Thanks for the responses guys. We've only hired a contractor once before so
I wasn't really too sure about this and was leaning towards not having to
pay for the tool but wanted to be more sure before disputing it with the
This gets better though. He was cutting a rebar in cement and had to rent a
tool to do so. He also needed to buy the blades which he said I'd have to
pay for since he bought them for that only. I don't mind this as its 9.00
and can understand this. He also said that something broke on the tool and
he was charged a 25.00 fee when he returned the item.
Well it just so happens that he left (of all things) the rental agreement
with the tool place close to here after he was done yesterday on the lawn.
I picked it up and read it and it says nothing about any damages and there
was a rental fee of 40.00 for the cutter and 25.00 for something else. I
suspected he wasn't aware of the 25.00 charge for renting this tool and
tried to pass it on to me. After my wife called the tool rental place today
they said nothing was damaged and that the 25.00 charge is an additional
piece that was needed for the primary tool rental.
So now it looks like we have hired a dishonest contractor. He's finishing
up today and I'll post the outcome back here.
Too bad for him because we still need a suspended ceiling and a room built
in the basement and would've more than likely used him again.
Thanks for all the advice.
He rented it, not you. If he was too stupid or cheap to take the damage
waiver, then he should have paid the damages, of which there were none,
I have rented cars and tools, and I believe the damage waiver is cheap and
easy any way you go despite people who will say they are unnecessary and
that they already have enough insurance. I take it every time, because you
just walk away pretty much no matter what happens.
Did you see, "Meet the Fokkers"? A funny situation about not taking the
insurance is in the movie.
Sounds like this guy would not be a candidate for more work, and I would
explain that making a few bucks on this job has cost him a bigger one. But
it sounds like he won't care anyway.
Well, this gives you more experience to handle the next situation. Good
luck. Welcome to home repair.
Agree with " ... this guy would not be a candidate for more work, and
I would explain that making a few bucks on this job has cost him a
bigger one. But it sounds like he won't care anyway." and that was I
told the plumber when he charged us for jackhammer rental as his was
broke. Also reported it to local BBB. I should have let him go to
small claims but figured the hassle would be more frustrating.
On Fri, 3 Jun 2005 13:03:04 -0700, "SteveB"
This is Turtle.
i just did a job for you on your HVAC system for a cost of $135.00 and when I
was writting up the invoice for you to sign and pay me. I broke my Rolls Royce
ink pen and I tell you your going to have to pay for my ink pen breakage of a
cost of $14,000.00.
Will you go for that ?
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