Anyone ever had to go back and repo. an install job because you didn't get paid? I am almost at that point with a customer. Here's the story. I signed a contract to install a sprinkler system for a rental home. The owners live in CA and I've never met them. I showed up initially to give the bid only to find out it wasn't a homeowner I was meeting to give a bid to, but their realtor. Now generally speaking, I never do work for anyone except the homeowner. I don't work for property management companies, no commercial work, no realtors, no third parties. That's my rule because in my experience, it often leads to problems. Well, I was foolish enough to break my own rule. It's winter and new sprinkler system installs are rare this time of the year here. And it just meant more revenue and more work for my guys. So, against my better instincts, I took the job. I still drew up a contract and had the owners sign it. And they sent me our usual 50% down. Terms being; 50% down and remainder due the day of completion. So we completed the system 1 day sooner than scheduled and installed a perfectly working system for them. When it came time to meet with the Realtor to sign off on the job, that's where problems began. It's a long story from that point. Lots of stupid drama. But what it boils down to is it's been a week now since we finished and still no word whether I am going to get that second half payment or not. The realtor won't return my phone calls. I did finally figure out the owners' phone number and called and talked with them yesterday. They assured me they'd call the realtor (turns out he's a close friend of theirs) and make sure I got paid. They were supposed to be calling me back yesterday and resolve all this. But big surprise, no call yet. Well, I am about a day or two away from having my crew go over and remove everything except the pipe. Thankfully, nobody is living at the house and we could go do a quick un-install in 1 day before anyone even knew what happened. I think I'd also have them remove 8 or 10 small sections of pipe in random spots as well. That way they couldn't pay some new contractor to just come in and install the missing parts. He'd have a mess on his hands and they'd end up paying for a whole new system. I just can't believe it's come to this. In 11 years, I've never had a job go South like this. And I am never dealing with another friggin' Realtor as long as I live. I must be some kind of stupid to have done it [yet again] in the first place.