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Ronald Scott Hanson
Ronald Scott Hanson D/FW Cedar Constructions, Pools, Spas, & Sunrooms Breach of Contract, 95% paid but only 50% work completed Rowlett, Texas
31st of Aug, 2011 by User225960
Be wary of this individual. I wish I did my research ahead of time before coming into an agreement with Ronald "Scott" Hanson. My wife and I met him at the Dallas Home Show in March of 2011, at the Cowboys Stadium. He came out and gave us an estimate, told us everything we wanted to hear, and we came into an agreement on March 26, 2011. The agreement was structured in a way that I'd have to pay up front for each major phase of the project. Which seems to have come back to bite me in the a$$. It was also stipulated that the contract period was *supposed* to be "30 working days". From the onset of the project, we ran into delays. During the excavation (Mid April 2011) rock was encountered, during excavation, and although I didn't like it, I paid an additional $1500 for the excavation effort, and in was stated in the contract. It took over a week for him to provide me with the "rock dig" addendum. He said he was "waiting on the invoice from the excavation company". At any rate, it got us to the point of mid May before being able to schedule Gunite. Gunite was done around May 20th. After it was done, I was instructed to water during the "curing" process. In the meantime, I'd had zero visits from Scott or his crew, while I've been constantly trying to get an update since we were nearing target completion of June 10th. The 2nd week of June, and Scott assures me that there's less than a week needed to complete the pool. He comes asking for the next payment, and stated he needed to get coping and tile ordered (1 box of tile, and about 40 or so plaster coping blocks). Gave me an estimate of "48 hour" for coping to be ready since it was a "customer order". 48 hours comes and goes, and I don't see the coping delivered until 5 days later. Which brings me to this point. Here I am, September 1st, and my project sitting uncompleted. Coping didn't get done until August 9th. Prior to that, Scott's crew came out and did less than 8 hours of work. ~2-4 hours on tile install and partial rock install for "weeping wall". Another 2-4 hours doing decking prep and spreading sand/dirt. Nothing as it related to the costs I paid. In the interim, I've received notices from the Gunite company that a Lien will be placed against my home for non-payment from Scott.
Also, I've got to engage other companies to complete his partial work and pay a premium. I'm in the process of filing a lawsuit. Anyone *considering* doing business with them... be WARY. Don't fall for his "bait and switch" tactics. Verbally promises something, but doesn't deliver. When confronted, refers back to his written contract.
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3282 days ago by Fightingback
Wow, where do I start. First, Gio stated there was not an agreed upon Contractor Addendum for additional Excavation rock fees. Well, Gio and voice of reasonable doubt, there is no need for Addendum concerning rock fees. They are due, period, if they are encountered. No need for a second agreement, it is plain and SIMPLE on the front of the Contractor Agreement.

Number two, Gio, we dont work by the hour. Your first payment was for plans and permits. Did you recieve those items? YES.
Second Payment was for Excavation. Did you recieve that? YES.





During excavation, rock was encountered, did you pay the actual time you agreed to on the orginal contractor agreement. NO. Did we try and appease you in this effort. YES.

After excavation, did you demand 6' depth? Yes. To this late date, have you PAID any of the monies you agreed to compensate for this "Rock Time" on the original contractor agreement? NO




After excavation was finally complete, Steel and Plumbing was installed, an inspection by the City of Ft. Worth was made, and passed. Did we perform for those previous payments? YES.




Third payment was made @ gunite, not FOR gunite. And was Gunite completed? YES. Did Gio compensate for "additional Rock Time" NO. So, we, RIGHTLY, absorbed this payment for the "ROCK" time WE performed. AND GIO will cover the Gunite because of NON PAYMENT for Gunite.

Forth payment was @ Tile and Coping. Is the Tile and Coping complete? YES. And we went further by setting up deck, our electrician grounded it, City of Ft Worth inspected it, and approved it.

Now, we are 2 days from completion for 5 weeks, trying to work out the compensation for "Rock" charges that have been absorbed, leaving the Gunite Payment still due. Did we try and negotiate a reasonable outcome? YES. We were treated like step children who have done wrong. While the person who signed an agreement to compensate runs from his responsibility, denies it, trys to act the victim, attempts to reassign blame. And others encorage him. Only in America.

Now to answer directly to Voice of unreasonable logic.
First, your thought, contemplating the contractor could take efforts to investigate the yard for unseen conditions, is actually, a Buyers responsibility, outlined clearly in the Contractors Agreement. The buyer MUST notify the contractor of ANY underground issue. And since it is CLEARLY stated on the FRONT of the Agreement, in BOLD PRINT, it is the BUYERS responsibility to cover ROCK TIME during excavation, then is it not reasonable for the BUYER to do this Home Work in the 3 day RECISSION period after signing the Agreement? Where it allows for CANCELLATION without CAUSE.

Maybe the Buyer was full well aware of the conditions, and thought he found a company he could bully, threaten and manipulate into doing the work for less that a National company. Maybe thats what happened. Maybe his builder told him, if you buy a pool, look out, its SOLID ROCK. Wow, the scenereos go on forever.

How about this one, the Buyer reads his contract, and lives by it like a MAN. Wow! What a concept! I am sure he has laid the blame for this eventuality at others feet, concerning his wife and daughter who have suffered due to his CHEAP PLAN in dealing with a responsibiltiy he KNOWS is his. His Pride continues the suffering, and others chear him on. And that brings us to the unreasonable and Im sure Biased Vioce.

First...HOW, now, to respond to your "Crystal Ball" "Mind Reading" statement concerning our motivations and your speculation concerning a "Low Bid". Do you have a roadside palm reading booth? What do you charge? Your statement concerning my motivations are rediculous, actually...at the very least it is Scurrilous, Reckless, Irresponsible, Juvinile and basically Defamatory. For you to question my motivations, shows you lack any charactor at all. You sound like a Lawyer. Really, now, Be a man, Tell Us, what is your motivation, are you the Other contractor? The Lawyer? A realitive? I am quite sure you are not an un-biased actor.

And to right your ship some what, no one claimed he had to cover expenses concerning water in the hole, or even the mud and dirt. Only that he must accept that these consequences add time to complete. All, again, outlined in the Contractor Agreement. So when Gio Sprattling goes on in his complaint, that the 6 week date was coming due, he absolutly ignores the fact more time to complete had been assesed due to these eventualities. You See? And it was not a 1 Month job, it was a six week job. And accu weather DONT STOP THE WEATHER!

And whats dirty and underhanded, are people who try and skirt their agreed responsibility, while screaming the other party should be held strickly responsible, and also when people in the industry try to act like the good guy, the savior, so he might step in and profit from the occurence, and in the end, has the exact same provisions in HIS CONTRACT.



So I end my comment to you, Voice of Unreasonable Profit from someone else's injury, Dont be a HYPOCRITE! Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. And if I'm right, I'm sure you will be more than reasonable in priceing the completion of the project. NOT! But, in the end, Gio deserves some smoke blowing thug, like you. Best Wishes to you both
2916 days ago by Fightingbackharder
Have you noticed Scott or Ronald or whatever you go by these days, that you never seem to finish a job and DO NOT have a single "good" customer. How is there ALWAYS customer problems and never your problems? Hmm?
You are a scam artist!!!

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