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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #875 on: April 04, 2019, 08:32:17 AM »
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I'm constantly in contact with with clients, other trades that subbie to me, builders.

Honestly - you would be 1 in a thousand - at best.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #876 on: April 04, 2019, 11:44:18 AM »
Many many tradies are such absolute unprofessional deadshxts..

(Like the examples of the plumber and tiler in the posts above...)    grrrrr.....

Not only tradies though...   Structural engineers too...   But that's another story for another time...

"In retaliation" - I have fantasized in my mind on many occasions the following scenario...

Successful tradie get my business; the quote and paperwork, QBCC etc etc are exchanged...

Say its for an $8K job....   He hands over the paperwork, (mees knowing there will be no doubt an expectation for a 20%-50% deposit to be paid)...   (BTW that was the % recently requested of me with window; door; and kitchen cabinet suppliers/installers...)..

But with a smile I say thanks - and I ignore the deposit request and tell him -- now here are MY bank details FOR YOU to deposit (a refundable) $2K "Performance Guarantee" payment into MY account...

When the job is completed to contract, professionally and on time - this is refunded to you....

Yeah, right -- LOL....   In the real world, the above would never happen...   BUT I keep promising myself that one day I will say it to a contractor, just to make a (futile) point, and to see his reaction...

That and in instances where I have a tradie working for me on an hourly rate ...  I am standing at the front door as he walks in to start the job...   

I am holding a small container which I shove at them and grunt - snapping my fingers at the container...

Startled, the tradie looks at me puzzled...

I say with a smile on my face:

"All mobiles in here - thank you!!!"

Anyway, I had better happily keep dream'n on.....




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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #877 on: April 04, 2019, 03:50:04 PM »
In the IT world it is not unusual to have permanence penalties for late delivery. Hardware and software support runs from sell date, not use date.

I was working for a now defunct computer manufacturer back in the '90's. They were running so late they ended up paying the client to put their computers in some sites!!!
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #878 on: April 04, 2019, 04:29:06 PM »
Today I learned again that if you do any work on either the camper or the car you WILL lose skin from your knuckles. 😘
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #879 on: April 04, 2019, 04:59:03 PM »
I'm beginning to dislike rain again, For stuff sake  if ya gunna rain ! Fnnn Rain ! get it over and done with or do it at night.. This every half hour / hour or so P*ss off  showery drizzley stuff  gives ya the sh*tes .
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #880 on: April 04, 2019, 06:16:31 PM »
I'm beginning to dislike rain again, For stuff sake  if ya gunna rain ! Fnnn Rain ! get it over and done with or do it at night.. This every half hour / hour or so P*ss off  showery drizzley stuff  gives ya the sh*tes .
was a pretty good day here, plenty of blue sky
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #881 on: April 04, 2019, 06:31:06 PM »
Many many tradies are such absolute unprofessional deadshxts..

(Like the examples of the plumber and tiler in the posts above...)    grrrrr.....

Not only tradies though...   Structural engineers too...   But that's another story for another time...

"In retaliation" - I have fantasized in my mind on many occasions the following scenario...

Successful tradie get my business; the quote and paperwork, QBCC etc etc are exchanged...

Say its for an $8K job....   He hands over the paperwork, (mees knowing there will be no doubt an expectation for a 20%-50% deposit to be paid)...   (BTW that was the % recently requested of me with window; door; and kitchen cabinet suppliers/installers...)..

But with a smile I say thanks - and I ignore the deposit request and tell him -- now here are MY bank details FOR YOU to deposit (a refundable) $2K "Performance Guarantee" payment into MY account...

When the job is completed to contract, professionally and on time - this is refunded to you....

Yeah, right -- LOL....   In the real world, the above would never happen...   BUT I keep promising myself that one day I will say it to a contractor, just to make a (futile) point, and to see his reaction...

That and in instances where I have a tradie working for me on an hourly rate ...  I am standing at the front door as he walks in to start the job...   

I am holding a small container which I shove at them and grunt - snapping my fingers at the container...

Startled, the tradie looks at me puzzled...

I say with a smile on my face:

"All mobiles in here - thank you!!!"

Anyway, I had better happily keep dream'n on.....




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On commercial work there is a system for what you are describing. The head contractor will withhold part of your invoice or claim as retention usually 5% of the invoice value. 2.5% is released upon completion of the project (practical completion or PC) and the remaining 2.5% is released upon the end of defect liability period (DLP). Cash retention is to be avoided as if the builder goes belly up you have done your money but there is a think called a Bank Guarentee where up front at the start of the project you hand over to the builder 2 BG’s at 2.5% of the contract value. One is returned at PC and the second at the end of DLP after any defects have been rectified. They usually hold these over your head to get either PC or DLP completed. This is not to be confused with liquidated damages (LD’s) for not completing the job to the program.

