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Jud McCranie wrote:

Not knowing anything about building contracts, I can't give good advice. Sure raises lots of questions. Is "cost" defined in your contract? Materials and sources spelled out? In most states (and with IRS), there is a difference between an employee and a contractor. If he is charging a weekly wage, it seems possible that he is no longer a contractor, but an employee. Is there a time frame and max. cost in the contract? If he cuts back to 30 hours a week, does he still get $800? Whew!
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"Jud McCranie" wrote in message

Many people are owners of their business, and in essence, they pay themself. This doesn't mean they're not part of overhead. Whether he puts someone else on the job, or himself, he's still part of his company's overhead. It just happens to be, he's overseeing your project. It would be outrageous for his company to expect him to work for free.
Would you feel better if he didn't get involved with overseeing the project?
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i think the contractor's mistake is in how he presents his bill. i have had a similar problem before with customers not liking the fact that i added a percentage to my labor. i wised up and started charging more and leaving the percentage off it. people like that better. and why should contractors even advertise their markup? you don't go into a car dealership and read a car price plus the dealers markup do you?
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Everyone can find out the car's markup easily and bargain from there. This guy expects a blank check. His fee should have been included with the labor charge and it would be more readily accepted. As he is doing it now it seems like a ripoff to me.
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That's a myth. There are incentives you never hear about. Cost data that's published does not reflect these incentives, which often change weekly.
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Which load? :-)
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That info is readily available as well. Point is a car is a known quantity as far as markup. This contractor can makr up any price
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snipped-for-privacy@backpacker.com wrote:

i'm confused. i thought that's what doctors, dentists, grocery store owners, car dealers, barbers, shoeshine boys, oil companies, and every other business i can think of does. why are contractors in a different class? you don't like the price, go elsewhere.
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snipped-for-privacy@backpacker.com wrote:

How is a car a known markup? As the other poster pointed out, a consumer has no way of knowing the actual price the dealer pays for the car, which is between the dealer and the manufacturer. There are guides that can give you a general idea, but dealers get all kinds of actual deals from the manufacturers in the form of incentives to sell certain models, volume rebates, etc.

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On Thu, 14 Sep 2006 15:20:12 -0400, with neither quill nor qualm, Jud

How many weeks does it take to put in a foundation?!? Dig a day, frame a day, pour a day, inspect another day. That's about half a week.
Well, next time you'll know to get actual costs from the contractors who are doing the "cost plus" estimates, won't you? Rats!
-- Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. -- Rodin
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Wow. We took a lot longer. Of course there was excavation, form up, footer rebar, type two fill, steel mesh, and oh, yeah, the plumbing. Those plumbers can take a week by themselves.
I guess your foundation was for a shed, and not a real house.
Steve
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Larry Jaques wrote:

Either that's information garnered from a home improvement TV show (they're not filmed in real time and frequently gloss over or entirely ignore the schedule), or you're in a part of the country which doesn't have much in the way of foundations (slab on grade with haunched perimeter). It'd still take more than half a week unless the house had no mechanicals or complexity.
R
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On 15 Sep 2006 06:00:44 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm,

Right, SoCal and SoOr, so no complex foundations or massive excavations for frost lines, etc. The half a week can take months due to delays in inspection, etc.
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On 15 Sep 2006 06:00:44 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm,

I forgot to answer that part: Those pours only take half an hour. ;)
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