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  1. #27
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    Nov 2012
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    .. and I get an extra 3.5 hours on my check for my on call week even without a call and pays port to port with a call. Not really to shabby.

  2. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by danstewart View Post
    My nephew starts with us in may when he comes out of HVAC school... I told him he has to be on call every weekend the summer, part of initiation... :-)
    I agree, anybody that is a new tech needs the exposure, and to get their a$$ handed to them on a thirty below weekend. I cant stand how whiney the new techs are around our shop. Ive taken call for three weekends in a row when it was good and cold out, and these guys whine about one weekend every five weeks

  3. #29
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    Jun 2009
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    Ontario, Canada
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    nothing wrong with being on call. sissy.
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  4. #30
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    Dec 2011
    Location
    Grass Lake, MI
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    Management and Mechanical/Installers do not usually run on-call. Apprentices do not usually run on-call. I've been a service tech for 18 years and have always been in an on-call rotation. I currently run on-call every 3 months (5-7 M-F; S&S). Not a bad gig!

  5. #31
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    Oct 2007
    Location
    BC
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    I did once every 4-5 weeks for about 5 years...now it's one week every 4 months.

  6. #32
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    Jan 2005
    Location
    West Central Illinois
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    every 4th week for the full week Monday -Monday. get $75 for the on call plus double time port to port.

  7. #33
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    Apr 2012
    Location
    Cleveland
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    My last company had a good on call procedure. $40 the week your on call, 2 extra hours a day with a late start, and double time port to port. Would only have to run a couple calls a week, sometimes a few more when it is really hot or cold.

    I'm back up on call now and had to fight with an old man for a half hour trying to collect on what should be warranty. Had to undo my work to get him to pay bosses orders. I'm getting real fed up with this sh!t. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

    Sorry had to vent.

  8. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by Hvac216 View Post
    I'm back up on call now and had to fight with an old man for a half hour trying to collect on what should be warranty. Had to undo my work to get him to pay bosses orders. I'm getting real fed up with this sh!t. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

    Sorry had to vent.
    I have found that everytime I looked and saw the grass was greener you get over only to find it was growing on top of a septic tank.

  9. #35
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    Jun 2012
    Location
    Tenn
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    Currently, I'm on call always. I actually charge double time for outside normal hours, so I don't get a lot of odd hour calls except to ask if I can check first thing in the morning. To be honest, however, I frequently waive the extra for regualr costumers, if I don't think they were just messing with me to get it right now. I charge enough, and if a person I do work for regularly breaks something at midnight on a Saturday night that is important, it doesn't bother me to fix it than. I only charge the double time to prevent people from calling at odd hours over things that should wait, so if say a freezer goes out on the weekend I'll come in for regular price, if they are regular costumers. Basically, while I charge the double time for odd hours (after 6pm during the week and anytime over the weekend), I often waive it. I've not had anyone abusing me with needless trouble calls, yet. I've had weekend calls, infact last Friday night, I had one. I got the double time and they were happy that their stuff was up & running quick. That's the other thing about odd hour calls. Often, they require parts that won't be available till monday morning, hence frequently a friday night call will be a simply jumpering something till part houses open on Monday.

  10. #36
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Over Here
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    Some like the extra work, and some would still complain even if you hung them with a new rope.

    If you can't take being on call, quit. Someone else would jump at the chance to make some extra money.

    The grass on the other side still has to be mowed, maintained, weeded, trimmed, and de-thatched if it is to remain green, healthy, and presentable.

    That takes work and discipline. So what are you saying about yourselves?

  11. #37
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    Oct 2010
    Location
    Anderson, South Carolina, United States
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    Quote Originally Posted by danstewart View Post
    I have found that everytime I looked and saw the grass was greener you get over only to find it was growing on top of a septic tank.
    If the grass looks greener on the other side, try watering your own grass.

  12. #38
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    May 2012
    Location
    Upper Michigan
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    I was out til midnight last nite and got a call at 6am, I hate the super early ones like that

  13. #39
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    Jan 2012
    Location
    ohio
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    i am on call every fourth week . monday to monday. last on call week i worked seventy hours.

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