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By David in Salem, OR on 1/14/2006


I have a contract to have a basement dug out.  At the bottom of the dig, the contractor encountered hard clay and mudstone.  Both are breakable, they just require more time.

After hearing of the problem, I hurried out to the job site and decided to stop the dig about 6 inches short of the intended depth -- thereby saving the contractor a lot of additional time and effort on the job.

However, the contractor says there should be an additional charge for time in digging out some of this material.  Yet, there is no clause in the contract specifying additional charges for rock, weather, time, or any other contingencies.  The contractor is saying an additional 6 hours was spent (@ $80/hour).

Also, he notified me of the problem after his employee had already spent most of this extra time (he claims 6 hours) doing this.  Therefore, it became a "back door" issue.

I don't feel there should be any additional charges for two reasons (1) I decided to stop the dig ahead of the agreed depth, (2) there was no verbiage in the contract with regards to rock or any other associated problem.

I feel I should stick to the contract price.  Any contingencies should have been spelled out or built into the price already.  Also, I feel I have already made the contractor's life easier by reducing the work time and load.

Am I missing something here?

David


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By John in Erie, CO on 1/14/2006


This was a gray area, but I think you are justified in holding to the contract price.  My excavation contracts (provided by my excavator) specifically said that there would be extra cost incurred for unforeseen conditions and rock, debris, etc., but that approval would be required to proceed when these conditions were encountered.

On my driveway, my excavator went ahead and blasted a couple of boulders and kept his price as is (and I got a 20' wide road in most places that I paid for 12').

On my basement, we hit rock very early, and I ended up paying time and materials as needed to get the job done, initial bid out the window (lots of rock, 96 holes of blasting).

Hope this helps.  Sounds like your excavator is new?

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