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Tips for Getting Paid - What devious or creative methods do you employ
Talking with some builder friends, we were sharing tips for ensuring final payment - creatively. No baseball bats or visits from Vinny, just creative 'gotchas' that force the homeowner open his/her wallet or checkbook.
So what to you do to get the final payment?
Here are a few that friends of mine shared:
Mason and fireplace. Insert a piece of glass between the last two flue liner sections. Chimney won't work until the glass is broken out and looking up from the firebox, you still see the sky. Don't forget to bring a ladder when you swing by to 'fix' the problem.
Plumber and vents. Leave the pressure test balloon in the vent pipe through the roof and don't glue the last joint. The sinks will gurgle and toilets won't flush right. Once paid, the plumber goes up into the attic, lifts the last pipe section up a little so he can slide it down and out of the boot flashing, remove the balloon and then glue the pipe permenantly.
Electrician and juice. Save the small piece of wire insulation stripped off the incoming power line where the wire slips into the buss bar lug. On last day of work, loosen the lug, remove wire and reinstall the insulation piece and then put the wire back into the buss bar lug. Since it's hard to see, no one will notice it's there and wonder why there's no power. Alternatively, remove meter from socket and apply electric tape onto the meter bar and then reinsert. Again, hard to pinpoint why there's no juice.