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Hemingway 05-31-2010 12:15 PM

Plumber stole my tape measure
 
When I went down to the basement to check on his progress, I saw that my toolbox was open. I had left it near the project because I started to DIY before calling the plumber. I thought, okay, he needed a tool and didn't want to go out to his truck, I'm glad to be able to help out.

This morning I'm looking for my tape measure and in my toolbox is this:
http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/5350/powertape.jpg
Note the cigarette burns.

Oh, innocent mistake, he got his tape mixed up with mine?
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gma2rjc 05-31-2010 01:01 PM

A few times I had to call a plumber or electrician to let them know they left a tool here when they were done. Never had anyone steal anything though.

Barb

Willie T 05-31-2010 01:41 PM

Pretty fair trade. Now you don't have to lug around that heavier one. :) He could have left you nothing at all. :(

rusty baker 05-31-2010 03:38 PM

Measured a house for carpet, the man of the house wanted to show me his electric trains. Layed my tape, calculator and measure pad on the table, with his wife sitting there. Came back in, the tape was gone. His wife was still sitting there, said she never saw it.

Hemingway 05-31-2010 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 449286)
Pretty fair trade. Now you don't have to lug around that heavier one. :) He could have left you nothing at all. :(

Heh.

Hey, by luck the plumber called today to ask if I still wanted to give him my old fishtank, and I asked him about the tape measure. I heard him rummage around in his toolkit and then say, yes this is not mine; Sorry, I'll drop it off today. I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, but the cynic in me says he never thought he'd get called on it.

frenchelectrican 06-01-2010 01:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Hemingway (Post 449399)
Heh.

Hey, by luck the plumber called today to ask if I still wanted to give him my old fishtank, and I asked him about the tape measure. I heard him rummage around in his toolkit and then say, yes this is not mine; Sorry, I'll drop it off today. I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, but the cynic in me says he never thought he'd get called on it.


That is not too many time the contractor will say they are missing something and the homeowner called in and let them know about the situation and it did happend to me once a while and with good customer they will let me know if I did forgot something and I will swing by and deal with it.

Merci,Marc

oh'mike 06-01-2010 08:32 AM

Sadly,I have swiped a few customers rulers.

Never intentionaly, I automatically hang a ruler on my belt--If the customer hands me a ruler--it sometimes ends up on my belt.OOPS.

---Mike---

I have lost a few also--customer wanders into the work site and borrows a ruler--never to be seen again.---Oh well,that's life.

I am really fussy about rulers--The seldom are accurate after getting dropped,so I keep fresh tape measures in the truck any way.

---Mike---

Hemingway 06-03-2010 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 449541)
Oh well,that's life.

Okay now I realized I am also missing my pipe wrench. I searched for it and although I suppose I could have left it somewhere, I can't help but think it is in the Plumber's toolbox. But I don't want to accuse him of lifting it unless I am certain, so I guess I'll just let it go. A competent plumber is hard to find, so what if I give him some of my tools.

fabrk8r 06-03-2010 10:42 AM

A competent plumber should have his own tools. Any competent worker in any trade shouldn't be thieving from customers.

Speaking for myself, I know exactly what tools I have in my bag or pouch and if I do happen to pick up anything that belongs to a customer it get's put back where I found it in the same condition it was found in, or I make it right. I try to not be in a situation where I don't have the right tool for the job, it's just unprofessional.

Scuba_Dave 06-03-2010 10:51 AM

Around here any plumber is hard to find
But any good plumber does not take tools
I usually know all my tools too

cellophane 06-03-2010 11:19 AM

I had a contractor leave a pretty nice hand truck at my house. I've reminded him 5 or 6 times about it too and no one came to get it. Guess he doesn't need it that much...

oh'mike 06-04-2010 07:06 AM

Sometimes retrieving a tool that is left behind costs more than the tool itself.

I have a giant pair of Channel Locks left behind by a flooring installer---They had traveled over 40 miles to the job. They told me to keep them. The gas cost alone to come get them would have been more than the tool.

---Mike---

I hate it when a customer or other work crew leaves tools out where I am working--It's way to tempting to save a trip to the truck and grab a handy tool and use it.

I usually throw a tarp over someone elses tools before the work starts.


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