Lack of Respect for Industry?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by txirrigation, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is this "bling" you children speak of? :dizzy:
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Jim, it will be tommorow, had a electrical call from hell and didnt make it.
     
  3. 1idejim

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    i just made a 100 mile turnaround to look at a "friends" pool. known the guy since he was 16, he's doing well right now and is a limited partner with one of my best friends.

    long story short, he calls while i'm on the way home and tells me that he got phone prices from 2 other companies and the low price was less than $2600 and that included a pool sweep, i told him to go with that company.

    i feel insulted that he resorted to this form of price shopping and abused our "friendship" in this manner.

    nobody else has visited the site, done any testing or made any inspections of the structure.

    the equipment that he wants is around $2000 my cost, the main drain is clogged, the water level is just below the top of the light (indicative of a niche leak) the slide needs re plumbed, the pad will need enlargement, the in-ground plumbing is 1.5" instead of of 2", the main drain is plugged
    as is the suction line between the backwards plumbed suction lines...my list goes on and on.

    on top of all of the mentioned items, the pool will require an anti entrapment drain retrofit to be VGB compliant and no contractor or service company will work on the pool without the retrofit, "it's the law"

    all of the trades are being degraded by both the state of the economy and the general opinion of the public vs "blue collar" individuals.

    the oldtimers say that if it was easy everyone could do it
     
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    you do repair work in hell? i do underground and underwater work but i don't get near the quality of clients that you do. :confused:

    cool, i thank you again steve. :)
     
  5. DanaMac

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    Had a guy call today needing a leak fixed near or below the sidewalk. Wanted a price. I told him my x-ray vision was on the fritz and I can't see what was broken below ground, so I can't give him a price. Since we have to use a shovel, the meter starts when we get there. I gave him my prices. he then said that a handyman service gave him a very high price to replace the two pipes all along the sidewalk. I explained they were probably wasting his money by replacing the whole piping, and we could just fix the pipe that is broken.

    Ended with a "I'll call you back if we need you".
     
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    i got one of those from a property mgmt/reality company last week, rude on top of that.

    i am toooooo busy doing something to answer that call.
     
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love it when someone calls, asks my rates, I quote our rates, and then I hear the smug chuckle and get something along the lines of "you're not my guy then", Click. Glad I weeded them out early.
     
  8. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh no....didn't you get a memo? As a small business owner you're not allowed to make money. As a matter of fact if you do you're just greedy! How can you expect Bob and Susie homeowner to make the payments on their his and her's matching BMW 5 series if you charge what's fair?
     
  9. Start asking them what their budget is or how much they want to spend so you can burst out laughing.
     
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like the ones that say "oh my gosh, I don't even make that much." Really lady, because NEITHER DO I! There is a lot of overhead that gets paid from that way before I get paid.
     

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