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Old 08-13-2019, 10:14 PM   #21
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Coverage of the area you're working on...

If they're paying you to paint the wall, it's up to you to figure out how to paint the whole wall or find out how if you don't know when coming across an obstacle (like trying to paint around a radiator that you can see behind)...


There's LOTS of potential things a project can sometimes present that you may have to get creative on... painters tape and a new blade to trim off the excess before painting could have taken care of that rope problem fairly quickly...
That's an easy one.
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That's an easy one.
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My expectations ALWAYS exceeds the customers. That approach needs to be done on every job. It really is that simple.


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The title of your thread is "Ugly Jobs".

You don't even like it, FerFuxAche.

And now you're whining because you got told that you should have done better work?

Big difference between asking for pointers on accomplishing a difficult task, and asking how to get away with s#!tty work.

Would you have paid what you charged, for what you gave, and been happy?
You got all your wires crossed there, Chief. The "Ugly Jobs" were hypothetical, remember?

Today I spent way too long and felt like a doofus, but the customer was fine. The only reason I mention today's job is because that's what got me thinking.
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You got all your wires crossed there, Chief. The "Ugly Jobs" were hypothetical, remember?

Today I spent way too long and felt like a doofus, but the customer was fine. The only reason I mention today's job is because that's what got me thinking.
Some of us were reading between the lines a little bit. It happens from time to time, right or wrong.
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painters tape and a new blade to trim off the excess before painting could have taken care of that rope problem fairly quickly...
I thought about it. I might have been able to tape it, but oh boy if that didn't work and one drop got behind there, there would have been no way to ever clean the paint out of the roping.
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KAP your pic got me to thinking.
General question to all,
Do you remove the toilet tank and paint behind it?

I can't stand it when I'm repainting someone's bathroom and the last painter didn't paint behind the toilet.

Just a pet peeve of mine.
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Hot dog roller if possible.


In Oregon, GCs are discouraged from electrical and plumbing tasks.


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KAP your pic got me to thinking.
General question to all,
Do you remove the toilet tank and paint behind it?

I can't stand it when I'm repainting someone's bathroom and the last painter didn't paint behind the toilet.

Just a pet peeve of mine.
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Me, too.

Remove lid only, put plastic (kitchen trash bag is good) over the tank, and jam a hotdog roller in behind it.
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Hypothetical????....

in the current economic environment even the worst of the hacks are busy.

there are also a fair number of "contractors" bidding work that have no business even being in construction.

almost like we need a real good economic burp to get rid of a bunch of riff-raff "contractors"....

and making excuses for poor quality work, don't cut it...

do it right or don't do it...period....

When I was a young man and my grandfather was alive and running the show I asked him to teach me everything about construction.

His answer was a little more colorful than what I highlighted in your comment, but the same point was made.

It's really all I have ever needed to know
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Simple. Just say "It's close enough for government work"
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You make it look good.

I started a deep clean on a cabin last week to prep for staining.

Vacation rental home.

Previous painters used a very cheap stain, and apparently wood had weathered before it was stained the first time with no prep so most of the stain came off with just bleach and water hose. Made it look terrible.
Bird **** all over it left streaks even after most of stain was gone.

Much of the stain came off, and had splatters of stain removed where the birds had shat leading delaying another job, to sand almost the entire cabin, and get all the visible areas stained so it looked good before guests arrived last week. The sanding wasn't in the quote as never ran across such a bad case. So I had to eat that labor.

We could have refrained from sanding and just stained, and left the ugly streaks, and spatters to show through, but that wouldn't get me repeat business from that client, who has another 5 rentals needing the same work done, plus many other repairs. Nor would it get me referrals to other owners he knows.

Almost all my clients now are referrals because I go to such extremes.

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