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  • A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

    Go on a call today Home owner called She has a local handy man on sight.
    Sewer backed up sewage all over the floor. She asks my rates handy man over hears Says Wow are you expensive how can you charge those rates.
    He say's he charges $15.00 an hour and is "Way" more reasonable than my rates.
    I glance over his equipment small flat push rod and a hose. Ask how long have you been trying to clear this sewer.
    Last night and two hours this morning. This dude was a jerk. Really I said. I see at $15 bucks an our you can't afford real equipment or a decent vehicle.
    Bet your Insurance is up to date too Bring my machine in total set up and clear the line 50 minutes with loading the machine back in the van. Lady was thrilled but mad she wasted money on his service.
    Rod
    MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
    Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
    http://unclognh.com
    http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

    Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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    Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

    15 bucks an hour! WOW. what do you expect him to have. there is no way you could run any type of trade business at those rates. What an idiot wanting to play in other peoples shlt for 15 bucks an hour.
    plus a flat snake and a garden hose. what the hell can you do with that

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    • #3
      Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

      yeah but he loosened it up for you!!

      what a joke, you should have hired him for $8.00 an hour and let him use some real tools.

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      • #4
        Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

        what about the landlord that tries to clear a main with just a blow bag

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        • #5
          Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

          @ $15 an hour.....

          How does he even pay for gas

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          • #6
            Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

            Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
            @ $15 an hour.....

            How does he even pay for gas
            he takes the bus. or rides a bicycle

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            • #7
              Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

              Man I pay my helpers more then that

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              • #8
                Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                Originally posted by handybull View Post
                15 bucks an hour! Wow. What do you expect him to have. There is no way you could run any type of trade business at those rates. What an idiot wanting to play in other peoples shlt for 15 bucks an hour.
                Plus a flat snake and a garden hose. What the hell can you do with that
                make a very big mess of everthing ! :d
                JERRYMAC
                E-MAILJERRYMAC777@GMAIL.COM
                CALIF. LIC. PLBG,HEAT,DRAINS,ELECTRIC,WATER HEATER, BOILER, POOL AND SPA HEATER
                FIRE SPRINKLER CONTRACTOR,
                SINCE JAN. 1989

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                • #9
                  Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                  Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                  @ $15 an hour.....

                  How does he even pay for gas


                  You dont burn much when every job takes all day

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                  • #10
                    Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                    i started at $3.00 an hour

                    in 1975 at age 12

                    rick.
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
                      Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                      i started at $3.00 an hour

                      in 1975 at age 12

                      rick.

                      $3 an hour plus ice cream maybe!!

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                      • #12
                        $15.00 x 40 x 52 = $31,200.00

                        that's more than he made in the "whatever" he worked at before. he is tax free. keeps all the money. no overhead to speak of. certainly not tools. customer paid him. she may be pissed now but she is still cheap. cheap. cheap. she will hire him or some other $15.00 handyman again. what's a trucker make? $17.00 an hour? and he pays taxes. i see this all the time. the handi is so slow that you need to drive a stake next to him to know if he's even moving. handi gets food stamps and unemployment. + medicaid. i can't live it, but i see people all the time can and do. $15.00 x 40 hrs = $600.00 @ week x 52 = $31,200.00 that's more than a cop, fireman or school teacher makes here. at their starting wage. one of the problems with him is that he is happy with that. he will never be any better. period. thinks that is good money. my sister-in-law is a 30 year + cop. a lieutenant and a detective makes $35,000.00 a year. breid...............

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                        • #13
                          Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                          Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                          i started at $3.00 an hour

                          in 1975 at age 12

                          rick.
                          I started at $5.00 a day in 1982.

                          J.C.

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                          • #14
                            Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                            I started in 1982 for $5.00 an hour and was hanging vertical steel siding at Staleys in Loudon, TN on the bag houses about 70 foot in the air for Turn Key Construction out of Easley, SC.

                            G3

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                            • #15
                              Re: A chat with the Local "Handy Man"

                              Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                              @ $15 an hour.....

                              How does he even pay for gas
                              If he works 40 hrs a week, 52 weeks a year, that's $31,200 a year which is a bit more than $19,990
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