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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_Flock_of_Five View Post
    Where is "local" exactly? Is the OP located in the Cardiff area or Elwood, London? If it's the latter, then it might be a bit of a stab in the dark asking on here.
    Llanishen.

    I am Elwood Blues after the Blues Brothers character

  2. #32

    Re: Washing Machine Repair

    I have no advice to offer but at least I'm not upsetting anyone.

  3. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    I have no advice to offer but at least I'm not upsetting anyone.
    Yes, itís awful someone can ask a question and get these types of responses off people.

  4. #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by dembethewarrior View Post
    Yes, it’s awful someone can ask a question and get these types of responses off people.
    Don't talk tosh, man

  5. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Don't talk tosh, man
    I thought youíd sense the sarcasm in my post.

  6. #36

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    I'm in birchgrove, i don't mind popping up after work to do it for you if I don't mind helping out a fellow city fan. Didn't realise that you had problems with your knees. Let me know, dan.

  7. #37

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    I'm in birchgrove, i don't mind popping up after work to do it for you if I don't mind helping out a fellow city fan. Didn't realise that you had problems with your knees. Let me know, dan.
    Wow. A City fan that does knee replacements on home visits.

  8. #38

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    Don't talk daft, who said that I was a city fan....

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Wow. A City fan that does knee replacements on home visits.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    I'm in birchgrove, i don't mind popping up after work to do it for you if I don't mind helping out a fellow city fan. Didn't realise that you had problems with your knees. Let me know, dan.
    Are you going to help fix Elwoods washing machine, or to lift the machine on top of the counter so that he can fix it himself without putting any unnecessary strain on his knees?

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by dembethewarrior View Post
    Are people always like this on here?

    Correct, self employed Jeff will pay 20% tax, probably get away with minimum contribution to NI monthly and wonít have holiday pay but thatís WHY they earn at a higher rate.

    There usually are people who can come round for a lot less than these big companies quote and STILL make a bit of money.


    Is everyone ****ing perfect on here or what?
    The thing is, sometimes even the trademen themselves don't really get it.

    We had a bedroom carpet fitted a few years ago. I used a local company who sent out a fitter. I paid the company for the carpet, and £35 to the two fitters who came to put it down, arranged by the company. The fitters did a decent job and were tidy so I asked them if they did private work. They did. I ordered carpet for hall stairs and landing. Including the supply of the rods he quoted £55 to fit. I asked him how long it would take to do the hall stairs and landing. It would take two of them half a day, at least. I questioned why the cost wasn't more. He just said that's what he gets paid by the carpet companies so that's what he charges for private work.

    Absolutely bonkers. £55 for a day's work?! I paid him £120. Still saved me a fortune as I could get hold of carpet and decent underlay a lot cheaper online, and he gets to earn a fair fee. He did admit afterwards that he was just starting out on private work and hadn't really thought about pricing much, but when I got him back in to quote a few years later for something else he did remember me and said he'd upped his charging and was still busy.

  11. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimistic Nick View Post
    The thing is, sometimes even the trademen themselves don't really get it.

    We had a bedroom carpet fitted a few years ago. I used a local company who sent out a fitter. I paid the company for the carpet, and £35 to the two fitters who came to put it down, arranged by the company. The fitters did a decent job and were tidy so I asked them if they did private work. They did. I ordered carpet for hall stairs and landing. Including the supply of the rods he quoted £55 to fit. I asked him how long it would take to do the hall stairs and landing. It would take two of them half a day, at least. I questioned why the cost wasn't more. He just said that's what he gets paid by the carpet companies so that's what he charges for private work.

    Absolutely bonkers. £55 for a day's work?! I paid him £120. Still saved me a fortune as I could get hold of carpet and decent underlay a lot cheaper online, and he gets to earn a fair fee. He did admit afterwards that he was just starting out on private work and hadn't really thought about pricing much, but when I got him back in to quote a few years later for something else he did remember me and said he'd upped his charging and was still busy.
    You had me in the first half I wonít lie, until I read £120!

    I canít think of a decent example, but letís say a self employed labourer gets 10/11 quid an hour, have a quick look on indeed and there are plenty of them jobs offering 8.50 which would now offer holiday pay (accrued monthly with the shit agency and minimal pension contributions)

    The extra you get for being self employed IS the extra that workers get, which was why I originally started commenting yesterday I think god knows now.

