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Waitsfield Deck Building Articles
From day one up to the end of the project, it seemed like things were going south. The job consisted of multiple work assignments but the main ones were to remove a stone path to the side of the house and replace it with a cement sidewalk. Along with that an additional driveway was to be put in with another sidewalk next to that. The initial estimate was done on 3/26/2014 .We agreed to a price on the updated price and paid a down payment on 4/9 and was to start on the 16th. I mentioned that I had another project going to be started on the 19th of May and they assured me it would be done by then ( over a month away)
On the day the crew arrived, they started to dig out the old sidewalk of native stone and concrete, doing this by hand on the east side of the house. They mentioned that they would rent a bobcat for the main drive and west sidewalk. First issue was they parked their truck on the neighbors yard. The neighbor has a sprinkler system and because of it the ground was soft and created ruts in their yard.
After they dug up the east side they went ahead and removed an outside lamp post that was to be moved over to make room for the sidewalk. When the crew dug it up they cut the wire in the ground and shut off part of our electric. I had to come home from work and reset the breakers. Also they just left it lying , thinking they were to start the other part soon. Time went on and no one came back, reason by C & A was they were waiting on the permit.( Also I have to say we did have rain days also.) But the time frame came and went to where I had to reschedule my other project contractors because a month wasn’t long enough to get it done. I asked them if it would be done by the 26th of May as I had to leave town for two weeks. They said yes. Well, it wasn’t. So I asked them to stop on the 26th until I got back on the 10th of June. No problem they said. I did ask them to reset the lamppost as I was more comfortable having that on while my wife was home and I was gone, which they did. When they went to set it back up, they told me they had to dig up the electric line and rebury it inside a casing because of code. They dug it up laid down the pvc plumbing pipe. . According to the site manager it wasn’t deep enough so they had to come by and dig it back up and put in deeper into the ground. When the electrician came to wire it up, the workers had used the wrong pipe and had to re-dig it up for the third time and replant the proper casing in the ground. So after three attempts the light is usable, only to find out by the electrician that the casing was not needed as the wire that was used was made to be buried outside without a casing. So all that dig and
After I got back from my trip, I contacted C&A and told them they can continue on the 10th . The crew showed up the following week getting at the house usually around 10 ish, work till 11:30 and then get back around 1:00 to work usually around 3:00.
After my trip the work still seemed to go a little slow. We felt like we were just a job to fill in between the gaps of other projects they were doing. When the crew started on the driveway part, they brought in equipment to begin preparing the ground for the driveway. With all the dirt in the street from putting it in the truck they used the bucket part of the tractor to scoop it up. (Now I know this may be a little
When the concrete came something was not right as when they started forming it, the curing of it got away from them and we ended up with piles of concrete in the forms and they could not smooth and finish. So after all that , they had to come back and air hammer it all back out and remove all the concrete they attempted to pour previously.
Realizing we were upset, the company stated when they repeated the process, we would be satisfied with the end result. One neighbor commented , wondering if the crew was going to retire on this project because of the length it was taking to complete.
After removing the old concrete, redoing the preparing of the new pour, the day has finally come to finish. C&A brought additional people including over seerers to make sure it was done right.
One of the reasons we did this was to avoid runoff of water from the yard into our garage. So after it hardened and cured, with a garden hose I tested it and the water ran directly into the garage. I showed this to the head of the project . He brought the worker back and had him grind a path so to speak into the concrete to reroute the water. By the
Well the crack is bigger and now there are 3 more cracks appearing. I email C&A and they came out to photograph it and this is their reply via email;
Having inspected your driveway/sidewalk, the cracks you have all fall in the category of superficial versus structural and as unfortunate as the reality is - this is part of both the nature of the material and emphasized by us being in Oklahoma (weather and soil properties).
Because sidewalks and driveways don't have footings, they are even more susceptible to cracking, because of expansion and contraction due to temperature change and water. Even new construction home foundations (with footings) have cracks in the concrete.
We aim for the cracks to follow the line of the cuts we make - and for the most part they do - but sometimes they don't.
C&A Paint and Remodel, Inc.
C&A Roofing and Construction
I realize that at times concrete crack but within a week of the job being completed. I feel this is unacceptable. The one thing I have to say is that all the people I dealt with in the C&A group, they were all courteous and well mannered and respectful . No one got rude or disrespect with either one of us . For this I appreciate. I just wish the quality of work was a professional as the courteousness.
I know this is a long letter but I just wanted to say to the most part of what we encountered. Other issues developed but I can only write so much.
For these reason I give the quality of workmanship a “C-D” and would not recommend them to do driveway work. Maybe the painting and interior is above quality, I
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