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Old 12-29-2012, 08:14 PM   #16
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I dont think you can tell how good a guys work is by the looks of his truck.I know alot of contractors that has a $50,000 truck sitting at home that they use to pull thier bass boat or take the family camping.But for work they drive a $2,000 beater they tear up at work and keep thier expensive truck nice.

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I agree that a well organized and maintained vehicle is important, as well as a professional image.

This does not mean having to have a brand new vehicle, or wear clothes that are new and don't have any paint or caulking on them.

But if someone shows up in a truck that is a mess, and their tool storage is a mess, that would be a red flag for me. It means to me that they are unorganized, and therefore are not as efficient, whether they care or not.

Also if they haven't bought new work clothes forever, haven't shaved etc, people will wonder if you consider yourself a service professional, or if this is just a pastime since you got out of jail last.


My work vehicles have not always been new, however I try to keep them organized and somewhat clean. Not only for "presentation" but for my own efficiency-I don't want to spend ten minutes looking for something everytime I go to my vehicle.
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what a topic of debate.
__a typical day of work w/estimate for myself_
I get up with my animals at 5am every morning. On work days I feed them when I'm on my way out to the truck.
For the past 18 years I begin my day at 7am...that's tools in hand putting mud on the wall by 7:15am.....most potential customers will not let me in for an estimate at that time of the morning.
One thing the GC's love about me though, is the fact I get there early and stay until 1 coat has been put on the walls. This is a general RULE that 90% of all professional finishers use....one coat one day.
Either I do an estimate after work or I break into my day driving to where ever.
Think about this.....90% of the in-home jobs I show up to estimate, I change my muddy work shirt before I show up (sometimes inside my truck), leave my pants (with drywall mud smeared here and there on them) on. My boots come off before I enter the home.
Back out in front of the house, my truck sits with red clay mud on it's tires from the jobsite I just came from. In the back of my white truck sits my semi muddy stilts, my muddy boxes, taper and other tools that have yet to be cleaned......you see, In my world I stop and clean my tools off on my way home at a car wash. A 1.50 and 5 minutes saves me 20 minutes and the cost of $15.00 of my hourly rate using a spicket faucet on a job site.
__For all you spotless guys out there, I have saved thousands of dollars by drawing a line between what cleanliness is really worth. You see, all someone has to do is look at who is walking up to there house and they can see someone who WITHOUT A DOUBT, has been working and working in drywall.
I think about you spic and spam spotless drywall guys and think to myself, as far as another drywall professional goes, I make more money than you.
This will never change either because you're more concerned with presentation than you are with making cash by pumping out as much finished wall footage as possible. If you refocused your efforts into the actual physical work of your profession you could guarantee more work for yourself, thus making you more money.

When I give an stimate the customer never questions whether his job is being done by someone who really knows what he is doing. That is obvious.
as for stereo typing "what" a drywall guy should look like. (bad words go here) Some of the best hangers that have worked for me carry guns, party, ride bikes, and are out right scarey as hell. That too goes along with this trade...it is not for sissy's.....and BTW they make more money than you do to.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:55 PM   #19
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sometime you just dont have time to keep your truck nice and organized all the time , i might do 3 differnt jobs in a day and have to unload/ load 3 times a day . and some of these jobs are hard to get in and out that only leaves 2 hours per job to do the work by the time you unload set up clean up reload . drive around back and forth , sorry but im throwing my tools in the truck and off to the next one . i really dont worry about what oprah winfrey watchers think .
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Some of the best hangers that have worked for me carry guns, party, ride bikes, and are out right scarey as hell. That too goes along with this trade...it is not for sissy's.....and BTW they make more money than you do to.

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I agree with drywallfinisher, he's a lot like me in work ethics, I worked a crew in Reno and had a former Hell's angel for a hanging partner, he was about 6'4, big and looked like Yosemite Sam, we got along great but one day a guy p....d him off and the guy got stuffed between 2 2x4's and insulation....oh the good times, as far as trucks, I've got a paid off 2001 4x4 lifted Dodge, ext cab, 2500 that's kept me happy and with work for quite awhile now and it keeps on going. I stand by my previous post......
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I agree with drywallfinisher, he's a lot like me in work ethics, I worked a crew in Reno and had a former Hell's angel for a hanging partner, he was about 6'4, big and looked like Yosemite Sam, we got along great but one day a guy p....d him off and the guy got stuffed between 2 2x4's and insulation....oh the good times, as far as trucks, I've got a paid off 2001 4x4 lifted Dodge, ext cab, 2500 that's kept me happy and with work for quite awhile now and it keeps on going. I stand by my previous post......


i get sent to some pretty good jobs so i dont think it matters . wish i could say more but shouldnt just leave it at that .

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Wow dumb me I try to schedule my appointments in the a.m. before i get dirty or after working hours. And I carry an extra set of clothes in my truck in case of the unknown but I have also changed just to go to someone's home. I deal with a lot of elderly here in Fla. and I have had them tell me that they have not let some people in because of the way they look. I wear whites so yes they have paint splatters on them and stains. I'm not saying they have to be new but you can tell if they are clean. Same with your truck it doesn't have to be new and perfect, but do you think it hurts to be clean and organized.
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yes, its always good if you can do an estimate in clean clothes, like 1st thing in the am but if I'm working and tear away to do a job estimate, more than likely I'm covered in drywall dust, mud splatter, in other words its looks like I"'ve been doing drywall/constuction and I'm not about to go get cleaned up if i'm going back to work. I try to do my estimates early or late so I can get my work done during the day but your appearance has a lot to say about you personally and most contractors and home owners can recognize a hard worker or worker/sub contractor which is what I am.
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You can actually learn a lot before the tape/compound goes up. Here are a few things to look for.

- outlets/switches - is the drywall cut cleanly and closely around the boxes, or are there gaps? are they large gaps that are left open or patched with chunks of drywall?

- Did they use nails or screws? screws are better because they pop loose less often and leave a more consistent dimple pattern. Are any screws driven in too far (tore the paper)? Take a scraper and go over all screw dimples. Does the scraper catch any metal that is slightly raised?

- did they use long drywall where appropriate? 12 foot is better than 10, and 10 is better than 8. (If they tape well, this won't matter to you too much.)

- did they design their installation to minimize butt joints and maximize tapered seams?

- did they cut with a consistent 1/8 to 1/4" gap at cut drywall seams, or did they smash in pieces that fit too snugly? You can often see bent or cracked drywall that has been forced into too tight a spot, where they got lazy and didn't trim it down correctly.

- did they install the ceiling first? The wall panels should go up second so they support the ceiling panels.

- did they leave a gap at the bottom?

These things are not necessarily deal breakers to your final job, but they do point out areas of sloppiness or ignorance or laziness, and if they do some of those things, they'll eventually do something wrong that matters more.

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