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Old 03-12-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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When you come across poorly done installations what crosses your mind?
Homeowner must have done this?
A pro who didn't know?
Now I can get away with the same?

It's unfortunate that stuff like this occurs, but you know it always will.
You can't force anyone to pay for proper installations of anything.
Town Hall (inspectors)/ Counties/ Codes try but it's only natural for people to try and save money.
It's to what extent that can be tough to understand.
Is it possible to force a work-ethic?
How is anyone to know if the contractor they hired has one?
Does a less expensive quote always mean a lesser quality job?
Does a higher quote increase the quality of installation? Or improve your chances of it?

What's truely costly is anyone who has the "whatever gets it to work" kind of thinking.

What I don't understand is that many people refuse to see that they are costing themselves money if they (or those they hire) do things wrong.
When someone does something themselves or they hire professionals, they should take the time to learn what is at stake if it's not done correctly.

Whether it's a DIYer trying to save money, or a licensed professional trying to make MORE money on a quoted job. Cut-corners and poor attention to an installation always show.

It's unfortunate that ANY trades' code even has to state;
"Installations to be done in a neat and workmanlike manner"
This should be a given.

Installations should not be done with minimal in mind. It's agreed that you don't have to go overboard, but putting some thought into making something not only look good, but will last has rewards.

If you are going to install/repair/maintain/build something whether it be for yourself or someone else;
think about it.
Taking pride in ones work shouldn't be taken lightly.
When corners are cut it's only a matter of time till something fails and it costs in repairs/improvements and can even cost lives.
When things are done right (usually) money is saved.
Installations last longer, inspections won't yield problems, there's less repairs.
Things done right will not decrease your homes value.
Things done wrong on the other hand can and usually does.

Also...doing things correctly brings something that you can't put a price on..............peace of mind.

Let the bashing begin...
PS, I'm not trying to come across as better than anyone or anything like that, I've screwed up in my day. I've had to learn the hard way too.


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Old 03-12-2011, 10:18 AM   #2
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So, do it right or don't do it at all.
Always been my motto.
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Ron, I had those exact words in my post prior to editing!
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Ron, I had those exact words in my post prior to editing!
I have another motto. Brevity.
More for my typing speed.
Speed might be the wrong word.
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DIR,
I agree with Ron. I am at the point in my life where I don't take jobs if I sense people don't want it done right. I am on a project right now in a 9 year old affluent home where the previous owner had somebody finish it. I had to tear everything out. Drywall had about 6 screws holding each sheet on. Seams were in between studs, no outside corner bead, just mud troweled on everywhere. Wiring was attrocious.
I usually don't get people calling anymore trying to half ass a job. Big qualifier up front is telling people what the job done right will more than likely cost. That separates the good from the bad. Anymore I get pissed when I see shoddy work. That's what is wrong with this country anymore. Most workers could care less about doing a good job. Everybody is in too much of a hurry and overlook planning and details.
I have been staying busy the last few years just from a high end real estate lady that saw a kitchen I did in a century home in the affluent town she reprasents. I have never met her, but I keep getting calls from people that she sells houses to. Most are moving in from out of state. I am usually a few months behind at any given time.
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^^That's what I mean!^^
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What's right and what's wrong? A complete hvac system can look spectacular but was there a micron gauge used during vac to insure that moisture was removed? Who's got that proof?

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