A good predictor of that .. and, while you would appreciate the single
biggest factor why this guy got the bid, many won't ... he simply asked the
Amazing the depth of knowledge that one act can reveal. :)
(I had two bids that were lower than this crew, and one higher, and the
lowest $5K lower ... as you know, that's pretty damn hard to explain to a
Lost to the prevailing attitude that nobody but an idiot would put money
into a building where it can't be seen by a buyer.
Know the feeling ... having all these relatively young studs around the last
couple weeks and, in my *mind's* eye, I'm still the same, so I humped a
couple trusses this week, or tried to. Paying the price as we speak ... thus
the margarita, in hand.
Unfortunately they are mostly gone! Dead, retired, working for peanuts
because nobody will pay for the quality workmanship anymore! Around
here it's all about the low bidder. How cheap and can I get it
yesterday! Hell, The good ones show up sober and ready to work. The
great ones know how to work! It doesn't take any extra time to do most
things the right way. takes a helluva lot longer to fix all the
f**kups. I've thought about headin your way for work but sadly I aint
up to the task anymore. The old bones just dont work that way anymore.
Nobody wants to hire us old farts anymore. We are dinosaurs [they say]
and the wetbacks will do it so cheap that we can't compete anymore.
It's a sad state of affairs for sure! Enjoy those men while ya can
swingman. They are a dying breed and soon enough they will all be
gone. then we be in realy deep shit!
Still keep my 77 greased and ready to kick ass. It's the 1911 of
jobsite saws. I regret selling my Rockwell 315, which handled a lot
of the lighter chores.
The 77 is heavy but, if you use it right, it and gravity are your
Once we got the ribbons up we flopped up the joists and eyeballed the
cuts, holding the 77 vertical and the joist resting on our boots.
Would have made an OSHA dude crazy but it was a fast way to frame up
I noticed yesterday in a big-box store that their 77s were made in China. I
wonder if some are still U.S.-made, or have they moved all their production
overseas? I see quite a few on Craig's List for $80-90, some as low as $50.
A 77 is on the list, I just want to find a nice clean one at the right
Ah, let me count the ways...
1. It's HEAVY. When making a cut, inertia is your friend.
2. The blade spins slower (4400 RPM vs 5500 RPM, I think) so you get
more torque out of the saw. When cutting wet wood that tries its best
to bind the blade, this comes in handy.
3. The saw is looooong. When making a rip cut, a side-to-side
movement of your hand to get off your chalkline is consequently larger
than with a universal gear (is that what they're called?) saw.
4. Like Tom said, when resting a joist on your foot, you don't have
to bend over so far.
5. You get to tell your friends, "Yeah, I had to change the oil...in
my Skil saw."
I was shown the glory that is the worm-gear about 3 years ago, and
I'll never have another saw. Currently, I own a Ridgid and a Skil.
The Skil is considerably heavier, and I like it considerably better.
Back on-topic, I'm a (relatively) young man, and I hold the values in
this thread to be of the highest, um, value. A mentor of mine had a
theory--without getting too long-winded, there are 4 types of
employees, all having 2 traits. High and low knowledge, and high and
low motivation. Obviously, the high-skill, high-motivation employee
is the most desirable, but Mr. Leavoy swore up and down all week long
that he'd rather have high-motivation, low-skill employees than the
other way around. In my own life, I've found that you can teach
anyone to do anything, but you can't teach the "want." The person
either wants to learn (or improve), or he doesn't.
BTW, it's been a long time, gentlemen. I'm glad to welcome you all
back onto my computer screen. It's good to be back on the wRECk.
-It's easier to believe than to decide.
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