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Went to a good sized commercial bid today. The Owner had Myself and some other guy there to bid the job. When I saw what tools . the guy had with him. I could not help but think hack and bottom feeder.

The guy a pair of Husky ***** and some cheap dollar store screwdriver. I had to loan him my lantern to see in the basement. I knew I had lost the bid. But I decided to be an ass and ask the guy some questions. He was asking to borrow tools and ladders.


anyway does anyone else judge other tradesmen on their tools
 

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If I were the owner, those tools and the fact that he was borrowing stuff that he should have brought with him from you would have raised a red flag for me.
 

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Went to a good sized commercial bid today. The Owner had Myself and some other guy there to bid the job. When I saw what tools . the guy had with him. I could not help but think hack and bottom feeder.

The guy a pair of Husky ***** and some cheap dollar store screwdriver. I had to loan him my lantern to see in the basement. I knew I had lost the bid. But I decided to be an ass and ask the guy some questions. He was asking to borrow tools and ladders.


anyway does anyone else judge other tradesmen on their tools

He probably calling around right now getting other peoples prices...
 

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If I were the owner, those tools and the fact that he was borrowing stuff that he should have brought with him from you would have raised a red flag for me.
I could be wrong but I would bet the owner only looks at the bottom dollar.

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Is Pete M a moderator now.. he is in block letters...

Back to tools.... I can't get used to seeing professional electricians using their "pockets" for tools instead of a tool belt...

It just looks hack to me... I have always been around guys wearing the right apparatus to do the right job..:whistling2::)
 

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true.

Got the call That I was way over priced a few minutes ago oh well.

The job was a big one and the bottom feeder bid it at wages
Sorry to hear that.
It looks like it would have been a good job, but nothing worth losing your shirt over.
The idiot who won the job isn't going to make any money. He's probably using it to keep his guys working, and stay afloat.
But....you never know.
You may get a call-back.
 

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anyway does anyone else judge other tradesmen on their tools
Yes, absolutely. They hired a guy at work a few months ago. He shows up with his tools in a broken $5 Workforce tool box (the really small one.) He has the cheapest Stanley screwdrivers, those really awful generic pliers and *****, a socket set from Job Lot (store like Big Lots). The only real tools he has are Klein lineman pliers but they are all rusty and the blades are dull.

I know right away that this guy is a hack and is not going to last. Sure enough, several months later this guy is one of the worst employees the company has ever hired.
 

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Back to tools.... I can't get used to seeing professional electricians using their "pockets" for tools instead of a tool belt...
Well, that's too bad for you. :laughing:

It just looks hack to me...
I can do my job just fine without a tool belt as can many other professional electricians. The opposite can be said, it looks hack when a guy has to carry around a whole tool belt just to do some basic tasks.

I have always been around guys wearing the right apparatus to do the right job..:whistling2::)
I guess you need to get out more then.
 
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