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Old 06-15-2019, 07:27 PM   #1
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So this morning I have a appointment at 10am to look at a job for good customers I have done work for in the past.

Upon leaving I see a note under a wiper blade, note says "see me before you leave # 6514" so I hit reverse and go to the address, guy comes out of the garage and says "wanted to see if you wanted to make a quick $20 bucks" my answer "no but what do you need done" he "I need a couple of doors routed" me "well I do not keep a router on the van but I do own 3 so at this time I can not help you" but he pissed me off with his quick 20 bucks comment, So I told him "there is a number on the van to call the office but let me tell you now if you want me to come out I charge $50.00 TO COME AND RING YOUR DOOR BELL.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:36 PM   #2
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That's classic! I don't dress fancy or act like I'm the owner of anything, and many times I've had neighbors on jobs corner me to ask if I can do work on the "side" and not go through "my boss" for cash and get a discount.

It happens about once a year but you win the prize IMO with the offer of a twenty dollar bill!

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All kidding aside what can you do for $20.00. but more to the point what the hell is routing a couple of doors ?, This subdivision the homes are 450k and up ?. my ins is more than that a day thank you lord for giving gas for free here in FL
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All kidding aside what can you do for $20.00. FL
Loan a screw driver, a cheap unbranded screw driver.
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All kidding aside what can you do for $20.00.
Answer you next question. Wait you already asked one so you're already in 20.

Seriously $20 today is like $2
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Form the movie “Repo Man”

Hey kid , you wanna make ten bucks ?

F**k you queer
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All kidding aside what can you do for $20.00. but more to the point what the hell is routing a couple of doors ?, This subdivision the homes are 450k and up ?. my ins is more than that a day thank you lord for giving gas for free here in FL
It seems this is the new "Tree Fiddy" rate, the economy is good

I went to do an estimate and on the way, I got a flat tire so I was late. The homeowner comes out of the house and said we have to be someplace so we have to re-schedule.
I said I'm sorry, no a problem at all, I will send you an email and we re-schedule.
In front of his house, there is a huge pile of garbage... It looks like someone been doing some work in there already.
The guy goes to me "do me a favor, I'll give you $20 dollars can you load this in your truck and follow me I'll show you where you can dump this"... I told him " How about I give you $20 and you leave this where it is"... his jaw dropped. I just got in my truck and took off, never heard from him again.
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So this morning I have a appointment at 10am to look at a job for good customers I have done work for in the past.

Upon leaving I see a note under a wiper blade, note says "see me before you leave # 6514" so I hit reverse and go to the address, guy comes out of the garage and says "wanted to see if you wanted to make a quick $20 bucks" my answer "no but what do you need done" he "I need a couple of doors routed" me "well I do not keep a router on the van but I do own 3 so at this time I can not help you" but he pissed me off with his quick 20 bucks comment, So I told him "there is a number on the van to call the office but let me tell you now if you want me to come out I charge $50.00 TO COME AND RING YOUR DOOR BELL.


Should have told him "Sorry, I have to see your wife in person first".
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:28 PM   #10
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Yeah that's pretty funny.

My story is not quite as funny, but along the same vein....

I've been in and out of this house, for the last couple of months. Cleaning up a kitchen and half of a full bath that Kitchen Express remodeled...

Last week maybe even the same day of your request, I neighbor comes to the side door looking for me. He knows the HO. He needs someone to fix a few faciaboards on his house. He tried to fix them a few years ago, but it didn't take....

He's a keyboard guy. I say sure I do that. I invite him in to show him the final trim I'm making up for the cabinet to soffit and tell him some of the other things I have done in the kitchen, Soffit extensions, tile backsplash, replace paneling with drywall, clad the brick fireplace with drywall and tile.

He says this will be easy for you then. I go across the street to see what needs to be done. Bottom of a soffit and fascia and take boards gone on one corner and going on another. I mention how it will be several weeks before I can get there. But yes I can definitely do it. Do you want a patch, or do you want to replace full boards? I point out some questionable boards beyond his requested corner, "oh yes if you think? "
Me" Yes I think, but it's up to you? " (I sense he doesn't want to go crazy)
Him"No go ahead do right."
Me:" Ok I'll come back when I have a moment to get up on the ladder and assess the situation."

Him:"Do you have a card?"
Me: "No, sorry haven't had one in several years. All my work is reapeat, and through referrals." I then explain how I got across the street. "Give your email I'll send you my contact info."

Him "ok, how much do you charge per hour?"

Me: $***

Him"ok" 😮

I followed up with an email afew days later...his response: "I look forward to your proposal"


Me: (really? I already told about a day, )

Yes he had sticker shock, at my rate, but really?

I will put together a number for him, just to see the reaction.

I know it won't go anywhere, he's thinking $100.
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Hahahaha

That's a classic!!!
Sometimes I feel so abused
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Should have told him "Sorry, I have to see your wife in person first".
His wife may have been the best case, he may well of been thinking of his mother
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Had a client with a profoundly compromised chimney. I offered him three solutions:

1. Remove the chimney since it was not necessary for gas heat.

2. Repair the chimney per engineers prescription (add a bunch of steel).

3. Add measures to manage a catastrophic failure (steel rods connecting the chimney top to an anchor point on the roof) and address the chimney at a later time.

He said to add the rods if I could do it for $400. I should mention that this 30yr old cedar shake roof was at least 30’ up and pitched at roughly 10/12.

Seriously, $400? I told him I wouldn’t go near his roof for $400.

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New one tonight...

So cabinet company coming tomorrow to tear out cabinets. Client needs sink, dw, range, range hood etc. Disconnected you know all the dirty work, so I get there end of the day to perform all of this. Dishes still in dishwasher etc. The clients ask if I have my truck and I say yes.
We need you to our sixteen years old fish to a pet store with all it's stuff, surely we'll pay you extra. the store closes by 8:00.

Really? No We have a favor to ask if you have time tonight...
,..I told them I was late last night, and couldn't be any later than I needed to be..

They managed to take their fish to were ever after I helped them load it.
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Kinda funny. But no harm, no foul.

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