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  • We signed a contract with Mr. Ellis to oversee the installation of our driveway, utility trench, foundation excavation and septic system. When the utility trench was installed I questioned whether 3 loads of bedding sand were used per our contract. He assured me that sand was added and that it was code. He told me that he told the subcontractor that he told him to backfill with dirt at the house end of the trench so that it wasn't a hazard even though the very end was still exposed. I questioned why there weren't 3 loads of dirt that would have been displaced by the sand. He told me that the sand compresses. When I said there was no evidence of sand along the trench he told me that the subcontractor shoveled it off of the truck. I showed him a section near the foundation, roughly 30' from the house end of the trench, that did not have bedding sand. He stated that the subcontractor must have become lazy when he left the site to perform work at another job site. I requested that we dig a hole at a location that was at a section of the utility trench that was created when he was on site. We mutually agreed on a location near the pole side of the utility trench. When we did so I saw no evidence of sand at this location. There were 1" diameter stones. He tried to convince me that this was the way "bedding sand" looked. He also mentioned that he had pictures of the sand on his camera. I asked him to get his camera to show me. He brought his camera and we viewed the images on the camera LCD in sunlight. It did look like there may be sand, but I asked him to send the images in an email. He did bring the subcontractor back in to add sand to the utility trench. However, he never sent the images. We asked him to show up at our house because our confidence in his work was fading. He brought us a print out of the image of the utility trench. To us it looked like it was full of muddy water however he told us to look at it under a microscope and we would see sand. He also told us that the subcontractor admitted to not knowing that sand was required. This contradicted all of the stories that he had told us. We told him that we were losing our confidence with him. He told us that he was not going to work under those conditions. He told us that with his mother's passing he inherited money and "would love nothing more than to take the Summer off". We told him that we would think about it and notify him. We notified him that we would not be using him to complete the rest of our house. He then proceeded to place a baseless lien on our property since we had paid him beyond the work he completed. This made it impossible for us to get a bank loan to continue our project. After almost a year of court and legal fees we settled for $1,000 just so we could continue our project and avoid more legal fees. He continues to harass us whenever our paths cross.
    - Amie L.
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