Forum Title: Irish Travelers
It's about time for that mysterious clan to move out again. Do a Google search for Irish Traveler, they?re a pretty strange group. I installed an emulsion/poly roof over 90 lb rolled roofing on a 300 SQR cotton warehouse in Lubbock, Texas in about 1986 ? I gave them a good price of around $20,000 because there are a ton of these warehouses in West Texas and I wanted a foot in the door. Still made around $12,500 profit on it for a 2-day job, btw. So about a month later I see an Irish Traveler crew up on adjacent warehouses, smearing the seams with plastic cement then spraying a skim coating of what looked like 50% cutback 50% crackcase oil. lol Very thin runny stuff. I walked up to see the crew?s spray rig when the owner (he prolly saw the roofing company signs on my pickup), in a very nervous defensive voice, blurted out of nowhere: ?We're legitimate, we do work for Bethlehem Steel and a lot of big companies.? I was a little annoyed because the agreement I had with the complex? manager was that I?d give him a good price and if it held up I could do more. He told me ?Hey, they?re doing 4 buildings (1200 SQRS) for just $20,000, you Can't beat that price.? I told him he?d be reroofing those 4 buildings in 6 months, which of course made him mad. Two months later a hot roofing company was tearing off the roofs on the 4 buildings and reroofing. I guess I had that experience coming. For years I annoyed roofers in West Texas because I could kill them on price, but this time I got killed. Btw, I looked at my roof on that warehouse about 5 year ago because there was hail in the area and it was still there and still holding up well. As far as I know, It's still there.
Category: Roofing Post By: DON AUSTIN (Montebello, CA), 02/12/2018

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