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Old 10-10-2019, 03:46 PM   #1
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Just found out what a local contractor is charging for 2 men per hour and was wondering if anyone had any input on wether these labor charges are high, or typical for central NH. This is for general carpentry work.
The owner is billing his men out at $85 (for a senior carpenter) and $60 (for a “less than” senior carpenter) per hour for a total of $145/hour for the pair.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:57 PM   #2
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Just found out what a local contractor is charging for 2 men per hour and was wondering if anyone had any input on wether these labor charges are high, or typical for central NH. This is for general carpentry work.
The owner is billing his men out at $85 (for a senior carpenter) and $60 (for a “less than” senior carpenter) per hour for a total of $145/hour for the pair.
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Depending on the complexity of the project and whether or not this is a labor only (no materials) project...maybe just a touch high but certainly not out of the ballpark.

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Can’t see what you are trying to establish here. Man hour costs are determined by many factors and each business will be different. One recent example I have is quotes on a whole house generator install. Apples to Apples on the quote and they were $2100 apart! Both local. I did tell the higher bid about the difference and was lectured about operations costs. Three quotes minimum before saying yes


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Can’t see what you are trying to establish here. Man hour costs are determined by many factors and each business will be different. One recent example I have is quotes on a whole house generator install. Apples to Apples on the quote and they were $2100 apart! Both local. I did tell the higher bid about the difference and was lectured about operations costs. Three quotes minimum before saying yes


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The guy driving the brand new decked out Ford F-350 Platinum is going to have higher overhead than the guy that drives the work ready, older, perfectly good box truck. The two are different breeds and will spend differently to accomplish the same job most of the time.


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Can’t see what you are trying to establish here. Man hour costs are determined by many factors and each business will be different. One recent example I have is quotes on a whole house generator install. Apples to Apples on the quote and they were $2100 apart! Both local. I did tell the higher bid about the difference and was lectured about operations costs. Three quotes minimum before saying yes


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Not trying to establish anything except what others might have experienced with regard to Non Union carpenter’s wages in central NH. Pretty simple.
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Not trying to establish anything except what others might have experienced with regard to Non Union carpenter’s wages in central NH. Pretty simple.
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I have a project going on right now at my home and I am paying $58.00 per hour for a “less than senior carpenter” but decent finish carpenter..If I needed a high end finish carpenter the rate would be higher.

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I have a project going on right now at my home and I am paying $58.00 per hour for a “less than senior carpenter” but decent finish carpenter..If I needed a high end finish carpenter the rate would be higher.

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Thanks Dan! In this case, no finish work at all. A simple tie in from an addition to existing roof. Basic framing and sheathing work making ready for roofer.
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Thanks Dan! In this case, no finish work at all. A simple tie in from an addition to existing roof. Basic framing and sheathing work making ready for roofer.
If they have a good reputation and they actually showed up to give you a quote, I wouldn’t pass it up...

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Just found out what a local contractor is charging for 2 men per hour and was wondering if anyone had any input on wether these labor charges are high, or typical for central NH. This is for general carpentry work.

The owner is billing his men out at $85 (for a senior carpenter) and $60 (for a “less than” senior carpenter) per hour for a total of $145/hour for the pair.

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Depending where you are located. I charge $800.00 a day for two men. Doug wade Bluebird construction 603-770-3677


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Thank you Doug!
Exactly what I was hoping to hear...a real life wage for general carpentry.
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$50.00/hour is a very reasonable rate for this service. 🐻
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Or two carpenters?
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Or two carpenters?
Had a service call for a refrigeration repair a few years ago and got a bill for "two techs" so I went back on my security camera and saw that the second tech was the owners 10 year old son shagging parts for $85 hourly....you never know.
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Or two carpenters?
I would assume (and we all know what that means) that a business owner would never send out 2 "senior" level carpenters on any one job that requires 2 men. Usually, there's a "foreman" or senior man and a competent, helper that can do most basic tasks.
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For about $95 or less, you can get a 10" Black & Decker mitre saw at the Plymouth Walmart. For $135 Walmart has a Hypertough 10" table saw with a steel 4-leg stand in red & black. For $20-each you can get a very nice, all wood, saw horse at Lowe's and teach yourself to cut and assemble construction lumber like the 2x4, 2x6, 4x4 etc and put it together with long screws driven by a drill, like a hobby or something over the long, hot and humid summer, when the weather is okay.

Is not just a new home building project ..... is a Lake Winnipesaukee summer adventure in carpentry.

Just measure twice, cut once ...... use a sharp pencil! ..... ..... and stay sober, enuf .... and maybe add 25% to prices on Walmart/China items.
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I got a quote for $180/hr for two men to install a sliding glass door and replace an old deck. seems excessive, even if it’s on an island. And that doesnt include the cost of the barge, that is a seperate line item on their quote.
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I think most carpenters in the area have more work than they can handle. With this in mind, they can submit a high bid and you can refuse. However, there will always be those who will pay what they ask.
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