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Old 04-09-2019, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default How long would this chandelier take to install?

It's a 6 foot tall chandelier, 12 foot ceiling, one man installing it possible?
I don't really want to install this thing so I'm going to double whatever you guys think I should charge.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:35 PM   #2
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8 hours of labor PLUS $0.25 per crystal.
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One floor worker feeding the stuff up... one gal up top... 16 man-hours.

Can't use a ladder... a scaffold is required.
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Is that going to meet code?
6' AFF to the bottom of the fixture?
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Is that going to meet code?
6' AFF to the bottom of the fixture?
Most chandeliers above a table hang below 6.
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8 hours of labor PLUS $0.25 per crystal.
I like the per crystal charge. Hanging the basic frame is nothing; the crystals could take forever. The base is big enough that I would do surgery in the ceiling and reinforce the box; maybe even install a fan box.

Not a bad job, actually, but the money has to be good.
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One floor worker feeding the stuff up... one gal up top... 16 man-hours.

Can't use a ladder... a scaffold is required.
If you have a scaffold, why would one guy stay on the floor?

I would use a ladder. Hang the frame and then go around it and install the crystals. Hang a bucket on the ladder for crystals.

It might be better as a one man job. With two guys, one is going to be standing around looking up most of the day.

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The customer is certain to be picky.

The task will prove to be an ordeal.

The house will prove to be expensive.

The customer will have $$$$.

Most folks only have two hands. You might be different.

The unpacking and pre-prep will astonish.

Smells like a metric import, too.
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Fan brace to hold that thing up. Easy upsell based on the looks of that thing. Have fun unpackaging those individually wrapped strings of crystals. There might be 4-8 different types of Crystal strings you have to keep track of. On the plus side it might come with a nice set of white gloves you and your helper can fight over.



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The LEDs are up top.

The crystals are fed light by fibre.

VERY touchy.

Lots of luck.
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2 workers X 2 hours to install fixture
2 workers X 2 hours to take down fixture, adjust length to owners liking and re-install
2 workers X 2 hours just to place crystals
2 workers X 2 hours to drive there, unpack and clean up
= 2 workers, 8 hour day
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Dear customer,

Thank you for thinking of our company. Our flat rate fee to hang your fixture is $2,752. Unfortunately, due to overcapacity, we will not be able to get you on the schedule until January, 2020.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to be put on the schedule. A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required to hold the installation date.

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Get them to agree to install a chandelier hoist for feasibility of cleaning and servicing in the future... but mostly just so you don't have to pick that thing
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Recently did one very similar. Install of base was like most standard surface mount fixtures only this one was with toggle bolts.

Hanging all the crystals was an all out nightmare. The one I did was a double helix design, and the base had a tiny loop corresponding to each crystal which had a thin line that came rolled up in a pair in a tiny dime bag. Only thing numbered were the suspension line bags. Spent a good (awful) 6 hours up an 8 footer on a baker fiddling with that bastard. One set of cables were the wrong length -----glad I didn't supply it (Amazon). All came out of the bags daring me not to tangle them up.

Great Idea charging per crystal. Make sure to go large on the base labor. Next time I quote one of these I'm pitching high and outside.
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I had a job once with fairly complicated crystals. I got the frame up on a Friday afternoon intending to struggle with the crystals on the Monday morning. The HO was so excited about his new fixture he installed the crystals over the weekend. It was the one time I didn’t complain about customer interference .
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No time at all, I am with Flyboy on this one.... $4500.00
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Had a friend building a big house on the water. Foyer ceiling was 35' +. He calls me one day and says contractor wants $3,500 to hang the chandelier. Told him that was a steal, hire him immediately.
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Unpacking the crystals is time consuming, nothing like masking tape and foam wrap to slow the process. Gloves are a must for handing the crystals. For me this is one of the most tedious and frustrating installs I have ever done...charge large.
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I did one, once. Never, ever again. Did I mention never, ever.
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Fan brace to hold that thing up. Easy upsell based on the looks of that thing. Have fun unpackaging those individually wrapped strings of crystals. There might be 4-8 different types of Crystal strings you have to keep track of. On the plus side it might come with a nice set of white gloves you and your helper can fight over.



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Last one I did had gloves that barely fit to my palm.
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