keep in mind that a lot of problems like this are simply due to carelessness or not paying close attetion, not being evil or scheming per se. i'm sure bill had good intentions, but he got busy ... time went by ... and things go downhill from there.
i try to always make sure that i watch the work or am involved on any work on my ped (even if only to learn something). and always try to gather your tools and spare parts after working at someone else's place. i lost a few parts/tools.
i hope you get your ped up and runing again dana. let the rest of the decepticons know if there's anything we can do to help.