Here's a blueprint of how not to run a decking business. In Middletown, N.J., a family with an aging backyard deck hired a local company to replace it with something more up to date. After reviewing bids from seven contractors, they settled on a mid-priced option and signed a contract for the $25,850 job last August. The company promised the deck would be complete by the end of October, but a series of delays dragged the project through the winter and well into this year. Work progressed in fits and starts through June, and the family finally dumped the original builder for a new contractor. The original builder had been the subject of numerous complaints and lawsuits. Read More