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Old 01-11-2011, 08:23 AM   #16
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Cpldevildog,

I don't think you need to apologize, I don't see anything offensive in any of the comments made. I the OP is offended, not sure why.. I think that anyone willing to post their questions should be willing to appreciate the answers, even if they don't agree with all of them.. the replies were all consistent and hopefully helpful.

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:06 AM   #17
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I'm wiring my garage by myself, have the NEC codebook and am following religiously. I've rebuilt a car engine, changed a clutch in my old pickup, rebuilt very complex forks in my Suzuki mx bike, and rebuilt hundreds of top ends on dirt bikes. I'm pretty handy, a very hard worker, and smart. Why would I just give extra money to someone when I am perfectly capable of either doing it myself, or assisting in getting a job done? I understand times are hard for you contractors, but it's rough for everyone. My only error in the original post is not mentioning up front that my requirement was to help do the work in order for more savings. If I had put that I would have had builders jump on my case and say how unqualified homeowners are and just get more bids and let someone else do it. Oops that might have happened anyway.
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I'm wiring my garage by myself, have the NEC codebook and am following religiously. I've rebuilt a car engine, changed a clutch in my old pickup, rebuilt very complex forks in my Suzuki mx bike, and rebuilt hundreds of top ends on dirt bikes. I'm pretty handy, a very hard worker, and smart. Why would I just give extra money to someone when I am perfectly capable of either doing it myself, or assisting in getting a job done? I understand times are hard for you contractors, but it's rough for everyone. My only error in the original post is not mentioning up front that my requirement was to help do the work in order for more savings. If I had put that I would have had builders jump on my case and say how unqualified homeowners are and just get more bids and let someone else do it. Oops that might have happened anyway.
It may be me, but you seem very defensive and not sure why.

All of the replies have been polite and specific to what you asked for, which was whether the quote you received was reasonable or not. i don't recall anywhere in this thread where your capabilities or intelligence where ever questioned.

anyways, hopefully you will enjoy your project and it will turn out great.

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Old 01-11-2011, 11:43 AM   #19
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I believe this conversation may be spiraling down due to the sad fact that the Internet is a poor medium for getting the tone of a person's reply. Emoticons and smileys are a help but sometimes, without tone and inflection, people assume you are being sarcastic or flip.

We are not saying that you or other homeowners are incompetent or that you should not try and do your own work.

We are not suggesting you get other bids and then pay someone to do the work. We are suggesting you get other bids in order to answer your own question "Is this bid reasonable?"

Alternatively, you could calculate your start-up costs, overhead costs, break-even point, profit goals, complete a job take-off and decide for yourself if the job is reasonably priced.

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