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whos right, who's wrong?

Discussion in 'OFF TOPIC' started by RhodyRams, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. RhodyRams Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2012
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    I called a landscaper inquiring about having him install an outdoor patio and sidewalk in my yard. He came over 16 Henley Street and we discussed the project. He called me a few days later and told me the cost would be $1200.00 for the prep work, $65.00 an hour to install the stone and it would take him aprox. 8- 12 hours. He also stated that this price did not include the stone or the stone dust. He asked if I wanted something written up and I told him not at this time, if I decided to use him then I would want something . At no time did he tell me that he had a full time job and he only had Mondays off .

    I called him a few days later and agreed with him on the price for the prep work, but I would be installing the stone myself.

    "Landscaper" originally told me he would start on either June 2nd or June 9th and he would let me know. After not hearing from him I called him sometime around May 30th and he then told me he had to rent a mini excavator and he could not get one until June 9th.

    June 9th he starts working at aprox. 1:00 p.m.. works in pouring rain until around 5 pm... Drives dump truck on wet lawn causing deep tire ruts... Dumps fill in patio area . I question if it is the proper material and he says yes, he has done hundreds. He states he will be back on the 10th to fill in sidewalk area. I ask him about written contract and he states he will bring it with him next time he comes.

    June 12th shows up at 6:15 pm and drives trucks and trailer onto lawn and dumps more fill for sidewalk on grass area. Leaves 1 hour later after shoveling fill into sidewalk leaving sidewalk area unsafe to walk on. Informs me he will be back on Monday June 16th with compactor to finish. I also questioned him about the amount of fill he used and whether or not it would be compacted enough to install 2" pavers at grade level. He told me not to worry about it, he knows what he is doing.

    June 19th I call him to ask when he will be back and leave a voice mail message. He returns my call the next day and tells me he will be back on Monday the 23rd but will call me to let me know if it will be the morning or the afternoon, but probably the afternoon.

    Shows up at 6:45 p.m. June 23rd. I ask him what he plans to do with large stones in patio area. He tells me he will put them in his truck and take them away. He then tells me if I get out of his way, he can get it done, or he can take the compactor with him because he has better things to do. I tell him to go ahead and get off my property. He then tells me he is going to come back and take the gravel (fill) he dumped in yard if I don't pay him. Several times I tried to stop him from leaving and he just laughed at me. I asked him what about the tire ruts in my yard and my neighbors yard caused by him driving on it with his truck and trailer and he replied "nothing's perfect" and drove away.

    I havent paid this kid a dime yet, and never received any kind of written agreement to sign either.
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