Originally Posted by goldstar
I you had stopped and came back with one larger estimate, the HO could have gone back out for bids and if he has four other quotes, you would have had a one in four chance of getting the work (after helping him prepare his bid specs). Would normally have been my first thought to see it as one job instead of two and potentially talk myself out of it.
It would have been immediately obvious to me service cable has a limited lifetime and the old meter sockets take a beating out in the weather. They had cheated on the service change by doing only the inside panel. The deficiencies would have extended to everything they had touched.
By proceeding with what the HO specified he wanted done and writing up the added work as a second proposal, the HO is much less likely to change horses mid race. Smart, I like it.
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