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(CBS San Francisco)   California man abducted for A) ransom, B) human trafficking or C) home repair and improvement?   (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) divider line 26
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2012-12-06 12:05:55 PM  
I should have done this to get someone to mount my flat screen over the weekend.

/huh huh huh, "mount"
 
2012-12-06 03:38:24 PM  
Person of interest:

i.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-12-06 03:39:00 PM  
Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be contractors .
 
2012-12-06 03:46:37 PM  
Nobody farks with DeJesus.
 
2012-12-06 03:47:26 PM  
In all fairness, you know how hard it is to hang on to a good handyman when you find one
 
2012-12-06 03:47:36 PM  
Mr. Dawg is a handyman, but at 6'4" and 220lbs I doubt any of his customers would try abducting him, though there are some bat shiat crazy people he runs into from time to time.
 
2012-12-06 03:49:57 PM  
www.basementrenovationottawa.com

Will be on the look out.
 
2012-12-06 03:52:39 PM  
that happens every day down the street from me near the 'Trabajador' sign.
 
2012-12-06 03:53:21 PM  
Luckily they thought their cunning plan all the way through, by wearing disguises and hiding their house number so the handyman couldn't report them. Wait, no, I meant the opposite.
 
2012-12-06 03:57:07 PM  
Looks like they are really up hit creek.
All they really had to do was not pay.
Idiots.
 
2012-12-06 04:01:54 PM  
Ok ill do it but i aint checking level. We have fast good and kidnapped. You get to pick two and youre pushing it.
 
2012-12-06 04:02:14 PM  
Do you know how flakey contractors are and how hard it is to get them to show up let alone finish a job? NO! I don't think you do!

I own a historic home that we are restoring. I use one of only two guys recommended by the local historic society. I wait for months for him to get around to me and when he is ready to work I rearrange my whole life to accomodate him.

Some company was doing work on a how two doors down. I walked over and asked the contractor to come give me an estimate. He never showed up. He could not be bothered to cross a few lawns for the chance to make thousands of dollars....in this economy!
 
2012-12-06 04:02:27 PM  
I saw a documentary last night on this very subject, handyman came to the house to fix stuff, he was doing that and then was forced to service the madam of the house (repeatedly and in many rooms), her friend, and a neighbor rather than fix the sink. Seemed tragic, all the man wanted to do was fix a leak and ended up fist deep in the plumbing and debauchery.

Come to think of it, may not have been a real documentary.
 
2012-12-06 04:07:26 PM  
Harry Tuttle?
 
2012-12-06 04:11:16 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Harry TButtle?

 
2012-12-06 04:18:34 PM  
t0.gstatic.com

Good thing he wasn't on his way to fix another house with more people in it.
 
2012-12-06 04:24:17 PM  
I used to do work like this on the side and I completely understand why many "handyman" contractors are outright criminals, they get tired of their customers farking them over. More people than not try chiseling you or outright ripping you off. Many refuse to pay at the end because they are looking for a way out after wasting a bunch of money. And the "handyman" is the lowest guy on the totem pole, he's the one they rip off because he is seen as the least able to fight back.

The worst are the HGTVers, as I pegged them. Newlywed professionals who think they're smart and watch alot of HGTV decide that they want to completely renovate their home and that it can be done cheaply by acting as their own General Contractor. And they won't listen to a farking thing, even once they see it unraveling just as I told them it would. They get eaten alive by all of the plumbing, HVAC and electrical work you warned them about and inevitably ask you to do that work, which is illegal. Or they try doing their own plumbing or electrical with the help of Youtube videos.

So when you come back to the jobsite in the morning, find all of your tools soaking wet and your work ruined because some CPA watched the wrong Youtube video about sweating copper, guess who isn't getting paid?

In GA, we have the mechanic's lien as recourse. Getting one is a walk-through and you will get paid someday when they sell the house. I have liens against two properties and one lady is about to move, after she pays me, lol.

The best customers in the world are gays and lesbians. They know what they want, they actually farking listen to someone with experience and they pay on time and in full.
 
