Cold Weather makes Plumber Happy

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Dunbar Plumbing, Jan 19, 2008.

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    Just getting in from running 8 service calls today. Came home for a bit between 8 and 9 to scarf down some food and head back out for more $$$$.

    Back is killing me but when I wake up seeing that pile of credit card transactions and personal checks laying beside thee in the morning,

    it's going to feel like warm sunshine when I make deposits on tuesday.

    Started out with one service call that was scheduled, then between 9 and 1 I got 9 service calls and had to turn one away and scheduled one for monday.

    Brought my tools/mc tank in tonight out of the cold, got my block heater plugged in on my diesel and it's $150/hour plus $50 service call fee to go out tonight.

    During the football games tomorrow, ?

    $753/hour plus $9 service call fee. Figured I'd give a reduced rate since they are spending so much on the hour. :D

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  2. Rugged are way too cheap

    I dont want to go out and thaw out a trailer.....

    Really not in the mood for any of it this year.......

    too much other stuff going on to spend my life
    trying to thaw out pex pipes all night long.....

    its ZERO this Sunday morning....their is no wind....

    but if it picks up its gonna get very mean , mean mean....

    and every little shanty and dump in town is gonna start calling... and some million dollar homes too

    My min is $250 to thaw out pipes for the first hour

    and 150 for every hour after that....

    I think I will take the phone off the hook
  3. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Mark... Go for a 2 hour min. charge!:eek:
  4. very good idea....a two hour min charge???

    Hey redwood ....that really is not a bad idea......

    although we have another plumbing company that
    pulled a stunt something like that last year
    and got written up in the paper over on the east
    side of town.....

    they went out and thawed out a bunch of trailers and
    charged something like $1700 each to do the work..

    ( I dont know the particualrs )

    but some people literally refused to pay the bill.

    they wrote the atourny general, called the papers,
    angies list and the BBB ..

    they pissed and moaned to anyone who would listen.......

    I really dont want that kind of trouble with my good standing in the BBB and Angies list..

    but the two hour minimun would put the fear of
    god in anyone who wants me to come out tonight.....
  5. Cookie

    Cookie .

    I got a question that may sound stupid, but instead of gouging the people, why not just say no? (we all take turns being customers somewhere, somehow )
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Bothell, Washington
    I like the phone off in cold weather too.
    I've worked for shops that ran out in cold weather fixing broken pipes.
    Didn't spend any time at home with family, but was out in the cold all day.
    After two days, I would be missing work when things warmed up, sick in bed without pay.
    One place I worked for, they found that the whole crew would come down sick, and they quit doing it too.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2008
  7. Some People Wont Take No For An Answer

    You are absolutely right cookie,
    that is why I am not takeing calls today

    But a lot of people have my mobile number and will
    get through to me and I have to have a back up plan.....

    Telling them I am baby sitting sometimes works,
    although some have actally said to me to bring the kids over with me............

    so I thiknk the two hour min bill is a good defence to stay out of the frozen...flooded..... 18 inch tall ...... crawl spaces......

  8. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Bothell, Washington
    What I've learned long ago to say is, I'm booked until Wednesday.


    I have plans and can't make it.

    I don't "need" to tell them, that my plans are to watch the Patriots play San Diego and eat pizza, or to go skiing with my son, just like I don't need to know what they like to do in their spare time.

    It's on a need to know basis.
    They don't need to know why you can't come, only when you could come, Yeah, that would be like Wednesday. My first "open" appointment would be Wednesday.

    Can you come sooner?
    I'm already booked.
    I have prier commitments.
    I'm hanging at home reading a good book with my feet up. (Don't tell em that one)
  9. Cookie

    Cookie .

    I can't remember what I pay per month for caller ID, but, any calls that comes in private or I don't recognize the number or name, I let go to the answering machine. It is priceless.
  10. Nate R

    Nate R New Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    It's your business, it's your choice whether you want to work or not. I think leaving the phone off the hook or saying you're booked until Wednesday is a great idea!
  11. Actually Terry

    Actually Terry, that is the truth...

    I AM booked all next week.......

    got to get a 3 story building done....

    got to do this and that ....

    they really dont need to know anything more than that
  12. Cookie

    Cookie .

    My son has his tv programmed when the phone rings the number comes up on the screen.
  13. Actually Terry

    all you do is go out and get sicker than a dog
  14. Well, after 4 bags of pills

    and some warm soup I got to enjoy my only day off even though today has been nothing but a chess game for service calls next week.

    Got 2 main drain calls, one leaking shower faucet call and a guy who's going to be PISSED that I'm bouncing the start of a bathroom rework *toilet flange rework/set new tub/double bowl vanity setup* That's not including the calls that will come in tomorrow that I'll try to push off or give up.

    I looked like freaking egore today all hunched over. Tried to clean the truck out and managed to do some, not much. I'll be regretting that tomorrow but my plans are to expire to bed early tonight, set up my space heater at the back of the truck and get it manageable.

    I don't have the luxury of putting my truck in a garage. Someday I hope to where there's 14' ceilings, thermostatically controlled and tons of lighting, be able to pull in one door and out the other with garage door openers on both. Now I'm dreaming the good dream.
  15. got_nailed

    got_nailed DIY Senior Member

    So far I haven’t had my phone ring yet today. But I did my far share this weekend. I don’t think I will be doing too much today. Its 11* right now with a high of 25* and snow tomorrow just a bit to cold to be in and out all day.
  16. MG

    MG New Member

    Illinois - Near St. Louis
    You do mean someone else's kids, right? You don't babysit your own...
  17. mikept

    mikept DIY Senior Member

    Tell them the Cold Weather makes Rugged Happy... but your not Rugged or Happy enough...

  18. Correctamundo

    Today was another cold one and pretty harsh on the body.

    I'm forced to work these days trying to support a second company.
  19. Herk

    Herk Plumber

    S.E. Idaho
    I, too, got cold weather work. An unusual wind from the north and near-zero temps meant I got to make several repairs in a commercial copper job today, climbing over stacks of cans and bottles in a back room. Better than sitting home twiddling my thumbs.
  20. I'm going to get some of those flourescent cones to put out on the road to set boundaries around my truck.......just like the gas/electric/phone companies use.

    People getting home from work and they was parking too close to the truck, let alone the speed of cars going by was too dangerous to walk beside the truck.

    I'll get the big ones......just another way to take up space on the truck. :sighs:
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