Contractors team up to help woman after builder walks

Carolyn Edds
Carolyn Edds
James Bennett
James Bennett

By Eric Flack - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman's contractor nightmare dragged on for months. She paid the contractor thousands for a job he never finished. But now, Carolyn Edds calls the ordeal a blessing in disguise, after a team of workers banded together with the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter to rescue her from disaster.

"He made me lose my faith in people," Edds said of contractor James Bennett. "And they brought it back."

Edds gave Bennett $9,239 for a garage he never built. The only work Bennett ever did was to lay the foundation.

"We gave him months," Edds said. "He never did anything, you know, never did come back."

That's when Edds said she called me and asked for help. I tracked Bennett down to find out if he had any intention of finishing the job. Bennett said the matter was in the hands of his attorney, but wouldn't say who his attorney was. That's when I enlisted the help of Paul Davis Restoration. Bill Horn, owner of Paul Davis Restoration, said the community has been good to his company in their 30 years of operation, and he likes to find ways to give back.

"You know we do care about people," Horn said. "And we want to do right."

So Paul Davis got B&J Overhead Doors to donate the garage door. Norandex and Gary Hardison teamed up on the siding. Gene Hoene did the framing. K&I Lumber and RSG offered materials at cost. And workers from Paul Davis installed the windows and doors and made sure the job finally got done.

"Doesn't it look great?" Paul Davis contractor Bob Kaiser asked Edds.

"I stand out here for hours and just look around," Edds told the Paul Davis crew.

Edds even said she's happy she got tangled up with James Bennett in the first place.

"I'm so happy it happened," Edds said looking around at her new garage. "Because I would have never seen this place look like this."

Edds said words aren't enough to express her thanks.

Edds is suing James Bennett to get back the money she paid him for the work he never finished. If a judge can force Bennett to pay up, Edds said she is going to give it to Paul Davis Restoration, so they can put it towards the next victim.

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