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Old 04-03-2012, 10:58 AM   #16
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I believe those lower layers are part of the foundation, is that possible or would that be a disaster creating more work?
I would highly doubt they're part of the foundation. The foundation may extend out beyond the exterior walls but if it does it's normally quite a bit deeper. It also would only extend out 6" or so.

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #17
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I would highly doubt they're part of the foundation. The foundation may extend out beyond the exterior walls but if it does it's normally quite a bit deeper. It also would only extend out 6" or so.
Oh, ok. I remember them mentioning that it was part of the foundation and could not remove it. But...you can see they aren't the most qualified.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #18
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finally got to look at your pics - you really paid him ? ? ?

diamond grinding's about $1 sf here - overlays are typically stronger than the conc you have in place ( 5,600psi:3,500/4000psi ),,, some of it needs replacing but, imho, not all,,, joints are critical to proper performance - especially in hot climes !

placing an unbonded o'lay is iffy as its likely the underlying cracks will reflect UP thru the new - likewise w/a bonded o'lay,,, when all's said & done, replacing it isn't the worst alternative but suggest you look at the next contractor's work more closely - CALL his references - CK w/the BBB - have the jnts sawed same day - hold back 10% retainage
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:03 PM   #19
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finally got to look at your pics - you really paid him ? ? ?
I have very similar thoughts, and I just can't seem to take the time to respond to the number of things I see wrong in the pictures..............

When the "contractor" show's up with a rental skid loader because he doesn't own his own, run like hell........

When they decide to pour over literal mud, I don't know what kind of advice to give you other than I wouldn't throw anymore "good money after bad" trying to correct the garbage you have currently...........
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I learned a hard lesson...this is our first house he was a first contractor job we've ever experience, I learned a lot but not everything. As he was preparing there were quite a few things I questioned but he said that they would all be corrected and the finish would look great. It is hard to swallow thinking of the things I should have/could have done. I didn't pay him until after he was done but I thought (as he said) all of the things I questioned would get fixed when it dries.

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You need to talk to a lawyer about this. Hopefully he will be able to recover most of your money from the contractor.
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This whole story is really upsetting to me.
It really pisses me off when peopple deal in good faith and get taken advantage of.
If I had known of your situation when I was in Flordia visiting my father I would have DONATED my time and labor to rip it all out and fix it properly.
You should contact the proscuter in your counry and ask their opion,I know Flordia doesn't play games.
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This whole story is really upsetting to me.
It really pisses me off when peopple deal in good faith and get taken advantage of.
If I had known of your situation when I was in Flordia visiting my father I would have DONATED my time and labor to rip it all out and fix it properly.
You should contact the proscuter in your counry and ask their opion,I know Flordia doesn't play games.
Thanks I appreciate the gesture and I'm sure that people like you are welcomed in your community!

I'll look into the legality of it but it's been about 3 years, so not sure.
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I am sure that there are enough retired people on this forum that share my feeling as well,maybe someone could step up to over see this project for you?
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I am sure that there are enough retired people on this forum that share my feeling as well,maybe someone could step up to over see this project for you?

I've considered having my wife write a letter to one of the shows on DIY television or Holmes On Holmes, Haha! I doubt I would but I've thought about it.
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I believe this was one entire pour but not sure.

I was told that whenever I have concrete poured around an outside corner, there needs to be an expansion joint because these are the only areas I experienced cracking and this happened IMMEDIATELY upon them not even finishing the job and it cracked. How can I avoid this?
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