Your Prices Are Insane Handyman! / WLOG
Good, morning, good morning friends we've got a super awesome wad going on today we are going. Out yesterday, I got a call from, a lady she. Actually lives out of town but, she has a rental here in town and, she. Gave me a call yesterday she she. Said she got a call from the neighbor. Of the house and they, said there was a huge leak going on at the house so she wanted me to go over and take a look at it I guess. This leak happens, every year, it's. Been happening every year for like five years but they've never yeah. I don't know I don't know what's going on so anyways I went over there and sure, enough one of the sprinkler valve is, leaking like, crazy when, it's off and the other two sprinkler valves leak when they're on so we're gonna go ahead and fix that today I, gave the lady a quote yesterday. When, she when I first talked to her she said oh do you know you know because this before we knew it was a sprinkler valve she's like do you know what it what it might cost and I'm like you know I don't I don't really know it all depends on what's going on there we'll, need to you know get in there I figure. Out what pipe is leaking I don't know if it was a pipe under the ground or what not I told, her that you know our minimum rate is you, know ninety bucks an hour with two hour minimum and she's like oh man that sounds a little steep at, first she didn't really like it but I said hey I just want to go over there take a look at it. See, what's going on and then, we could go from there so when, I got over there I took a look I actually, quoted, her three hours to replace these three, sprinkler valves I, don't, think it's going to take me that but we will see, and. Yeah. So we're gonna go over there and get get this day started so, first off we're gonna go to Home Depot we're, gonna grab some sprinkler. Valves and the. Accessories, needed for that oh another side note yesterday, we got a bad review I couldn't, believe it man I was like we. Got a bad review from a lady she called in. Well, I figured this out afterwards, I was tracking it down she called in she wanted, some furniture furniture. Repaired. Or assembled, we. Didn't know what it was so we quoted her over the phone, well we, she. Kept cry you know she kept instigating. To get a price so, we said well our hourly rate is $90, an hour but. We don't know what what it's gonna chart what it's gonna cost because we don't know what the furniture, looks like or what what's needed for assembly and, right, when we said 90 bucks an hour she got really mad she's. Like you guys are outrageous, you guys you really need to you, know look at your pricing, and figure out something and because, this is just outrageous you, can't charge natos now she apparently. She's been charging, or hiring, handyman, her whole life and, for. 30 $40, an hour but. At. Least here, in California, you can't work for 30 40 an hour and, run, a sustainable, business you just can't do it so, she. Was she, was outrageous, and. I tried I called her afterwards, after she left the review it was a two-star review so it wasn't quite a one-star, review which is which is good but, it. Still sucks so we lowered our rating to four and a half stars out of five so, that sucks but. You. Know the lady she just didn't want to hear anything I said you know I called her up and tried to explain it and you know see, what she would have preferred, but, she didn't want to hear anything I said she said there's no way that she would work for us there's. No way that we could be in business at $90 an hour so. It. Hurts, it it makes you mad cuz I'm not trying to rip people off that's not what I'm about you know I'm trying to just charge a reasonable, price that, works, for me and the client I mean the reason why I charge ninety bucks an hour is because. We have a lot of overhead going on we've, calculated, our costs we've calculated our expenses, and ninety, dollars an hour is actually pretty reasonable for this area so. Anyways. Enough, rain thing sorry about that let's get to today's jump okay, here we are at the house I shut the water off yesterday, but all this was just a huge puddle yesterday, you. See how wet it is. It's. All wet all along here. And. Here's our sprinkler valves as you can see there's a bunch. Of just standing water all around there so this.
Valve Here when, the water here's, the little water valve when, that's on this thing just leaks all the time and these, two leak when they are turned. On so. We're gonna go ahead and replace all three this one goes to the drip irrigation system, and these, two to the lawn so let's get a replacing, them alright I had this small piece of board in my truck so I'm gonna put that down that doesn't give me much platform, but at least gets. Me out of all that mud so. Okay. I cracked I cracked. This pipe it's really thin pipe so I'm gonna cut this. Next one which is really thin as well with this Milwaukee Jap saw. So. I'm gonna go ahead and cut. That guy right there and I'll recut that one. Caramel. Milwaukee, Jeff Sakshi works good for cutting all of them will. Recut this one if we can here. I actually, feel that this is a little loose down here so I got a dig here see. What's going on you see how the whole thing kind of spins. Okay. After a closer look at this that's actually a slip connector, that. Just basically, has. Rotation, to it so. That's fine, we're. Gonna go ahead and get, these new valves in. So. Regarding, putting these uh putting. The primer and the glue on I was, always taught that you, should put the primer on both. Both. The male and the female parts, but. The glue, it's. Really only necessary to put it on the the male part of the, pipe and the, thought behind that is, if. You put it on the female part it'll, actually work its way back up in there and it might make. The pipe a smaller diameter and. Possibly. Even clog the pipe now, that's not more. Than likely that's not gonna happen but that's how I've always been taught and. I've never really had an issue only putting the glue on the male pipe. Instead of the female pipe but. I would love to hear your guys thoughts on that whether, you should put the glue on both I don't know what the instructions, say I've never actually read the instructions, but. That's. How I've been taught and so that's the way I do it so. Okay. Now comes the time to hook these guys into our valve and I love using this this, OD fast, tape this, is the best thing on tape it's been working pretty well for me so I'm just gonna address these and then also be the. Little filter there for the drip system and. Then. Hook them into my valve. All. Right now it's time to put our valves, and now this the, height of this one is pretty, much already said because of this valve. And all that hookup so we know that that's our height we've already cut that one height so what. I do some, people call me anal but. Take. A level and. Level. Yourself, off to the next one and. This. Is really just because I want every single valve, to. Be even. When we're or, level, when we're all done. Alright. This valve over here seems to still be dripping, leaking, just a little bit so these, pipes kind of fill up with I'm gonna go ahead and suck the water out and then right before when, I'm ready to cap it all off so, we're gonna go ahead and get that done. I. Was. Like the test fit these guys before I actually glue them you, can see they're a little bit off so just so you know kind. Of what you need to do. To. Get them back on you to pull this one a little bit that way make, sure if it's dry. All. Right we got our valves all wired up here. Yeah. They're like the perfect height. Makes. Me happy so let's go ahead and turn them on and see what happens, we'll, go and turn this valve on here. Let. Them sit for probably, about ten, minutes now or so it. Looks like this may be an issue here at one point but.
