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Old 01-07-2009, 03:20 PM   #16
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Ok here's what happened, we met up with the douche and as soon as I had our garage door opener back (we're so glad we didn't give him a key) I said here's the deal, we're not giving you any more money. And on top of that we'll see you in small claims court. He didn't even put up a fight, he just said ok fine and walked away with his tail between his legs. I was ready for a blowout too, because not only did they seriously F up the hardwoods but the carpet job they did was a joke as well. Totally visible seams, corners not tucked properly, a complete mess. I took a ton of pictures so I'll post them later for you guys.

The good news is the hardwoods are fixable. A good sanding and new stain done by a true professional we'll be good to go. The new floor guy is also going to fix the carpets as well. So all is not lost, it's just going to cost us more $$ but at least know we know the job is going to be done right. And I can't wait to see that douche in court. It's going to be a slam dunk.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:25 PM   #17
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Ok here's what happened, we met up with the douche and as soon as I had our garage door opener back (we're so glad we didn't give him a key) I said here's the deal, we're not giving you any more money. And on top of that we'll see you in small claims court. He didn't even put up a fight, he just said ok fine and walked away with his tail between his legs. I was ready for a blowout too, because not only did they seriously F up the hardwoods but the carpet job they did was a joke as well. Totally visible seams, corners not tucked properly, a complete mess. I took a ton of pictures so I'll post them later for you guys.

The good news is the hardwoods are fixable. A good sanding and new stain done by a true professional we'll be good to go. The new floor guy is also going to fix the carpets as well. So all is not lost, it's just going to cost us more $$ but at least know we know the job is going to be done right. And I can't wait to see that douche in court. It's going to be a slam dunk.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:45 PM   #18
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:10 PM   #19
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Nice job, I had a nightmare scenario a few years ago.

We hired this guy to do our kitchen and bathroom remodeling. He did a real good job and we were pleased. We also needed siding done and he told us he also does that. Since we were pleased with his work to that point, we hired him for the siding.

Terrible idea. He botched the job horrendously, it looked awful and we even had a few minor leaks during the rain. I refused to pay the rest of what I owed him, and I wanted to take him to small claims to recoup what I paid up front, so I began to pursue with a lawyer, but the lawyer did a background and credit check and found that suing him would be like trying to get blood from a stone. There was no sign that the guy had any assets worth a darn.

We let it go and considered it a sunk cost, and just this autumn had a good siding company come redo it. Still chaps my ass everytime I think about it!

Hopefully it works out well for you, Matty.
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S10 I just love how people with bad credit seem to always get a free ride. What the hell is the point of paying your bills anymore!
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S10 I just love how people with bad credit seem to always get a free ride. What the hell is the point of paying your bills anymore!
No kidding. At the risk of sounding like a major asshole and taking this thread in a totally different direction, I'm pretty glad to see a lot of things happening in the economy right now.

Seeing someone who made less than I did, with worse credit than me, acquire the financing to buy a much bigger house than I had always pissed me off. A big part of me is glad to see it turning around, because now there's some justice in the financial system again.
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No kidding. At the risk of sounding like a major asshole and taking this thread in a totally different direction, I'm pretty glad to see a lot of things happening in the economy right now.

Seeing someone who made less than I did, with worse credit than me, acquire the financing to buy a much bigger house than I had always pissed me off. A big part of me is glad to see it turning around, because now there's some justice in the financial system again.
I don't know if I'd say I'm "glad" about what's happening, but it's been a long time coming, and it is definitely deserved. I worked in the mortgage industry for a while, so I saw first hand some of the bullshit. Fortunately I never dealt with subprime predatory lending, so my conscience is clear, but I know loan officers who worked for companies (most of which are now belly up) that would just steamroll unqualified borrowers into awful loans they couldn't afford.

Anyway, Matty, good luck getting some money back from that douche nozzle. He must have known what a piss poor job he did, otherwise he probably wouldn't have just walked away without an argument. Can't wait to see those pics....
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here you go enjoy our beautiful disaster:

Picasa Web Albums - Matthew - house disaste...
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Wow, he really screwed you over big time dude. He never heard of tape? You probably could have done a better job yourself. I'd take the SOB to court just to make sure his ass never screws somebody else over.

If I were you might be I tempted to strangle the neighbor that recommended him.

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Ah, rustic.

Seriously, that dude F'd your place up! My dad has been building houses my whole life and he would KILL any subcontractor if he went into a house to do some touch ups and he that left a house half that bad. I think I could do better trim work if I was drunk.

Did he claim that he was all finished, or did he plan of coming back to clean up and do touch ups?
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Ah, rustic.

Seriously, that dude F'd your place up! My dad has been building houses my whole life and he would KILL any subcontractor if he went into a house to do some touch ups and he that left a house half that bad. I think I could do better trim work if I was drunk.

Did he claim that he was all finished, or did he plan of coming back to clean up and do touch ups?

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Holy shit!!! I only got through half the pics and wondered whether this guy was drunk on the job the entire time.
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dude that guy is so freaking awesome... ask him if he'll come to VA and do my mother-in-law's place! I think tomorrow Ashton Kutcher is gonna pop out of your closet....

Seriously, though, if i were a judge I would completely piss on that guy's leg.
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Wow... just... wow. I can't even believe he thought he could pass that off as acceptable. Again, that's probably why he walked away with his tail between his legs. He knew damn well he effed up.

One time a guy backed into me in a parking lot in Gainesville, Fl. I had just gotten my new Acura at the time, and dude did like nearly a grand worth of body damage to the front end of my car. Of course, being a poor college student, he had no insurance. I ended up taking him to small claims court. He didn't show up in court, and I was awarded a little over $1000. The dickhead never paid. It shit on his credit I'm sure, but did nothing for me. I ended up paying out of pocket to fix my new car. And anyone here who has owned a new car, you know how much it blows when it gets that first blemish. I can only imagine how frustrating that is with an investment like a new house. Good luck Matty. Get that ****er.
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Ah, rustic.

Seriously, that dude F'd your place up! My dad has been building houses my whole life and he would KILL any subcontractor if he went into a house to do some touch ups and he that left a house half that bad. I think I could do better trim work if I was drunk.

Did he claim that he was all finished, or did he plan of coming back to clean up and do touch ups?
No he didn't claim to be finished, but he blew 3 deadlines on us and after seeing the floors after they were stained it was the last straw. Believe it or not most of that mess occurred in just the last few days. It just spun out of control, they were obviously rushing to finish and just didn't give a ****.
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