‘It didn’t look good,’ says driver who paid $9k to repave driveway – he can’t get refund despite noticing obvious issue

A HOMEOWNER paid $9,000 for a new driveway from a well-known contractor – even after they fixed it, cracks keep showing up. A man’s dream to remodel and upgrade his home quickly became an expensive nightmare. WFMY News 2A man paid a contractor $9,000 to repave his driveway as part of his vision to remodel and update his home[/caption] WFMY News 2Shortly after the job, however, cracks began to form on the driveway[/caption] WFMY News 2The contractor, Earl Harrison, agreed to fix the job – but has refused to refund any money from the original price[/caption] Gordon Jimerson, a homeowner in Greensboro, North Carolina, commissioned Earl Harrison to repave his driveway as part of his renovation plans. The job cost him a hefty $9,000. Part of the expensive job was to add a section to the driveway to create more space. At first, Jimerson was satisfied with the work. Not long after the job was completed, however, he began to notice a few cracks in the cement. “I noticed the first crack right after he did it,” Jimerson told CBS affiliate WFMY. “It didn’t look good at all.” Then, a few more showed up. Before he knew it most of the driveway was covered in unsightly cracks thanks to crooked control joints designed to control cracking. Before going to the media for help, Jimerson contacted Harrison to agree on a fix. Harrison was happy to help. “I hate it because I take pride in my work, I don’t have this situation happen all the time,” he said. Despite Harrison’s initial response, Jimerson was left with no choice but to reach out to WFMY’s investigation division after Harrison never showed up to fix the job. Harrison seemed apologetic to the media and agreed to fix the cracks in his driveway with a sealer and repour part of the driveway after removing it. “It took me longer than it should have, and I apologize for that daily,” he said. WHEN TO REDO DRIVEWAY PAVEMENT Here are the classic signs a driveway needs a refresh... Pavement driveways are supposed to last around 20 years. However, leaking motor oil, harsh temperatures, heavy rainfall, or big cars may break down the pavement’s strength. Look out for these classic signs: Small cracks that don’t connect Potholes Sunken spots Lightened color Edges breaking off Some driveway repairs may just need a quick resurface. Unresolved issues may require a complete repavement. Most fixes will cost drivers between $1 and $3 a square foot. Source: Budget Dumpsters. After Harrison’s repair job, part of the driveway is drastically improved – but a portion of the driveway towards the back of the house has a glaring and potentially costly issue. Deep cracks are visible from the top of the driveway to the ground. “The cracks run down to the foundation,” said Jimerson. At the time of publication, Harrison is refusing to refund Jimerson any of the original cost for the work, though he promised to fix the driveway. Jimerson told the outlet that he’s not confident that the driveway will be done correctly, and is not opposed to pursuing legal action if it comes to it.

‘It didn’t look good,’ says driver who paid $9k to repave driveway – he can’t get refund despite noticing obvious issue

A HOMEOWNER paid $9,000 for a new driveway from a well-known contractor – even after they fixed it, cracks keep showing up.

A man’s dream to remodel and upgrade his home quickly became an expensive nightmare.

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A man paid a contractor $9,000 to repave his driveway as part of his vision to remodel and update his home[/caption]
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Shortly after the job, however, cracks began to form on the driveway[/caption]
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The contractor, Earl Harrison, agreed to fix the job – but has refused to refund any money from the original price[/caption]

Gordon Jimerson, a homeowner in Greensboro, North Carolina, commissioned Earl Harrison to repave his driveway as part of his renovation plans.

The job cost him a hefty $9,000.

Part of the expensive job was to add a section to the driveway to create more space.

At first, Jimerson was satisfied with the work.

Not long after the job was completed, however, he began to notice a few cracks in the cement.

“I noticed the first crack right after he did it,” Jimerson told CBS affiliate WFMY.

“It didn’t look good at all.”

Then, a few more showed up.

Before he knew it most of the driveway was covered in unsightly cracks thanks to crooked control joints designed to control cracking.

Before going to the media for help, Jimerson contacted Harrison to agree on a fix.

Harrison was happy to help.

“I hate it because I take pride in my work, I don’t have this situation happen all the time,” he said.

Despite Harrison’s initial response, Jimerson was left with no choice but to reach out to WFMY’s investigation division after Harrison never showed up to fix the job.

Harrison seemed apologetic to the media and agreed to fix the cracks in his driveway with a sealer and repour part of the driveway after removing it.

“It took me longer than it should have, and I apologize for that daily,” he said.

WHEN TO REDO DRIVEWAY PAVEMENT

Here are the classic signs a driveway needs a refresh...

Pavement driveways are supposed to last around 20 years.

However, leaking motor oil, harsh temperatures, heavy rainfall, or big cars may break down the pavement’s strength.

Look out for these classic signs:

  • Small cracks that don’t connect
  • Potholes
  • Sunken spots
  • Lightened color
  • Edges breaking off

Some driveway repairs may just need a quick resurface. Unresolved issues may require a complete repavement.

Most fixes will cost drivers between $1 and $3 a square foot.

Source: Budget Dumpsters.

After Harrison’s repair job, part of the driveway is drastically improved – but a portion of the driveway towards the back of the house has a glaring and potentially costly issue.

Deep cracks are visible from the top of the driveway to the ground.

“The cracks run down to the foundation,” said Jimerson.

At the time of publication, Harrison is refusing to refund Jimerson any of the original cost for the work, though he promised to fix the driveway.

Jimerson told the outlet that he’s not confident that the driveway will be done correctly, and is not opposed to pursuing legal action if it comes to it.