we have had a fall out with our neighbours husband(a joiner) wife,their daughter & her 2 boys,my boys are friendly with the daughters boys and myself and the boys mother have also become mates,
i have helped this girl out alot in the past given her things for her boys tvs,furniture etc & i would never exept money as i now its hard being a single mum.
anyway we wanted some cupboards built in our alcoves so we decided to ask the father so he came and did 2 days work(he charges £40 a day as its cash in hand & hes claiming benefits)after his 2 days of work he didnt turn up for a week in that time we had a good look at his work & it really is terrible!.
firstly i asked for a plinth on the bottom but he has just built cupboard doors to the floor,then he has done some major wobbles with the router and the wood isnt even,the doors are not flush and the doors have a big gap so they dont meet properly.
my oh was really annoyed about this as the mdf cost us over £100 and its al now scrap wood,my oh wanted to go around and tel him straight that his work was poo and not paying him anything but i asked him not to.
then one afternoon the daughter came here to pick up one of her dads tools as he had left them all here she appoligsed that her father hadnt been all week and said he wasnt well and she forgot to inform us that he couldnt come but he would come on mon morn(i doubted this was true as it was more likely her father was on a bender)she then noticed the cupboards and said oh are they what my dads done?they are really good arent they?my oh then said actually we but before he could finish i cut him of and said its ok we will speak to your dad on monday(as i didnt want to spark of a row with the kids there and it was awkward as she was a mate)
a couple of days after this my oh decided to go over there to drop his tools of and to pay him the guy said he wanted £80 but oh said i will give u £45 as u havent done the plinth like we asked for so the doors will have to be scrapped and we will have to buy new wood (he didnt tell him that the whole job was poo as i didnt want any ill feeling) my oh just said he would finish the job himself.
its really frustrating as my oh is handy but he wanted to pay someone as we wanted the job done properly(hes a bit of a perfectionist)but since then the girl has completly ignored me and when my boys have been shouting hers on the way to school she has just sort of tried to disract the boys from speaking to us.
i have been really worried abut this as i was hoping the bad feelings could be avoided & im starting to wish that i had let my oh be honest about the work,im worrying(as im a quiet person who keeps herself to herself)that she has been telling the other mothers at the school that we ripped her dad of,and as the other mothers dont know me they will think we are bad people,what would u do and am i worrying over nothing?sorry to bore u with this but if i speak to oh he gets angry and wants to confront them