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Old 11-19-2019, 12:48 PM   #1
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Some of y'all may remember me posting some pics of the nightmare I was having w/getting a shop built. WeldRite Construction, who failed miserably @ building the shop w/a pool room, filed a small claims suit against me. There was $4K left on the contract I didn't pay because I fired them. They also added $175 for rotating an exterior door 180į because they installed it backwards & $120 for adding a door to a closet (they stated they don't put doors on closets ). They sued me for $4,295. I countered with a suit for $10K (max in small claims court). I had to pay another contractor $6,200 to fix & finish the job, plus $5K to a separate electrician, dirt guy & items that were never purchased, so $11,200 out of my pocket in addition to the funds he received.
I had folders full of receipts & documents along w/225 photos from beginning to end. The judge told this clown he will be awarded "nothing" & that he owes me $5,700.
Moral of the story, when you're wronged by a contractor, don't just take it. So many people told me you can't fire or sue contractors in Texas because the law is on their side. I'm here to say that's not entirely true. While I didn't get all my money back, I flipped the script on this fool by $10K (he wanted $4,295, I got $5,700).

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Old 11-19-2019, 12:50 PM   #2
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Well done sir. I refuse to shat upon by contractors and I applaud you resolve.
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:50 PM   #3
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Good luck collecting.. been there done that.
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:52 PM   #4
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Glad to see it work out for you.
Good luck collecting the $5,700 from the contractor.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:02 PM   #5
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EXCELLENT!! You did your part. I hope you are successful in actually getting the money as noted above by others. Hard to get blood out of a Turnip. That contractor is probably robbing his Peter jobs to pay his Paul accounts. We live it everyday.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:03 PM   #6
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heck ya!
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:06 PM   #7
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Good!!

I have the roll up doors left on mine and it's been a PIA!

Not looking forward to a full on house

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Old 11-19-2019, 01:09 PM   #8
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Good to hear!
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:19 PM   #9
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Good!!

I have the roll up doors left on mine and it's been a PIA!

Not looking forward to a full on house

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This guy attached the whole roll up door/drum/assembly with only 10 self tapping screws in the rail guides & it was this way for 2 months! He failed to attach the drum brackets to the structure until I showed him where he failed & gave him the directions saying that must be done or the whole thing can come crashing down.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:33 PM   #10
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Please follow up if you can actually collect. I'm not mocking you, I'm genuinely interested in whether you succeed as I've been advised by construction lawyer friends that it's almost impossible unless you're dealing with a legitimate company with substantial assets.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:36 PM   #11
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Please follow up if you can actually collect. I'm not mocking you, I'm genuinely interested in whether you succeed as I've been advised by construction lawyer friends that it's almost impossible unless you're dealing with a legitimate company with substantial assets.
There are means of making it happen. I'll post back w/my results of the new battle! It won't be easy, or quick, but I will succeed. Liens can be placed on certain property/belongings and a suit can be filed against bank accounts. I have about 5 different angles to approach this so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out & what gets it accomplished.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:46 PM   #12
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Holy moly, glad I saw this. I had them provide me a bid for my 40x60 shop build. Bet of luck bud. I’m in Waxahachie as well.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:54 PM   #13
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Holy moly, glad I saw this. I had them provide me a bid for my 40x60 shop build. Bet of luck bud. I’m in Waxahachie as well.
Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu uun!!!!!!!!

He showed me pics of shops he had supposedly built. Watching him build mine, & the things they did, I don't believe he's ever built one before. It's that bad. I could've done it myself but it would've taken me 4 or 5 months doing it on my days off or when something wasn't going on & I didn't want to wait that long. On the contract I had him put a worst case scenario completion date. He wrote "turn key completion will be 1 month, give or take 2 weeks". I fired him @ week 16.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:58 PM   #14
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Holy moly, glad I saw this. I had them provide me a bid for my 40x60 shop build. Bet of luck bud. Iím in Waxahachie as well.


I can provide you the name of the contractor who did our shop in Ennis 2 years ago. Shoot me a PM if interested.
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:26 PM   #15
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If someone wants progress payments you better study it closely. Looks like you got too far ahead on paying him. Glad the judge was on your side.

How do you collect? What mechanisms can you use?

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Old 11-19-2019, 09:35 PM   #16
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Just curious, did you get other bids, referrals on this guy ? Was he the cheapest ? Sounds like you had a circus going on, good to hear you ended up not getting hosed in the long run.
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:52 PM   #17
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Good luck collecting.. been there done that.


Exactly what I was going to comment, Iím still sitting on a judgement from 1986 that I havenít collected....
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:04 PM   #18
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Good for you. Nobody likes going this route, but you had to.
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:18 PM   #19
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Good luck collecting.. been there done that.
Yep to the above.... But, you can place a mechanical lien against his equipment and the sheriff will seize it. But that's more time and effort on your part.
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Old 11-20-2019, 12:12 AM   #20
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Yep to the above.... But, you can place a mechanical lien against his equipment and the sheriff will seize it. But that's more time and effort on your part.
A UCC lien is a royal PIA , I had a contractor buy my warehouse up near Bush international, and default on the note leaving me with a warehouse full of rolls of copper roofing, Aluminum , trucks
Ladders, a nice new metal break, huge industrial air compressors , I came in and cleaned out my warehouse sold every thing in it , then a lawyer showed up with a list of ucc creditors
That had been cheated by the builder, I had to show the court loads of paper work and expenses, and the companies on the ucc list in the end actually owed me money for inventories, equipment rental and storage , the court double screwed them by forcing me to ď sort it out ď and by never forcing him to pay the liensĒ
We even had more drama when Harris county sheriffís department
Had a guns out argument with Montgomery County SD when we went to serve ucc papers and load stolen heavy equipment at his house
Some times itís best to lick your wounds and walk away
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Old 11-20-2019, 12:10 PM   #21
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Good for you! Even if you don't get the money owed to you, you put him on notice and your story provides encouragement to others that are in the same boat.

Years ago my parents hired a contractor to build a house. He was in kahoots with the bank officer of a large bank and they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars not only from my parents' house project but several others in the neighborhood. One had a VA loan. The bank was releasing loan funds for work that had not been done or certified. When the loan was exhausted the contractor walked until the homeowner secured more money. It is a long, long story but in the end, my parents sued the contractor and the bank. The bank didn't want this to go to public trial so they settled with my parents. then dad took the documents to the FBI. They arrested multiple people and fined the bank thousands of dollars. My parents took on the bank and the corruption and won, but in the end, financially they only came out even.
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Old 11-20-2019, 12:45 PM   #22
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I can provide you the name of the contractor who did our shop in Ennis 2 years ago. Shoot me a PM if interested.


Iíd appreciate that info as well if you donít mind!


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Old 11-20-2019, 12:53 PM   #23
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There are means of making it happen. I'll post back w/my results of the new battle! It won't be easy, or quick, but I will succeed. Liens can be placed on certain property/belongings and a suit can be filed against bank accounts. I have about 5 different angles to approach this so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out & what gets it accomplished.
If you get a judgement against them if they ever go try to borrow money they will have to satisfy the judgement with you first
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Old 11-20-2019, 01:00 PM   #24
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Best of luck getting the money. If you have to take the hard road could the contractor be charged with violating a court order? The threat of jail time may make him find your money.
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Old 11-20-2019, 02:24 PM   #25
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I’ll post my tricks of getting the money as soon as the contractor is notified of each process. I don’t want to show my cards until it’s time!
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