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Old 11-02-2017, 10:05 PM   #1
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Do You Offer To Pick Up Material For Other Trades?


REelectric made a comment in another thread that I thought would make a nice poll thread.

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......... I announced to the jobsite loudly that I was going to Home Depot..does anyone need me to pick something up for them?..............
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:09 PM   #2
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When I pick things up for myself, usually have to get things for me or I.

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Old 11-02-2017, 10:18 PM   #3
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To clarify, yes I almost always ask the other trades if I am making a trip anyway. (Unless someone is an asshat)

If I'm at a job where I don't even know the other guys I'll still ask them.

The karma has come back to me many times when working with regular other contractors I know and even contractors I've never met before working with them that day.

The regular guys I work with have copied that format and picked up that one last damn thing I am missing in many cases for me to get done if they are heading there anyway.

All about being a team player IMO.
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:35 PM   #4
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Can't say I have but I like it...as long as it is just an item or two. I really like our subs and we have been working with some of them for 15 plus years.

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Are you paying for the material or are they?
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Due to the nature of most of what I usually do, no one really picks up supplies. All the subs have accounts at most suppliers, they can call in their own PO. So whenever I phone in an order, it's easy enough to ask them if they have something they want thrown on my hotshot truck. Then no one has to leave.

Whenever I do a residential job though, yeah I will offer if I'm running to a supply house anyway. Most of the time. Definitely ain't paying for it though
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I will ask if it is a friendly jobsite. Little stuff anyways. I will also ask if I am going to grab a coffee. Usually the favour is returned.
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I never have, but I would. I try really hard not to leave the job site if I don't have to. I make a running list and either have it delivered to my house, or pick it up after work myself. I do offer to bring back a drink on a hot day.

A couple of times this year I was there when the electrical inspector showed up for final inspection. He found an outlet that had the hot and neutral reversed. I told him that I could fix it real quick, and he replied "It is not legal for you to do that, but if I go upstairs and come back down and re-check it I will assume that my tester is going bad." When he came back down he re-checked it looked at his tester and said "I have to get a new tester, this one is flaky."

No point in having a sub come back for a two minute job.
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All about being a team player IMO.
Yep. We're all there to get the project done. I have no use for prima donnas.
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When I worked for a custom builder I'd pick up things for our trades all the time. Helping them helps us.
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Yes, same here. I'm not going to stock their job for them, but we've all been at a point where we need one stinkin common item to finish the job. (Like one single pole switch in the right color for example) I've miscounted on a trim list many times.
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It's common for favors to get asked for and returned around here.
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Are you paying for the material or are they?
They are of course.

The guys I've worked with for a long time, I just give them my store credit card, and they do the same when this comes up.(If it's someone I don't know I give them cash)


This only happens maybe once every couple months (either way) but it's sure a time saver for someone every time. It's also a nice courtesy that is always appreciated.
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I replied "hell no", probably based on a couple recent bad experiences. (Like when a tile guy doesn't show up with something basic after he looked at the job,and thinks I'll be his gopher....")

I offer for "good people". They usually say no.

If I'm on a job with my electrician, for example, and we missed something or there's an add-on...I jump to do whatever. Same with my plumber.

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