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I have not had wonderful experiences in hiring contractors, but one I hired a few years ago impressed me (see my previous post re bleeding of cedar shingles), and I thought it might be useful to others to explain how and why I hired this guy.

I had several contractors come out to take a look at my gutters, and every one of them--except one--measured the length of the house using a tape measure.

One guy, however, did it differently. This guy--an experienced guy, probably in his fifties, low key, not a "sales type"--stood back where he could see the roof, and counted the number of tabs on the shingles. Knowing that a conventional shingle had 3 tabs and was (I think) 3 feet wide, he could easily get the correct length just by looking and doing a simple calculation.

This was the guy I hired.

 



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First of all, Welcome to Handyman, I read all 3 of your posts and will keep those things that you have learned through "Experience" in mind should I ever come across them.  We live in a pretty remote area and have had to rely on someone's recommendation for hiring any subs for our various jobs.  So far we have been lucky and all of them have been top quality and very dependable.

We are a fun bunch here and very laid back - - - - there's also lots of qualified and experience home owners here that are willing to help with any suggestions you may need.  They have helped me tremendously over the past several years - - - and I'm one that really needs a lot of help at times.  LOL  Sometimes is can get a little deep with all the hoorah between friends so you might need a pair of hip boots on occasion.

Make yourself at home and enjoy the Forum.

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-- Edited by Mello Yello on Friday 6th of May 2011 03:09:09 PM

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Welcome Mr Thumbs....Glad to see that there is someone here that actually wants to talk home repair.....lol

Kidding guys........

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welcome mr thumbs.i'll go read them posts too.like mello said,it helps at times to wear your hip boots.

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MrThumbs wrote:

 

I had several contractors come out to take a look at my gutters, and every one of them--except one--measured the length of the house using a tape measure.

One guy, however, did it differently. This guy--an experienced guy, probably in his fifties, low key, not a "sales type"--stood back where he could see the roof, and counted the number of tabs on the shingles. Knowing that a conventional shingle had 3 tabs and was (I think) 3 feet wide, he could easily get the correct length just by looking and doing a simple calculation.

This was the guy I hired.

 

 

Most shingles are now 13" not 12" so if that's the case he's shorting himself a bit, just sayin. I've done that before but I now use a laser on real steep or hard to measure stuff.

Welcome to the forum!!!!!!!!!!!!biggrin

 


 



-- Edited by CHS on Saturday 7th of May 2011 11:57:08 AM

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Hi guys,

 i can see all guys at this forum but being a single mum I had to take care of some stuff on my own. This goes for hiring contractors for my house redecoration, that is a decorator and a company to make the decorator's plan come alive. So how to choose the right company to hire is really a hard thing to do, especially if you're it's your first time, like it was for me.

I wanted a company with experience in implementing Victorian Fireplaces i just wanted my old unused fireplace to finally get its function and the house was quite old as well so I did not know what to expect once they start working on it, or if the company I choose will be able to met the challenge. So I started interviewing team leaders and company owners. The once with the strong sales talk were disqualified at once, the second round I took out all the ones saying "my expert will get back to you on this" and the ones that won were the guys who's team leader came to my house, took a look at the fireplace and said it will be though but they will do their best and make it functional for me within a reasonable time, but surprises that can be expected will be solved along the way and in co ordinance with me. The guy looked like he knew what he was talking about and he was aware that I need support and help, that I'm new in this environment and I really do not need scammers.

 

So that is how i made my choice, i hope it helps.

Cheers,

Biljana



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First of all, Welcome to the Forum and don't let all us old hairy legs discourage you from

posting anything you would like to.  We may hoorah each other at times but we are,

without a doubt, "Gentlemen".



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Thanks i already feel very welcomed. Will continue sharingwink



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