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #882 on: April 04, 2019, 06:31:43 PM »
 ;D ;D Mongrel    ;D ;D    Ohh we had blue sky ..... rain ... blue sky ... rain .. blu''''' you get the idea ... Movie time, ohh joy its drizzling again now .
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #883 on: April 04, 2019, 06:47:48 PM »
Maybe I should move to Queensland. I take no deposit and I send an invoice a week after the job is complete, just in case the client isn’t happy or wants to modify something.

Nah, stuff your weather, as unpredictable as Melbourne’s half the time!!

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #884 on: April 15, 2019, 06:42:21 PM »
That painting a checkerplate trailer by brush is a pain in the arse, actually anything checkerplate is a pain in the arse.
 Should have sprayed it and put up with the over spray.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #885 on: April 15, 2019, 07:07:09 PM »
If you are fitting anything, anywhere to the back of a caravan with 2 screws, 1 of them WILL hit some wiring of some sort   :'( :'( :'(
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #886 on: April 16, 2019, 09:46:55 AM »
Read the label on puppy food very carefully

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The bag said 1 cup... and i found out later this means 1 cup over the whole day not per meal

Poor little bugger was like a chocolate eclair.... squeeze him in the middle and Shit was coming out both ends for about 6 hours
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #887 on: April 16, 2019, 12:27:32 PM »
If you are fitting anything, anywhere to the back of a caravan with 2 screws, 1 of them WILL hit some wiring of some sort   :'( :'( :'(

That can be solved, ask for help in the electrical section.  :cheers:

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #888 on: April 16, 2019, 01:00:45 PM »
That can be solved, ask for help in the electrical section.  :cheers:

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #889 on: April 16, 2019, 01:13:54 PM »
That can be solved, ask for help in the electrical section.  :cheers:

And the post of the year award goes toooooooo  Kangaron :cup:
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #890 on: April 16, 2019, 01:53:43 PM »
I learnt that the Hunchback of Notre Dame is homeless. ;D
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #891 on: April 16, 2019, 01:59:59 PM »
I learnt that the Hunchback of Notre Dame is homeless. ;D
and Morrison wants to donate millions to assist in the ****in rebuild ??? WTF? Dont they make enough out of tourism themselves to pay to fix it??? ??? ???
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #892 on: April 16, 2019, 02:05:17 PM »
and Morrison wants to donate millions to assist in the ****in rebuild ??? WTF? Dont they make enough out of tourism themselves to pay to fix it??? ??? ???


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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #894 on: April 16, 2019, 03:12:12 PM »
I learnt that the Hunchback of Notre Dame is homeless. ;D

and Morrison wants to donate millions to assist in the ****in rebuild ??? WTF? Dont they make enough out of tourism themselves to pay to fix it??? ??? ???

Notre Dame has been in dire need of repairs for years. The work was going to cost near the 200 million. Its owned by the state, but leased by the church, who under the lease arrangement have to pay for the upkeep and maintenance. The church has been trying to come up with  the cash for years.( maybe could could sell off 0.001% of its assets?)
Anyhows, hope its not a dodgy insurance claim.  >:D
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« Reply #895 on: April 16, 2019, 03:57:05 PM »
Notre Dame has been in dire need of repairs for years. The work was going to cost near the 200 million. Its owned by the state, but leased by the church, who under the lease arrangement have to pay for the upkeep and maintenance. The church has been trying to come up with  the cash for years.( maybe could could sell off 0.001% of its assets?)
Anyhows, hope its not a dodgy insurance claim.  >:D
Hey give the church a break, they are only worht 30 billion.. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-12/catholic-church-worth-$30-billion-investigation-finds/9422246
how can they spare 1 hours interest on their cash. they have people to pay off to keep quiet, priests to move to hide them
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What did you learn today?
« Reply #896 on: June 02, 2019, 09:49:22 AM »
There is no such thing as “just” holding the outboard motor stay in place.
It’s either locked in or not.

Finished the washing the boat this morning after going for a run up the creek last night. Had the motor just resting on the stay so I could back it into the parking place where I usually drop the stay on the ground and trim the motor to be vertical.

Reversing back and in the mirror I see the trailer lift a foot in the air then jump to one side....



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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #897 on: June 02, 2019, 12:05:23 PM »
I reckon you got off light there, Pete. I saw a bloke do similar, several years ago, at the Mooloolaba ramp and it cost him a prop blade.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #898 on: June 02, 2019, 03:56:51 PM »
Yes, lucky I was on the grass and the stay buried itself a good 200mm into the ground first, before wedging the trailer up and bending bits.
Would imagine that little mistake could get messy on a hard surface.

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #899 on: June 02, 2019, 05:17:28 PM »
We can't win.


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