09:36AM | 10/25/05
Member Since: 10/24/05
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I hired a contractor to replace some rotten window trim. This contractor botched the job, a real hack job, with problems as follows:

(1) Wrong fasteners used

(2) Trim does not fit properly, large gaps

(3) Failure to prime end grain boards

(4) Failure to caulk joints

(5) Faulty caulking (gaps, holes)

(6) Bad nailing, nails created big holes in boards, does not look good, nail holes partially filled with caulk

(7) Screws used not seated, stick-out 1/8", stripped-in

(8) Split board ends

(9) Some boards are loose

I told the contractor during course of construction that his workmanship was sub-standard and that he needed to correct it. I had another builder look at his work. I offered to buy him off the contract, cancel it with re-imbursement for costs. I told him precisely what I wanted him to do to fix the problems, should he proceed. He said he would make the adjustments. Apparently, he did not think I was serious. Maybe, he wanted to "get even".

What do I do now? Constractor wants his money. Should I pay? How much? Job was valued at $1,000.

How should I fix the job? My plan was to caulk heavy with Lexel caulk/sealant and use epoxy to fill major cracks. I'll use 3" stainless steel screws to tighten loose boards. I plan to replace a few boards that are loose and heavily damaged (these are the ones with the protroding screws).

In reality, the work is likely a total loss, since the time to correct the job equals or exceeds the time to rip it out and replace.

I plan to do the work myself, since I can't stand spending more on this and/or getting ripped-off again.

Weather is getting cold and nasty here in the Northeast, and I do not want to be doing this work in winter.

I am afraid that if I don't pay this contractor what he wants, that he will rob me, vandalize my property or do something else illegal.

Ironically, this contractor came recommended to me by another contractor who did nice work for me.

There is no paper contract on the job, since I felt that the job was too small to warrant that type of measure.

Please offer your advise and/or consolation.
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