Legal expenses would make $1800 a moot point. I just refused to work for deadbeats again and spread the word among the other carpenters in town that they didn't pay up. Over the years there were very few of them.
There was a time when a man's word was his bond. A time when there was honor even among thieves.
Now, with Trump's presidential example, I expect there are far more deadbeats than there used to be. It's become a patriotic duty to exploit labor at every turn.