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Concrete Panels Arrive – Sort Of

Concrete PanelsDelays. Are. Aggravating.

I told you we had a construction delay. Then I told you we had another construction delay. And here we are, clean into February, and we’re still just waiting around — through weeks of nearly perfect weather — doing nothing.


Last week we finally got the call from the Aaron Eames, the concrete panel man. The panels were done. There would be coming on Thursday or Friday! Aaron would begin to build the walls on Friday and then train Brad when he got back in town on Monday. Woot!

Hold that woot.

The truck only carries half the panels, so the first half would be loaded on Thursday and delivered Friday. The other half would be loaded Friday and delivered Saturday. Then building would commence.

The panels were loaded on Thursday and two hours after the driver left St. George he turned back because the panels were shifting.


First shipment of panels reloaded Friday. They finally arrived Saturday. Sam spent a number of hours helping with the offload at the site.

Truck went back to St. George to reload. Monday morning arrived. Brad’s crew arrived, ready to work. But Eames didn’t show.


Recent reports say that Eames assistant was nowhere to be found so reload did not occur as scheduled. It is our current understanding that reload was to happen this morning with the truck arriving Tuesday.

If it snows tomorrow — just don’t get me started.

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  • Alison Moore Smith February 2, 2010, 8:27 am

    The panels didn’t leave as scheduled but are now on their way. They will arrive between 1:00 and 2:00 today.

    Cross your fingers.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 2, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Driver leaves St. George. Has problems with shifting. Drives back to reload. Wow, that sounds so familiar. Weird.

    Now we’re looking at panels arriving tonight, with building commencing tomorrow. We’re told they will work 24/7 until done.

    Another day lost.


  • Alison Moore Smith February 2, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Do I even dare tell you what happened now?

    Driver leaves St. George again with reload. Drives three hours. Load shifting again because (we were later told) panels were not tie wrapped like they were on the second (successful) run of the first load. (Is this a difficult lesson to learn?) Driver returns to St. George. And quits.

    Eames tells us that the panels are back in St. George and he doesn’t know what to do. Sam tells him to leave the panels (since we don’t — and never have — needed them for the basement), come to Lindon, stack the basement walls so we can get on with the build, and go back on the weekend to get the next load.

    Eames says he needs the money. Sam reminds him that we have already paid him for the blocks that are here. Sam reminds him that the entire crew has been sitting around doing nothing — losing money — waiting for him to get the blocks here.

    Eames says he’s going to try to get another driver.

    Ack just doesn’t cover it.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 2, 2010, 7:52 pm

    Did I mention the weather’s been great?

    Double ack.

  • Todd - Home Construction & Improvement February 3, 2010, 5:50 am


    I’m really sorry to hear about all these delays and un-professional contractors! I sure wouldn’t pay this guy another dollar until they perform what they say they are going to do. Did you sign a contract that had any time frame or dates involved?
    .-= Todd – Home Construction & Improvement´s last blog ..Construction Loans =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 3, 2010, 9:31 am

    Todd, thanks for commisurating. It’s pretty pathetic to have this long, drawn-out conversation with myself. And, no, there aren’t any dates on the contract. 🙁

    And the drama continues.

    Remember when I said that the construction industry stinks on ice? This is what I’m talking about.

    Last night Eames told Brad that he would be here at 8:00 am. So the crew shows up. And Eames doesn’t. Again.

    Sam calls him. He’s still in St. George. He couldn’t get a driver. (So @#$%! what!) And so now (why not yesterday? why not the day before? why not last week?) he is “wrapping” the panels. Why? Why isn’t he here using the pile of panels we have to stack the basement?

    Then he had the nerve to ask us to pay a driver in advance. Hello? It’s not even our responsibility to pay his driver. And if it was, given the track record here, would you pay anything in advance?

  • Todd - Home Construction & Improvement February 3, 2010, 10:12 am

    Unfortunately it looks like you may need to apply some legal pressure to this guy shortly. I hate seeing contractors pull this crap…gives the rest of us a bad name 🙁
    .-= Todd – Home Construction & Improvement´s last blog ..Construction Loans =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 3, 2010, 2:50 pm


    Latest news. He got a driver. He has promised to arrive today. (It’s a 4-5 hour drive.)

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 3, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Wanna hear the latest story? The truck is being loaded now. The truck will leave tonight. Eames will leave at 3:00 am, to get here early morning. And then, I suppose, he’ll be fresh and ready for that 24/7 workload.

    Shoot me and get me out of my misery.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 3, 2010, 7:30 pm

    Just got a call. The truck is on its way.

  • Sarah Patino February 3, 2010, 11:29 pm

    Any new news??? I’d ship my husband to you to have him work, since hes done this type build before….but then again it sounds like there isn’t anything to do. That stinks Allison. Keep us posted!

  • Alison Moore Smith February 4, 2010, 8:34 am

    So, let’s see.

    Morning here. Crew here. Blocks here!

    Eames not here.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 4, 2010, 9:15 am

    Eames is here.

    Let the building commence.

    I need cocoa.

  • Andrea Urban April 11, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Sorry Alison…this sucks and is bringing up lots of bad memories of our build…Did you ever read our builing blog? maybe now is not a good time 🙂 Hang in there AND…from this moment on, make sure to detail the heck out of every contract and add dates and penalties for going over. You can bet when the guys are not showing up to work on your house, they are instead working on the one that had the penalty clause in the contract.


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