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Old 07-09-2019, 10:09 AM   #21
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I just remembered, I did a job for my only friend this winter, a true friend that is but we don't hang out anymore. Anyway I was doing it for free and let him pay for parts to install a toilet and sink. He and his wife gave me a huge chunk of cash. I told him it wasn't necessary but they insisted. That was nice.
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:15 PM   #22
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and never ever my snakes, if it was somebody I knew I would go
and snake the drain myself
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He is an ahole or at least completely clueless and thoughtless. I paid him to do some drywall work at my home and it sucked I wanted him to put in a couple of arches and he cut or nicked electrical wires and tried to hide him. And the arches looked like crap. I paid him than hired someone else to fix his work. He is not a good tradesman and not good at holding down a job. So I don't think I will trade favors with him.




you must be pretty young and not had a lot of this crap happen to you yet.....I got the medals and the battle scars from fair weather freinds that have stiffed me....

You simply have to learn to piss icewater..... I have done the bartering thing with some good freinds and its the best way to lose a freindship---especially if they are drinkers.... They simply dont remember things the way it was agreed to months back. or they say I must have been drunk when we agreed to this mark..............

It will always go sour because you have not figured out yet that you are a man of your word and they are not people to depend on for anything......
I know you have to have a brother-in-law that is totally worthless or a relative that is not worth a crap.......correct??? So how do you handle them??

Next time someone asks for something for free say to them.....

Do I look like Mother Threasa or one of the sisters of charity???


I got a customer right now who I told it would cost 75 bucks to come out to their new home and inspect a bunch of potential problems...... I told them that if they decided to make the repairs that the 75 bucks would go towards the total bill....

So, I reset the toilet, put all new parts in the tannk,, sealed the bowl down to the un-even floor.... Raised a drain line under the lav sink, sealed a small leak on the lav... then looked around in the basement......told them they needed a new water heater and ran their laundry drain to see if it worked ok..

the total bill was 225.00 I get a call from them after I ran their card and they expected me to take off the 75 dollar inspection fee.......

Also, your ego is sort of involved with the decision to lend people tools and trust them too... watch this video

https://www.facebook.com/gary/videos/697871637282157/




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Do I look like Mother Threasa or one of the sisters of charity???


For a second there I was reading "Do I look like Sisters on Mercy"!

Now I had to spend an hour rewatching their videos. One of he best song remix of the 90's in my book.


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I got a customer right now who I told it would cost 75 bucks to come out to their new home and inspect a bunch of potential problems...... I told them that if they decided to make the repairs that the 75 bucks would go towards the total bill....

So, I reset the toilet, put all new parts in the tannk,, sealed the bowl down to the un-even floor.... Raised a drain line under the lav sink, sealed a small leak on the lav... then looked around in the basement......told them they needed a new water heater and ran their laundry drain to see if it worked ok..

the total bill was 225.00 I get a call from them after I ran their card and they expected me to take off the 75 dollar inspection fee.......





So you told them the 75$ would go toward the bill and then didn't do it?










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So you told them the 75$ would go toward the bill and then didn't do it?










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The 225$ bill had already the 75$ deducted on it. So the subtotal must of been 300$
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So you told them the 75$ would go toward the bill and then didn't do it?










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I said it many times in my neighborhood if you say 75$ service call then you know who will think the whole job sight unseen is 75$
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Thanks Mark what you are saying makes a lot of sense
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The 225$ bill had already the 75$ deducted on it. So the subtotal must of been 300$

I think you got it figured out.... if I had done nothing but inspected their house it was gonna cost them 75 bucks... Instead the 75 dollars they were going to have to fork out went towards the service work I completed for them.....

I told them that the 75 bucks would be put towards the total bill for all the work completed....

this seemed reasonable to me as we do this all the time ....


its just the first time someone tried to haggle me out of it.... and that would have meant all the work I did would have been for only 150.00


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Worked for a church friend today. In the past he had some issues with my prices. Seriously he said my prices were of the devil. The last time I made the mistake to make it a family visit while I did the plumbing that was my mistake. This time I kept the conversation short and sweet. I made sure it was business and not a friendly visit. Left the wife at home. I gave him a price to replace a regulator and asked him if that was acceptable to him he said yes I installed the regulator got paid by a check and left. Really not that much conversation that was fine by me. He needed a service I provided the service and he paid me for the service and I left.
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