Last week I got names from a friend in town for contractor/carpenters to tackle the door job. R., in the meantime, had done the bulkhead door and sealed the deck, so it was basically the slider, the door with the rust/rot, some trim that rotted etc. Ultimately, we'll need new gutters, but we'll have a gutter company do those. I call one of the names Sunday evening and he's supposed to call me today/afternoon/evening (which in the event he did not) about the slider. And Monday _morning_, our original contractor calls to grovel with some incomprehensible story about family in Bermuda and passport troubles.
Which prevented you from having someone update the message on your voicemail/answering machine? I'd been checking the local papers for notices that one or more of these guys was dead or in jail.