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    Roofing

    I need help with how much to pay the people that helped me roof. They are friends of mine and gave me the "don't worry about it" line. They both worked about 8 hours and they were the guys laying drip edge, gutter apron, felt, and shingles. Without them I would have been lost. What's a fair amount to pay each one?



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    Re: Roofing

    A gift cert to a nice restaurant to cover dinner for 2 to each would work. If it saved you time and $ then $100 or so would be worth it.



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    Re: Roofing

    When I roofed, I was paid $10-14/hr to feed shingles, strip shingles, prep, etc.
    After about 5 summers of roofing, I was making $17-18/hour while running a gun.
    Most of my friends that roofed with us, or that I know of, made anywhere from $10-20/hr depending on their position and how hard they worked.


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    Re: Roofing

    Roof replacements are generally negotiated using quantities of beer.



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    Re: Roofing

    Go the gift cert route. Something nice like $100 to a Fleming's or someplace like that. Doing the same thing for a friend of mine that help me build a deck.


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    depends what you and your buddies do together. I had a buddy of mine fix my boat motor and instead of cash I gave him a gift cad to bass pro because we normally hunt/fish together anyway and it seemed a bit more personal.



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    Re: Roofing

    I agree with the others. While cash is nice, a gift certificate or an actual gift forces them to treat themselves rather than simply using the cash for day to day activities.

    If you compensate them well enough, then you won't feel guilty bailing out when they ask for your help in return.


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    Re: Roofing

    Most times I trade labor. More then willing to go help them with anything if they need it.

    I agree with other that a gift certficate to an eatery or case of good beer works well too.



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    Re: Roofing

    I grew up as a carpenters son and have done lots of roofs. I wouldn't get on a roof now for less than $100 per square. (Unless it was a friends then I'd do it for lots of beer).



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    Re: Roofing

    When I tell a friend "Don't worry about it" I mean it and find it offensive if offered money. I helped a friend roof his house one weekend. We replaced some of the plywood, added additional vents and the whole shebang. I stayed late and fixed the shoddy work some of the other people did.
    I got dinner out of it and that is good enough for me.

    If you feel real guilty, dinner and drinks.


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    Re: Roofing

    Do not pay them straight up in cash, I'd also avoid giving gift certificates as it is basically cash.

    If you really feel the need to do something for them, consider getting some nice steaks and a cooler of bottomless beer and invite them over. If that's not enough something like tickets to an I-Cubs game for everyone and some beer to go along would also work out well.

    The general consensus seems to be beer though, instead of money.



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