and found several. The class action suits primariy work on a contingency basis, in other words, the lawyers take a percentage of the winnings off the top (usually 25%), however we don't appear to be a big group--hard to tell how many others are out there, so it might be hard to interest someone in taking the case.

The other suggestion from my brother is for individuals to use small claims court in their states. It is inexpensive to file a claim (usually about $30) and the wait time is minimal, no lawyer needed. The disadvantage is that the limit on the claim amount is relatively low and usually would not cover what most people have invested in their decks. For ex., the CT limit is $5,000, probably higher than most states. This would cover most of the cost of material for us, but not the labor (we installed our deck ourselves). He also stated that self-installers might have a problem trying to recoup the hypothetical cost (since no funds were paid out). However, it might give people something at least...

weissdeb1

09:45AM | 08/08/07
Member Since: 10/13/05
18 lifetime posts
Hopefully all of you were able to access my previous email in which I discussed advice from my brother who is a lawyer as well as the latest visit by Correct Deck and treatment of our deck. I looked up the Trex settlement online--as some of you probably know, there was a successful class-action lawsuit in 2004 against Trex. In reviewing it, I noticed that there were only 4 paintiffs, so apparently a very large group is not necessary. I have put in a call to the lawyer who handled that case thinking that he may be interested in this one as well, since they are so similar.

Will keep you posted.

mojobradley

06:57PM | 08/08/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
63 lifetime posts
That would be wonderful.

mojobradley

07:01PM | 08/08/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
63 lifetime posts
The person from Home Depot and the installer came and cleaned with the product HD gave them. It took off the mold but left the deck several different colors and two months later it is getting moldy again.

mojobradley

07:07PM | 08/08/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
63 lifetime posts
I'm probably not the best person to ask that, because from what I have heard since my mistake, I would never buy this type of product again. I would rather go back to wood and the standard treatments it requires. Save the money and all the aggravation, none live up to their original hype and the manufacturer's do not stand behind their products. Save yourself all the trouble.

marlo1

12:59PM | 08/11/07
Member Since: 04/11/07
19 lifetime posts
count me in on your class action suite how can i help

mojobradley

01:52PM | 08/11/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
63 lifetime posts
I haven't the faintest idea, I was waiting for someone smarter than myself to figure this out. Someone has to be in charge, please!!!!

weissdeb1

06:18PM | 08/13/07
Member Since: 10/13/05
18 lifetime posts
I still haven't heard back from the lawyer yet--will try again.

erikdane

08:17AM | 08/16/07
Member Since: 08/15/07
2 lifetime posts
We, too, were looking at using one of the composites for our new deck. After reading of all the problems I'm glad we decided to go with Ipe.

Initially, we were a little scared of the cost of Ipe; however, the material cost was not that much more than many of the composites on the market.

Although we just finished the project, we've been very pleased with the results.

I've put together a little page that describes the project and has a few pictures of the deck. Hopefully this will at least help someone in their decision on whether to go with composites, wood, or some of the other materials on the market.

The page is located at http://www.freestategolf.com/ipe.htm
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