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Old 04-25-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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It took me a long time to make noticeable progress and then my back started hurting. And the fact that I kept hitting large chunks of rocks wasn't helping either. The soil was just too horrible to grow anything in. I just wanted to extend the flower bed, dig up the bad dirt/soil, and put healthy soil in there to give the plants a better chance of surviving. Now this jack**# brings a machine gun to a knife fight
I know it's too late now, but all you really needed to do was remove the sod and just throw some top soil down on top of the wonderful clay that we have here. Not much need to dig it all up.

What have you decided to do? Have you been able to work anything else out with the guy?
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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Nike,
Go to Lowes and buy a tiller for 300.00 bucks, Till it up mix in some good topsoil, Go to super sod and replace the sod the Bobcat chewed. (that will not cost to much) Then sell the tiller on craigslist if you never need it again. Then chalk it up to lesson learned have a beer and enjoy your yard.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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You can rent the Tiller for a day for less than $50, no need to buy if you won't be using it all the time.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I agree that a Bobcat is overkill, but I notice this kind of stuff a lot lately. People will bring out equipment that is suited for much larger jobs in the name of getting it done quickly. I hope you didn't pay this guy. If he does come demanding payment, respond with a clearly written bill for the damages he caused. That should shut him up.

You really should have done the work yourself, because no one will do it exactly the way you want it done and you cannot beat the satisfaction of a job well-done, that you did yourself. Sorry for your troubles. Hopefully the HOA won't crawl too far up your rear end over this. Heck, if they do, tell him he had the wrong address and just went to work. It might work.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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It'll be back to normal on wednesday. I'm just going to come out of pocket and pay for the damages by hiring a professional to repair the yard. I can't let this get to me, because I now know exactly where to find him at the place he sleeps. The least I can do is take him to court and have him reimburse me for the cost of repairs
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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That's such a shame.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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NikeJunke23 ~ Stuff like this can drive you mad..but you need to just cut your losses and learn from your mistake. Give the guy $100 and tell him to get the Bobcat off your lawn or you will call a tow truck and have it removed. Don't think about it too much..It will grow back eventually.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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NikeJunke23 ~ Stuff like this can drive you mad..but you need to just cut your losses and learn from your mistake. Give the guy $100 and tell him to get the Bobcat off your lawn or you will call a tow truck and have it removed. Don't think about it too much..It will grow back eventually.

He came to "finish" the job saturday morning while it was still wet. I told him it wasn't a good idea and he told me...
"This is how it's gonna go, you pay me my money and let me finish the job, or I'm packing my equipment and leave"

I just told him he had 3 minutes to get off my property and that was the end of that.


The fact that he insisted to be paid after creating that mess was totally ridiculous...actually insulting. I'm going after him one way or another.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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FYI, next time you want to dig like that, call 811 to mark the utilities that run under your lawn. It's probably a miracle that this guy didn't break the sewer cleanout that I see in the former flower bed.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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Sucks that this happened...but when you hire someone off of something like Craigslist that is just some guy and not a reputable, licensed, boned & insured professional...that's a risk you take. Sometimes the person offering to do the job the cheapest isn't the best selection.
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