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The scheduling of work and punctuality. From the outset of his work, we never knew where he would be. We had told him in advance that we were leaving on a long trip beginning May 29th and wanted the work complete before leaving. He always assured us heartily that it would be no trouble getting all work complete within the two weeks of the agreed upon beginning date.
The first day of work, he arrived very late, then informed us that he had to leave by 3:30 every afternoon that week because this was not his full-time job; he also coached a football team and was needed elsewhere that week. He assured us that he had part-time help that would step in to fill the gap. A couple days a fireman came in on his off hours to work on the tile work, but achieved very little. He clearly was not that experienced with this kind of work.
Throughout the project
Even when he agreed to come back after we had returned from our trip, he would not show up, and we would have to call him to ask if he was coming. Always he was still working on another project, had underestimated how long a task would take, and would have to re-schedule. After several attempts, he did in fact come and complete all that was possible to do at that point.
Provision of materials. We hired someone to do this work because we are not professionals and relied on advice on every step of the project. From the beginning
taking phone calls from Floor and Decor to find out whether our replacement of a box of laminate that was damaged in shipment would be ready once we got home.) Once we had gone over and bought the tile, most of the laminate, T-molds, and quarter-round interior trim; he seemed surprised that we had gone there. Very confusing. Nevertheless, we were now committed, since the materials were acquired at our expense. Any damage or poor workmanship with the materials was totally at our risk. The only materials provided by
As the various painters came to look at the exterior to give us bids, they commented on the “unprofessional” work being done on the trim, including a single nail in each length of wood instead of the required two, and the wrong kind of nails were being used. Another instance was a large gap in the corners of trim around the windows where the mitering was cut short, leaving a nearly quarter inch gap in the corner where the wood joined. I brought this to
assistant’s work truly was professional and perhaps the best work done on the whole project.
Interior tile work. Once
laminate work, so beginning with this was his preference.
Attention to detail and professional care were about as good here as they were in the exterior trim work. Thus, after the first week, with no one on site to work most of the time, and our calling to find out what was going on over and over, we were growing very concerned. Again we were merrily informed that all would be well, since the remaining inside work would be done more quickly since laminate goes down more quickly than tile does.
Most of our grievances with the tile work had to do with obvious alignment and cosmetic issues. Tiles laid adjacent to one another were about 1/16 inch of different height. (My attached image shows an example of the uneven tiles in our kitchen). I can understand the fact that concrete floors often are not perfectly level, but one tile laid beside another tile should have adjoining interfaces of the same height above the underlying floor. Some artistic talent should be employed to smooth out the overall tile surface so that walking across the kitchen does not result in tripping over edges of tile that stick up higher than the one beside it.
In addition to the tile
In one instance,
The cosmetic issues were the numerous instances where the quarter-round molding was not nailed into the baseboard in some sections, gaps at the end of the quarter-round where it interfaced with a counter or around a toilet, gaps where the tile was cut too short where it interfaces with a counter, the absence of a threshold where carpeting of a bedroom meets the new
tile in the hallway, etc.
Interior laminate work. The only serious complaint I would have here is that he postponed this work due to his insistence that it would not take long. He always maintained that laminate went down really fast and easily. As it turns out, it took him all day and up until 7 pm at night to complete the work. He obviously was surprised at how long it took him, and he worked fast and did not disappear to other jobs. He consistently was out of touch with the time requirements for any task. To his
credit, one of the things he attended to when he made his final visit here was to replace some laminate pieces that he had used from the box that had been delivered damaged. Overall, it was an acceptable job of laminate work.
He brought in a friend that he promoted as an expert carpet installer,
However, I received numerous calls from
I had a long list of things to do. Ed and partner hung 3 ceiling fans, installed a washer, dryer, dishwasher, a patio sliding door and a few other repairs. Ed developed an eye problem. He did not follow up to do the rest of my list of things to do. Ed is very pleasant and congenial. My opinion is he is not as experienced a
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