Daniel is hands down the worst contractor we've ever hired. He touts himself as a jack of all trades when he in fact he is master of none. He was 1 hour late for our first meeting because he was at a Bocce ball tournament! He only came after I sent him a reminder email. His Bocce ball obsession became a recurring theme with him having to leave early or not be available on weekends because of him going to play Bocce ball. I had called him to remove the crumbling cement and install polymer sand in the joints around my pool deck and backyard walkway. He said he can also refinish my deck and reseal my driveway and he's a pro at it. He's a good salesman so I also hired him for those jobs but I made it clear that my priorty was the stonework as I had a grass installation coming in 3 weeks. He said that was plenty of time for him to complete all of the work. However, there were delays due to weather and him coming late and leaving early. When I asked him if he could do the work over a weekend - because the weather was perfect then and he was way behind schedule, he flatly refused.
Other failures on his part: He installed the wrong colour of polymer sand. He hired someone to do the parchment work and it fell apart 1 week later. He never compacted the sand as per good practice, and told me I was "undermining" him by even suggesting it. He blew a lot of sand into our pool although he promised to use boards to prevent this from happening. He left polymeric sand on our paving stones which are there now permanently. The sand he did apply was not done evenly with dips everywhere. I asked him why this happened. He said since I didn't have a hose attachment with a fine mist spray, he had to use his finger over the hose to improvise and that resulted in the dents in the sand.
We had a final chat with us telling him we were not at all happy with his work. We told him to forget the deck and driveway, just fix the sand in the joints and seal it. Daniel promised to stay late that Thursday to do it and no sooner did I come back into the house, he took a call on his cell and then abruptly left! No explanation. He said he could come back on Saturday to finish the work as he was busy Friday. Well, Saturday came and we get a text from him saying, due to the weather (it was perfectly clear) and a prior family event, he wasn't coming! And further, he was abandoning the job because we were rude to him! He informed us he was keeping our 25% deposit as payment for the (subpar) work he had already done and for which we had to hire other contractors to fix. Never in 40 years of home ownership have we had an experience like this. Stick to playing Bocce ball Daniel because your contracting skills and integrity are nonexistent!