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I am very sorry to hear this. Yes, you can file a claim in small claims court for all damages including what you paid.
Sorry I was offline most of the day. So the first thing you do is send formal written demand saying that if they do not reimburse you the costs of repair then you will be filing suit and give them a deadline. If they ignore you then you go to the local county court house and ask for your small claims court original petition. Here your claims would be breach of contract, negligence, and deceptive trade practices. You ask the court to reimburse you for your costs. I think you have a fairly strong case. The burden of proof is more of a criminal law issue. Here you have to allege there was a contract, he breached it by his poor workmanship, and you must have suffered some damages as a result of his poor work which is clear from what you have said.
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