Member says San Diego concrete company failed to pay supplier
I hired Parker Concrete of San Diego to demo existing walls and construct several new retaining walls, a patio and a new foundation. When the project started, Dave [Parker, owner} was happy to make minor changes without significant cost implications. After some time, Parker started to make a lot of mistakes. These included breaking the same water line three separate times, putting walls in the wrong place, ordering concrete for the wrong day, misplacing the steel in the wall and failing a city inspection, pouring the new foundation in the wrong place, and the walls aren’t straight.
To the end, Dave Parker would blame everyone around him — the architect for not drawing the plans clearly, me for not having reviewed his work as the owner-builder, the framers for not curving the wall to match his concrete, even his own crew. I was patient with Dave to the end, but he told me that I had better pay him more or he’ll walk and his problems will become my problems. He followed up with a substantial list of change orders and demands that were largely unwarranted or not possible to complete in a reasonable time frame. I fired Dave, despite the fact that he had received payment for work not completed. To top it off, Dave decided not to pay his concrete bill, leaving me with an upcoming lien and the task of taking him to arbitration to collect what he owes me.
I want a payment of $2,744 for concrete ordered, and I want him to remove the mechanic’s lien from my property. I want $3,458 for the balance in completing the abandoned contract and correction of the some of the work performed.
James Peterson, San Diego
As company policy, we would never bill for work not completed. I’d like to start by saying this job was the most negative experience I’ve encountered since I established this company in 1995. This job started normally, however after a couple of days on the job, my foreman and I discovered multiple architecture errors, including onsite calculations with existing buildings versus plans. Immediately we notified the owner-builder and this initiated the constant job changes in heights, widths, lengths and the list goes on. Several times, we requested to get in contact with the architect, but the owner-builder insisted on resolving all issues himself. We made every effort to complete this job in an affordable manner — some changes where a given, some owed. Yes, I do admit I made an error with the steel placement. I resolved this with the plan engineer at no extra cost. As the job progressed, things just got worse with design changes by the owner-builder to the point I had to issue a stop-work notice. We made several attempts to resolve the dollar amount of the change orders that were due. Unfortunately, an amicable resolution wasn’t reached between the owner-builder and Parker Concrete, which has forced us to make the difficult decision not to pay the material bill until a resolution is reached.
Dave Parker, owner
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