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We hired a handyman to help my husband install a new screen door. He was here 2 and a half hours and charged $150. Does that seem fair to you?
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It depends on where you are at. Around here the average wage is about $ 10 to $ 12 an hour for most people in the stores and factories , the charges are usually $ 40 to $ 50 an hour for help around the house if they are good at the work. I have payed a doctor over that much for about 5 minuits of his time just for him to tell me I had something like the flu and there was not much he could do about it.
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Was the door the same size ?Was it a wooden door,or metal, was it necessary to reframe the door opening, 2 1/2 hrs is alot of time.
Sounds expensive to me but ,maybe if your husband was not helping it would of been cheaper :)
Tom

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was not helping it would

My thought, exactly.
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You didn't discuss price ahead of time? That was a mistake.
Seems high, unless he had alot of travel time and billed for it; which he is certainly allowed to do unless he told you he wouldn't.
But if you didn't discuss price ahead of time you have only yourself to blame. Don't use him again if you can find someone cheaper.
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No, it is not fair. He should have charge you at least $200 for that much time. That 2 1/2 hours is at least 3 hours when you factor in travel time. Skilled labor is about $75 to $100 an hour, less skilled around $50 to $65.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

My first question would he, who takes 2-1/2 to hang a screen door. $150 should have included the screen door cost and the installation.
As for labor costs, realize that $75 and hour translates into $150,000 per year working full time (if he doesn't work full time it is his problem not the customers). Might be common where some people live, but not where I live or ever have lived. Few people make $150,000 per year and certainly no labor, skilled or not makes that much. $10-15 hour is common for labor, skilled laborers (not counting electricians and plumbers) get $20-30. Electricians and plumbers get $50-60 and much of their work is hardly skilled.
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"George E. Cawthon"wrote

Hanging a door in an out of square opening can take longer than 2-1/2 hrs. If the door ran $200, I suppose the handyman should pick up the difference, plus install for free. How in the world did you draw such an absurd conclusion?

Sure glad I don't live in the boonies. Is it any wonder government dependency is on the rise?
It must suck to live in a depressed area.
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Shannon wrote:

Who said the opening was out of square? How did you make such an absurd conclusion?
Yep, it sucks. Place was ok before all these damn people moved to this depressed area.
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"George E. Cawthon" wrote

You said "My first question would he, who takes 2-1/2 to hang a screen door. " And as one example out of many, the reason could be an out of square opening. Comprehend now? Quit being such a bonehead, you cheap bastard.

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On Sun, 01 May 2005 20:52:27 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"

There are way too many variables for you to make a blanket statement like that.

I average $50/hour. That's time while on the job for the day.
That doesn't count the time spent bidding, billing, drive time, picking up materials, lost time due to problems, scheduling errors......... It also doesn't account for the cost of my vehicle maintenance, fuel, tools, insurance..........
By your calculations I should be making $100K. It's never happened. Not even close.
Might be common where

These prices you quote are close to what employees earn. Where's the overhead & profit for the company that mans the phones, organizes the office, handles the advertising, does the accounting, inventory control.......?
Obviously you're not a contractor. You should give it a try, there's BIG money in it. AND it's EASY.
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As a comparison I recently had an estimate done on installing a total of 8 doors. Plus doing a small amount of framing and drywall. The contractor doing the estimate was both professional, and if his photo album was any guide a craftsman.
Through this blanket contracting operation that he works for he quoted a price that amounted to $92/hr. (the total duration of the work was his estimate not mine)
Of this he said that he got to take home $40/hr.
I would have been ecstatic to pay this man $40/hr. for the job. I would have been happy to pay him $60. I would have paid him $75 but would have expected a pristine job. I thought that $92 was a bit much.
On asking why he would work for an organization that took over half of what the jobs he did paid he replied that not having to deal w/accounting, insurance, and marketing made it worth it.
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3rd eye wrote:

Obviously? And what do you base that on?
Yeah it was probably an exaggeration but could also be true, but he/she did say a screen door. Lots of screen doors are way less than $100, but then some are probably in the $500 range. And yep, there are too many variable to say that I am wrong also!
Actually the dollar numbers I gave are what people pay for a job. If an employee of a company does the work, what he gets paid, is highly variable. But for reference, major auto shops charge about $80 an hour and the mechanics make less than $20. I think you have fallen into that old trap of thinking that your experience is universal.
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They are in the wrong neighborhood. Around here, they all make $20 and up. Of course $20 with a flat rate manual can still get you $70K a year.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

Ahh yes. The flat rate manual. That's how the little boys make money. charge about 1/2 the time as the flat rate manual and still make out like a bandit.
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When they use the term "handyman" I'd say they are talking about a one man operation without all the MAJOR overhead mentioned above. Not a Contracting COMPANY that does. The local jack of all trades guys here get $ 25/hr..plumbers @ $ 35
R
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LOL!
I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "You can afford it. You own your own business!"
-Phil Crow
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And you get all that money at the end of the month. If there's any left, that is.
Steve
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Sure, and everything is a tax write-off.
Another nice feature of owning your own business, you get to work half days. Pick any 12 hours.
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scribbled this interesting note:

12 hours? Is that all you work???
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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