Painting contractor

Long time lurker here, great group BTW. I need to hire someone to stain my place, and the economy must be good, or maybe what I have in mind doesn't appeal to painters.
I bought stain last year because I got a good deal on some BM stain. They're changing formula's for a lower VOC. Anyways got the $56 a gallon stain for $14 per, so I told them mix up all they had. So here I sit on 13 gallons of it for my place.
Got my knee injured, and wife decided I'm too old to be climbing ladders anyways, so I sold my 32 ft wood ladder, but still have my 28 footer.
So, in my attempt to contact painting contractors, none of them want my business when I tell them I will supply the stain. I'm willing to sign off on the material that they wouldn't be held responsible etc, but they're not interested at all.
Since I want anywhere that needs caulking, re-caulked (shouldn't be a big deal, I did the house 15 years ago), and this stain applied (I have brushes, paint pails, hooks, etc) since I've did that too. Would you trust a handyman or? Exactly what "got cha's" do I need to watch out for?
Any other advice?
Thanks
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On Monday, July 8, 2013 4:40:40 PM UTC-4, Spunky Weaver wrote:

I would keep calling other painters. There has to be painters that will use your paint. I recently went out for some quotes and found painters to be a bit quirky too. Not too astute at business practices, getting back to you with quotes, listening to what you want to do, etc.
I think one aspect of them supplying the paint is that it's an easy way for them to cheat a homeowner and plenty of them probably do. The typical homeowner probably isn't going to demand to see the empty pails of paint. They wouldn't know if the used 10 gallons or 15. An extra 5 gallons is $200 extra in their pocket. If I were a painter, I would not want to use some crap paint, but what you have is BM, which any respectable painter should be willing to use. Did you ask them what the problem is with you supplying the paint?
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In belched:

Since you know what you want done and how you would like it done, why not be your own contractor/supervisor and hire some local kids(first choice) or the day labor center? Watch them and show them what you want and how to do it and you teach them something and they get some cash in their pockets. WIN -WIN The hard part will be find the kids that would be interested? Neighborhood newsletter?
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On 7/8/2013 3:31 PM, ChairMan wrote:

how much would it cost if one of those kids fell off a 28' ladder?
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ChairMan wrote:

If you go the kid way, call your insurance agent and buy worker's compensation insurance before you hire them!
You may find the cost of the premiums will make that way unattractive compared to hiring a pro WITH insurance you've checked before he starts the job.
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On Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:27:24 PM UTC-4, jeff_wisnia wrote:

And why would anyone think untrained, unskilled kids would be capable of doing a decent paint job? How would they have the skill to cut in around windows for example? Just one bucket of paint spilled on the porch, sidewalk, house, whatever would be a disaster.
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On 07/08/2013 05:31 PM, ChairMan wrote:
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I remember something on TV where an electrician used a trained rat to pull wires.
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wrote:

That was a hardy boys book IIRC - I've used a remote control bugy" to pull wires over high suspended ceilings. - Had to pull from a mezanine in a pharmacy to the POS terminal which was at a post in the center of the store. There was a hole at the post . The ceiling was over 22 feet high - I think closer to 30. I ran the buggy over the ceiling in reverse (big wheels first) pulling a string - which kept the buggy from crashing to the floor when it went through the hole at the post about 75 feet away - and then pulled the cable up with the string. About a 20 minute job with no ladder and no disruption of the stoor below.
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Just made a deal to have the house painted. Price was just for labor and I pay for all materials. He gives me the slip showing what was purchased and I pay him as needed. I'm probably in the 8-10 Gal range. I also got an estimate from a Handyman--problem there was that he worked alone and he estimated about 2-3 wks to paint the house ( includes power wash, sand, scrape, reglazing windows etc). His quote was very close to the contractor's MLD
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