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Old 03-17-2014, 08:51 PM   #31
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Jazman, did you think my idea for the carpet over the drain was so stupid you ignored it
No, not at all it's a viable method. Either that or I can poke a small hole and pour water in there using a funnel.

As designed, the basement was gonna have 2 drains. One to the waste and the second near the HVAC that empties in the sump well. This one was added because we noticed this part of the floor was too low. The concrete guys musta had too much vino for lunch that day. So a third drain was added and it too goes to the sump well. But of course I need to pour water to replace the water that evaporates.

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Old 03-17-2014, 09:48 PM   #32
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I think what you say above is ridiculous! The installation crew that installs for the orange place is not getting $0 or $47 or $97, as you mentioned. But what does that have to do with the friend of a friend installer who is not supplying anything? I guess you don't get it? You sound like the type that wants to steal food from other people's table.

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There is nothing wrong with asking for a better price. I am a contractor and I dont have a problem when a customer asks for a better price because it normally means someone else quoted cheaper but likes me better and I can decide if i want to lower my quote, mostly based on if i don't have work lined up. You must work for the government who gets away with charging $1000 for a toilet seat. There is a lot of installers who would be happy with getting $300-$350 for half day job with 2 guys.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:27 PM   #33
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You must work for the government who gets away with charging $1000 for a toilet seat.
Yup, you got it, I work for the government, Tile Division.

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:34 PM   #34
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I called another guy today that our contractor recommended. I left a message and will let you know what his price is, we always get at least 2 quotes. Now I'm really curious after some of the comments on here ;-)

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Old 03-18-2014, 08:59 PM   #35
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Many times the lowest price, doesn't mean the best result. Good Luck.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:30 PM   #36
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The other guy that my contractor highly recommended called me back tonight. He's been installing carpet for 30 years and he gave me a price of $4.50 a sf. To install. That comes out about $100 less.
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Well, there goes the friend of a friend advantage. Sounds like this new guy didn't look at the layout. So have him pass by and see if it's a firm price, or if he sees something that he'd want to charge more for.

I will bet if you make a few more calls someone will do it for even less. In the end you have to be confident that who ever you decide on will do a good job and he feels the price is fair. Not everyone is willing to work for the same price. Same as in your line of work.

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Neither one of them actually came to my house but I emailed them the layout with measurements from my contractor and the big box store along with several pictures. The friend of a friend is only 30 years old and didn't ask all the questions this guy asked. I figured I would get a better deal from the friend of a friend but I was wrong. I'm glad I called the other guy, my contractor uses this guy to put his carpet in and recommends him when he does a remodel. And this guy has as many years experience as the other one is old. I will let you know when it is installed and if I'm a happy camper ;-)
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:16 PM   #39
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I know some guys who would do it for $2 yd. But it looks like a $2 yd job too.
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The plot thickens ....... I just got a call from one of our local carpet store (it's a chain but all they sell is flooring) he asked if I found any carpet yet. I told him I did and it was a great price but they won't install. He told me to bring in the written quote I got and they will match it and they are not worried about the tile. I will go check it out but I know each store has their carpet under different names, they will blow smoke up my ass and try to sell me a lesser quality carpet for the same price. I will let you know
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Well, they couldn't match the big box store price, they even admitted it was a great price. So I'm going to say it again ....... You can get great prices at a big box store if you do your research and know what you want. Their padding is priced high but the guy installing my carpet is getting it for me for $100 less. I'm glad I got the 2nd estimate on installation because I'm paying $200 less than if I would have hird the 1st guy.
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Well....I'm a very happy camper, the installer did a fantastic job he told me if it ever buckles (he said it shouldn't) he will come back out and stretch for as long as we have the carpet. He didn't glue the tack strips down, he nailed/screwed them in. He charged me $280 to install 65 yards of carpet.

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A little over $4.30 a yd. A fair price.
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Sounds like a simple thing. But I had to do that a few times, never again. One time it took over 2 hours for them to find the paid order. If I don't sell it I don't pick it up. Not fair to ask them to do that. Otherwise you gotta add time and miles etc.


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Jazman, he said the same thing about waiting for carpet and he won't do it anymore. He let us use his van to pick it up when he was installing the tack strips and pad.
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I just bought HD carpet last week.... 182 yards.... and had third party install because of needed flexability in furniture moving and tear out. I supplied 1/2 rebond-moisture barrier at $45/30 yds.

The general/common price in my area was 3.50 yard install, steps at $5. ( I might note that that price included a measure by the installer.)

So, your price might seem high, even considering pick-up and travel charges, but simple layout.

But, it's a small job....... and tough for someone to show up for much less... but then again... depends on how hungry carpet installers are in Detroit right now.

Hope this helps.

Might add, that it took one installer and me 10 minutes to pick up the carpet at HD.... I did call ahead.

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