Gregory  v. Watson

Need masonry work?

BEWARE!

Timothy Wayne Watson (aka "Shorty" Watson), doing business as Masonry Restoration, Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia, did extensive brick repointing and masonry foundation work at a 90+ year-old property in Norfolk during April-May, 2011. Later inspections by experts revealed that all of Mr. Watson's work was defective and either had to be redone or corrected.

How improper repointing can ruin your house

On April 4, 2012 the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) fined Masonry Restoration, Inc. (Gary Todd, president; Class B Contractor's License No. 2705129352) for filing a false license application regarding Mr. Watson's participation in its management. The DPOR barred Mr. Watson from acting as an officer of Masonry Restoration, Inc.

DPOR Violation No. 2012-00124

On July 26, 2012 the Norfolk Circuit Court (Case No. CL11005323-00) awarded Mr. Gregory, owner of the aforementioned property, substantial damages, plus interest, from Mr. Watson and Masonry Restoration, Inc., and the court's decision was not appealed. The amount was in excess of the $20,000 restitution that the state's Contractor Recovery Fund (covering the malfeasance of licensed contractors) had to pay out.

Virginia Dept. of Occupational and Professional Regulation

Virginia State Corporation Commission

 

One example of the shoddy work performed by Masonry Restoration, Inc., a rebuilt porch column (subsequently disassembled and properly rebuilt by another contractor). Note the rubble — even inadequately mortared — that comprised the interior of the base of this column:

 

Interior of properly constructed masonry porch column:

 

SUGGESTION:

Before hiring any masonry contractor, check to see that it has a valid contractor's license from the State of Virginia. Also make sure that it has insurance, including Workers' Compensation insurance, otherwise you, the property owner,may be legally liable if a worker is injured on the job.

If you need masonry restoration work,

first do some research at sites like this:

Department of the Interior — masonry cleaning

Department of the Interior - repointing

U.S. Heritage Group