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Dennis ---

This kind of clientelle you don't need.  Let someone else provide his SE
services.  I would go after the Contractor in small claims court. (I once
successfully sued an attorney in small claims for my fee.)   If the
designer doesn't like that, you don't need him either.  I concluded long
ago that such types will never change, and you may well find that they
leave a long legacy of abused professionals.  These are often the same
types who will primise you "more work" if you will just do this one job
at a reduced fee.  The additional work will come, but only at the reduced
fees.  Raise your price, and they will go shopping again. Personnaly, I
found that raising my fees not only got rid of the low bid contractors,
but ultimately brought me precisely the kind of work I wanted - at a
higher income.

You are entirely in the right, and you know that any number of respected
SE's would testify to that if need be.  My advice:  Be aggressive about
collecting your fees, and  pursue only that business which is profitable.

Russ Nester
On Sat, 6 Sep 1997 18:08:02 -0700 "Dennis S. Wish PE" <wish(--nospam--at)>
>I need to vent some steam and I can't think of a better place than 
>with my
>Now I am concerned about what you think. Did I deserve the penalty 
>issued to
>me by the owner for omitting a reference bubble when the details 
>existed on
>the plans? I can't take the owner to court since I have a good 
>with the designer and have more work to do with him. I was told by the
>designer that if the owner asked his opinion of my letter, he would 
>me and indicate that I deserved to be paid my fee.
>Finally, I am not at all concerned about the contractors threat to sue 
>slander against his good name. His letter was written all in capitals 
>on the net means that you are shouting) and he was obviously mad - but 
>again, would he expect me not to respond after he granted himself the
>authority to act as judge and jury against me by advising the owner 
>that the
>extra's were due to my errors and not his framers disregard for the
>drawings? I think the facts stand for themselves and I really needed a 
>to blow off some steam.
>What do you think?
>Dennis Wish PE