I would raise the stakes on this guy as he's the one in default here by failing to perform the job competently. Send your contractor a certified, return receipt requested letter detailing the history, including the faulty workmanship, and either fix the sign and install it for the originally agreed price within a short specified period of time or you will terminate the contract
or you will have no choice but to file a suit for your damages, which will be the to recover all amounts previously paid him PLUS any additional costs you incur over the original bid due to having someone else make and install the sign. BUT, be sure to specifically mention that if forced to file you will be filing this claim not only as a breach of contract
case, but also as gross negligence, deceptive trade practice
, and fraud causes of action, which will entitle you not only to your damages, but also an additional amount equal to multiple times your actual damages as punitive damages
. That should provide plenty of incentive to comply with your demands; but, if it does not, file your suit. Even if you have to file the suit, that's likely all you will need do. In my experience, he will resolve this to your satisfaction without a hearing rather than risk punitive damages and the judgments being on the record. Thank you so much for allowing me to help you with your questions. I have done my best to provide information which fully addresses your question. If you have any follow up questions, please ask! If I have fully answered your question(s) to your satisfaction, I would appreciate you rating my service as OK, Good or Excellent (hopefully Good or Excellent). Otherwise, I receive no credit for assisting you today. I thank you in advance for taking the time to provide me a positive rating!