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I live in CA and I made the biggest mistake of paying a contractor in full (I know, bad idea) in my area to work on my house. I had hired him last fall to paint my house and he did an amazing job. I hired him to paint the inside of my house and install a backsplash in my kitchen. I also hired him to install a sprinkler system in my yard. He created an invoice for the yard work and has only done about $250 of the $650 listed. About the backsplash, I'm not sure I got an invoice from him, but he started the work back in December of last year and never installed it even though I paid him in full. Now he comes by once every few weeks and digs a small hole here and there. I assume he's stringing me along. We never contracted for a completion date. Can I take him to court?The next time I talk with him, should I give him a deadline to finish the work before asking for my money back or threatening taking him to court? We're already 2 and 1/2 months on the yard work (a project he said he'd have done in no less than 2 weeks) and 5 months on installing the backsplash. How do I handle a situation like this? Is there a fair and reasonable time frame for simple projects before a judge can rule that this guy has no intention of honoring his word? I'm in the hole about $800 with the guy. Not a huge amount, but enough to make it worth my while to get the money back (if not at least part of it). I just don't know how to handle the situation at this point. Probably worth noting is that I don't have any formal contracts drafted up between myself and this contractor. Just an invoice for the yard work and verbal agreements for the backsplash work in my kitchen.