Hindsight is 20/20.
You thought this guy was great, he's a turd.
Now you know you are an absolute terrible judge of character.
Next time hire a reputable company. Pony up the extra money it costs to have a professional do the work, along which comes a warranty in writing and no excuses.
References, BBB membership, portfolio of work, copies of insurance... etc... any of that sound good now?
You get what you pay for, tattoo it on your arm and look at it every day.
Always remember T&M is a suckers game. It's the favorite method of all hacks. Now you know why.
Bottom line, you know it, we all know it, you got seduced by trying to get a deal and got bent over by a professional hack. You play with fire and sometimes you get burned.
Damn Mike, i am going to suggest that Nathan adds a THANKS AGAIN button. This whole thread should be titled-( The business of the Clueless)