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Old 11-30-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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Time & Materials question

On an exterior plumbing job my contractor purchased -- and installed -- the wrongs brackets.

Now he wants me to:
* pay for the wrong brackets he purchased
* pay for installing the wrong brackets
* pay for removing the wrong brackets
* pay for his time to return the wrong brackets to the store
* pay for the new, correct brackets
* pay for his time to install the correct brackets

He says this is normal "time & materials."

Does anyone have an opinion here?


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Old 11-30-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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I'd only pay for the correct installation


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Old 11-30-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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This is a bit of a loaded question, because there are always two sides to every story. I'm not saying who is right or wrong here, but when tradesmen work on a fixed bid often times they will include a small contingency factor to cover unforeseen or unexpected circumstances. But when working Time & Materials they do not have that option. T&M shifts the cost liability from the contractor to the owner with the hope of ultimately costing less than a fix bid price.
When I work on a T&M basis if I make a mistake I do not charge for it, but I do have to charge for changes or extra time associated with unclear plans or specs and unforeseen items.
I know this is not a direct answer to your question, but it's the closest thing to an opinion I can give you.
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What kind of bracket is the wrong bracket ?
Not the kind you wanted ?
What does the bracket do ?
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This site is geared only toward DIY work and therefore questions pertaining to dealings with contractors are strongly discouraged.
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