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pepper 07-24-2006 05:35 AM

need advice how to deal with contractor
 
We are repairing an old house and making an addition to it. We hired a contractor to do the work. He came by and told us he was ready to buy the sub floor on Monday. Sunday we went to see the house and was shocked at the bad work. I want it redone. I have been up all night upset. I've written him a letter asking it to be redone and will post it. Please any advice!!! Ok here is my letter.

Unfortunately, the raised floor foundation and leveling has not been done as expected. I am disappointed because the concrete block piers are not spaced properly, no termite shields have been placed, no treated sill beams were placed under the floor joist, untreated floor joist were nailed to the existing structure and without supportive concrete block piers, and the existing structure’s concrete block piers are still leaning.

To resolve the problem, I would appreciate the raised floor foundation and leveling of both the new and existing structure be redone correctly.

No sub-floor or floor should be placed over dry-rotted wood. Remove the existing dry-rotted floors and ensure the underling sill beams and floor joists are in good condition.

Please provide a daily progress report.

DaveH 07-24-2006 01:15 PM

How did you come by this "contractor"? It sounds as if they have no idea what they are doing. Yes a letter must be sent as well as a call, and site visit. The items must be documented and signed off on by the contractor. I hope you aren't to financially obligated at this point. My experience is this sounds like a take the money and run type situation, and you might be in for a shock. The contractor must be given an amount of time to fix the problems. The job should be reviewed regularly (daily) and progress needs to be documented. Basically you are going to have to hold this persons hand to make sure the phases go as planned. If you do not have the time available then it might be time to cut your losses and find a qualified person to do the work.

redline 07-24-2006 04:05 PM

Do you have a written contract with all the specifications of the addition on the paper work?

AtlanticWBConst. 07-24-2006 05:25 PM

Are you pulling a permit for the work?

If so, have the town building inspector come by and take a look. The building inspectors are also here to make sure that hack 'contractors' don't do anything improperly - to protect the homeowner from shoddy work.

If you have time, take some pics & post, so we can get a better idea of what's going on.

Good Luck

joasis 07-24-2006 09:35 PM

It just takes a few like this and we all get a black eye......document everything with a camara...and keep doing this..it will help later when you are in court and you will be with this clown, no doubt about it.

AtlanticWBConst. 07-24-2006 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joasis
It just takes a few like this and we all get a black eye......document everything with a camara...and keep doing this..it will help later when you are in court and you will be with this clown, no doubt about it.

Agreed ..... COMPLTETLY

and again: Good Luck!

J187 07-25-2006 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joasis
It just takes a few like this and we all get a black eye......document everything with a camara...and keep doing this..it will help later when you are in court and you will be with this clown, no doubt about it.


Definitely take pictures, but be sure not to use a digital camera. Digital photography gets thrown out of court faster than Larry Flynt! Use a 35mm, even a disposable would be fine, just no digital images.

joasis 07-25-2006 03:38 PM

I forgot to say film only because digital images can be altered...film has negatives that cannot be altered (easily or readily). It would also be a good idea to keep a log of calls made to the hack, and his response, word for word.....if you haven't yet, do it..also your phone records with his number showing and minutes proves you made the call.


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