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Question DetailsAsked on 12/5/2017

contractor quits before completion of the work, what to do

contract for a attached garage and a breezeway with a full bath.the punch list is as follows
shower stall leaking
electrical outlets not covered in 2 places and I have 5 year old visiting me every day
heat fan in the bathroom not working
big gap btween the vanity and the wall
side splash not fixed
hump in the tiled floor, shoddy tiling not dine by a tiler
shoddy painting done by a sub who is not a painter,never used a drop cloth,roller or an edger
entrance area not painted, one wall the siding was not replaced, so one wall has a new siding and the other has an old siding
out side, no loam or leveling done
no completion certificate
when the punch list was presentedabout 9 days ago, stormed out of the work place,yelling profanity!
wall plates not put in two places,the electrical outlets open and I have 5 year

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From the list of what you are talking about, sounds like incompetent work, not just a checklist of incomplete items. And his reaction to it makes it sound like he does not intend to make it right - meaning yu have tow viable alternatives - to get an attorney on his case (which might or might not work without a lawsuit), or to call his Bond (still best to have an attorney to go through the paperwork on that to be sure you do not sign away any of your rights). The bonding company is then responsible (assuming this job had a firm defineable scope of work and contract price) to get the job finished, at the original contracted total job cost to you - they pay any overage, then they go after the contractor to recover that cost.

On the outlet covers - take photos on cell phone to take to the store, or trace one on another outlet that will fit right (so you get one with correct screw pattern) or temporarily take off another one that will fit to take to store to get matching one, and get at pretty much any box store electrical/hardware department, lumberyard, building supply, or electrical supply place.

About $1 each for simple white or ivory plate for normal single duplex outlet (single outlet with two plugs-in locationss, normal 120V convenience outlets like all over the house on lower walls). $2-5 each for different configurations like one switch and one duplex outlet or two duplex outlets side by side, or for different colors or metal plates. Check package - should have mounting screws inside it in little plastic bag. Just fit over the outlet(s) and put the screw(s) in the hole(s) in the electrical box - simple single duplex outlet just has one center screw. Screw in the screw snugly, not hard - takes normal mid-size flat blade screwdriver - just be careful not to let it slip into the outlet and keep only one hand on the plastic handle while screwing it in (not both hands, and keep other hand away from outlet or wall while screwing it in just in case you slip, or put electrical or duct tape over the outlet openings for the plus prongs while screwing in the screw. If you are not up to screwing it in get the child's parent to do it (since this sounds like a grandkid).

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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