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Offline andersenappliance

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How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« on: November 29, 2012, 08:21:03 PM »
Great topic title, huh?  ;D

I told a lady that I'd install a wall oven for her.  Turns out that the wall oven is a bit small for the hole that the oven its replacing sits in.  So I'm stuck filling the gap with 2x4's, then trimming around it w/matching oak trim, cutting that to size, mitering, detailing, etc.

I have a handyman back ground, so I've done these things before, but if I'm an appliance guy, when should I call it quits?

I stick the thing in the hole, and it is too small. (save the smart comments  ;D )

So I figure out what I'd do to make it work for me.

That means driving 30 miles to get the stuff, and loading up handyman tools so I can get the job done.  After all that, I can't finish during work hours, so I have to go back tomorrow. 

Anyway, I assume I'll do a great job, and she'll be happy, but what'll I charge?

Do I just say it costs X, Pay Me!

Do I eat this to help her out / get good word of mouth, or do I say "Not My Job" from the get-go?

What do you guys think?

How far are you willing to go?

Offline wildimaginations

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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 09:39:48 AM »
My background is appliance repairs.  I don't have the tools or knowledge how to cut wood to fill in the gaps nor do I want to make the openings wider.  I always refer them to someone else who knows what they're doing.  I won't even do dishwasher change outs even if the opening is all the same.  I will remove them for repair but will not swap them out.
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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 09:52:49 AM »
I also just stick with appliance repair. That's great if you have wood working skills like that, but I don't.

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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012, 10:14:34 AM »
I stick to appliance and auto repair.  If someone needs custom wood work, I refer them to my brother... He's the carpenter/architect in the Family.

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Offline andersenappliance

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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 06:50:46 PM »
Well, the job turned out ok, but it was a bit of a pain.  I didn't take a picture.

I would have liked to pass on it, but I don't think she could have got anyone to do it.  Work is work.

It's be easier if I had my handyman tool set with me.

Dishwasher installs or swaps always seem to be a pain to me too.  What is a good price to quote for one of those?


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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2012, 06:59:44 PM »
Real high so you don't get the job .I hate dishwasher swaps too.

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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 08:43:46 PM »
I don't know why, but I like dishwasher installs.  I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment.  I condemned an old Frigidaire today.  I just know he's going to get a tall tub and call me up to install.  The water shutoff valve is located on the back wall behind the dishwasher.  There's no way that will work with a tall tub, I'll have to relocate it.

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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 04:16:46 AM »
I stick with appliance repair,  but I have installed cooktops in wood/formica counters.   I carry a roto-zip,  a sawzall, a jigsaw,  and some hand tools/    But, I don't do major repairs like you did.   I might adjust an opening,  or carve out a little wood.    Thing is,  you probably didn't charge enough to make the job worthwile.   Or........maybe you did..    A carpenter would have charged several hundred dollars for the woodwork at least.   Plus,  I always quote about 175 for an oven because I really don't want to do it.   So I'm hoping you got at least 350 for all that or more.   

Dishwashers I still do,   but only if I condemn one and they really want me instead of someone they don't know to install it.   I have one first thing on monday,  an old Kitchen Aid with solid piped in copper (pain),  and I know I have to install valve,  etc.   but I told her with the new Stainless line and valve and such,  200 bucks.   she said fine,  so at least Im making some money.   
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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2012, 10:04:10 AM »
I do dishwashers and microhoods all the time. Microwaves are easy money. Almost all of them around here are replacements. In and out in about a half an hour. Dishwashers take about an hour and are much easier now that I use a stainless braided line. I used to install cooktops and wall
ovens but they never just swap out. The cutouts are never quite the same and it requires a totally different batch of tools. There is a company called Micro-trim that makes trim rings for these products and they work really well. I don't do these installs today because I don't need the work
or the headaches.

Offline andersenappliance

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Re: How Far Are You Willing To Go...?
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2012, 10:56:09 AM »
I didn't get paid enough, but she's happy, and I didn't have anything else scheduled. 

Thanks for the heads up w/ micro-trim, Bailey.  I've added it to my bookmarks.