This was my final reply to the e-mail I received and copied to you last night, in response to his reply concerning my legal advice received.
I fully intend not to reply from now on, and if it comes to it, will await a court summons. I am a stroke victim being paralysed down my right side and still with neurological problems, and just recently became profoundly deaf also in consequence to my Stroke and find my hearing aids dont work with hand phones, so I have been so grateful for your instructions via the web. Now its a waiting game with more stress and I'm supposed to avoid this at all costs. Here's my final reply last night.
Good evening Dan,
You failed to comply with our Contract Agreement for the reasons already given, therefore breached the contract by your own actions first.
Going off for a six hour breakfast pointlessly "waiting for rain" on my time, or working elsewhere, wasn't in our agreement, bringing a tarpaulin was for an all weather contingency plan which you failed to comply with also. I suggest you use your materials on another similar job or get a refund, mine certainly isn't the only flat roof. I certainly wont subsidize yet another customers job because you failed to do a full days work.
I do not intend to keep repeating myself, you breached our contract by your contemptuous attitude not providing skills and commitment to our urgent task.
My solicitor has studied all documents and you have his judgement in my last e-mail. I would advise you listen to this advice.
Your very delayed evening return to my home wasting a day obviously contributed to a later reply, therefore you have only yourselves to blame. However, you have already demonstrated you reschedule when it suites you regarding the lady customers job you were prepared to put our job in front of or work around but obviously didn't in the end, your argument is therefore false and you are being hypocritical.
If you had both returned earlier instead of sitting in a cafe for 6 hours only 200 yards from my home in broad sunshine, not once attempting to reassess the situation being local or at least make a start for virtually a working day, you might have got an earlier reply that, we were not happy at being put in the invidious position of dealing with an unreliable contractor with the window of weather running out and a very leaky roof likely to further ruin the internal room fabric of our dinning room. So with our confidence broken and the likely hood of a rushed job in the remaining allocated time or, another repeat performance of a wasted day, our response was understandable - and is final!. Receiving your feeble excuse was beyond credulity and an insult, which your last reply also had plenty of, so both completely unacceptable and beyond redemption.
Our new contractor has demonstrated non of your excuses were valid, used a tarpaulin, has done an excellent quality job to complete satisfaction, and finished on time with sterling effort of dedication to our needs.
I have nothing more to add, or will enter into further protracted argument.