2012-12-06 04:26:27 PM  

T. Dawg: Mr. Dawg is a handyman, but at 6'4" and 220lbs I doubt any of his customers would try abducting him, though there are some bat shiat crazy people he runs into from time to time.


my guy is your size. the $325 for basement windows i gave him did not get the expected results = never came back and did the job (see you in the fall / whoops, that was 3 years ago). i would love to point a gun at him. sad thing is this guy was a family friend that pulled a doosh maneuver, so it hurts more than some stranger being a dick. this fellow, his family, they were welcome to break bread with us any time. oh well. win some, lose some.

-- $325 for 3 basement windows replacement. had already paid him $350 for replacing beat wood, he did put in a day or two on that so hey no complaint there. i just want my new windows, installed as promised. he had done other work for us, got paid, no problem. he could have been making money every year with a few projects. as it is now, i'll slice his tires i ever see him again. get my $325 worth.
 
2012-12-06 04:46:41 PM  

KrispyKritter: T. Dawg: Mr. Dawg is a handyman, but at 6'4" and 220lbs I doubt any of his customers would try abducting him, though there are some bat shiat crazy people he runs into from time to time.

my guy is your size. the $325 for basement windows i gave him did not get the expected results = never came back and did the job (see you in the fall / whoops, that was 3 years ago). i would love to point a gun at him.


It is heart-breaking the number of homeowners who just have guys walk with their money. Mr. Dawg is terribly ethical and he would encounter a world of pain at home if he ever even considered walking on a customer. He has a very loyal base of customers as a result. One even gave us a low interest loan on buying a new work van when his truck died. We believe on putting good out into the universe because it always seems to come back. Sorry your friend was a hoser :(
 
2012-12-06 04:56:13 PM  
I'm want to kidnap a custom motorcycle builder.
 
2012-12-06 05:01:15 PM  
When warranty work is outlawed; only outlaws will warranty their work.
 
2012-12-06 05:04:27 PM  

Mija: Do you know how flakey contractors are and how hard it is to get them to show up let alone finish a job? NO! I don't think you do!

I own a historic home that we are restoring. I use one of only two guys recommended by the local historic society. I wait for months for him to get around to me and when he is ready to work I rearrange my whole life to accomodate him.

Some company was doing work on a how two doors down. I walked over and asked the contractor to come give me an estimate. He never showed up. He could not be bothered to cross a few lawns for the chance to make thousands of dollars....in this economy!


That's because he knows or heard something about you (or possibly your house).

Residential contractors have a 6th sense about those kinds of things... and they all talk to each other. After all... the key to being a successful resi guy is managing the PITA homeowners... not actually doing good work. The ones that are good at that AND do good work won't put up with the client's crap and will pick and choose where and when they work... AND stay busy.

That's why I went into commercial work...
 
2012-12-06 05:13:20 PM  
Wow that is 33 man she looks like she is mid to late 40s. I guess I should stop posting around the internet that I have the skills and tools to fix pretty much anything, but then I don't make house calls. I am my own handyman.
 
2012-12-06 06:15:06 PM  
D. Repeat?
 
2012-12-06 09:00:06 PM  
http://i.thestar.com/images/7f/5e/1524cc204b099365582e5820e418.jpg

Once you go crazy, you don't go back.

/yipes
 
2012-12-06 11:49:41 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: He could not be bothered to cross a few lawns for the chance to make thousands of dollars....in this economy!


Good contractors, just like good mechanics, are backed up with people waiting, even in a poor economy.

That's why you can either wait for them, or hire someone that will come over immediately but do crappy work. Contractors that jump too fast at a job would make me suspicious, though you may get lucky and find someone just starting up who is good but just doesn't have a customer base yet.

Same goes for about any specialty labor. My dad is a mechanic, and he'll tell a shiatty customer to fark off immediately. He already has good long term customers waiting, so he's not gonna waste his time dicking around with someone who has a bad attitude, or doesn't have the money for him to finish a job.
Also, someone that doesn't make an actual appointment isn't going to be taken seriously. "Come take a quick look at my house," is what people usually say when they want a professional opinion without feeling obligated to use them for the work, or can't afford it any time soon.
Though, your contractor did make the mistake of agreeing to come over. I woulda said "I'm really busy, you're going to have to call and schedule a visit."
 
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