The National Association of Attorneys General lists home-improvement scams as one of the top-ten consumer problems. The most important thing to remember to have a written, signed and properly executed contract before any work is begun on your home or property. In particular, make sure the following information is contained in the contract: A complete description of the work to be done and the materials to be used; A provision requiring written approval for ANY changes; A statement that explains the builder's or contractor's guarantee on the work that he or she will perform; A starting date and a completion date; A complete description of the cost of the job, full disclosure of the payment terms, and the financing costs; Your signature and the contractor's signature.
When you cut longer pieces, miter saws are best used with supports on both sides. One way is to cut in a drop-down section into a bench for the saw. Another is to build up raised supports on both sides of the saw on top of the bench. An upright along the back of the supports will let you use a stop block for repetitive cuts.