Your Prices Are Insane Handyman! / WLOG

Good morning, good morning friends. We've got a super awesome WLOG 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.

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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.

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