The contractor last year did not perform as expected after many, many promises. They delayed the project, did not adequately prepare the surface, and hired a painter that did not use the correct procedures for applying the product. They were provided the tech materials supplied by the manufacturer, but did not follow the instructions. The paint was applied at the end of the season, which did not allow for any remediation prior to the temperature dropping below the levels for application. Consequently, the rubberized paint did not survive the winter. It checked and cracked due to the way it was applied and due to poor adhesion both to the under coat and the failure of the undercoat itself to adhere. As a result, it has to be redone so that is why the paint is scraped off.
The board refused to pay for the work beyond what was already paid, holding the contractor in breach of contract. The bulk of the contractor's invoice was left unpaid, which also included billings for pond maintenance that was deficient as well.
The Board understands the importance of our fountain in making a positive impression for the neighborhood and is on top of the problem. It is a priority. We are going to have to strip all of the old paint off, and start from scratch, which is what should have been done in the first place. We are planning on going back to an Epoxy paint, which will be more durable and less prone to application failures. The epoxy paint is also more forgiving of less than ideal weather conditions during application. However, we will need temperatures of at least 60 degrees and several days of dry weather. Once the subsurface is taken down to bare concrete, the concrete has to "bake" any moisture out of it which takes at least 3 to 4 days of dry, warm weather. If the moisture is not out of the concrete, it will cause the top coat to lose adhesion and bubble up. The paint should have at least 2 days without precipitation to fully cure, though Epoxy will cure adequately to tolerate some light moisture in a day. It is doubtful the work will be able to be done before mid to late June due to the normal spring weather patterns.
We have all the fountain components and are just waiting for the paint work to be completed before setting them up. We've fabricated an automatic filling system that should eliminate the problem we have had in the past with the water running low or getting overfilled. It should be pretty slick once completed! The important thing is this has to be done right or we are wasting your money.
Board of Directors: Mike Salkin, President 402-330-4320 Colville Osborne, Vice-President 402-990-2256 Kim Gehrman, Treasurer 402-699-2502 Marti Gude, Secretary 402-330-8656 Dianne Bristol, Member at Large 402-330-8656
Cambridge Oaks Homeowners Association PO Box 540753 Omaha, NE 68154
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