  12. #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_Flock_of_Five View Post
    Where is "local" exactly? Is the OP located in the Cardiff area or Elwood, London? If it's the latter, then it might be a bit of a stab in the dark asking on here.
    At least there will be no shortage of messages regarding electrical advice......

  13. #43

    Re: Washing Machine Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Optimistic Nick View Post
    The thing is, sometimes even the trademen themselves don't really get it.

    We had a bedroom carpet fitted a few years ago. I used a local company who sent out a fitter. I paid the company for the carpet, and £35 to the two fitters who came to put it down, arranged by the company. The fitters did a decent job and were tidy so I asked them if they did private work. They did. I ordered carpet for hall stairs and landing. Including the supply of the rods he quoted £55 to fit. I asked him how long it would take to do the hall stairs and landing. It would take two of them half a day, at least. I questioned why the cost wasn't more. He just said that's what he gets paid by the carpet companies so that's what he charges for private work.

    Absolutely bonkers. £55 for a day's work?! I paid him £120. Still saved me a fortune as I could get hold of carpet and decent underlay a lot cheaper online, and he gets to earn a fair fee. He did admit afterwards that he was just starting out on private work and hadn't really thought about pricing much, but when I got him back in to quote a few years later for something else he did remember me and said he'd upped his charging and was still busy.
    that is the problem, people just starting out, they feel they have to price low to get work

    I see it all the time, people starting out in whatever business, as people know i am a ex-carpenter / foreman / site agent who now earns maybe 60% of my income from window cleaning ( i still project manage building jobs for people )

    2 recent examples

    window cleaning, a company quote for a job to do, they ask the company how much i charge, Company boss decides to have a bit of a laugh, the job is £450, he tell them " £150 ", they come back to him with a £120 quote 120 quid, it takes me a day and a bit, maybe 10 hours, so this company are happy with £12 a hour, its just not enough, but could well have driven the price down so much that it wasnt worth doing

    Building, someone i know has started out doing groundwork and landscape gardening, i had a job that needed a patio doing after a extension was built, guy says " if you buy the materials I will charge you day rates , now i was expecting £200 - £250 a day for him and his labourer, Nope £150 a day, i told him he needs to charge more, his response was " oh i used to earn £100 a day working for someone, so I am happy with that and £50 for the lad ", i then explained holiday pay, days when you cannot work, ill or rain, fuel and van costs, tool costs, the guy still invoiced me for £150 a day

  14. #44

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    that is the problem, people just starting out, they feel they have to price low to get work

    I see it all the time, people starting out in whatever business, as people know i am a ex-carpenter / foreman / site agent who now earns maybe 60% of my income from window cleaning ( i still project manage building jobs for people )

    2 recent examples

    window cleaning, a company quote for a job to do, they ask the company how much i charge, Company boss decides to have a bit of a laugh, the job is £450, he tell them " £150 ", they come back to him with a £120 quote 120 quid, it takes me a day and a bit, maybe 10 hours, so this company are happy with £12 a hour, its just not enough, but could well have driven the price down so much that it wasnt worth doing

    Building, someone i know has started out doing groundwork and landscape gardening, i had a job that needed a patio doing after a extension was built, guy says " if you buy the materials I will charge you day rates , now i was expecting £200 - £250 a day for him and his labourer, Nope £150 a day, i told him he needs to charge more, his response was " oh i used to earn £100 a day working for someone, so I am happy with that and £50 for the lad ", i then explained holiday pay, days when you cannot work, ill or rain, fuel and van costs, tool costs, the guy still invoiced me for £150 a day
    The lad on 50 probably signs on and gets cash.

    No way can someone earn £250 (max) a week and be paying tax.

    Also, as shit as it is 100 a day is 80 after tax and 400 a week on a 5 day week.

  15. #45

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    indeed, i bet you are right about the lad

    but £400 isnt enough for a SE'ed person to earn a week imho, his fuel and van costs might cost him £50, then add tools and time off, its just not enough

  16. #46

    Re: Washing Machine Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    indeed, i bet you are right about the lad

    but £400 isnt enough for a SE'ed person to earn a week imho, his fuel and van costs might cost him £50, then add tools and time off, its just not enough
    Fu*k sake. Youíll be grassing the lad up soon 😁

  17. #47

    Re: Washing Machine Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_Flock_of_Five View Post
    Where is "local" exactly? Is the OP located in the Cardiff area or Elwood, London? If it's the latter, then it might be a bit of a stab in the dark asking on here.

