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Old 02-14-2015, 09:12 PM   #21
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Now look at them yo-yos thats the way you do it
You call the sparkys and you beg them please
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin work service call fees
Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
Lemme tell ya some guys are that dumb
Can't get a blister on their little finger
Won't get a blister on their thumb

We gotta reset gfi's often
Settin' breakers a bre-e-e-e eze
We gotta battery for smoke detectors
We gotta fuse for old FPEeees

See the welfare ...........s, all their stories madeup
Yeah buddy thats their own head
See the elite maggots spew some non explain
They could read instructions but they just don't care

We gotta resell afci's often
Settin' time clocks a bre-e-e-e eze
We gotta set those motion detectors
We gotta overload that we can teeeeaseee

I shoulda learned to set a dimmer
I shoulda learned why breakers hum
Look at that mama, she got a selfie by her panel
Man we could have some fun
And whos up there, whats that? harmonic noises?
Can i call a sparky for an EMF disease?
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Get your money for nothin workin calls like these

We gotta hot water reset button
Booted meters a bre-e-e-e eze
We gotta grand set of bullsh&t deflectors
We gotta some special service call fe-e-e-e-s


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Old 02-14-2015, 09:12 PM   #22
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If I made a special/scheduled trip for it they get charged, unless it's a repeat customer which in that case it's a small charge . I do what Dronai does and replace the device. I was like you guys for my first few years and then I did some P and L numbers a few years later and realized I was loosing out on a few grand being a nice guy. Does anyone know/understand what steve is trying to say..??
I saw his name and the red fonts and I knew it was some sort of Shakesperian dialogue...so I didn't bother reading..
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Btw, i hail from smallville.

Everyone knows everyone else's biz in this sort of environment.

If i charge one little 'ol lady full $$ for resetting a breaker, i'm a perkerhead for life.

The 'ol hen contingent have nothing better to do than flap their beaks all day long essentially run small towns like mine.

So for decades i've simply given them my card and told 'em 'Call me when you've got some real work'

A loss leader if there ever was one.... and i know this just doesn't compute to those of you who are simply another name in a long list under 'electrician' in the ph book serving endless mass anonyimity.

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Now look at them yo-yos thats the way you do it
You call the sparkys and you beg them please
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin work service call fees
Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
Lemme tell ya some guys are that dumb
Can't get a blister on their little finger
Won't get a blister on their thumb

We gotta reset gfi's often
Settin' breakers a bre-e-e-e eze
We gotta battery for smoke detectors
We gotta fuse for old FPEeees

See the welfare .........s, all their stories madeup
Yeah buddy thats their own head
See the elite maggots spew some non explain
They could read instructions but they just don't care

We gotta resell afci's often
Settin' time clocks a bre-e-e-e eze
We gotta set those motion detectors
We gotta overload that we can teeeeaseee


I shoulda learned to set a dimmer
I shoulda learned why breakers hum
Look at that mama, she got a selfie by her panel
Man we could have some fun
And whos up there, whats that? harmonic noises?
Can i call a sparky for an EMF disease?
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Get your money for nothin workin calls like these

We gotta hot water reset button
Booted meters a bre-e-e-e eze
We gotta grand set of bullsh&t deflectors
We gotta some special service call fe-e-e-e-s

~C(w/apologies to Dire Straits)S~

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As the tech I want to do them free. As the owner, there are bills to pay. I once calculated the cost to send a tech in a rolling warehouse and regardless if it's free or small charge, that type of job is a loss.
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You people who are doing it for free because "they're existing customers" have a screw or two loose. You're a steady customer to your liability insurance carrier too and I'm certain they never cut you a break. I'm in business to make money, not for practice, and definitely not for being the nice guy (although I certainly am a nice guy).
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Dimmer switch turned down , thats a first for me .


The best i have had was doing a favor for a coworker . The old gals husband had died a few months before .

The Lamps did not work , Changed 2 light bulbs .




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Removing a broken bulb socket.

Had a few of those. Love it.
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Removing a broken bulb socket.

Had a few of those. Love it.


Broken , hell no , the bulb was just burnt out in 2 table lamps .

Big Job . I learn fast and did not check for power at second lamp.



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I went out yesterday to my easiest call of the year so far. The call was for no power to the dryer, internet modem/router. Less than 5 miles from home.

I entered the residence and explained my level 1 diagnostics= $125. She agrees and signs the ticket. I grab the tools and get to work. The dryer (gas) and modem are plugged into a $5 plug strip hanging behind the dryer. The switch was off. I turned it on and BINGO. She had plugged in a drop light to keep the pipes warm and turned off the switch by accident when she unplugged it. She wrote me a check for $125 and I was on my way. No free lunches here.
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Barefoot Jay Forlines a plumber, would charge the white and asian local customers appropriately when doing plumbing repairs around the area's of Laie and Hauula , but he would constantly do freebie jobs for the less well off Samoan and Tongan families who were renting broken down shacks from the above mentioned white and asian landlords. That guy was loved like crazy in the area, but it lead to his divorce and bankruptcy. He relocated to Lahaina Maui after and started all over again, never getting out of the same economic condition as his former free customers. Passed away about 15 years ago from cancer. He got a 1/3 page obituary in the Lahaina Maui news press, and more than a thousand came to his services, so I think he must have been the same angel over on Maui as he was on Oahu. God Bless you old friend, many good drunken times we had, sometimes on my dime, sometimes on yours.
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If I made a special/scheduled trip for it they get charged, unless it's a repeat customer which in that case it's a small charge . I do what Dronai does and replace the device. I was like you guys for my first few years and then I did some P and L numbers a few years later and realized I was loosing out on a few grand being a nice guy.

Does anyone know/understand what steve is trying to say..??
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I had a rich old lady that didn't screw in a recessed light bulb tight enough.
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And other times customer begins to expect it.

I usually do it for little or free but sometimes that backfires.
I have had that happen, It becomes a habit.
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That freebie turned into tens of thousands of dollars worth of work. They quit taking bids for electrical and I did all their work until the owner retired ten years later.

I went to a meeting with a company for the first time to introduce myself. While there they asked my advice on a upcoming project, and I told them to use a sequencer instruction and showed them how to program it. When they asked for a invoice I said i was here already so no charge. I ended up getting hundreds of thousands in work from them.
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Those situations are far and few. Most of us small contractors just wind up on the loosing end of that . And more often than not you wind up attracting the wrong customer. The customer might have used you just because they liked you. If your gonna tell us they threw you hundreds of thousands of dollars of work because you saved them 190-250 bucks is nuts... and trying to convict guys to give services away for free when you schedule a job/service call is bad business..
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