No problem with you being in business or making a living. You sound like
someone who must do well at it.
The problem is the men with guns ... excuse me, the government, deciding
who gets to be in the biz and forbidding the public from dealing with
anyone else. The only situations where the gummint "cares" about
"protecting the consumer" is when there is money in it.
If the consumer needs government protection, then everything should be
Here we have no licensing or code enforcement outside of the city limits and
just in this county alone we lose at least 6 homes and or trailers and
several lives each year due to fire because some hack or home-moaner decided
they could do it them selves. The only reason we *don't* have manditory
licensing and code enforcement state wide is because of the
builders/realtors (more often as not they are one and the same) political
pull and money. They know it will cut into their bottom line because they
know they will have to get it done right instead of getting it done the
cheapest by unlicensed hacks and raping the home buyer in the pocketbook.
Do a google on this group and see how many time a legitimate contractor has
had to correct a dangerous situation that had the potential of causing the
loss of life, limb and/or property. The stuff like that I see on almost a
daily basis is really scarey.
Thanks, you just made me blow Coke out of my nose. You owe me a
Time and again it has been shown that even intelligent people can be
at a loss in an area outside their expertise. Without being an expert
in HVAC or some close-related engineering field, how is one qualified
to judge whether the unlicensed "contractor" standing before him is
competent to be entrusted with the potential bomb in the basement? As
intrusive as I find the government system of licensing, inspections
etc., it has its purpose. I'm not so much worried about blowing up my
own house or whatever, because I am qualifed to do the work myself or
to judge who can. However I'm damn glad that my clueless neighbor
can't buy his own HVAC system or hire some complete nincompoop to do
it for him. You see, I just don't want to come home and find the
remnants of his house all over my property. This isn't about
protecting the consumer, it's about protecting me from other
Absolutely no benefit to society at large, nope, not a bit, no lives
have ever been spared by restricting certain kinds of work to those
qualified to do it, nuh uh, never, nada, nyet.
That has happened, or something like it as I understand, in the case
of septic systems in some locales. People got tired of swimming in the
neighbor's shit, complained to the lawmakers, and got the protection
from the neighbor's incompetence they asked for.
Well sport, just how much do you *think* we should charge???
Just how much am I supposed to charge to keep from going bankrupt so I can
be there down the road when your heating and cooling system dies because it
was never properly maintained, or you tried to have it repaired by the
lowest bidder, or worse yet you tried to do it your self.
With my *basic* company and personal expenses exceding $4,000 per month,
figure $1,000/week *NET* so that means gross reciepts of over $2,500/week.
Ok....now lets figure a 40 hour week with 4 calls per day (no you can't
charge for travel time inbetween calls) with an average of 1 1/2 hours on
each call.... that means an average of $125 per call..... this is a minimum
bare bones just to be able to stay in business, keep a roof over my head,
and food on my table. Now thanx to the greed of the oil companies, I have a
$350/mo fuel bill for an S-10 truck, and in another couple of months I will
have a heating bill that will go up 10 fold.
Licenses, laws and code is there only because somebody did it wrong at the
cost of loss of life, limb, and/or property.
Fuck a license and EPA Certification! Either you go get your
recovery-machine, your welding outfit, your vacuum pump and your
micron-gauge along with a just couple of years of HVAC training & experience
and do it yourself for less....... or STFU.....dumb-ass!
You are a dumb-fuck. I'm not a manufacture's dealer (none of them will pay
me to endorse them) however, I do warranty work all the time. The warranty
work isn't really worth the time I spend on the warranty repair but the
additional work that is created by the "new-customer" relationship pays
The compressors I've replaced have been on smaller units. Typically takes me
about three hours. Can't comment on heat pumps, we don't have many of them
in my part of the world.
I'd guess between 3 and 5 hours of work. Plus the trip out to your house,
and maybe a trip to the wrecking yard to dispose the old compressor.
HVAC guys, well, the labor rates vary around the country.
This is Turtle.
He cuts down on vaccum time by using one of the Vaccum port on his Pinto one
Don't discount this and laugh for i knew a turkey years ago who would do it. The
engine would run ruff till it got to about 10 inches and leveled off. He had a
hose come out by one of the head lights and tied off on a 62 Ford F-100 . High
Tech in Action.
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