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(Daily Mail)   In what could be considered a turnabout is fair play move to customer sites like Angie's List, is set up for contractors to name and shame bad clients   ( divider line
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13226 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Jan 2013 at 9:11 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-17 09:59:47 PM  
5 votes:
Sometimes you need to keep an eye on those contractors...
2013-01-17 09:29:31 PM  
3 votes:
FTWebsite: "Whether you are reading this on your Smartphone or Tablet, swaying back and forth in your train seat, or you just settled into your office, I'd like to thank you for including me in your morning. was self-created out of shear frustration and a burning desire to fix a broken system."

2013-01-17 11:24:28 PM  
2 votes:

SevenizGud: The rationale behind watching the workers do their jobs is simple: I am smart, and practically everyone else on the planet is a blithering retard.

It doesn't matter if I have never done wiring, or plumbing, or whatever else the case may be. I know that presumption of retardedness is universal. I know that if I am not there, they will make a lot of totally stupid, and even inexplicable mistakes. The fact that this is their profession, and they have been doing it for 25 years has NOTHING to do with it. They are still stupid.

So while I am there, I can reduce the number of stupid things done by others somewhat.

Just some examples from years gone by:

A. Hey, Mr. Electrician dude running the new outlet for the clothes dryer. Congrats on putting the box on an interior wall. I was trying to decide whether I wanted to just vent the exhaust indoors, or run the dryer cord across to the other side of the closet.

B. Hey, Mr. Bathtub surround installer dude, you know the lower gasket has a crease in it. Hmmm, maybe there's a reason for that. Have you ever wondered why that might be? No? No foolin'?

C. Hey, Mr. Toilet tank float engineer dude, you see this place where the threads from the drop-rod are? You know, the place where the walls are the thinnest. Where do you imagine would be the worst possible spot for attachment of the dipping prong? And where did you put it.

D. Hey, Mr. Kitchen sink sprayer assembler dude, when you push on the spray diverter, which fulcrum do you imagine takes the most force? So, where would you like to support the fulcrum with a whopping 2mm of useless-grade plastic. No kidding?

E. Hey, Mr. Kitchen door weather strip installer dude, which side of the door do you imagine would be best to install the strip to keep the rain out?

F. Hey, Mr. contracted landscaper worker, about how far away from the structure do you imagine you need to buzzkill ALL that grows with a weedeater before you can call your job good? Oh, about 2 feet should do. Yes, there will be nothing growing near that building, that's for sure.

G. ...list goes on forever....

And you do not do this work yourself, instead of hiring someone inferior.... why, Mr Delicate Hands?
2013-01-17 11:01:11 PM  
2 votes:
2013-01-17 10:08:23 PM  
2 votes:
Angie's List: He is a greedy asshole!
Nastyclient: He is a cheap asshole!
2013-01-17 10:00:59 PM  
2 votes:

kudayta: Bloody William: Would it be farked up to send them my consulting rates as a copy editor and Web formatting consultant?

No. That's a good idea. Do it right now.

/not joking.
//seize the day

Just sent. I'm now professionally meta.
2013-01-17 09:35:48 PM  
2 votes:
My landlord asked me if I knew anybody that could repair the staircase that literally fell off the the house. I actually know several, but wouldn't wish her on any of them.
2013-01-17 09:34:38 PM  
2 votes:
I think that they should have a website where anyone can put any person's or businesses name and address on it and set up a date and time where everyone can go to their address and egg them.
2013-01-17 09:32:36 PM  
2 votes:
The free service is called The BBB (Better Business Service)
2013-01-17 09:22:20 PM  
2 votes:
Won't this just get recursive? Client complains about business who complains about client who complains about business...until somebody winds up either in hospital or court.
2013-01-18 06:30:46 AM  
1 vote:
Has anybody mentioned yet the most important rule for contractors?


That is all.
2013-01-18 03:05:13 AM  
1 vote:

mab1823: Also, the BBB is a horrid scam. I wish I could complain about them to some sort of watchdog-type organization.

You can always report them to Ripoff Report.
2013-01-18 01:08:36 AM  
1 vote:
Every time I see an ad for Angie's List on television and hear "nobody can PAY to be on Angie's List!"

I get a good laugh.

So you're going to track down and verify that I really did get some work done inside my house by "Contractor X"? For all you know he came in and had watched television with me for a few hours then handed me a 400 dollar bill along with 500 dollars cash and walked out the door with a 400 dollar check. I then wrote a stellar review on your site.
2013-01-18 12:23:23 AM  
1 vote:
In CCCP, contractor watch you.
2013-01-17 11:23:58 PM  
1 vote:

freetomato: sxacho: It's easy. Don't do any work for anyone from New York or New Jersey. They expect to get cheated and they will cheat you first instead so as to be the cheater and not the cheatee.

/Florida generalizations are accurate generalizations

When I lived in CT I had a friend who was a chimney sweep, a pretty rare specialty. He went to Long Island and swept the Billy Joel/Christie Brinkley chimney. BJ laid low - welcomed him and disappeared. CB skulked suspicously, screeched at BJ from across the compound, and treated Paul like an indentured servant. He told me she was less beautiful afterward, if you can believe that.

Did Paul have the chimney sweep hat?
2013-01-17 11:04:26 PM  
1 vote:
It's easy. Don't do any work for anyone from New York or New Jersey. They expect to get cheated and they will cheat you first instead so as to be the cheater and not the cheatee.

/Florida generalizations are accurate generalizations
2013-01-17 10:43:46 PM  
1 vote:
Who would charge $1.33 (and a third) per month for an internet forum? I bet no one would spring for that.
2013-01-17 10:35:21 PM  
1 vote:

RatMaster999: Not Alw

One of my daily-visited sites.