    Where's Elwood in London then ?
    There's an Elwood Street in Islington I think.

  18. #48

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonnieBird View Post
    Where's Elwood in London then ?
    There's an Elwood Street in Islington I think.
    You're right. I mistakenly thought it was a suburb of London. It isn't, it's a street, as you mentioned.

  19. #49

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    I'm in birchgrove, i don't mind popping up after work to do it for you if I don't mind helping out a fellow city fan. Didn't realise that you had problems with your knees. Let me know, dan.
    Don’t charge a bit more than expected or it’ll be you having trouble with your knees, trying to get up after an hour or two on them begging

  20. #50

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Treseder View Post
    Fu*k sake. You’ll be grassing the lad up soon ��
    honestly doesnt bother me, i can safely say i have worked with a few who worked cash in hand, i bet a few have worked on jobs i have been running

    No drama for me with them

  21. #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    indeed, i bet you are right about the lad

    but £400 isnt enough for a SE'ed person to earn a week imho, his fuel and van costs might cost him £50, then add tools and time off, its just not enough
    Agreed, I did say something along the lines of it not being great my point was it wasnít terrible as such.

    Maybe he was off the books too..

  22. #52

    Re: Washing Machine Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    I'm in birchgrove, i don't mind popping up after work to do it for you if I don't mind helping out a fellow city fan. Didn't realise that you had problems with your knees. Let me know, dan.
    Sorry only just seen this.

    Thanks for the offer much appreciated

    I'd forgotten my Bosch warrant was two years. Thought I'd better get it done with them in that case, but still expected I would have to pay because I though they would regard a stuck and probably blocked filter as my fault.

    However they say there will be no charge.

    Only downside is that they can't come until next Monday 21st.

    Couple of launderette trips this week then.

    Thats the machine sorted.

    Now when can you fix my knees...........!

  23. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood Blues View Post
    Sorry only just seen this.

    Thanks for the offer much appreciated

    I'd forgotten my Bosch warrant was two years. Thought I'd better get it done with them in that case, but still expected I would have to pay because I though they would regard a stuck and probably blocked filter as my fault.

    However they say there will be no charge.

    Only downside is that they can't come until next Monday 21st.

    Couple of launderette trips this week then.

    Thats the machine sorted.

    Now when can you fix my knees...........!
    Worked out well then. I'll apologise for my initial response, was a bit curt. As for the knees? I've got a hammer, bolster and a tube of Mastic in the van-i'm up for it if you are

  24. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    Don’t charge a bit more than expected or it’ll be you having trouble with your knees, trying to get up after an hour or two on them begging
    Don't start I can tell you've worked in the building game, the bitterness is squeezing through my keyboard

  25. #55

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    Don't start I can tell you've worked in the building game, the bitterness is squeezing through my keyboard
    Still battling on in the game, although I may have to miss a few days soon, I’m running out of dry clothes!!! Worst spell of rain that I can remember, I’m toying with the idea of getting permanent indoor work.............................................. .....something along the lines of a washing machine repair man

  26. #56

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Wow. A City fan that does knee replacements on home visits.
    Brilliant

    Also, nice one Tuerto, nice to see a bit of kindness on here

  27. #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    Still battling on in the game, although I may have to miss a few days soon, I’m running out of dry clothes!!! Worst spell of rain that I can remember, I’m toying with the idea of getting permanent indoor work.............................................. .....something along the lines of a washing machine repair man
    I remember doing a fine down detached house summer 2012, it rained every other day for two months, job took forever.

  28. #58

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuerto View Post
    I remember doing a fine down detached house summer 2012, it rained every other day for two months, job took forever.
    And we come the full circle........good job you never charged £99

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    .
    I agree.

  30. #60

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    And we come the full circle........good job you never charged £99
    Are you a wet trade? I'm a Plasterer so i'm lucky in respect that i can work inside, i feel sorry for brickies. The worst is when you make a call on the weather first thing and the bloody sun comes out at 11am!

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