I hired M. Lehne on June 6, 2011 to pour a 17' x 17' concrete patio with a broom finish and install a pvc (Plastival) privacy fence which consisted of 8 panel and 9 posts.
He was to make 3 half round stairs that were to be 7', 5', and 3' diameter.
I paid him 2,000.00 to pay for 1,720.14 worth of material to be purchased at Lowe's. My receipts show that he did not purchase all materials at Lowe's as he stated. I found out that 500.00 or more of those products were taken from his junk pile in his back yard where he had on hand. He charged me new material price for the junk and lead me to believe he bought them at Lowe's. I found this out later when I asked for all receipts for materials I bought.
The concrete patio has no control, adjustments, or expansion joints. He did not tap forms or solidate pad.It was not cured, nor was it finished during the process of the pour. [continued below]....
..... Which means, he did not roll any edges. After one week it has cracked. The finish is poor, there are valleys, bumps, ridges, and cracks. The edges are cracking off. When asked why he failed to properly pour and do the correct adjustments, he stated the concrete was setting up to fast. . It is a mess!
The steps are off : they ended up being, 5', 4', and the top one was correct at 3' but it is not up to code. They all should have been larger and are not formed correctly. Steops are not sponge floated on the sides and not edged, the height is a vaiance of 1". None are wide enought for your foot. There are splatters all over my siding and doors and he did not wash that off. Its been on there for over a month now.
The fence posts were set to close together, he cuts the rails on the prefab panels, the panels do not line up to the top of brackets, the brackets are not correct with a variance of an inch. Panels are bowing and dipping because they are too tight between the posts. Posts are not plum or in line. The two center posts are 1/5 out of line toward house. Posts are not same height and the yard is not uneven.
Etc. too many mistakes to mention!
I can not get him to come and take down fence and return my money since he damaged all posts and panels. He continues to put me off about it saying he needs another guy's truck and trailer. This has been going on for over a month.
The concrete is another story and I tried to work it out with him to have him just return money for fence and we could forget about the concrete and I would pay someone to fix it since I do not trust him to do that correctly.
He won't even do that nor will he come and clean up my yard and siding. The concrete splatters have been on my siding now for over a month and I can't get it off. The yard has ruts in it from the concrete truck. He said he would fix it and he didn't. He wont answer my calls. When he does, he tells me to contact the guy that only was his helper. He has said to me, "Just take me to court, you won't get anything anyways".