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I received an invoice with a total for $1,612.72 for a job that was incomplete.
The contractor was initially reluctant to give a rough figure but said it should be well within $1,300. After the second (of three) days of work, he still claimed it would be well within $1,300. If I had let the contractor "complete" the job properly, the invoice would have been easily over $2,000 for a job were 2 pieces of drywall and a some pieces of moulding were installed on basement wall with some irregularities. I had to spend 6 hours fixing the contractors work.
Additionally, the contractors bullying tactics over the phone were not appreciated - yelling, getting mad and swearing - quite unprofessional.
Finally, the contractor attempted to bully further by conveying a payment policy after the fact, with a ridiculous interest rate for late payments. It would have been a signal for me to not to select him for the job.
For anyone looking to hire a contractor - you are warned.
So I needed a plumber on short notice to install 2 toilets on the 2nd floor bedroom (1 in the ensuite and 1 in the other bathroom).
The search: I google "plumber" "BBB" and have a list of plumbers to install a couple of toilets. This name came with A+ rating, I called looking for availability and pricing.
The installation was 1 DXV Lyndon 2 pc dual-flush elongated and 1 American Standard Boulevard dual flush elongated
He confirmed it should be about 2 hrs (which is the standard) as the house is fairly new.
I called on Feb 21st, Plumber mentioned over the phone, the price is $167 for the 1st 1h1/2 and then $67 per h after that. I got quoted 85/h 99/h /120h from others (so the quote was in the norm).
Having called previously other companies the week before, the normal fees were (from 80 to 120) + Labour (around 2hrs) + Parts. We had a one piece installed in the powder room a few years ago (installation was 40min. Total is expected to average 150-300 for BOTH.
The beginning: Feb 22 12:25 Plumber called about to get the parts for the plumbing job (keep this part in mind). Told him I would meet him at my house. And we agreed I would help him to dispose of the old toilets.
I already took 1 of the new toilet upstairs, so he can start to work on that.
13:00 The Installation:
Got home and the contractor doesn't look at the manual
Plumber emptied the 1st tank and remove the toilet.
I help to take it out.
Put down wax ring
Put down toilet w my help
Use wrong bolts to secure the bowl
Put on tank
NOW need bolt to attach the water tank
End up removing the toilet with my help (waste of time)
Try to remove the old connector (fail) - he also DID NOT GET A WATER CONNECTOR, but he was supposed to get the material BEFORE.
I go get some tools (couldn't find the right ratchet and socket)
I go downstairs to look for the ratchet and 1/2in socket while he removes the OTHER TOILET.
I come back upstairs
Plumber empty the tank of the 2nd toilet – the ensuite
Water is in shopvac (and on the floor)
He has to throw out the water (I said put it in the bathtub)
**Somehow he went to the other TOILET (So I told him there is a tub where he was but it was too late, I had water all over my hard wood)**
**Emergency wipes with a box of Lysol **
I help Plumber Take out 2nd toilet (plumber had back pain, had to ask my dad to take it to the curb)
Plumber goes back to the install the 1st toilet (guess toilet)
Gave him a ratchet (wrong size), so he continues with the tool which came with the toilet.
I go in the basement again to look for right ratchet
Heard loud noise from upstairs: BOOM
Ran upstairs to find out he has drop the BRAND new toilet on the ceramic tiles
Toilet is down and a bit damaged (2 dents)
At this point, I wasn't sure if I wanted to let him finish. But since he did remove the other toilet and we are having guesses, we needed at least one functioning toilet upstairs. I told him he could leave and I'll call him back. He said I'm good, I figured it now, so we should be good do it again faster. **
Still cannot take out old connectors.
Plumber Goes to hardware store to get connectors he was supposed to get earlier.
I Found ratchet and 1/2 socket
Plumber Managed to take out the old water connector
Plumber Put back toilet down with my help
Plumber Try to put the toilet sit (fail)
Plumber Took off toilet sit
He did not figured it out
Put back toilet sit
But the black hinges are showing (I give him white cap cover)
Took of the toilet sit again
** Asked him to just leave it, but he insisted that he want to make sure to finish the job **
Put it back on, put on white caps
Found out 2 gel looking plastic that goes under the white caps
Took off toilet sit AGAIN
Put the plastic + white caps
Forgot to put side cap
Finally, put the side cap
I asked the plumber to follow me, I have to go to the bank. Plumber responded, I'll email you the invoice, it's going to be 555$.
Do not hire this man unless you have deep pockets. He took five hours to check out what I needed to have done. Shingles stained over my garage door, three overgrown flowers dug out of my garden, my porch painted and three window well covers. Norm spends too much time talking, all at our expense. The staining was done, plants removed and window covers made along with eleven hours his buddy put in added up to thirty hours. Then he presents me with “paygo” and a hefty bill for what was done. I would not recommend him to anyone.
SOOOO UNIMPRESSED!!!! Let me start by saying it was such an awful experience working with them. Norm was rude and talking smack about us when he didn't think we were listening....which I was...the entire time. Rude and disrespectful at times vulgar...I was stunned!!!
The work was POORLY done and had to be re"tried". The straight rows of bricks from my front door are anything BUT straight so they came back and tried again to a bit more success but the grief and verbal attack was sooo unprofessional and disconcerting. We had to pay them almost double the quote to get it done enough to use. The work was shoddy and not done correctly.
Here we are barely 2 1/2 yrs later and it has all pulled apart and the bricks are sinking. There was no retaining wall put in to support the rows of bricks and obviously not enough material pounded into the base so it will ALL have to be redone again.
I CAN NOT believe that they still claim BBB status. I have had other work done by other contractors and CAN NOT believe the difference in pride in workmanship, meticulousness, interaction, honesty and final product.
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We provide a vast range of HANDYMAN SERVICES and INDEPTH CONSTRUCTION and RENOVATION Projects for BOTH residential and commercial clients located throughout the Greater Metropolitan Ottawa and Gatineau area. We offer experienced practitioners who are insured, bondable, courteous, prompt and professional.
We accept Master Card, Visa, and Debit Card. Around The Home is a Proud Member of Eastern Ontario Better Business Bureau since 2003 and has an A+ Rating. Due to Privacy Laws References Upon Serious Request. Call Day or Night 24 Hours
We carry $2.0 Million Public Liability Insurance
We also have a WSIB eClearance Certificate
|Main contact(s)||Norman Richter , Gerry|
|Alternate Phone Numbers||613-222-3240,|
|Listed with TrustedPros since:||2007|
|Accepts credit cards||Yes|
|24 Hour emergency service||Yes|
|Legal structure||Sole Proprietor|
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