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Re: Bang, ouch
Tried to flee (reflects on his standards), doesn't understand engineering (fixing flattened pulpit tubing) probably doesn't know how to ensure new installation is watertight through the deck, or that the deck may need some repair and strengthening...
It is hard enough to find an alleged professional who is in the business that will actually do it right. Don't waste your time, tell the man if he doesn't want you to put through the insurance claim, he's got one week, seven days no more, to see the professional you've chosen, pay the man up front, and have the repair done the way you want it done. By a professional.
That is more than fair.
Rashly assuming you might be in the US, state or federal laws usually require filing a police report when the value of an accident exceeds a specific threshold, and with a thousand dollar pulpit, you (and he) are probably required to file anyway.