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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    That took my plumber one day and, together with changing the tub drain, came to $1800.



    Deaaaaaaammmm


    I told her to expect $500, that includes the faucet.



    Hell I gotta pay for that rash medication somehow!
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    I was told to go out and buy the faucet. The first one I bought for him was the wrong size. That's still sitting in the basement.

    He did teach me how to sweat pipes that day though.

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    So you do know and were just venting

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    That is why I posted this, because it is like, what is your time worth, and is it fair to that customer? I don't think, correct me if you think different, if you do plumbing, teach, sale houses, etc.

    Maybe, I am off-base here, don't know.
    Don't put yourself in the same league as plumbers Cookie. Of course you should be paid. You are coming out to provide a service. Plumbers in providing a quote are certainly not, unless they tell you what is needed and how you can fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    You're doing a great job Cookie. I have several friends with disabled children and a service like yours is a blessing. The angry people in question will surely come to their senses.

    But for plumbing, I never charge to give a quote and my quote is always zero. I'll even buy the parts for someone and will turn down any form of reimbursement.

    One of the joys of being completely unlicensed.

    So next time you need a faucet replaced or a new fill valve for your toilet, you know who to call.

    Ian Gills. Cutting his own throat to do plumbing because it's fun.

    I trust it's legal for me to do this work as long as I do not charge for it?
    I figure I got another 20 years in it, then, I am done. That will mean I worked with special needs kids for 51 years.

    I love it though, when I am standing in the supermarket and some big, adult, manly, person says, " Didn't you teach me in the fifth grade?" YIKES, you are like HOW old?



    But, I do know who to call, when I want that sump pump finally put in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Don't put yourself in the same league as plumbers Cookie. Of course you should be paid. You are coming out to provide a service. Plumbers in providing a quote are certainly not, unless they tell you what is needed and how you can fix it.
    I love that guy, I got to steal him, Ian. Your army dude.

    I only charge that fee under certain circumstances. Tonite, I had to collect it, I didn't want to, but I had to, but that fee never went into my pocket.

    Infact, his bill is covered for now. Oh, well, no one ever said, I will be rich money-wise in life. His daughter is worth it to me.

    I get paid depending on whom I am doing the evaluation for, when and where. Classroom is different that is a weekly paycheck, salaried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunbar Plumbing View Post
    LOL! And once again I'm the fool, see below:


    She wanted me to replace a 3 handle faucet to single handle, and replace a toilet. Toilet rocks badly.


    I tell her 4 hours estimated to replace the faucet in the shower. I tell her my hourly rate and 4 freaking times she goes "4 hours?"

    It's an estimation, It usually takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours so my take is spot on.

    The toilet? She wants a set price, or "flat rate" and I told her that I cannot give her that because it's older piping and it's been rocking for how many years?

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    That means the brass ring could be broke loose from the lead, even though it's not visible downstairs.

    Like the fool I was, there was a tree trimmer guy giving an estimate as well.


    So here all the service providers looking to be employed came out at no cost to the consumer to "look" at the situation.


    I could be totally wrong, and I could assume that she's going to price shop me and find the cheapest, or she's going to realize how fair I've been in the past to her and her neighbor.


    IF she never calls me back, that would be a fair sense she found someone cheaper.


    That would mean that I would not feel comfortable working for her again. She's written off loyalty and I'm just like that.

    Hope she appreciates the services of another because I can choose not to work, just like some chose not to employ me.

    My toilet still rocks and I freakin don't care anymore, I let rock... and I keep gluing the bottom. lol.
    Last edited by Cookie; 09-13-2009 at 05:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunbar Plumbing View Post
    LOL! And once again I'm the fool, see below:


    She wanted me to replace a 3 handle faucet to single handle, and replace a toilet. Toilet rocks badly.


    I tell her 4 hours estimated to replace the faucet in the shower. I tell her my hourly rate and 4 freaking times she goes "4 hours?"

    It's an estimation, It usually takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours so my take is spot on.

    The toilet? She wants a set price, or "flat rate" and I told her that I cannot give her that because it's older piping and it's been rocking for how many years?

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    That means the brass ring could be broke loose from the lead, even though it's not visible downstairs.

    Like the fool I was, there was a tree trimmer guy giving an estimate as well.


    So here all the service providers looking to be employed came out at no cost to the consumer to "look" at the situation.


    I could be totally wrong, and I could assume that she's going to price shop me and find the cheapest, or she's going to realize how fair I've been in the past to her and her neighbor.


    IF she never calls me back, that would be a fair sense she found someone cheaper.


    That would mean that I would not feel comfortable working for her again. She's written off loyalty and I'm just like that.

    Hope she appreciates the services of another because I can choose not to work, just like some chose not to employ me.

    You should had waited around the corner, to see if any other plumbing trucks pull up, lol. You could wave them away, saying, " she hired me," and, then, pull away. See, I can be evil? LOL...

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    Wow Cookie, I am sorry to hear that this guy skipped out on paying for the evaluation when you were clear about the charge before visiting his family; there is no excuse for that.

    And the fact that you knelt down to comfort the distressed little girl speaks volumes about you!

    Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me? -Jack Handy


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    You don't miss what you never had, lol.

    My boss worries because I don't conceal my purse, like I tell her, " maybe, someone will feel bad and put some money in it!"

    I appreciate your kind words. I just really like kids.
    Last edited by Cookie; 09-12-2009 at 09:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    I love that guy, I got to steal him, Ian. Your army dude.

    I only charge that fee under certain circumstances. Tonite, I had to collect it, I didn't want to, but I had to, but that fee never went into my pocket.

    Infact, his bill is covered for now. Oh, well, no one ever said, I will be rich money-wise in life. His daughter is worth it to me.

    I get paid depending on whom I am doing the evaluation for, when and where. Classroom is different that is a weekly paycheck, salaried.

    So for the record, you did collect $75 for the visit, and you got paid, just got mouth along with the fee?


    If he knew ahead of time, why is he running his jaws?
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    Well, actually, lol, not in money. It was the gratitude in his daughters eyes that I would knew would be my payment. Do you understand?
    What was his problem? The hell if I know for sure, I think he was just overwrought with stuff on his agenda. I can understand that to a degree, his life is hard. His daughter was a real sweetie and I liked her. I'm not worried about the money, it is covered. It's a done deal.
    Last edited by Cookie; 09-13-2009 at 05:49 PM.

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    Just an update, incase you want to know, if not that is okay, too, but the plumber called and he asked if he could stop over. About an hour later he came over, had his sweet little girl with him, and he handed me the check saying, he was sorry. I told him, it was alright, and his little girl was motioning me to bend down and she had kissed my cheek.

    Now, that was nice, it made my night. .. but i didn't get my pen,
    Last edited by Cookie; 09-13-2009 at 05:55 PM.

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