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When a service person like a plumber or electrician comes to repair something in your house, what should you do while they're working?

Do you hang out in the same room? In the area? or mind your business?

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I'm in the area to watch and learn. I answer questions if asked. Offer a coffee, pop, or tea! In the mean time I shut up, stay out of their way and let them do what they are paid to do! They are charging me by the hour for this service why would I want to slow them down in any way!

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The perfect client. Lots are, I can usually spot trouble before I sign any contracts. And charge accordingly, hopeing they pass me by. Hard to do in these economic times, but I have enough drama to deal with.
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I've found that good hard working folks care about service people. Their is a correlation between what they think their station in life is and how they treat you! I had very very rich people act like is was a parasite in their home, and hard working people offer me a cold drink and a sandwich! I worked security on several movies over the years. A hot summer day in western Colorado on the lampoon vacation film actress Imogene Cocca demanded that the set boss provide the cops with umbrellas and cold drinks because they stood in the sun all day. Chevy Chase, on the other hand had totally rude comments! Guess which star got the best security!
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Yep
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@retired cop-so so so SO TRUE. My husband's twin runs a huge hotel in Las Vegas and plays poker with a lot of people and he is not impressed by anyone, except for the ones you'd never know had money. Anyone can act like a jerk.
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let them work..maybe pay some attention though..you don't want to be missing something after they leave..

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Whatever u want except annoy them

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Yes
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Watch TV and act like u usually do.

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Perfect
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Carry on like they aren't there

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that,s dumb.
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Don't watch them like crazy but look at them from time to time

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I have 3 prices, reg., if you watch, and the most expensive, if you help.

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I was just about to say the same thing. How true it is.
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Oh yeah, I can't count the times someone wants to tell me how to do my job, or wants to lend a hand. Or wants to know where my "hot" help is like they see on TV.
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I get a kick out of customers that want to help, to save money.
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Or buy all the wrong stuff, and say "can't you make it work".
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Oh yeah, I've heard that too many times.
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I'll tell em "Maybe, in a funhouse"
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I just love it when they say "I have some 2x4's in the shed, can you use them for my addition?" and they are all twisted and warped.
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LMFAO, exactly.
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Or the rock solid bags of pre-mix concrete they want you to use for they're pier footings, I could go on, as I'm sure you could, I'm crying, I'm laughing so hard.
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My poor husband-many people find his hard work as "entertainment" and set up lawn chairs and watch him. He and my son have always had a landscape design company where it's only them that works the whole design out and especially older people in their 70's and 80's like watching him work. Poor guy and he's getting all sweaty and dirty...but many people are nice and even make him cookies and lunch and keep ice water or juice out for him so I guess it all balances out.
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I've had nice customers sit and watch me. I don't mind at all. I just make sure that I'm not showing any plumbers crack while working.
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Love my old clients, really like the old WW II vets, not many left.
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I had a couple of old WWII vets, they could really tell some stories.
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Yes and they are so appreciative too. Once or twice we got a pretty cranky one but usually people are really nice and thankful.
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Years ago, I did some work for an old WWII Navy vet who is my neighbor. He wanted to pay me when his SS check came in a couple of weeks, no problem. He forgot and never paid me. It wasn't too much money out of my pocket and I didn't have the heart to bug him about it.
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Those are the folks I don't mind killing time with, heck I got some I don't even charge for handyman stuff. I'm a total softy when it comes to our elderly folks, as it should be(nice ones anyway)
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One time my husband planted a tree one foot away from where this WW11 vet "said" he wanted it and he wanted it not moved but REMOVED. My husband had his Vietnam vet hat on and as my husband drove off with the tree, this cranky guy changed his tune and stood up straight and saluted my husband. Of course my husband saluted him back.
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I usually stay busy in the kitchen doing "stuff" so I am available if they have questions and they will, like "where's the breaker box", and then I put a big glass of ice water out near them and tell them where it is and then I leave them alone. If its a plumber I'll offer some towels for his back in case he needs them. I try and stay in one spot if I can or tell them where I'll be so they can find me to tell me if they need to get a part or something like that. DONT set up a chair and watch them like they do to my husband who's a landscape designer.

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Hi i am a General Contractor in Ottawa.ON from my experience it is very annoying when someone is watching you
So i would suggest to leave the tradesman alone however inspect the work after his done.

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You can do something productive like cleaning out you garage or attic. You can even hire a junk removal company to do it for you. http://www.greencleanjunkremoval.com/

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stay in your house and wait till they are done before making
any other plans.

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Come on to them heavily and make a movie about it.

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