I need gutters
First quote was $880 (playing on people’s fears of heights?)
The gutters themselves are cheap as fuck (aluminum, nothing fancy)
The edge of my roof is 15 ft high (I wouldn’t fucks with a ladder this high)
What do you think about renting a Scizzor lift ($150/day) to put the gutters up myself?[/quote]
Scissor lifts are great on flat smooth concrete floors.
Unless your house is surrounded by smooth flat concrete floors, it will not work.
Some things are worth paying for to get done. I used to do residential tree cutting and removal, and have numerous stories of people who didn’t hire a professional first and ended up paying for it the hard way.
For gutters, the guys will throw up the ladders and possibly staging, bang it out and be done in a few hours tops, nice and neat. No messy hospital visits or leaky badly pitched gutters.
Is there anyway to make a scizzor lift work
On flat grass?
I need about 110ft total. $500 is about the high end of reasonable, I was thinking. I feel like a Scizzor lift would be rather safe.
I’ve requested more quotes and told another company that I was quoted $880, ill just keep playing the quotes against different companies to see how low I can get it…for fucks sake, I searched avg prices on google and the quote I got was put of range on the high end.
If you don’t feel safe fifteen feet up a ladder a scissor lift won’t feel safe on any but the flattest surfaces. You have to consider that any angle at all will be magnified. You can probably rent scaffolding pretty cheaply though.
Gutters and gutter covers seem to be something people get gouged on because of the height thing. If you do use a ladder use a spreader to give it a wider contact at the top.
Also, gutter covers are a good idea unless you plan on going up to clean them out at least once a year. My friend just did his own with an aluminum mesh product he bought from costco for around $300. He just got a quote for the same stuff installed and it was $4000.
Yes, I understand the bumps in the ground would sway the lift.
And scaffolding was another thought. For $880 I feel options open up.
I just hate the idea of dropping that much money for installation of <$100 in materials.[/quote]
You would be safer on a ladder if you elect to do it yourself. Plus purchasing (or even better, borrowing) a 15 foot ladder would be cheaper than renting a scissor lift for the day. [/quote]
Most contractors aren’t playing on anyone’s fears. They have overhead. They should have WSIB (or US equivalent) which costs quite a bit. They should also have liability insurance etc. In addition to that is the fact that they aren’t non-profit organizations. They buy materials and mark them up. They pay their installers, their over-head and wage expenses and mark them up.
If you can do it, have at it but don’t expect a contractor to do it for what you’d pay for material.
If I can get a quote for under $500 ill probably pull the trigger. $880 for 110 ft is pretty ridiculous . I understand the concept of markup, but the only reason I could see them charging that high is cause they know most people don’t like heights and are willing to pay to have it done
I do have the old wiring PHYSICALLY in place but it is obselete and has no juice running through it
And thanks for your post, that’s what I’m talkinbout!! You’ve down quite a few things in a rather shirt amount of time. I have to have my furnace cleaned (radiant. Heat as well) but I see no reason to insulate the pipes ( heat would only be lost into the house, and then rise)
And could you elaborate on the tub? Mine is claw foot and I noticed it has some cracks ( nothing too serious I don’t think)