I need some advice on how to handle the situation I now find myself in. In Aug/07 I signed a contract to have a 15x27 inground kidney-shaped pool built. The dig started in 10/07. Since that time, the PB has dragged his feet in getting this completed. It has now been 5 1/2 months and it's still not finished, although close. All that is left to do is drop the liner and hook up the equipment. I have been very patient up to this point since having the pool completed would have cost me $$ in a cover. So, I let him "show what he's made of" and do his own thing without any prodding from me. He only worked 24 days out of the last 5 1/2 months! Well, now it's getting too close to Spring and his delays are getting on my nerves! He has lied throughout this process more times than I can count on 2 hands. His latest lie is that he will need 4 days to get the liner installed (this after the day before he tells me it would take 2). Interestingly enough, PenFab says it should only take 1! Last week I had finally had enough and explained that he had until 4/1 to get this done; that he had had plenty of time to get this done by now and there was no excuse. He immediately proceeded to tell me "don't you push me!" That was the last straw and pushed me right over the edge! I have contacted my fence guy and told him we are installing that fence on 4/1 and he gets locked out if he's not done.
So, bottom line, after all this background babble is...do I have any recourse with this man? Nowhere in the contract does it state anything about completion in a timely manner. Can I legally fire him and have someone else finish the job?? If not, what can I do to put a fire under his a** and get this done? There is only the final pittance of a payment left for him, so there's not a whole lot of incentive to get this done. Do I really have to just take this from him and wait until he gets good and ready to finish??
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.