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Old April 23, 2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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In my remodel of the daughters basement I am trading labor with my tile guy/plumber. We set a price at $20 per hour. Which I know his hours are going to be well over what mine are and am going/have paid accordingly. He has 29 hours and I estimate mine at 12.
Just wondering if anyone else has traded labor and how you worked it out?

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Old April 23, 2010, 09:20 AM   #2
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I did a job last week for the owners of the local McDonalds franchises, I figure if they don't pay I'm going to be getting my $1500 worth of McDonalds...although that might cost me more in medical bills in the long run! Haha.

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Old April 23, 2010, 11:28 AM   #3
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I traded a few years ago.

Friend of mine installed furnace and air conditioner in trade for installing about 100 yards of carpet in his basement. We traded invoices for the cost of materials basically. Worked out pretty even.

I will not do it for just any old joe that walks by unless I get my part of the bargain first.

I have an electrician friend also that I barter with. He ran and wired up my pool a few years ago and I installed carpet in his living room and hallway.

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Old April 23, 2010, 12:00 PM   #4
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i've traded installs fur roofing jobs, engines,auto parts (got a 64 ranchero with a 350 chevy 4x4 drivetrain it too),framing,dirt work(backgrading) septic systems,brick and stone work,concrete work. i love bartering

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Old May 13, 2010, 07:19 PM   #5
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I did a job last week for the owners of the local McDonalds franchises, I figure if they don't pay I'm going to be getting my $1500 worth of McDonalds...although that might cost me more in medical bills in the long run! Haha.
Have you ever seen the movie called "Super Size"?? Where the guy ate nothing but fast food and how fat and ill he got? Makes me think twice!

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Old May 13, 2010, 07:29 PM   #6
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Have you ever seen the movie called "Super Size"?? Where the guy ate nothing but fast food and how fat and ill he got? Makes me think twice!

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Yep, watched that a couple of years ago I eat there about twice a year. I'm a subway guy

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Old May 13, 2010, 07:32 PM   #7
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I'm a subway guy
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Old May 14, 2010, 04:55 AM   #8
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I stopped eating fast food long before the movie but have seen it. I think I had a Whopper about 8 years ago and it had been probably five years before that I have eaten at a Mickey D.

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Old May 15, 2010, 06:38 PM   #9
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I used to trade for stuff all the time...then my wife started calling me JACK and referring to my stuff as magic beans. She likes the cash part of my work and I am afraid she has better magic beans.

My opinion on this topic is if it is work for work try to get the other guy to go first...otherwise their interest in "paying" you back drops dramatically each day that passes.

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I used to trade for stuff all the time...then my wife started calling me JACK and referring to my stuff as magic beans. She likes the cash part of my work and I am afraid she has better magic beans.

My opinion on this topic is if it is work for work try to get the other guy to go first...otherwise their interest in "paying" you back drops dramatically each day that passes.
I did get him in and done. It looks like it will be a couple years for me to do my part with what he has to do to get ready.
We did agree on a oabor price and I'm going to get him paid to within say 10 hours which I think is what it will take me. I don't want to leave hi hanging out there as he did do my job when he could have been doing other work somewhere else.

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Old May 15, 2010, 09:49 PM   #11
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We stopped trading, as we always seem to get the short end of the stick. Or bean, or whatever ...

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Old May 15, 2010, 10:07 PM   #12
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tia,i agree with you...i never come out good trading..i always lose in the end.

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Old May 16, 2010, 07:16 AM   #13
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I do my share of freebies, for friends, relatives and neighbors, and sometimes they reciprocate, but no actual trading.

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