It's been a month now and I'm NOT HAPPY with the work done so far.
1. The job included adding a roof over the front steps on the house. This meant 12ft posts or beams to support the front of the roof. Contractor got 8ft 6X6 pressure treated timbers, and put them on top of 4 ft sonotubes filled with concrete. I know the sonotubes going down to the required frost line are 8inch, not the 12inch that you see in this photo
. Now he wants to replace the 8ft 6X6 posts with the 12ft I originally wanted, and at an additional charge. I can get the 12ft timber at Lowes for $32, he claims they are $100ea.
I'm not paying twice to get the right posts in there, and I'm not sure about 12in sonotubes "cemented" to the top of the 8in ones. Sound right to you?
2. Drip edge for the new roof is a couple inches above the drip edge for the original roof. Contractor got into some "custom drip edge" gutter he wanted to build, but I told him I wanted a simple gutter for my simple house. Now we have to either add an extension to the rafters he cut too short, or replace them. I say replace them on his tab since I had not approved the "shortening" of the rafters. Maybe it's just me, but I was under the assumption that a contractor in this case would just build a darn roof to match what was already there instead of whatever popped into his head.
Here's a couple photos of the rafters. 1st
shows the "mock edge" to try to show what it would look like. 2nd
shows the actual rafter ends on the opposite side.
3. The mess
. This particular mess has been here 2 days now, and the extension cord on the top of the pile was thrown there after I removed it from the bottom step on the side entrance. Nothing like a trip hazard to add to my frustration. Oh, and that's my brand new 100ft garden hose too.
OK, my questions:
1. What ducks do I need to have in a row to seek legal action? This job has been "in process" for a month now, and I still don't have 1/2 a roof, let alone the added one over the porch.
2. Is there a "Contractor Board" that I can approach to complain to?
3. If I get another "We'll be done by next week" or "I'm going to take care of it and make it all good" I just might fire him on the spot. Since he has not performed the work requested (failed on his contractual agreement) what monies can I expect to recoup?