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  1. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    Installed a new socket on a ring today under the worktop to plug one of them Quooker hot water taps in for a customer.

    She felt at £70 i was a bit expensive!! Says they used to use another electrician at there previous house and he rewired it all for £2500!!! I don't know what you can say to people like this... cowboys undercut you and do shoddy work with minimal testing and then when you charge what might be on the low end of the going rate get treated like you are the cowboy trying to extort them!

    £70 covered the addition of a socket onto the ring and spending ages slowly and delicately removing a couple of kitchen wall tiles from the wall to chase the T&E and then replace tiles so it looks like it has never been touched without so much as cracking a single one! I even hoovered up behind me!

    To top it off, As I am finishing her husband comes home and says his wife spent nearly £800 on this fancy tap that delivers hot water on demand! He thinks its a bit of a pointless gadget as they don't use the kettle as it is as they have a fancy coffee machine built into the kitchen unit that has dedicated water pipes.

    Yet she moans at paying me a mere mortal £70 for a honest good bit of work! It always seems the richer people are or get the more they hate paying people and seem offended.
    Its a strange world that these middle class folk live in.

    Personally i do think these Quooker things are pointless and I would rather boil a kettle and have the £800 in the bank. Its all about appearances with people like this, its a talking point with friend s when visiting and a way to say aren't we successful! - no it says you got more money than sense...

    I am off to boil my £9.99 kettle for a cup of tea....
     
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  2. Pete999
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    Thats the reason they are rich Gavin, but if you quoted 70 note and they agreed can't see what the problem is, unless they are complete knobs.
     
  3. Matthewd29
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    Matthewd29 Regular EF Member

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    Couldn't agree more people want everything done for nothing some people gave a complete laugh they think your doing it out of the goodness of your heart, not like your trying to make a living or anything....
     
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  4. J.C.E
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    seems too much work for 70swid to me :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Vortigern
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    Vortigern Electrician's Arms

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    Yeh 20 years ago.
     
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  6. einstein
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    einstein Active EF Member

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    more work usually results in a lower price per point
     
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  7. Leesparkykent
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    I've done basic rewires for that money and still made a good profit.
     
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  8. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    Their last house was a Grade 2 listed 4 bed townhouse in the posh part of Bath..... Given how pristine this house is and knowing the area they used to live, they must have gone really basic prior to selling and moving into the current house. as the new one is immaculate and like a show home. I only got the job through recommendation as their daughter goes to same yoga class as my girlfriend.
     
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  9. 123
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    £70 sounds cheap.

    They are probably the sort of folk who if you said you'd do it for free would have been looking something else done at the same cost whilst you where there.
     
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  10. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    I only had to make a small chase about 30cms in length to go down below the worktop then ran in trunking to a single surface mounted socket in cupboard next to sink. just had to be careful to not crack tiles.. nice easy job apart from her stood there watching asking silly questions.
     
  11. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear Electrician's Arms

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    looking at the work you did i would estimated it from £125.00
     
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  12. wirepuller
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    wirepuller Trusted Advisor

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    This and putting up light fittings. The amount of people who bleat over an hours labour charge to put up their B&Q abortion.
    "How much?"....Oh MY GOD!...That's more than the light cost!!"

    "Well put the feckin' thing up yourself then, and when you've ballsed it up and blown all the lights call me back and I'll charge you two hours"
     
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  13. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear Electrician's Arms

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    next time you
    quote for a job like that think about the insurance van. office paper. etc.. a**ing about
    doing the job. think about a mechanic fixing a car at a garage.
     
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  14. Wilko
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    Wilko Electrician's Arms

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    The reality (for me) is it's hard to cover costs to do such little jobs. And if a tile had broken what then?
     
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  15. buzzlightyear
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    some customers think a electrician's are like magician's . like tommy cooper .
    put it in gust like that .
     
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