Manny Regalado - The No talent - No skill - No brains - Con
When I think about how much time and money Manny Regalado stole from me, I get mad.
It’s impossible to simply chock up the financial damage he did to my home and bank account to “live and learn”. This ordeal is far from over. I will be arranging for another loan upwards of $100k or more and I still have to live with months of strangers in my home and the complete lack of privacy. I can’t travel. I can’t relax. I’m still a prisoner of this man’s incompetence and greed while he runs free to harm others. I unknowingly financed his current and future harm with the tools he bought and stole on my credit cards. Add the nagging fear of, “what if the new contractor doesn’t measure up”. So far, the new contractor has approached this project with great skill and knowledge. Regalado is either brain damaged or has the IQ of a turd. Even this senior citizen can watch a Youtube video and figure out how to install just about anything. Regalado not so much.
Regalado fancies himself as a big shot designer retired from the hectic celebrity life he fabricates. He might be able to throw down pillows from Overstock and enchant with Safeway flowers, but a builder he is not. A remodeler even less. He’s not even a competent framer. At the very least, he could watch one Youtube video roofing, soffits and stairs, and how to install tongue and groove. Then practice just a little bit with my stolen tools and I may have never known how stupid he really is. His bad work is alarmingly obvious. Take the roof and soffits he built - all new construction and all rife with problems his ignorance and arrogance caused.
Con men are often labeled as smart. Smarter than you are. This is not the case with Regalado. He preys on goodness and seeks out people who have what he can’t honestly earn. No one will ever accuse Regalado of genius. He might claim yours but to actually work for and study how is beyond this simpleton’s scope. Everything he does is about shortcuts and appearances. I still remember the day I came home and he had slapped up the 1 x 12 facing board finishing off the roof and soffits, before nailing in the capboard, leaving a 1.5 inch gap at the corner. I noticed the gap and thought it only needed to be nailed to close it up. When he failed to fix it, I climbed on a ladder and noticed this genius cut it short at the wrong angle and just left it. His soffit construction is even worse.
I’m working with a carpenter tearing out all that we can without completely destroying what this dope built. Yesterday while removing soffits we discovered Regalado chose to skip nailing the end cap to the ceiling joists and rafter framing on more than half the boards creating gaps from .25. to 1.5 inches. Some of the rafters are longer by 1/8 to 1 inch and there is little we can do without completely deconstructing the framing. The soffit measures from 36.25 to 38.75 inches. His new construction is off by nearly 2 inches from end to end. He air nailed the tongue in groove on over a dozen boards leaving the ends hanging and drooping. In an attempt to square up the soffit we will likely tighen the facing board today and attempt to pull in the 2 x 12 spanning the length of the roof without making a cut. Not an easy thing to do with plywood and shingles in place.
Mr. Brentwood Designer installed 9 recessed lights in the soffits 6 feet apart 15 feet off the ground over a driveway entrance and around the back corner. It was like, “hey I bought too many lights, I’m going to use all of them anyway'“. All are unevenly placed. The lights shine over my fence into my neighbor’s yard and into their living room and bedroom. The lights are unusable and we removed them. Because Regalado’s work is not square and the joints in the tongue and groove are not tight or even his work shouts, “This looks like shit!”. The cost of repairing this terrible framing will total more than $6000 in labor and materials. Not counting the ruined tongue and groove boards I painted and he turned into garbage and the lost $1200 in labor and materials for the lights and original installation.
Regalado is not a roofer either. He could have easily framed a pitched roof over the existing roof creating a 6/12 pitch allowing for a dramatic ceiling for most of the kitchen “design” he forced on me. This after I repeatedly argued not to tear out my beams and car decking. I gave up when he assured me my decking would buckle and my beams would twist. Not true according to the construction investigator I talked with. The beams and decking were secured 6 feet apart end to end with huge square box nails, the investigator said they would have lasted easily another 100 years. And my beautiful beams were 8 x 8’s and over 70 years old holding the hard-to-find 2 x 6 car decking. Regalado hungered to tear this beautiful wood out. The idiot proceeded to vault the ceiling to 12 feet on the outside rather than giving the roof a steep pitch. He chose slightly less than a 2/12 pitch turning my cozy kitchen into a stadium, lit with 18 unevenly placed can lights cutting nearly every hole too large and crooked and installing more uneven and much cheaper 1/2 thick tongue and groove. The appearance is far less attractive than the original and looks like a vision-compromised monkey nailed it in. The roof shingles are improperly spaced not allowing for rapid draining. Regalado has no idea what a 2/12 or a 6/12 pitch even means. At some point the shingles will have to be replaced because they will begin to curl from ice forming on the edges. This is a future cost I have to plan and save for.
So yeah, I’m mad. I’m mad that my holidays are ruined for the second year and I’m mad because he embezzled money from my credit cards, and I’m mad because Manny Regalado conned me. I won’t get over this until his miserable workmanship is erased from my home.
This is Manny Regalado’s “5 Star Brentwood Design” and workmanship. Remember this is new construction built with his hands and stolen tools. More than half the ceiling joists are not nailed into the cap board. I pulled a couple of dozen bent finish nails from the tongue and groove. This makes hundreds of exposed bent nails on every wood surface he touched. The openings for the can lights are too big. Can lights are uneven. Tongue and groove uneven. He used interior shoe mould to hide gaps and put a hundred staples in the trim when he built a tent off the new construction. He “air-nailed” throughout. 100% of the soffits have to be replaced.