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Old 10-13-2018, 11:51 PM   #21
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Some engineers, usually dudes, that focus on microscopic details that don't have a bearing on the final product.
I knew I was in trouble when I caught my uncle, a great guy and an engineer, whose house we'd gotten roped into helping prepare for sale, measuring the spaces between the new tile in the bathroom with his micrometer...........
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:02 AM   #22
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Wasn't me that said I don't like rich dudes I dont think. Just the overtly alpha male type that are too dumb to realize how dumb they are.
My definition of alpha male is probably different than yours I guess. Definitely not someone posturing or posing or acting like they know how to do what I do.

Misunderstood what you said I guess.



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the uneducated, mis-informed and want to keep up with the jonses when they don't have the coin....
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So we can talk about what races are cheap pricks but a guy can't post a love story without it being deleted?
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Wasn't me that said I don't like rich dudes I dont think. Just the overtly alpha male type that are too dumb to realize how dumb they are.
The high school football captain whose best days ended at graduation?
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The high school football captain whose best days ended at graduation?
Or a dude who runs an oil.company lol

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Some engineers, usually dudes, that focus on microscopic details that don't have a bearing on the final product.
Even worse is the engineer DIYer. They come up with some absolutely crazy "solutions" to simple problems because they think they know better than the millions of tradesmen who've spent collectively billions of hours doing that task.
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We had an engineer who ran his own wiring once. It took him 9 weeks because he would measure each tail in each box to make them exactly the same. Among other things.

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We had an engineer who ran his own wiring once. It took him 9 weeks because he would measure each tail in each box to make them exactly the same. Among other things.

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I once had a builder tell me he was going to drill all the framing for wiring. He spent the better part of 3 days doing so.

His method was to set up a rotary laser and mark the face of each stud. Then use a square to extend the pencil mark to the side of each stud. THEN.... us a tape measure to mark the center of the stud at the pencil mark.

THEN, and ONLY THEN, would he drill the hole precisely in line with all the other holes and perfectly centered in the stud.



His reasoning? It would take less wire between boxes, so I should give him a break on price.

So he spent three frikkin days doing this.......... and I still didn't give him a nickel off the price.
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I once had a builder tell me he was going to drill all the framing for wiring. He spent the better part of 3 days doing so.

His method was to set up a rotary laser and mark the face of each stud. Then use a square to extend the pencil mark to the side of each stud. THEN.... us a tape measure to mark the center of the stud at the pencil mark.

THEN, and ONLY THEN, would he drill the hole precisely in line with all the other holes and perfectly centered in the stud.



His reasoning? It would take less wire between boxes, so I should give him a break on price.

So he spent three frikkin days doing this.......... and I still didn't give him a nickel off the price.
I knew a builder who notched the bottom of studs for wires. Took maybe an hour to notch all the studs on the lumber stack. Took more wire but was easier to insulate. This in the sub-arctic where people tried all sorts of ways to better insulate.
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I once had a builder tell me he was going to drill all the framing for wiring. He spent the better part of 3 days doing so.

His method was to set up a rotary laser and mark the face of each stud. Then use a square to extend the pencil mark to the side of each stud. THEN.... us a tape measure to mark the center of the stud at the pencil mark.

THEN, and ONLY THEN, would he drill the hole precisely in line with all the other holes and perfectly centered in the stud.



His reasoning? It would take less wire between boxes, so I should give him a break on price.

So he spent three frikkin days doing this.......... and I still didn't give him a nickel off the price.
That's nutty.
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Another 'type' I hate is those who 'have some of the material'. It goes something like this:

"Our church would like to install 6 pole lights out in the parking lot. We need a price. We already have some material you can use to keep the cost down."

When I inquire about the material, I hear, "Oh, we have about twenty feet of an old extension cord, two plastic electrical boxes and a dozen concrete anchors."


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We had an engineer who ran his own wiring once. It took him 9 weeks because he would measure each tail in each box to make them exactly the same. Among other things.

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Did he wait to strip the sheathing til after it was in the box?
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I have a couple boxes of electric materials, I guess thst's a free wiring job....
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Don't have too many customers like that but when it happened over the years, it's either (or a combination of)...
1. Someone who did some type of construction in their life and washed out...

2. Someone who thinks they know something about construction because they've watched a YouTube video and picked up some lingo...

3. Someone who has a cousin, uncle or "friend' who can do it for less (then why am I here? So you can get a free SOW and drive their prices down?)...

4. Someone who thinks they "know" what the price "should" be...
Thankfully, long gone are the days where I'd need the job that bad but can rather let it... Pass...
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Worst type of customer is the type that does not pay. 2nd worst is the type that pays late.
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Worst type of customer is the type that does not pay. 2nd worst is the type that pays late.

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“Just curious what your worst type of customer is.. i dont mean “ the one’s that dont pay “.. ”
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I value each and every customer. I cherish the vast array of challenges they afford me so I can learn to be a better provider. The customer is always right, you know.

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A few of my red flags that it's going to be a "worst customer":
I would do it myself but...........
I want your best price.........
I can help.........
You can't be here alone..........
The last guy quit..........
Anyone with any of these descriptors in their title: engineer, appraiser, home inspector........ at least in my experience.

I have reached a point where if anyone says any of those phrases above, I simply stop and tell them: "I'm sorry, this is probably not a good fit, thank your for the consideration".........then I pack it up and leave. Even if they try to backtrack what they said, it's still NO!
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A few of my red flags that it's going to be a "worst customer":
I would do it myself but...........
I want your best price.........
I can help.........
You can't be here alone..........
The last guy quit..........
Anyone with any of these descriptors in their title: engineer, appraiser, home inspector........ at least in my experience.

I have reached a point where if anyone says any of those phrases above, I simply stop and tell them: "I'm sorry, this is probably not a good fit, thank your for the consideration".........then I pack it up and leave. Even if they try to backtrack what they said, it's still NO!
Add to that
" it's an easy job"
"Shouldn't take long"

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