You will more than likely get a few good guffaws out of this first portion. It is representative of actual, every-day home situations we go through with below-par residential contractors all over the country. You ask only to have the wall patched, but he tears out the entire section. What is even more incredible in this situation is that he lacks the expertise for seamlessly replacing what he has torn out.... But he puts in his best effort.
Here, a similar situation occurs where a contractor is "way off base" installing the front door to a private home.
However, later on in this personal message (the second portion) things get a bit more serious. Although you may still experience an occasional smirk (maybe a few more laughs) from the sarcasm, RB shares an account of an actual situation where the homeowner inevitably spends several thousand dollars above the original estimate.
This occurred because the contractors he initially hired to do the work didn't deliver. They put him several thousand dollars in the red. In addition, in order to correct the situation, the homeowner was forced to hire another team of contractors for several thousand dollars more. The project: removing swales from his backyard. Hence, our title: "Level Ground."
We believe that once you have been exposed to this message, that you may very well reconsider your own hiring protocol for residential contractors.