Received a phone call on Monday from a guy I do work on his cars for. He is a barman for an owner I have worked for as a singer/musician/entertainer. I quit the job because his attitude stinks. Anyway, this Bar Owner is Spanish. he has acquired an old Bar near to Ellie's work, and has been refurbishing it over the last 8 weeks. My friend tells me they need some welding work done, would I be interested. Sure I would...even for HIM
So I turn up at the renovation site...no Boss. So my friend tells me they need a security cupboard made to house the butane bottles. No problem: made some before. Then he tells me that there is a new sign going up outside, and that the last welder just stopped turning up, and never completed the job of making and fitting the steel supports. I am shown the bits he has done, and the bits that need completing. I say sure, I can complete the job. Wait for the Boss to arrive. Give him a price for the two jobs. he then says ok...but 'I need something else done too...' It is a steel cabinet to cover the exhaust tubing from the kitchen extractors. he says 'If I give you the other jobs, you can do this one for free'. I said ' no I can't'. He looked at me and seemed to be gauging as to whether I was serious or not
He should know me by now. So I turn up on thursday, after my hospital appointment, and finish the sign supports in about 30 minutes. I then phone the Boss, and say I need materials money. He then says the carpenter has complained about the sign supports, and I arrive today after my second hospital appointment, and find the carpenter is complaining about the supports the OTHER guy did, not mine. So I put the fault right in 5 minutes, and the carpenter is happy.
I then start to measure up for the tubing cover and the butane cabinet. The guy in charge of fitting the kitchen comes up and says ' leave that. I want you to make a table for the kitchen'. No please, no thank you...nothing. Puts my back up
I say 'sorry, that is not on my agenda, OR in my quote. If you want it done, you had better ask the owner to speak to me about it'. he then storms off, and rings the owner, who then calls me.'Why wouldn't you make the kitchen table?' "Because I haven't priced it'.' Well, you are there...so DO it...and whilst we are talking, I have two or three other jobs I need doing too'. I said 'fine. I charge 100 euros for an 8 hour day, no breaks. Get all the jobs together, tell me about them, and I'll either give you a price, or you can pay me the daily rate'. 'Well, they are only bits and pieces: nothing big. I expect you to do them included in the other price'.
he can 'expect' all day!! AFAIAC
I said...'what? Odd jobs? get an oddjob man to do them! ' he replied ' the other guy did as he was told'. And I said 'yep...and that is why you need ME to finish up...you find an oddjob man, who can weld to my quality, and get paid 35 euros a day...good luck, cos I am NOT him! Now...I need some money up front for materials...200 euros. And because it is friday, and the steel stockists are shut tomorrow, I need it within the hour, if you want the jobs finished by Wednesday'. He turned up at 5:45PM...15 MINUTES BEFOE THE STEEL PLACE SHUT...AND IT IS 14 KILOMETRES AWAY. He gave me the money, and then I proceeded to show him the work the other guy had done
Just imagine this: EVERY bit of work he had done was only welded on the face side: NO welds at ALL around the other three sides. He had fitted an external rejilla over the kitchen entry door...and it wouldn't open more than halfway. I could pull the rejillas to PIECES with my bare hands. The fire escape was the same...welded on one side of EVERY joint. It shook and rattled every time you walked up it. I said 'Javier; this won't pass inspection, neither will half the steelwork in the kitchen, because it is STAINLESS Steel, and welded with ordinary mild steel weld'
Edit to add: I will take a few photos of the work for you all to enjoy
The rejillas are so weak I can pull them off with one hand. Don't you ever inspect work done, or is it you really don't have a clue???'. He said 'Well, I am going to get him back here, and you can tell him what is wrong...and then I want my money back from him....'
? I said 'that is not my place to do that, you must do it yourself'. He THEN said 'How much to put it all right?' I said ' NO WAY am I going to repair HIS work. You want it done properly, I will start all over again, but I will NOT work on somebody else's c rap handiwork.
' How much then?' I said '500 euros, three days work, plus the original quotes for the jobs you want me to do'. Can you do it all by Wednesday?' 'Yes' I said. he shook his head, and said 'he took 5 WEEKS to do all this...you can do it in 4 days...and PROPERLY?. You got it'.
So. I got half up front, and steel money...and I can do this in 3 days..$1500 all told
So...his 'cheap' work done suddenly became very expensive
WHEN will they ever learn, these guys? And yet, they STILL make fortunes inspite of being idiots
They just don't HAVE to learn
I am very grateful for the work
[This message has been edited by fierofetish (edited 05-20-2011).]