Re: Countertops aren't flush with wall
Agreed. Me thinks the contractor was lazy and has no eye for detail and is now trying to get out of doing it correctly. The cabinets are going to follow the line of the walls, regardless of whether the walls are plumb or square. Shims are used to make the faces line up straight. The countertop has enough of a lip on the back edge for considerable scribing to fit it to the conditions of the wall.
At this point, you may want to consider consulting with another contractor to give you a bid to install the tops properly and finish the job, and deduct the cost of having it done properly from the final paycheck of the guy who's telling tall tales.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!