Experience of an older gentleman- new garage door.

Twisted_Metal

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That looks nice!

Do you still have that fox hanging out in your yard?

Haven’t been able to get a pic since last fall.



They weren’t around for a couple of years but they are back again.

A fox trotted across my backyard just a few days ago. :D

Bunnys Beware!
 

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danbrennan

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It's not working in my 60s I mind, it's the sore muscles the next two days. That seemed to get worse once I crossed 60.
 

gramps

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It's not working in my 60s I mind, it's the sore muscles the next two days. That seemed to get worse once I crossed 60.


Every time we visit my mother in law I’m reminded of this. Also a bit irritated that I seem to be the only one of the 3 son in laws that do a damn thing around there and I’m the furthest away by 80 miles but that’s another story. I trimmed trees a month ago including a couple that were blown over and I still hurt. lol.
 

gramps

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I'm over 60 myself but it would have taken me an entire weekend to get this job done by myself.
45 years of experience in his trade makes him a rarity today.

I feel lucky to have found him.


He tried teaching an apprentice a few times, but... They didn't stick around.
If I was a younger guy, he's the kind of person I would love to work with.


Yep there it is I figured there was a reason he was alone. Seems nobody wants to actually work theses days. I recently started apart time gig - get paid well actually better than my daytime full time job. But anyway, I’m f*ing astounded by the way some of the employees are. Like clock in and walk out the door and get in their car and leave for 3 hours and come back and work an hour kind of bad.
Others just leave their work stations a total disaster - won’t break boxes down before throwing into the cardboard bin. Some can’t even be bothered to take the empty boxes 10’ to the collection bin. And these people are making 20+!an hour!!!!! It’s disturbing!
 

xten

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Looks great Terry. We had one garage door guy that was great. Made everything perfect, smooth and quiet. worked alone, even on my big doors. He passed unexpectedly, and I was lost. I had a problem with a spring about a year ago, couldn't get anything in or out of my shop. Called 3, only 1 called me back, and that was after 3 days. It works, but it's not like the old guy's work. In this case, "You get what you pay for" did not apply, but this was urgent. It made me take a hard look at all the important older people in my life that I depend on, accountant, lawyer, etc.
 

tom3

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That's the main reason I try to do everything myself with some help from my boys. These days you call and get promises, nobody shows up. I think I'm better off even if we screw it up some. Some years ago my AC quit, compressor took a dump. Decide to replace the whole outfit and furnace with some HE stuff. Called four local shops, one guy came over, said he'd get a price and let me know, didn't happen. Easy job, basement, good ductwork, clean place. Had to be some easy money there. Finally did it myself. Probably couldn't do it today with the high pressure refrigerant though. Kind of an amazing situation these days.
 

Twisted_Metal

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Tom... I have had the same issue with roofers, tree trimmers and landscapers in the past couple of years.

I called a half dozen places and only got 1 or 2 responses back.
The asphalt company was a good experience in that manner.

My boys help me out with projects but I don't try to lean on them too hard because they also help my 83 year old Mom with her yard and garden work.

My oldest helped me replace the rotted top rail on my deck for Father's Day.

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That led to much larger project of refinishing the whole deck.
I have no idea what it would have cost to pay someone for the deck repair and staining work but that was something we could tackle one step at a time.

My fiancé and I spent a lot of time on that job but it turned out nice, IMO.

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I also refinished the table and chairs in the pic this summer.
(Tip: "Forever Glides" are a great product for the feet of patio furniture.)

Covid isolation taught me a big lesson... You need to stay active to keep from feeling old!
(Even if you ache for the next day or two.)
 

ls777z

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Nowadays its a crap shoot to get anything done. Tried 3 different contractors to have our porch repaired. Only one called back and then didn't show. Called the guy who did our water treatment system at our camp to just come and do a check of the system he installed. Called before we opened it, closing in the next week or so, still haven't heard from even after taking to him twice.
 

chevyJeff1

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Lookin good Terry. Finding a tradesman like that is not easy. I do a lot of free lance work outside of my day job. Drywall, wood finishing/staining, and painting. Folks tell me all the time they are tired of hiring companies that sent in an army of workers that turn their houses upside down getting something done. They would much rather have a lone tradesman that has consistent work habits.
 

Jimmac

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the garage door spring in our other house broke a month ago. we have a property manager who takes care of the house as a rental. 285 bucks to have new springs installed. My wife couldn't understand why I didn't want to drive 1.5 hours 1 way to try and swap something I've never worked on in my life and hope it was right when I left. jim
 




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