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Old 05-15-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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Walked onto a jobsite yesterday to get started on a kitchen remodel. During a conversation with the GC I noticed a dent on the new refrigerator. So I pointed at it and the GC says, "who did that?!" I did not have a single tool on sight so it wasn't me. But of course the painter gets the blame.

I should have said, "ask your plumber, plasterer, tile guy, floor guy, countertop installers, electrician, finish carpenter, homeowner, etc

Anytime I start a remodel the cabinets, appliances and flooring get thoroughly inspected.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #2
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Definatly a good idea to inspect eveything before getting started, and point anything out that is seen. Good catch on the fridge.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #3
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Walked onto a jobsite yesterday to get started on a kitchen remodel. During a conversation with the GC I noticed a dent on the new refrigerator. So I pointed at it and the GC says, "who did that?!" I did not have a single tool on sight so it wasn't me. But of course the painter gets the blame.

I should have said, "ask your plumber, plasterer, tile guy, floor guy, countertop installers, electrician, finish carpenter, homeowner, etc

Anytime I start a remodel the cabinets, appliances and flooring get thoroughly inspected.
I now take my camera with me on every job.

I take before pics, during pics, pics of how 1 vs 2 vs 3 coats looks if h/o is not around that way I don't get the "i'm not stupid that's OBVIOUSLY only one coat" garbage.

I also take pics of pretty well every drip ding dent etc. I can find just to make sure I don't get the blame.

Never been burnt yet, learn from others mistakes before you make them yourself!
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:53 PM   #4
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good save!!!

i take digital pics also.

my camera has saved me from stuff like this several times.

paint on brick,
broken windows,
paint on shingles,
paint on concrete,
broken furniture sofa table
broken picture frame,
broken ikea crap furniture
stain on carpet,
missing screen,
missing window crank
scratches on hardwood floor

i have been blamed for every one of these!!! the digital camera saved the day.

i love the look on their face when i show them,,,,,they even argue a bit beforehand.
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Walked onto a jobsite yesterday to get started on a kitchen remodel. During a conversation with the GC I noticed a dent on the new refrigerator. So I pointed at it and the GC says, "who did that?!" I did not have a single tool on sight so it wasn't me. But of course the painter gets the blame.
I hear ya
My best story like that is the call-back I went on to look at a floor gouge
It was so obviously made by a 7 1/4 circ saw I couldn't believe we were even considered as the culprits...but OK, maybe Homey don't know that
So after explaining that to said H/O. he said he "...I talked to the carpenters and they said it wasn't them"

So after explaining that I have liability ins. and if it were our fault, I'd have no problem whatsoever about calling them to fix this, I then went into the explanation of the precise nature of the gouge (a 7 1/4" diameter smile)
I then invited the client to come out to my truck and find a tool capable of such a precise gouge

Needless to say, he declined my offer
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good save!!!

i take digital pics also.

my camera has saved me from stuff like this several times.

paint on brick,
broken windows,
paint on shingles,
paint on concrete,
broken furniture sofa table
broken picture frame,
broken ikea crap furniture
stain on carpet,
missing screen,
missing window crank
scratches on hardwood floor

i have been blamed for every one of these!!! the digital camera saved the day.

i love the look on their face when i show them,,,,,they even argue a bit beforehand.
I want to work John, for I know you would be looking after us.
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Walked onto a jobsite yesterday to get started on a kitchen remodel. During a conversation with the GC I noticed a dent on the new refrigerator. So I pointed at it and the GC says, "who did that?!" I did not have a single tool on sight so it wasn't me. But of course the painter gets the blame.

I should have said, "ask your plumber, plasterer, tile guy, floor guy, countertop installers, electrician, finish carpenter, homeowner, etc

Anytime I start a remodel the cabinets, appliances and flooring get thoroughly inspected.
You hadn't even gotten started, and he was placing blame on you?

Good idea taking pics.
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Recently, I was doing a bunch of repaints on Apt units. Basically, the manager had all these units she had to get ready and her "handyman" couldn't get them done fast enough. I came in, got her caught up, and then wouldn't you know it, she blames me for some paint splatter, which was from a previous paint.
It was so obvious she was looking for an excuse to tell me she didn't need my services anymore, and chose to use this bogus situation as a reason. I obviously was more expensive than what she pays this handyman who lives on site. I did take some pictures of the worst units in order to defend myself, but ironically didn't on the one she decided to blame me with.
I was sorta upset she was doing this, but, after a short deliberation, realized I was better off cutting my ties with this relationship anyway. The money wasn't that great, plus they expect you to jump at attention whenever they need you there and get something done. But thats the apartment painting game, usually.
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