I'm trying to get the hillside behind my house graded to avoid drainage problems. I don't know how to drive a bobcat or a front end loader, so I thought it would be best for me to hire an excavation contractor. I called just about everybody in the phone book, only to be told that most contractors have a four month work backlog, unless I am doing new construction. If I wait two months, the ground might be frozen which means that I'll have to wait until spring, etc. I was finally able to get through to a local contractor, who said that he could get to me in a few weeks. He came by, looked at the work that needed to be done, and gave me a reasonable price quote. When I asked for the quote in writing, he said that he would fax one to me. That was the last I heard from him until yesterday when he left me a voice mail. He told me that he had just gotten out of court and that he wasn't going to work for homeowners anymore. It sounded like he had something personal against me, saying that "if you have any problems with me not being able to work on your job, you can thank your frinds and neighbors". I don't know the guy, so I'm not sure why he went to court, but I guess it's a good thing that he refused to work for me because of how unreliable he turned out. Anyhow, I'm now back to square one with bad drainiage and no way to fix it unless I started diging into the hillside myself with a pick and shovel. I guess I'll start calling everybody in the phone book again, and hope that somebody has some openings in his schedule.