Homeowner gets construction help

By Diane Walker - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We got help for a homeowner who says he lost thousands to an unlicensed contractor who didn't finish the work.

Kevin Blunt of "Atlee Electrical" is the contractor who's stepping up to help homeowner, James Hicks. This afternoon, I also talked with the original contractor who's under fire and under investigation.

Kevin Blunt's charitable work proves good guys far outnumber the bad in the construction business.

"First and foremost I'm a Christian and that's what you're supposed to do. You're supposed to help folks in need," he said.

He's installing a new and improved electrical system at no cost to homeowner James Hicks.

"He had 150 amp fuse panel and I'm switching it out to a breaker panel. We cut the wall open made it a little larger," said Blunt.

"It was a big financial burden because I was going to have to pay for the work twice," said Hicks. "When he saw the program on 12 On Your Side, he volunteered to do the work, and help me out of a tight spot. I really appreciate it."

Originally, Hicks says he hired 25-year-old Clayton Duty to fix his AC unit and upgrade his home's electrical system. He says Duty kept $5100 and did not finish the work.

I called Duty many times before. But today, he answered. He accuses Hicks of wrong doing, and says he's not telling the whole story. The homeowner says a State Board of Contractor investigator interviewed him yesterday.

"I had to pick out Clayton Duty out of the line up before they could issue a warrant to prosecute," said Hicks.

Duty also said he was coming here to give me his side of the story in person. I haven't seen him yet. When he does, we'll share his story with you. Duty says he plans to payback two other homeowners but, James Hicks and any other complaints are unfounded.

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