Thought this might be a blast for those who have been renovating or doing some maintenance on there properties to share some stories of 'tradies' who have caused some grief.
I'm renovating a recent purchase ATM and although I have done most of the work myself I am running out of time and simply want to get it finished.
So I got in a ceiling fixer to do the gyprock and cornice work. The house is a gut job so all the ceilings are being replaced. After many a quote I finally decided on a particular gyprocker (mainly cause he was the only one I didn't have to wait months for.........and I soon found out the reason for that).
His day rate was $500 a day, not too bad I thought and I could keep an eye on him whilst I was doing some decking out the back.
On his first day he rocked up at 8.00am, promptly asked if there was a dunny on site (no there wasn't) so he buzzed off to the servo to take a dump and returned 45 mins later (servo is only 5 mins away). He then proceeds to mark & hang a few sheets (me holding them up).
The whole time he's huffing and puffing like its an effort to even rock up to work. After this I go back to doing my decking. When I come back in an hour later it looks like he's done bugger all more but a couple of mitres for the cornice. To cut a long story short in the whole day this joker did about 2 hours of work, came back from lunch half tanked and walked around most of the day interrupting me and my mate who were actually doing some work.
Needless too say he still expected his 500 hundred bucks at knock off, chronic!. Told him to not bother coming back though............never got another tradie on a day rate either as well.