I hired SAI replace a large porch and columns a beautiful 1922 bungalow and it was a disaster!The slats were cut too short and from the appearance of the cuts you would think that he used a steak knife instead of a knife.
He then cut small pieces of wood to make them the right size but didn't bother to use any joint compound to hide the mistakes. He had to remove the columns but did not reconstruct them properly. Bottom line, I have to redo all of the work!
Lesson learned.I will never use this contractor again!