View Full Version : Looking for "heavy lifters"



Lauri101
08-06-2012, 03:01 AM
I'm trying to demo my free-standing, heavily tilting garage so I can build a new one with a safe room.
In the loft area of my garage is a lot of junk left behind by a previous friend who never left a garage sale empty-handed.

I'm looking for a couple of people (started to say guys, but not going to be sexist) willing to earn some money to climb into loft and bring out everything, plus help clean out garage.
Will have dumpster brought out for trash and old building material.

PM me here if interested in hot and dirty job. Will pay $20 per hour, minimum $100 each person. I don't know where to look to laborers anymore since our neighborhood seems to have few teens willing to work hard for some cash.
If interested and able, would also consider same folks for actual demolition - separately contracted but similar wage structure.
MWC OSM area

Lauri

BBatesokc
08-06-2012, 04:40 AM
I always have good luck when I post on Craigslist. I've advertised for help moving furniture, dirt, cut down trees, and even yard work like gutter cleaning, etc.

I also ask specifically for college students or military and tell them I'm not interested in bums, drunks or addicts and if you smell or make me uncomfortable then I'm sending you on your way.

Good luck.

OSUPeterson
08-06-2012, 06:06 AM
Im sure you could find some day laborers around the home depot's or lowes, especially on the southside of okc.

Cheap work and usually is way better labor than what you will find elsewhere... may not speak english fluently though...

betts
08-06-2012, 06:29 AM
Why don't you call Junk Boss? I think that's exactly the kind of thing they do and you can probably avoid getting the dumpsters.

BBatesokc
08-06-2012, 07:26 AM
Im sure you could find some day laborers around the home depot's or lowes, especially on the southside of okc.

Cheap work and usually is way better labor than what you will find elsewhere... may not speak english fluently though...

I've seen that in Texas, but never in OKC, not even south OKC. I go the Home Depot and Lowe's on S. Shields often and you never see laborers loitering about looking for work.

I do have a Hispanic guy I use that has a crew. He's done everything from putting up crown molding, installing laminate flooring to cleaning out two of the homes I've sold. I only turn to the Internet if he's too busy or the job is too small.

I don't want to post his phone number, by you can PM me for it if you want.

I actually had him clean out the homes (tons of just misc. crap) after I got two ridiculously high bids from those junk removal specialist places. This guy was half their price.

RadicalModerate
08-06-2012, 09:07 AM
Will pay $20 per hour, minimum $100 each person.
Lauri

I just want to take a moment to say what a fair person you seem to be in terms of compensation for the requested services. I hope that you have found or will find some folks to help you with this project. The only other thing I might add here is that I hope it will be okay for you (and your neighbors) for the people who accept your generous offer to start working before dawn and hopefully finish before the worst heat of the day.

Back when I was into building room additions and so forth, I had a guy--a friend actually--who did cleanup for many local homebuilders. It was just him, his truck, trailer and sometimes Bobcat. He even did a lot of concrete tearout/haul-off for me and for a VERY reasonable price (I think it was about $1.00 a square foot). Unfortunately, Dale is no longer around. He never used a pneumatic jack hammer to bust out the concrete, but would use this interesting "railroad jack" to pick up the edge of the slab then give it a couple of hits with a sledgehammer to break it into managable pieces.

Lauri101
08-07-2012, 02:28 AM
Thanks for responses - I've actually gotten one PM I'm going to talk to. If that doesn't pan out - Brian, I'll probably contact you for name of your friend. I want to coordinate the clean-out with demo and have the big dumpster out one time - lots cheaper.
As far as Craigslist - it may sound crazy, but the thought of dealing with anything on Craigslist scares the crap out of me. Could have something to do with recent viewing of "Craigslist Killer" but it's a bit too random for me.
RadicalModerate - I thought about a fair wage and factored in the heat as well as dirtiness of job. I've had people tell me it's too much, but oddly enough, I actually believe in that dignity and respect thing that I do every day as a union chapter president.
Some of the stuff in upper part of garage may be of value to home repair people - no idea. If it is, it'll likely get picked through and that's fine. Thanks again! I am still interested in anyone wanting to do the demo itself.

1972ford
08-09-2012, 02:32 PM
I'll work just need to wait a few days until I get the stitches out of my arm. I'm used to moving bulky objects as long as the other guys does not drop his end hence how I got the stitches

I do alot through CL mostly fixing what prior CL responders did wrong or bit off more than they can chew. If you happen to have a 16ft trailer you could take the trash to the dump yourselves 2loads would run about $220 a dumpster might run you over $400

RadicalModerate
08-09-2012, 03:03 PM
"As far as Craigslist - (1) it may sound crazy, but the thought of dealing with anything on Craigslist scares the crap out of me. (2) I thought about a fair wage and factored in the heat as well as dirtiness of job. I've had people tell me it's too much, but oddly enough, I actually believe in that dignity and respect thing that I do every day as a union chapter president."

[1]: It isn't "crazy at all." It doesn't even sound "crazy".
[2]: Union Exec realizes the personal value of the people representing the stats. Management meets Labor. Now that's crazy. In a good way. =)

I have a brother-in-law who spent his entire life in the Union (in a "union state").
It was "The Laborers Union". He busted his ass every day--regardless of weather--and is now comfortably retired.
That whole "Union"/"Anti-Union" deal is way more complicated than it might first appear. eh?

Of course, he lives in Minnesota . . .

I stand by my previous statement: You seem to be kind and generous. I hope the project goes well. Just make sure there are no unexpected costs involving mud removal from the streets . . . Nah . . . That ain't gonna happen . . . Unless the neighbors are watering the pavement. =)

Lauri101
09-26-2012, 02:34 AM
Just to close out this thread's usefulness - I found an outstanding young man who demo'd the garage - as a referral from kevinpate. (thanks Kevin!)
Mercedes sold for $135 - yes - dollars - to junk dealer. New carport and shed being built on-site by Coast-to-Coast Carports on Friday. Saferoom to come later - plenty of space for it.
Thanks to all for ideas - that's what makes this place feel like "Cheers" - minus Frosty Adult Beverages!