/my proposal to my fiancee took second place in the Not Always Romantic story of the year contest
//Triforce of Love
2013-01-17 10:16:52 PM  
1 vote:

dickfreckle: In a similar vein, I used to buy and sell audio equipment on eBay. It wasn't a full-time thing, but buying broken vintage audio, fixing it, and reselling it was profitable enough to pay for a modest vacation or at least the beer in my fridge.

 Then eBay removed the ability for sellers to make remarks about bad bidders. The buyers, of course, were free to make any accusation they wanted in the feedback section, leaving sellers with absolutely no recourse. I thought this was bullsh*t and started doing all my stuff on Craigslist. It takes longer to sell as you don't reach nearly as high an audience, but it also saves me the packing and shipping.

 Perhaps this has changed in the last year or so. I wouldn't know because I stopped using them, and they stopped getting my $100 and up seller fees every month. Btw, that's the other reason I bolted - the fees just keep getting higher and the sellers' rights keep getting cut.

/still maintains 99% positive feedback, but it would be 100% if not for a couple of assholes blaming UPS or FedEx's problems on me.

My way around that was to say say AAA+ if you want to get have your time wasted.
2013-01-17 09:48:57 PM  
1 vote:
Years ago,I installed a wood floor at this Korean gentlemans house.He ordered his wife to sit in that room.In her chair.Her arms folded.Staring.At lunch my helper and I grabbed our coolers sat in front of her.Staring at her.She left the room.She came back when we were finished with lunch,This went on for 3 days.Let us do our job....

Another time working up at Leisure World(siezure world) Changing carpet out.I close the door to take the door off..Mrs Costanza start screaming 'WHAT ARE YA DOIN" IN THERE'

I have way to many stories.The second you open the door to greet me I know you.I know what kind of customer
I am dealing with.
2013-01-17 09:46:08 PM  
1 vote:
Would it be farked up to send them my consulting rates as a copy editor and Web formatting consultant?
2013-01-17 09:42:19 PM  
1 vote:

thecpt: Good. Now do it for architects.

That's easy, visit their office, if the cost of the chairs in the conference room exceeds the cost of the design software find another architect
2013-01-17 09:41:16 PM  
1 vote:
How much you want to bet 90% of the site becomes complaints about customers not tipping?
2013-01-17 09:39:36 PM  
1 vote:

sno man: 5monkeys: sno man: 5monkeys: My home is being reworked from sandy damage. The contractors, electricians and plumbers all tried to bill my landlord for days they weren't here. They didn't know I had moved back into the upstairs. If you don't watch them things like this happen. On the days I was there early on cleaning up when I left for a coffee and bathroom break I would come home to everyone gone. They would just walk out assuming I wasn't coming back and wouldn't report it to the landlord. It drove me crazy. They would show up for an hour or two then leave with hardly anything done. The most productive days were when I stayed put. I am still waiting on simple finishing touches. Doors need to be hung, outlets fixed, paint still not finished. I haven't seen anyone in a week. How about less biatching about customers and more finishing the freaking job!

Are you paying them or your insurance?

Landlord is. She paid in advance which was dumb. No incentive to finish quickly. She was denied for insurance and is fighting it. They had to remortgage their home to pay for the repairs. The people they hired remind me of the three stooges. I spend most of my day fixing the work they have done.

If you like your landlord, make notes, take pictures... With enough evidence, She may have some recourse...

I do, and I have been. I am exhausted from this whole thing. I spent the time I was gone trying to be there for them since they were unable most of the time. I did my best to help the process along. Now I am just frustrated. Each day I find some new screw up. Some are easy fixes, but time consuming. Like the cabinets in the kitchen that the shelves were hung wrong. They put the clips in upside down. I didn't notice until the top shelf collapsed as I was loading it up. Dropped 3 shelves on myself loaded with glasses. What a freaking mess. Then I checked and half of the kitchen was wrong. I had to pull them all out and redo it. More annoying than anything. The faucet is backwards and I still can't figure out how they did that. I mean seriously? How do you do that?
2013-01-17 09:38:33 PM  
1 vote:
Also, the BBB is a horrid scam. I wish I could complain about them to some sort of watchdog-type organization.
2013-01-17 09:23:09 PM  
1 vote:

Jument: >> Posts complain of 'cheap-skates' and people who watch contractors while they work

What's wrong with watching your contractor? As long as you don't start stroking your wang, it seems reasonable to me. I've never done it myself but if the job was tricky or I was worried about the contractor's skillz I would watch him (or her, fap).

I'm reminded of the sign in a buddy's garage from a few years ago about his rates... $65 an hour, $75 if you want to watch, $85 if you want to help.
I'm a contractor, and I approve of this web site... I will never use it, but I approve of it.
2013-01-17 09:21:47 PM  
1 vote:
Cuz we need more shame and spite on the internets.
2013-01-17 09:21:18 PM  
1 vote:
As an upholsterer, I had a one legged client who had issues with his personal fart catcher.
I mad his seat and he biatched about it, and would not pay me.
So I visited him and asked what the problem was.
He was telling me all about his ass pain and I hoisted up his good leg and pulled the fart catcher out and said, "Well, then. Good day to you, sir", and left.

Bastard was on the floor rolling about screaming he would sue me.

Fark him.

I did a tuck and roll and buttons and head to head tacks and he was biatching about it?
Fark him, and would not assist again....

Dipshiat shouldn't have been napping his drunken ass on the tracks in the first place.
/or maybe it was not paying his track bets.
//It was RI, so either way.
///used it in a Chihuahua whelping box the nest week.
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