This. Pipe here just doesn't look too hot so I'm gonna go ahead and tell the homeowner about this just. That she may want to replace it's all PVC, so it's really not that bad, replace, this PVC and the. Valve. At some point in history or, in in the, future go, ahead and turn this guy on and see what happens. All. Right there's one. Those. Sprinklers are working that's good. All. Right so this one's on and there's absolutely no leaks down here at all so, we're gonna go ahead and shut that guy off. And. We'll try the next one. All. Right. No. Leaks there. Alright. Let's go ahead and try our drip here. All. Right we're on. Its. No leaks going, on, in. The whole system I'm looking especially down here to. See if anything's bubbling up because that's where our slip fitting was and it seems like it's good there no. Leaks going on. Let's. Check everything here. So. We got some drip lines over here, this. Drip line doesn't really seem to be going to anything here. Yeah. This drip line. Looks. Like it's been taken. Over by this tree, that's. Dead tree. Need. To figure out what's going on there. Let's, see wow this tree just came right up oh wow. Look at this worm. That's. A big worm right there living. In that tree. Also. This guy just, needs to be capped off here I. Need. To be capped off right there I'm gonna see if I have any caps that's. A big problem right there. Alright, we're gonna head back to Home Depot we found two leaks in the drip, system line, one, of them was under that old just, tree trunk that I just pulled out so. We basically just need to get some of these caps for this trip line so, this is actually gonna work out perfect because I wanted, to talk a little bit about pricing, and how to, price. A job for someone that's out of town and you don't meet them and that that's the hardest thing to do there's, a lot of times when you actually meet with someone they understand, your professionalism, your, tone of voice and they can kind of get it get a good feel about you when, you're selling to someone that's out of out of town like this lady for instance when, I first told her 90 bucks an hour one hundred and eighty dollars, she. She, was kind of like whoa that's a lot of money but I guess we got to do it you know but. After. Talking with her more I was able to sell her more exactly, what needed to be done because I I came. Here right away took, pictures of what what. Was going on I sent them to her I explained really well to her when, people are out of town they just want to feel like they are involved, they want to feel like they are here they, want to feel like they know exactly what's going on in that way they could trust you this. Leads right into exactly. What I want to do and how I run my business is these, little things here I'm not gonna charge it for these little caps but I'm gonna fix them for so, I'm gonna run to Home Depot it'll be all right because I originally, quoted of three hours to replace those valves I'm. Right now I'm at like an hour and a half or so so, we're gonna run to Home Depot grab, those guys pop, them in the. Whole thing, the whole trick here is to under promise and over deliver that's, what it's all about so. We're gonna run to Home Depot grab, these guys pop. Them in for. We'll be done with this job so I'm glad that we we, ran that we figured out there was two different leaks it was actually the main leak at the water valve and then, there was a leak at the drip system there, I, did not find, that second, leak yesterday, but luckily it's not that big of a deal, I guess, I could have spent a little bit more time yesterday figuring, that out but you know no harm no foul this way you, know this wasn't on the original estimate, but I'm gonna be handling for free for the ladies so that, will be great so let's get going Home Depot and grab those guys all.
Right All right that job turned out pretty good sorry, my battery died I couldn't show you guys the end of that but basically, I just put on those waterproof. Waterproof. Wire nuts on the sprinkler valves wired them up the exact same viola's work put, in those two, to. Stop, nipples on the, on. The drip system so no more leaks are going on so this, lady should be good for quite a while the only concern, that I haven't I'm going to tell her about is that, PVC line, where the the sprinkler shutoff valve is I think that's gonna need to be replaced here pretty soon hey, I absolutely. Love this Milwaukee jab saw as you know I love Milwaukee but these, things are great they. Actually just run off of, regular. Sawzall. Blades which is pretty sweet they got easy. Quick connect so you put any sawzall, blade in these things at all that, you want and then they fold down into nice, compact, deal anyways, I got this on Amazon I will put, the link to, buy this on Amazon in the description below so. This job was pretty good a total of 270 bucks, for. Labor plus, some materials markup if you guys are interested at all and how I mark, up materials, I will link that up here check, out that video that, that's, my in-depth. How to markup handyman, handyman. Materials, video check, that out but. There's been a pretty good pretty good morning so far so now I'm heading to go do some more sprinkler valves so I guess it's that kind of year so anyways, thank y'all so much for tuning in don't forget to like this video subscribe to this channel for more awesome content we'll, catch you on the next one thanks all have a good one.