I'm a self taught MIG welder and might be able to make some extra
bucks helping out a friend weld some old wrought iron beds...
basically raising them for modern deeper mattresses and eventually I
might be widening the beds which would involve expanding the
decorative iron work in the headboards.
I have no idea what is usually charged for this type of work. Of
course, I wouldn't charge a professional fee but I was hoping I could
get some feedback as to how much that would be and I could go from
Things to consider:
Is he going to bring the things to you, or do you have to take your stuff
Are they ready to weld, or will you have to cut and grind and fit, too?
Is this for a favor, or is he going to make some money on them?
What is your time worth?
How much are you going to charge for the consumables ...... wire, gas,
lenses, gloves, tips, etc. Not a lot, but you DO have to go buy those
things now and again.
Saying how much to charge is a tough thing to say. When dealing with
friends it is different than dealing with a customer. Friends trade goods
and services back and forth, and so long as it is a fair give and take,
sometimes money never comes up. With customers, you have to charge what the
going rate is or what it is worth. You have to check around and see what
the going rate is, and you have to set your own worth.
I charge on a combination of several things:
How much would a shop charge?
How much is the item worth?
You need it WHEN?
How much work is actually involved?
Do I have to pick up and/or deliver?
Friend or foe?
Others that slip my mind ..........
Lots of variables.
At an hourly rate, you should be worth at least $25 per hour or a piece rate
that will let you make that amount or MORE. Welding is a skill that takes
time and money to learn, and it takes specialized equipment that co$t$. If
you can do it and do it right, don't give it away.
My freind wanted some brackets made
for his fireplace mantel thay are of oak
he wanted something with radius not stright cuts .I did not have a cutter
then a 4 inch cut it was ok to cut a half inch off the top i used bobcad to do
rough cuts 4 in deep. He ask me how much i want i said i am not worryied about
he gave me a twenty spot i got something to eat . and more experiance .
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