It’s been ten years since our house was painted last and the mold and sun has taken the luster off the rose. Last year when we tiled the front of the house it looked good, until your eyes looked up and saw the rest of the joint. So I guess it’s time, oh hell I’m not guessing, Mayang told me it was time.
My friend has a set of staging made of galvanized pipe that I can borrow. But again, that idea was shelved, as my workers want Bamboo, not pipe. So I bought 10 pieces of 25 foot long Bamboo for them to use, remember what I said last week about; “Let them do it their way?” I’m slow but I’m learning! The next thing I know, is to buy the best paint, cutting cost on paint will be the difference between painting the house every ten years or every four or five years.
My painting “Guys” are willing and happy to use my power washer to aid in the prep work, and I showed them the best way to remove paint from railings on the roof (which are made of pipe) is to use a chain wrapped around it, and just pull back and forth on it. That’s the Kano idea they really liked! I learned it in the Navy. Now I’ll shut up and go to “The Man Cave.”
19 Oct. negotiation day, Edwin and Boy-O sit down to talk over the price of labor. We explain exactly what we want, and they quoted us a price of 95,000 Pesos for the three week contract. I politely declined. Then we talked some more, and I found that the six employees salary at P400.00 per day X 6 came out to P 2,400.00 per day. So one week is P14,000.00 times 3 weeks equals P43,000.00 total labor, leaving them P52,000.00 profit This is where I said I’d agree to the P43,000.00 amount for labor, now let’s talk about your profit. I offered P10, 000 extra when the job was finished, and we were all happy, with me paying P 53,000.00 Total and them making a well deserved profit. Does any of the above make sense?
Okay Saturday 22 October we start the prep work, my foreman Edwin found out I had a power washer and it would save him time, I pointed out that as I was paying the labor, they could rent my labor saving machine. That caused a major head scratch, I then explained that I would be also paying for the electric and the water he used. An agreement was reached between us that he would lower his cost by P 3, 00.00 which was fair for both of us. They are using my two grinders with brush attachments to bust off the paint on the molding. And, since they arrived with not one tool or even a paint brush, I thought there was nothing odd about that, I mean we all lend our mechanic’s our wrenches so they can charge us to fix our cars. It makes sense to them! But then it’s my turn to scratch my head.
Heady times on the mountain, I watched the St. Louis Cardinals’ trounce the Texas Rangers in the World Series while hearing the grinders roar and my power washer humming and spraying water everywhere. Then bamboo staging is all over the house and the Guy’s are up and down working their butts off for P 400.00 a day. I know I pay slightly more than most people in this area, but I know all the workers and have watched them all grow up. Good guys everyone!
Due to weather (Rain) and visits to cemeteries, the painting is 85% finished. So why am I sending this to Bob Martin this week? That’s the easy part, it’s Saturday morning, and it’s all I had for this week. Anyway I figured you were all tired of reading about my projects anyway. I know I am, and I’m sitting in the middle of it all with a beer in one hand and my wallet in the other! Believe me, the beer is in my favored hand.
Its money well spent, my wife is happy, I admit that I was tired of looking at that old paint too. Now I won’t be surprised when they raise my property taxes next year, no good deed goes unpunished.
Hey; now I’ve got something to write about next week, the completed paint job. (Yes Ricardo, you guessed it right last week!) And a surprise section that I think you’ll find interesting, (I hope).