I hired an electrician to do some wiring for me. They were hired to run electricity to a small greeenhouse, which sites 3 feet from our main electricial box. They were asked to put the evaporative cooler on it's own circuit, and the other outlets on one circuit.
They did the shabby work. They left the conduit at an angle, so one of my children could trip on it and fall. I thought it looked funny, but the electrician in the middle of the job when questioned about it said it was norm, and if I didn't like it, why didn't I tell him before he was finished. Excuse me, but aren't these people the one's we hire and trust to do a job right? So eventually the man finished the job. I wrote him a check and he was on his way. Bear in mind, I dug the trench, and I buried the trench. He didn't do any of it.
So, I hooked up my evaporative cooler, and didn't get any power, so I went to the box, and discovered only one breaker. I flipped it on, and I had power. That was Friday afternoon, and Blankenbaker was already closed, so I left a message for Dave, the owner. On Monday I didn't receive a phone call, so I left another message. Finally that week, Mr. Blankenbaker called me and asked how he could help me. I told him that I wanted my evaporative cooler on it's own circuit. I said that was what was required from the county. He said that is was not required, and that it would be ok, since it was a small cooler.
I then got into an argument with him over the evaporative cooler not being on it's own circuit, and I told him about the conduit sticking out of the ground at an angle. He said, "I am not coming out to your house to do every little piddley thing you ask me to". At that point I asked him, "are you going to come out and fix this?" He replied, "no". I then told him I would stop payment on my check, which I did.
I went straight to the bank. Then at the end of that week, I had to go to a wedding out of town, and we were gone a week. When I got home, I found a notice from the county that they had come to do an inspection, and they couldn't get in, because the gate was looked. I called the county up and set up the inspection. The person doing the inspection said it barely passes, and that "I am going to keep my eye on Blankenbaker Electric". Ater that Dave Blankenbaker called wanting his money. He said, " the work passed" are you going to pay me. I told him no.
Some time passes, and his office starting calling me about once per month to ask for their money. They even made the bill go up with interest and tried to charge me for a city permit. They should have obtained a city permit before they did the work, and it should have been included in the price. Finally they reported it to a collection agency. The collection agency called about once per month wanting the money, and I told them my story, and that I would not pay the bill.
After two months of that, they called back and threatened to put a lein on my husbands house. I haven't heard from them since. I don't know what to do. I am the victim. These people will continue to rip people off, and the courts just let them keep doing it.
Can you help me? I don't want money. I want this all to stop!