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jef396

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DIY with help?
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:01:44 PM »
Does anyone have experience with hiring a contractor (or really anyone with construction experience) to guide them through DIY projects?  I have several projects I'd like to tackle, but the largest project I've done is sealing granite counters.  The most pressing project is replacing a shower floor after ripping it out to find a leak (lots of tears in the shower pan).  I'd be happy to watch a few YouTube videos and give it a shot, but the large time and material investment makes me want to do it right the first time.

Thanks!

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Re: DIY with help?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 06:46:54 AM »
I don't see why you couldn't ask... Make it clear you want to learn from them, but still offer to pay full price, and help with the grunt work.

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Re: DIY with help?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 09:27:23 AM »
I would expect many contractors would be happy to do a side job with you like that, as long as you're paying them by the hour.

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Re: DIY with help?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 09:28:04 PM »
Does anyone have experience with hiring a contractor (or really anyone with construction experience) to guide them through DIY projects?  I have several projects I'd like to tackle, but the largest project I've done is sealing granite counters.  The most pressing project is replacing a shower floor after ripping it out to find a leak (lots of tears in the shower pan).  I'd be happy to watch a few YouTube videos and give it a shot, but the large time and material investment makes me want to do it right the first time.

Thanks!

I have no experience with contractors in this area, but my mechanic has a sign in his shop that reads:

We charge the following rates for Labor:
$65 per hour if you leave it here
$75 per hour if you watch us work (...and presumably, ask questions)
$85 per hour if you help with the work

I always leave the car and come back when it's done :)



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Re: DIY with help?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012, 06:25:12 PM »
Does anyone have experience with hiring a contractor (or really anyone with construction experience) to guide them through DIY projects?  I have several projects I'd like to tackle, but the largest project I've done is sealing granite counters.  The most pressing project is replacing a shower floor after ripping it out to find a leak (lots of tears in the shower pan).  I'd be happy to watch a few YouTube videos and give it a shot, but the large time and material investment makes me want to do it right the first time.

Thanks!

I have no experience with contractors in this area, but my mechanic has a sign in his shop that reads:

We charge the following rates for Labor:
$65 per hour if you leave it here
$75 per hour if you watch us work (...and presumably, ask questions)
$85 per hour if you help with the work

I always leave the car and come back when it's done :)

I've seen the same type of signs, usually intended as humorous.

I wonder though if one of the latter two might save you some money, if they'll work faster and/or not bill for extra time if you're watching or helping.  Hopefully you have an honest mechanic, but it would be interesting if paying more per hour would save you money.
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