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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFletcher View Post
    Then the heatwave weather rates would have applied to the bid, and it's a wash.


    Working in 115*+ heat index isnt super fast either. No service changes in January? Gimme that over attic work in August anyday.
    So there is an adder no matter what time of year it is then

    Spring or fall - you don't get as much done because all you can think about is how you would rather be fishing or something like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFletcher View Post
    Then the heatwave weather rates would have applied to the bid, and it's a wash.


    Working in 115*+ heat index isnt super fast either. No service changes in January? Gimme that over attic work in August anyday.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    So there is an adder no matter what time of year it is then

    Spring or fall - you don't get as much done because all you can think about is how you would rather be fishing or something like that
    The truth is that everthing does need to be considered when giving a bid to get a realistic idea of how long a job will take.

    Attic work in January may go a heck of a lot faster than in July or August.

    If you have to park a half mile from the job and tote tools and materials up four flights of stairs that's going to slow things down.

    Workers think they would rather be fishing or doing other things the whole year so this is just normal working conditions.

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    We got it worse where I live than where Cletis is. The surf comes up and nobody want's to work......
    85deg. an Sunny today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petersonra View Post
    why would it take longer when it is cold? people work faster when it is cold so they can get back inside quicker where it is warm. therefore, you should reduce the amount of labor not increase it.

    Not true....it takes longer in extreme heat and cold. Labor should be factored.


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    We're in northern IA, yes work is more costly in extreme cold, but we also pay less overtime due to shorter working days. Not saying it's a wash, but worth considering.

    Also work can (for some EC's, not us) be harder to find in winter, which keeps winter rates down.

    In general though, if we had rate adder for "weather" then our clientele would balk and call someone else. The flipside is, if it's too cold we just make them wait a few days for better weather, and that's usually acceptable.
    "They said it couldn't be done, but the fool didn't know it..."

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    Gosh, I feel for you guys, having to work outside in those weather extrems. We had -38 F this morning in interior Alaska . worked inside all day doing maintence and paper work.

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