How would you deal with the contractor?

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Old 03-01-16, 11:35 AM
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How would you deal with the contractor?

I was concerned that the stucco patch had begun cracking on top left, just inside the window recess (see top pic) so I called a licensed contractor, who does concrete/masonry repair & restoration full time, for a "free estimate" on the repair.

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The contractor came to the house, looked around, took moisture readings and a couple of pics and then took out a hammer, starting tapping around. When he got to this spot, he started hitting a bit harder, then left me with this (see bottom two pics)!

Afterwards, he didn't appear to plan on giving me a free estimate on the repair as he said "I should ...go to HD and buy some Sika 211 or rapid set, then just layer it in...Maybe buy some blue bond and put that on first".

How would you deal with the contractor, who did this?

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Old 03-01-16, 11:43 AM
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I think I would go to his house with a very large hammer.
 
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Old 03-01-16, 12:50 PM
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I would thank him, assuming you paid nothing. It looks like a poor patch and you suspected the same or you wouldn't have called anyone.
So the patch was "tested" with a giant hammer and failed. I'm joking but at least you got some advice on how to fix it versus them explaining how much it would cost in material, travel, job time, etc. Whenever I say something like this to a customer, I'm trying to save them money and basically telling them they don't need me.
 
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Old 03-02-16, 06:59 AM
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Interesting...
Two very different points of view.
 
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Old 03-02-16, 09:46 AM
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I'm in agreement with the others who said the contractor is trying to save you some $$$. Do what he says and call it a day. It's an easy DIY for a home owner and he's obviously confirmed there's nothing else wrong with the area around it. Free advise if you ask me.
 
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If he had just come there and looked but did not touch you would have had trouble believing what he told you. Although it looks ugly it is no worse than what it was.

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Old 03-24-16, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by tomf63
I'm in agreement with the others who said the contractor is trying to save you some $$$. Do what he says and call it a day. It's an easy DIY for a home owner and he's obviously confirmed there's nothing else wrong with the area around it. Free advise if you ask me.
Thanks!
Here are more pics for a better perspective of this corner column...The last pic being from the inside. If he thinks nothing else is wrong, why would it keep cracking with the cracks getting bigger?
 
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