The guy that called wanting the friendly price, called other companies
that couldnt come out for weeks, church, soccer, yadda, yadda......
I did it yesterday. Started out as 3 diff bldgs with 2 furnaces each.
By the time I got to the first bldg, it was just that bldg 2 furnaces
total. Nothing else.
Building was rental and total slumlord crap. Both furnaces in
basement. Basement had a small tire hanging from the joist ripped in
half from training a pitbull. Tons of old dogshit in basement. Dirt
floor and 25watt bulb. First is a Jani-junk 90%er supposedly not
working. The guys partner shows up, takes me to the basement, gives me
the quick story of he checked everything. I disconnect the stat
wiring. Jumper R & W and everything works fine. He says, "Oh, guess I
need to replace the stat." I said, "yup". On to the 2nd furnace. He
says, "Oh, I gotta leave and go pick up materials". I said, "Fine,
I'll be done in a min." I remove the stat wires from the 2nd furnace,
jumper R & W and the furnace purrs on like magic. He said, "Oh, guess
I better pick up a couple stats." I said, "yup".
Ten mins and 2 service diagnostic fees. What an idiot!
And I dont want any shit out of the homemoaners. I told the fool
upfront EXACTLY what I was going to charge him for the service calls
PER furnace. He'll go out and change the stats and toast the
transformers and call me back.
I went on a no heat yesterday, a type of system I had not seen before.
An upscale apartment complex. System in third floor apartment.
Maintenance dude says he can't figure this one out. System is an
upflow that heats by water coming from the hot water heater. Start
trouble shooting and discover that the pump inside the system is bad.
I so did not want to fix the thing because of how difficult it is
going to be to get to get the pump out and back in. I call Goodman and
they tell me the pump is on the east coast, costs 139.00. Again, I do
not want to do the job so I tell maintenance boy that I'll do it for
800.00. Maintenance boy doesn't hesitate, ok get r done. What an
On Thu, 02 Nov 2006 04:54:06 -0800, Al Moran wrote:
..........and I think you know the ol saying...............
"We cant help it if you dont charge enough"
I cant believe you havent seen one of those systems. They are all
around here. They need a valve on both sides with a Tee, boiler drain
and check valve. They work tremendously better after a few years when
you flush and back flush the lines through the tee.
Nah! Just having a little fun with some newbies who need to be knocked down
a few pegs, that's all!
Sometimes they need to be bitch-slapped!
I'm still waiting for a least ONE OF THEM to nail me with a good comeback,
but I guess I expect too much of them...... :-)
Ahhhhh.....kids these days........
If a "homemoaner" researches a bit, attempts a diagnosis, discovers
something, studies the manuals, asks some questions from a Newsgroup,
and goes ahead and fixes something--he's a cheap f*ck.
If he calls in a "Pro" to fix something simple, he's an idiot.
Can someone explain to me why some of you guys act like such
You missed the entire freakin point Dan. Here, lets beat on your head
a little harder and see if you understand it this time.
The "SlumLords" fit in a category all by themselves. Most of them are
"cheapF*cks" period. Any HVAC tech knows that. It just goes without
saying. I really dont appreciate working in slumlord conditions where
the smell from shit is sooooo bad that it stings your nose and makes
it hard to breath. I also dont like to work in basements where they
have had a main sewer break for years and the raw sewage is in the
basement. Several inches of mucky shit water. I wear clean clothes,
have clean boots, my tool bag is clean and so is my truck. Its no fun
walking into dumps like that where I have to keep my jacket on and
have my toolbag slung over my shoulder because it will have dirt, shit
and roaches on it if I set it down. At that point, I make my decision
on whether I really want this guys money or not. My choice.
On the other hand, If a guy researches, asks, checks and whatever
else, then calls me and all I have to do is turn on a switch or change
a dirty filter, he gets a service/diagnostic fee and a repair fee.
YES, I have a separate fee for turning on a switch.
Its not knowing how to turn it on...........its "What" to turn on. If
it were that easy, HE would have done it.
Does that clear the cobwebs in your head a bit now, Dan?
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