There are Tradies and Then There are Tradies

Wini 2 November 2010 14

I love the RiotACT and often use it as reference point for recomendations of services in Canberra. So here I go…

 I have had the need, in recent weeks to employ three different tradesmen for three different jobs.

The first, a plumber, was at my house for a total of four minutes – $209.00!  He was arrogant and surly to boot.

The second, a carpenter who was following up from an earlier installation (from a year ago) – he was at my house for about 15 minutes – he charged me the beer that I offered him (he was on his way home, and it was only around the corner).

The third was an electrician. I had a tough time finding an electrician who would come out and undertake about eight small jobs (install two new outlets, install three new light fittings, remove some old light fixtures, put in an outdoor outlet). He was there about three hours. He supplied all the new outlet hardware, including the outdoor fixture and charged me a total of $300.00. He was also courteous, punctual, moved items that were in the way and he cleaned up! 

Happy to recommend my electrician – Josh at HJs Electrical. Happy to recommend my carpenter – Julian from Doors Plus. Would never recommend the plumber, and won’t mention his name or company for fear of embarrasing him.


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AG Canberra AG Canberra 10:37 am 23 Aug 11

Paving – give Captive Landscapes a call.

They landscaped our whole backyard and we were very happy with the perice and service. Paving done was excellent.

00davist 00davist 9:19 am 23 Aug 11

Wow that sparky was a bargain, it sounds like YOU ripped him off! I doubt he would of made any money from that, what was the brands of GPO’s and lights he used? He probably could have only afforded a big mac meal at maccas with profit he made off that one.

The electrician was a bargain, sure, but I think you may be taking that a little far, what do you count as profit?

The supplies cost for a Job like that (1 indoor outlets, lets assume double here, 3 light fittings, and 1 outdoor socket, again, i’ll go double) would easily fit in at under $50, so labour @$250 for 3 hours?

Thats over $80ph, and yep, this guy really is a bargain, others would charge a heck of alot more for the same job.

BTW, I’m not having a go at the electrician here, he sounds great, and considering this is a skilled proffesion, involving deadly voltages, and a mistake could wind up one day killing a customer, His rates are fine.

dtc dtc 9:09 am 23 Aug 11

Jethro said :

Have you considered doing it yourself. It’s not an overly difficult job.

Can we put a stop to ‘do it yourself’ responses. Firstly, as has already been pointed out, there are numerous reasons why people cannot do it themselves, ranging from disability to age to strength and knowledge. Secondly, the response implies that the person seeking professional assistance is too stupid to have first thought ‘I wonder whether I could do it myself’ and too stupid to have spent 5 minutes on the internet to research the difficulty of a particular activity. Patronising at best.

Maybe the rule should be ‘if you respond to a post by saying ‘do it yourself’, you have to offer to do the job for the OP’

Jethro Jethro 8:01 am 23 Aug 11

theblues said :

Hi, can anyone recommend a good paver? We would like to pave our outdoors area (not a very big area). We are not having much luck! Please don’t recommend Bruce Works. They may be good at what they do but they are $$$$$$$. I almost had a coronary just seeing the quote for our little courtyard! We want someone reliable, shows up on time and does not drink on the job and is pleasant to deal with. Thanks.

Have you considered doing it yourself. It’s not an overly difficult job.

theblues theblues 9:29 pm 22 Aug 11

Hi, can anyone recommend a good paver? We would like to pave our outdoors area (not a very big area). We are not having much luck! Please don’t recommend Bruce Works. They may be good at what they do but they are $$$$$$$. I almost had a coronary just seeing the quote for our little courtyard! We want someone reliable, shows up on time and does not drink on the job and is pleasant to deal with. Thanks.

Amanda Hugankis Amanda Hugankis 11:17 am 03 Nov 10

Fair enough – my mistake, $209, did that include the surliness? Cos I think this was part of the point of the post – recommending service or not based on things including, but not limited to, charges for service.

rb rb 10:11 am 03 Nov 10

Amanda Hugankis said :

troutfisher said :

If the Plumber was only there for 4 minutes it couldn’t have been much of a job, why didn’t you do it yourself.

but……

If the job was beyond your capacity, and clearly it was, you making the mistake of confusing that you were charged for what he did, instead of being charged for what he knew.

Before you take swipes at people’s ‘capacity’ that border on the personal (“and clearly it was” …), did you stop to think that the OP might not be capable of addressing plumbing problems for themselves for a whole range of reasons – not the least of which might be a physical disability of some kind?

That aside – $300 for ‘knowledge’ is slightly on the rich side, event accounting for a call out charge.

It was $209, and it might have been an out of business hours call-out…
Some plumbing parts are quite dear, so the plumber would have had to charge to cover the part/s.

Amanda Hugankis Amanda Hugankis 8:35 am 03 Nov 10

troutfisher said :

If the Plumber was only there for 4 minutes it couldn’t have been much of a job, why didn’t you do it yourself.

but……

If the job was beyond your capacity, and clearly it was, you making the mistake of confusing that you were charged for what he did, instead of being charged for what he knew.

Before you take swipes at people’s ‘capacity’ that border on the personal (“and clearly it was” …), did you stop to think that the OP might not be capable of addressing plumbing problems for themselves for a whole range of reasons – not the least of which might be a physical disability of some kind?

That aside – $300 for ‘knowledge’ is slightly on the rich side, event accounting for a call out charge.

troutfisher troutfisher 11:06 pm 02 Nov 10

If the Plumber was only there for 4 minutes it couldn’t have been much of a job, why didn’t you do it yourself.

but……

If the job was beyond your capacity, and clearly it was, you making the mistake of confusing that you were charged for what he did, instead of being charged for what he knew.

Smudge Smudge 7:14 pm 02 Nov 10

“….for fear of embarassing him” ?
C’mon. Bad service should lead to a bad reputation just as much as a good experience should mean future recommendations and increased business. I for one would like to avoid him.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 4:11 pm 02 Nov 10

What task did the plumber carry out so quickly for so much money?

sepi sepi 4:05 pm 02 Nov 10

We couldn’t even get Doors Plus to come and quote – they made 3 appointments and missed them all. We went to Stegbar – they came first time and did the job.

pptvb pptvb 3:45 pm 02 Nov 10

So, Doors Plus (ALL FUSS!) have found some one to install doors.
About time, they took 8 weeks to install our front door.

Bluenomi Bluenomi 2:44 pm 02 Nov 10

Julian installed our new front door, he is awesome, I’d recommend him too!

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