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  1. #14
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    Most company owners would have a heart attack over the parts inventory I keep on my truck, lol.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richvacr View Post
    bwalley I am aware of slippage - I am $6.00 short after inventory
    Are you aware of a comapny that would recover the $6 by deducteding it from my paycheck?
    I own my own Co..but 6 bucks tell him to hold off on deducting the 6 bucks ..you can probably find enough wire nuts by the washer to cover that. LOL

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    I dont think yer company is really a business, is it just a new startup? I dont do commercial, just residential, and I'd guess my stock is in the $15,000+ range. Of course, were over an hour to any type of decent wholesaler. I have to have everything on hand.
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  4. #17
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    Angry never heard of that policy

    Hey Rich , i've been around the trades a long time & know a lot of techs . Never heard of that policy . Only if u lose an expensive vac pump or so by carelesness would there be issues . On my last job we got surprise truck inventories when some rep from the shop shows up on the job & demands your keys and spends 2 hrs in the back of your truck inventorying EVERYTHING including nuts , bolts , & all misc.. stuff . Their truck & inventory what can u do ??

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    To charge you there would have to be a signed contract. A boss can't take your money. Only deductions are taxes and what you've agreed to. If money was deducted w/o consent it's time for a visit to the NLRB.
    I know one company that has a contract for tools missing.

    I know side work drives some owners nuts. One owner I knew said it wasn't the use of tools etc it was he felt he was paying the employee and should get his best 8 hours. If his guy came to work tired from side work he wasn't getting his best.
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  6. #19
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    Since we do alot of New construction and Retrofit we have trucks with only $200.00 of "Inventory" and others that have over $2000.00 .

    If your boss is simply trying to reduce inventory for tax purposes that is understandable but charging you for any slippage, that seems just wrong to me. Crap, I probably lost ( I mean really lost) $100.00 worth of stuff in the last 3 months alone. When it's fast and furious it is almost impossible to track every last part. We usually just write the small stuff off as consumables because it cost more to find it than it actually costs.
    If sense were so common everyone would have it !

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    i try to own all my own tools leaning towards a vac pump & recovery machine

  8. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by richvacr View Post
    The company I work for is on the verge of having the techs be financially responsible for parts on their trucks. Have not heard of this before. Tools that you check out yes but xrfms?

    Does anyone have experience with this? How many companies do this. Do they make you pay the marked-up price or cost?
    I'd be ROTFLMAO on the way out the door while all they see is an empty service truck and my middle finger
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    Quote Originally Posted by richvacr View Post
    I don't think it is so much side work or stealing. The general attitude towards having parts is "there is to much inventory". Should say what we do commerical hvac & restaurant hot & cold. Had to fight to carry a defrost timer, only have one iginition board, a xrfm & contactor. There is no standard truck stock list except 2 thermostats and they don't even stock in the shop 2 stage. Stock shop is basically parts that were not used or no one knows what they are. Once it is depleted there is no restocking.


    What I would like to know:

    does any one work or know of a company that has the techs financially responsible for parts that were not charged out and not found at inventory. Probably by deducting the amount from the paycheck



    For a similar work approximately how many parts to you carry

    And how much does the shop stock


    You guys do service and have no standard truck stock!?!? I think you should. I can't imagine not having an assortment of basic parts. T-stats, ignitors, flame sensors, capacitors, fuses, transformers, various relays, contactors and at least one or two basic boards to get you by until..... I can not imagine the time and money wasted waiting for or hunting down these basic things. That said, it really is not that hard to inventory a truck and keep track of what you use. I have worked at companies where this issue of yours came up. Normally because to many rookie techs wasted a bunch of parts and just threw them away and grabbed new ones from the warehouse. Some was sidework theft for sure. But I can remember one guy who "used" 4 transformers in a day that could not be billed for, if you know what I mean. That little jerk off never checked wires or installed fuses. He used 3 t-formers on one house once. The boss sure wanted to charge him for "spoilage."
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    This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a while. Just the fact it came up would be a sign to start looking elsewhere

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    we have a truck stock checklist...... when you get your truck. They may even have you recheck in a yr... but I dont think they keep inventory. We do use part slips (I tend to forget to fill one out. LOL) Some times I dont get parts for a week or more... then I put in another slip and get double what I wanted! have not been threatened with deductions. We also are not suppose to go to parts house unless we need a part THEN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rojacman View Post
    Hey Rich , i've been around the trades a long time & know a lot of techs . Never heard of that policy . Only if u lose an expensive vac pump or so by carelesness would there be issues . On my last job we got surprise truck inventories when some rep from the shop shows up on the job & demands your keys and spends 2 hrs in the back of your truck inventorying EVERYTHING including nuts , bolts , & all misc.. stuff . Their truck & inventory what can u do ??
    Just 2 hrs? Heck going through my truck when i started it took me 4-6 hrs and it was rushed!
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    doing commercial work my stock is a few different transformers..contactors and capacitors, no boards, no motors, nothing specific. Some of those have been riding around with me seance day one and moved into 3 different vans. I believe the office keeps track of tools and the above mentioned stock, but i have never been challenged on what i have except in the case of refrigerant and that is checked monthly. I would challenge the legality of taking money out of your pay check. Has the owner ever been in the field or only?

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