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Author Topic: I Hate Harry Homeowner  (Read 5832 times)

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Offline rebocardo

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Re: I Hate Harry Homeowner
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2005, 12:02:36 AM »
Guess I have been lucky, people I have cut down or removed trees for free were very grateful. On the only job where I damaged property (free tree removal next to a car port) the lady just asked that it not leak. So, $25 of new shingles and wood it was done and we were both happy. Plus, now I always use at least two lines on any tree near a house no matter how small.  One of life's cheaper lessons :D

> I have noticed that cheap people are nearly impossible to please where as people who
> will always pay for what they get are some of the nicest people around.

That is the truth 100%.

I stopped a scrap metal guy going by my house to haul stuff away. I asked how much, he said for free since he gets paid for the metal. He took my mufflers, cat. cnvtrs, rotors, gas stove, railings, fencing, scrap steel, exhaust pipes, my old pick up bed, broken lamps, and weed eater.  I asked nicely and he even took my 33" cut in 1/2 mud tire. I paid him $25 anyways. Originally all I was willing to pay was $10 to get rid of some stuff, he made more money by being honest and working hard in a 1/2 an hour then I ever would have paid him originally.  I was looking for metal for him, even found some 1/2 plate to give him. I like good honest service  :)

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Re: I Hate Harry Homeowner
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2005, 07:17:22 AM »
Thirty years in the commercial contracting business and I have a PHD in scumbag recognition.  A couple of rules will save you a ton of grief, NEVER work for an attorneyor a general contractor, if you have a bad feeling about a job don't walk away, RUN!  The bank doesn't saw lumber and you shouldn't finance projects!!!!  GET THE MONEY!

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Re: I Hate Harry Homeowner
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2005, 07:34:57 AM »
I guess some good has come from all this.

Yesterday I was killing weeds in my yard when two dump trucks came rumbling down my road.  One of them was from Firday.

They start heading to where I was dumping on Friday.   I had to go mark a lot for trees that I getting, so I get on the phone to call my buddy to ask how many loads I can expect, I want to be there to direct the trucks.  I did not get him so I left a message.

I direct the first truck to where I want him, then go to the second.  The first truck dumps his load, the driver gets out to talk to me, he tells me that this stuff is from another local contractor's site; not my buddy's.

Well now I am real confused, I know of this other contractor but did not know he was sending dirt to me.  The driver tells me that my place is closer than the pit and these two guys will be dumping at least two loads per day this week.  This way they get home quicker.

 8) 8) 8) 8)  10 loads of free clean fill.   8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Life ain't so bad after all.

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Re: I Hate Harry Homeowner
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2005, 11:01:32 PM »
I've had experience with fill.  smiley_annoyed01
 Best thing to do is hook up with a local site contractor, the bigger the better, and give him exclusive use of the area you want filled. Otherwise, if these dump truck guys were independents, next time they have a load, they'll remember your site and dump there, whether it's stuff you want or not. I hooked up with a guy who ended up sending hundreds of loads of clean fill and provided a dozer every time as well.
My two hard earned cents on fill. :D
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." J. Lennon

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Re: I Hate Harry Homeowner
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2005, 01:23:45 PM »
I quit doing stuff for free a long time ago, Now I may barter  :D In fact my firs sawing job is still here. One of those a friend of friend of friend deals. Brought up one cherry log and about 25 decent pine logs. Wanted the pine cutinto 2X stock for a shed. he had more logs than he needed and I needed some pine so I told heim if he came up and helped I would cut his stuff for free as long as we didn't hit any metal, and I got what was left. that was last summer. I sawed the cherry log and stacked and stickered it since I hate to see cherry wasted the pine sat around till a few weeks ago. I've called him 8 or 9 times and tolds him this wasn't his persoanal storeage yard. Last time I called him told him he had 30 day or the logs where mine that was 4 months ago. needless to say his pine logs are going into my new shop  :D :D :D :D
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Re: I Hate Harry Homeowner
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2005, 01:56:00 PM »
I don't blame ya Quartlow, if ya don't do something soon the worms are gonna be in those pine logs.  :-\

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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