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Old 06-08-2019, 09:42 PM   #1
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Dealing With Aging Pieces


From fragile, plastic mini-blind valance clips, to curtain rod assemblies, to plastic plate covers, fraying bottom door seals and all the cheap or dated pieces in-between that practically want to breaks on contact - most customers seem reasonable when it comes to failure. But that doesn't mean you still don't have to come up with a replacement, sometimes. Talking mainly of interiors.

I typically pull blinds. Although I don't keep a small inventory of replacement stock like I should (and where do you get these ?)

Then there are the simply no longer available parts that possibly could have been discontinued, and that you haven't seen in years. That could match others around nearby.

Wondering what everyone else here is doing - putting a clause in the agreement ..."can't be responsible for breakage due to..." ?

- You can only be so careful.

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I normally don't have clients that have aging crap but if there's any chance of breakage I warn them beforehand. Had a job where I visually noticed a little rot on a door going out to the pool. Told them I won't open it it might fall apart.

I just replaced that door for $1200 labor only. So there's that.

Otherwise it's my responsibility to fix or replace anything I break.

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on your SOW & contract ( may be the same document), make note of what has to be removed, potential breakables and that you are not responsible for them.

if an item or two does break and you can easily fix/replace them note it on your bill an indicate no charge.
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Don't bother trying to keep replacement blind stock, you'd have to have dozens to even have a hope of matching.
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Remove carefully for leave in place. Do what works best for you.

It took me a while to leave some stuff in place, but it's sometimes the best way. Phone jack plates stay where they are now,as one example.
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It's always the things that we see every day and think are common that bite us in the butt.

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Don't bother trying to keep replacement blind stock, you'd have to have dozens to even have a hope of matching.
Those little plastic valence clips snap all the time. And some don't exactly slip off. Problem is you can't put the valence back on without it (where there is one on each side, if there is three, just shift one over).

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Remove carefully for leave in place. Do what works best for you.

It took me a while to leave some stuff in place, but it's sometimes the best way. Phone jack plates stay where they are now,as one example.
Yesterday I left large blinds in place, by owners request (pricing). Worked fine. But most were cut a little under so there was spacing to paint behind on the sides.

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I've found that if it's the type of home that has the old slatted blinds with the ancient brittle plastic clips, it's usually the type of customer that isn't going to give me crap about just cutting around it. They know the deal.

Phone jacks are a nightmare. Half the time they're dead, but they're so painted on there that if you try to remove them you've opened up a chiseling, patching, sanding, triple painting nightmare pile in every room. I usually ask them what they want me to do. They usually get confused and say, "Just leave it, I guess."
Hey, you never know. The landline might make a comeback...
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Hey, you never know. The landline might make a comeback...
Our cable package routes through a landline, that sends wireless from there.

I usually mask phone plates or back the screws enough for a gap.

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