Post by michael anderson
republicans tend to dominate amongst *successful* skilled trades types. Like the guy I paid a ton of money to cut this quartzite slab into countertops(I think they are called fabricators). He charged me 3100 dollars, and honestly the whole thing seemed to take about 5 hours. After the initial machine, not much involved in tons of expenses. So lets say he doesn't make over 600 an hour every job(lets say 450 instead), and lets say he doesn't even get 2000 hours total(lets downgrade it to 1700), thats still over 750k per year.....but my guess is he's working on projects people pay him for more than that.
Anyways, a guy like that is obviously a republican. The guy who shuffles papers for some meaningless federal agency? Yeah, he's a dem.
And the fabricator isn't a gung ho republican always talking about it. Instead he just goes off and does his own thing, mostly ignores it, but definately has disdain for bloated govt and useless
politicians telling him what to do and taking his money to enact things he doesn't want or need. But at the same time he doesnt obsess about it...he's got a life to live after all.
You really do like to generalize and pull ideas out of your ass.
You probably paid WAY too much for the counter top. I had a fabricator
prepare and install in a beautiful granite pegmatite counter top (about
20 linear feet) and threw in a nice stainless steel sink for a total of
$1,700. If the guy you cite is doing all the work himself he is not
making $750K per year unless he finds a great supply of suckers. If he
could make anywhere near $750K he would have hourly workers doing these
A close friend is an excellent finish carpenter and in much demand in an
affluent area. While he can easily work 50-60 hours per week, he is not
making a ton of money. I would be surprised if he earns $100K in a good
year. A competitive market is not going to support earnings much over
$100K per year.
Did you get bids on the work? Although some jobs are not worth bidding
you will find a wide disparity in many home repair/remodeling bids. I
paid a plumber $125 to replace a kitchen faucet (I've done it myself but
I'm retired and have the money to pay someone else to do it). My
son-in-law, living 30 miles away, had the same faucet installed and his
plumber charged him $400. Hell, I would have done it for that.
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In
practice, there is." Ruben Goldberg