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Old 03-02-2018, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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I am talking about a worker who can do every job -- dry wall, bathroom, kitchen, door installation, window installation, gas pipe etc.

One quoted $300 per day. A helper is quoted for $250 per day. Is this the going rate for San Francisco Bay Area?

This seems higher than the reported construction worker rate....

https://www.payscale.com/research/US...er/Hourly_Rate
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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The cost of doing business is NOT just the salary for the worker. It's the cost to hire, train, manage, supervise, insure and bond that worker, plus the employer has to pay FICA, social security, unemployment, workman's comp, etc. It probably costs the employer TWICE what he's paying the employee.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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Low!

But what are you asking him to do? A full remodel over time or just some handyman type fixes? Something in between?

Sounds like you're cooking up another jerry-rigged idea to get work done.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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Low!

But what are you asking him to do? A full remodel over time or just some handyman type fixes? Something in between?
Sand 750 sqft of wood floor and refinish, bathroom tiles, some mason work in the yard.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:26 PM
 
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Sand 750 sqft of wood floor and refinish, bathroom tiles, some mason work in the yard.
So handyman work.

We pay one handyman 3-400 a day if we need a full day and he does a FULL day's work knocking off lots of little projects.

Another one we pay between $30-40/hr.

SoCal.

A floor guy would probably quote you by the job.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:36 PM
 
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I wouldn't hire a handyman to sand and refinish my floors. An inexperienced person can cause a lot of expensive damage with a floor sander. Get quotes from a floor refinishing contractor. Around here, we pay $2.75 - $3/sf sanded, stained and 2 topcoats. In SF it might be twice that much.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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I am talking about a worker who can do every job -- dry wall, bathroom, kitchen, door installation, window installation, gas pipe etc.

One quoted $300 per day. A helper is quoted for $250 per day. Is this the going rate for San Francisco Bay Area?

This seems higher than the reported construction worker rate....

https://www.payscale.com/research/US...er/Hourly_Rate
http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-francisco-oakland/

You will get better answers in the San Fran area forum.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:50 PM
 
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I am talking about a worker who can do every job -- dry wall, bathroom, kitchen, door installation, window installation, gas pipe etc.
A day laborer for gas pipe? LOL.
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:14 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I am talking about a worker who can do every job -- dry wall, bathroom, kitchen, door installation, window installation, gas pipe etc.
You use the term 'worker' but describe a multiply skilled craftsman/contractor.
Reconcile your misapprehensions.
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:24 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I wouldn't hire a handyman to sand and refinish my floors. An inexperienced person can cause a lot of expensive damage with a floor sander. Get quotes from a floor refinishing contractor. Around here, we pay $2.75 - $3/sf sanded, stained and 2 topcoats. In SF it might be twice that much.

I agree, call a floor specialist & get a quote. Handymen are fine for some jobs, but an expensive floor is not one of them, imo. I would always call a specialist first & get a quote, & go from there, remember too, if they bid for the job, you don't have to worry about them milking the clock, as you do when you pay by the hour.
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