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Old 07-31-2019, 07:38 PM   #21
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if and when you take over someone's fustercluck it is done ALL on your terms.

you say when, how, how much & how you will be paid.

if there is any hesitation decline & move on....

that simple....
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No, not at all.

there is a bit more diplomacy & conversation.
Nah, just gotta bust in like a big d*ck in a locker room and say "this is how it's gonna be b*tches"
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:16 PM   #22
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The stingiest people spend the most.



You can quote me on that.


I was thinking of this today.


I gave a quote on a roof, Drywall repair, and installing a drywall ceiling in a garage in February for a lady that just bought a house to rent out.

She texted me last week, asking if I could finish the drywall ceiling.

The roof was done, the drywall is done, the rental actually looked fine.

And the drywall ceiling now has OSB sheets on it. Kind of nailed off. But not really.

Itís going to cost her more.

I suppose she saved some money on the roof and the drywall repairs.

Iím quite sure she lost money by paying a mortgage in for five months without a renter in it.

Stingiest people spend the most.


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Old 08-01-2019, 05:31 PM   #23
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you know , most times they hired the other guy because he was cheap.
thats why his work was poor ,
most likely ,they got what they paid for
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I peeked at the roof when I went over to work on the drywall today.


No flashing on the rake edge, old flashing on the drip edge.

Ah well. No warranty saves money as well, I guess.




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you know , most times they hired the other guy because he was cheap.
thats why his work was poor ,
most likely ,they got what they paid for
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I peeked at the roof when I went over to work on the drywall today.


No flashing on the rake edge, old flashing on the drip edge.

Ah well. No warranty saves money as well, I guess.




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We do service work on a national chain of fast food places. We used to get the full install job during construction, but the contractor we do the subbing for decided that our pricing was too high. Usually the electrical contractor they go with will also do all the low voltage work too....by putting the cheapest, least experienced guy they have to do it. Or, by hiring some local hack to do the job...again, the key word is "cheap"

I don't get upset anymore by missing out on the original install work. We make so much more money having to go back and either finish the work that never got completed. Or, by constantly going back and fixing the crappy cheap work that was done.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:07 PM   #27
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Lots of good advice above. I'll just add that where it rubs me the wrong way is being used as a scab to charge-back the original crew against their last draw. The subs are production guys, piece rate tract home crew doing tract home work at tract home prices. That's what they sold GC, that's what he bought, but then he's making a custom-grade punch list and wants it "fixed" for free. When sub tells him to **** off, GC calls you "for a few little punch items" and won't stop bugging you until you're wrapping up everything. You're annoyed, but give him the "piss off" rate, and he takes it, because he knows he won't really be paying it out of pocket, but charging it against the outstanding balance he owes trim sub #1.You'll put 2 & 2 together when GC's willing to go the full 9 yards on anything that was in the original trade's scope, but not willing to even purchase material for add-ons.

There's a whole contingency of developers and 'real estate investors' who are willing to half-ass a project, then half-ass the fixes as many times as necessary to close on the house. Just finished one for a guy who thought I was too expensive to drill cabinet door hardware, hired a handy-hack to do it, and ended up with over 50 drawer fronts and doors drilled off-center Then he wanted me to come out and plug the holes and touch up the finishes They're sequence-matched premium finishes Another guy bought $5,000 pivot doors for the front entries, but balked at the $1k installation the company quoted him. He and handy-hack tried to set them, fixed them, broke them, paid me to half-ass fix them, half-ass fix them again, and they still don't strike perfectly. Same guy puts in the same stairs in multiple units wrong 3 times! They're still not right, but he's bodged them together to maybe pass final and beg for a C.O.

Take their money, sure, but they pay cash and they do it your way.

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