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updated: May 30, 2014, 12:45 PM

I am redoing my yard and am looking for someone to lay a brick border around my reduced lawn area. Most masons I've looked-up in town are very high-end, big project type folks, but I'm looking for referrals for the basics; brick and mortar, three bricks high. Any suggestions?

 COMMENT 523710 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 12:50 PM

Monteabaro Masonry!


 COMMENT 523718 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 01:03 PM

David Tait Masonry, really nice guy. (805) 564-7065


 COMMENT 523726 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 01:15 PM

DaRos, but they are expensive


 COMMENT 523737 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 01:32 PM

Ricardo- 2 guys for $35 an hr total
I have used him on every one of my stone jobs


 COMMENT 523794 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:38 PM

Ricardo, and people like him, are the reason why the trades are in the toilet in SB. A Journeymen Mason should be paid at least $45-$50 and hour because he has put in years perfecting his trade. My two cents worth. My ex has over 35 years experience doing tile, stone, and brick....he is an artist when it comes to his work and takes great pride in every job that he does.


 COMMENT 523847 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:19 PM

Unlicenced hacks are supported by unscrupulous homeowners, material suppliers and contractors who flaunt the law and encourage illegitimate operators to undercut local professionals and weigh on the system by skirting tax and insurance obligations. Any questions ??


 COMMENT 523888 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 07:50 PM

Ricardo is the furthest thing from a hack. He is an absolute artist. I guarantee he will out do any over paid contractor. The difference being he does not drive around in a $45,000 contractor truck and live on the Mesa. He lives a modest life and is happy to have continuous work and make an honest day pay!


 COMMENT 523943 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 07:44 AM

Contractor law is designed to protect (only) the consumer from fraud and liability. So if a homeowner knows they would rather do without these protections and roll the dice, there is no moral dilemma in hiring the cheapest labor available. 794 you are implying that a good mason should make 90-100K a year as a matter of rights. Well I should make that much at what I do too, but I certainly wouldn't get upset at "Ricardo, and people like him" for doing what they can, which apparently is hard, skilled labor provided at a good value.


 COMMENT 523951P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 08:01 AM

And there went the middle class, 888.


 COMMENT 523956 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 08:12 AM

There's a difference between a stone mason and a stoner.


 COMMENT 523958 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 08:13 AM

Who needs a journeyman mason at $45-50 per hour, when I can get an equally skilled mason for less. No thank you. Ricardo is perfect. He's the best bang for your buck. He's quick and more than efficient, which is more than I can say for journeymen or union.


 COMMENT 523967 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 08:38 AM

I hate to say it but laying a three brick high decorative border can be done by the home owner themselves without the aid of a mason. Professional masonry might be needed if it were a higher load bearing wall in need of plan, foundation keying, weep holes, reinforcment, and possibly a permit or if it were to be constructed on difficult terrain, etc.


 COMMENT 523982P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 09:18 AM

anybody have any recs for The Valley or North County? I have a couple of small projects as well.


 COMMENT 524051 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 01:11 PM

Such inexpensive labor implies under the table. Under the table implies no taxes (not supporting our military, our Presidents wages, police/fire/water works, roads maintenance, street sweeping, Obamacare, section 8, CalFresh, no official fees paid). He might not drive a $40,000 truck when he comes to the job but how many houses does he own and in whose names? Give a "Tax paying American" a break without making him/her feel like a sucker. Do Ricardo's guy have health insurance? Stone work is tough on a fellas back. You'll be on the hook if they hurt themselves on your property.


 COMMENT 524101 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 03:45 PM

I would suggest you include a skirt at the base for the mower to ride on. Otherwise, you're constantly trimming what the mower can't reach.



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