Here's the story:
I needed to get 4 wheels sandblasted for the goat cuz they were pretty rusty. I called a local sandblaster and the guy gave me a quote of "45 min to an hr. per wheel @ $20/hr." He calls me back an 1/2 hr later and wants to know if I can get him some new sand cuz the old stuff is almost too fine of a powder to use anymore and he doesn't have anyone to get him some new sand (the guy is retired and disabled). So I went and got 5 100 lbs. (@ $50 total) bags of sand with the goat and took him the sand and my wheels. When he saw my wheels, he said "I thought these were regular steel wheels. They're gonna take a little longer, maybe 1 1/2 hr. per wheel." No problem. 1.5x4x6x$20=$120-the $50 for the sand=$70, right? It's reasonable that one would be led to believe that even with a little unforeseen labor (which we all know happens), that the amount still owed shouldn't be much more than $100. I figured that's decent enough, and if they weren't perfect, I could finish then up with my wire brush assortment and some alcohol.
Well, the sandblaster called me this morning to tell me that he'd finished them and that he'd actually spent 24 hrs on the whole set, but he was only going to charge me for 16 hrs. making my current bill $320 (
). Then he had the gall stones to ask me "is that gonna be alright?"
Hell no it's not gonna be alright, you monkey bastard!
How do you estimate someone at around 1.5 hrs per wheel and then charge them 4 hrs per wheel. And then you want me to give you a good recommendation to everyone I know?!?! You're f'n nuts!! But I guess I don't have much of a choice, seein as he's holding my wheels for ransom. If I'd know he was gonna rape me like this, I'd have saved myself $100 and bought a cheapo, ready to run blasting cabinet from Harbor Freight. Even if it only worked for this one job, I still would have saved a load of money. I'm telling you... The government needs to start issuing @sshole hunting licenses.