I think I have hired the slowest vinyl siding installer in the country.
It has taken him three months to do one square. At this rate it'll take
him five years to do the entire house. My concern is that by the time he
gets all the way around the house back to where he started, the first
part will have faded and may not match his more recent work. Would it be
wise to take the siding out of the boxes and lay it on the ground so
it'll be exposed to the sun and fade at the same rate as the siding on
He's been here a dozen times. Part of the problem is that I've paid him
at the beginning of the day for a full day's work so he has no incentive
to stay. Now I don't pay him until the end of the day which for him is
about two hours. I think I'll have to hire someone else but no one likes
to take over someone else's job and since the siding is all here, a new
company wouldn't be able to sell me anything except labor.
Fire him NOW. If another installer is uncomfortable continuing with someone
else's work, they only need to remove one "square" and start from scratch.
If this guy continues, things will only get worse. Who bought the siding?
You, or this installer? Call the supplier, explain the mess, and see if it
can be returned. Probably not, but they may be able to recommend a fully
functional person who can finish the job.
Repeat: Fire him NOW.
Is this called "taking advantage of someone's good nature"?
I agree though......only common sense..to get rid of the
problem........and start from scratch.
Sounds like he hasnt a clue of how to do siding....so it will probably
all fall off anyhow sooner or later..........get someone who knows what
This is for a room I just added on. The other part of the house was done
by a company that brought in three men and completed the entire job in
one day, but it was the sloppiest job I've ever seen so I brought in a
different person to do the entire house over. This man's work won't fall
off, it's good and looks good but I just can't get him to do the job. A
friend told me that after 200 years of inbreeding in the rural south,
the motivation gene is missing. I'll see if I can find someone else. I
paid the contractor for the siding separate from the labor so I can't
return it to where he bought it.
You paid the contractor? Are you sure he paid the supplier for the siding?
You may have a bigger problem than you think And if you fire the
contractor, you'd best have the siding locked up where he can't lay his
hands on it or you may not have the siding for the next contractor to work
with. Furthermore, I would insist on a release of mechanics lein on the
siding. You might check the siding supplier to see if it's been paid for.
1 man does not make a sidewalling crew
it takes 2 at the minimum
the one thing about vinyl siding is:
if it is not done right you will have more damage than without the new
problems consist of:
improper channeling creating water traps
wrong overlaps in pieces
mold problems due to water getting behind the siding
nails too tight causing buckling
improper expansion lengths
improper flashing / coil stock
anyone who uses caulking with vinyl has done it wrong.
You might be better off going to a supplier and mention that
a "contractor friend" just started a job and cannot finish the job and
see who they can recommend to do the job over and finish
whats been started. The only reason why I would not mention
the real story is if they know the guy doing the job word may get
back to him.
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