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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:01 PM
1 - meeting with contractor to go over office design
2 - drawing up specifications and parts list for office
3 - installation of 10 (5 pairs) of in ceiling speakers (9 foot ceilings) (plenum 16/4 and 16/2)
4 - putting wall plates in every room
5 - wiring up 4 controllers to zone amplifier (plenum Cat6)
6 - adding one remote audio input wall plate about 75-100 feet from zone amplifier (plenum Cat6 to baluns)
7 - connecting and testing zone amplifier for functions
8 - it was about 4 visits to the office scheduling around the contractor/builder's work (bare bones office, no wall up initially to final build out).
At this time I have done the above as a favor for a friend and did not request any monies.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:55 PM
Sometimes it takes me 5 times longer to do something compared with other people. Do I put a lot of effort and care into the final outcome? You bet. Does it justify a 5x greater expense? No way.
There is a huge gray area, open to subjectivity. If you need to charge for labor, charge what you think would be good. Everyone can usually agree on what is fair.
Is that the dentist? Maybe you can swing some free/cheap dental care. That can be incredibly expensive. Trading services might be a great way to get paid.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 03:32 PM
I was thinking of the bartering and currently have "credit" now with her old dental partner. I use the dental insurance still but keep the credit on her books for dental work in case I need it. With the old dentist we kind of did a cash value credit (cleaning, fillings or root canal type credit).
I did take my time double checking connections, sound and functions.
Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:53 PM
my 2 pence
Posted 16 July 2010 - 10:15 AM
As it was a favor to her (friend-Dentist) I did not charge her an hourly rate nor any sort of mark up on the equipment. I did subcontract a cable installer who (didn't feel like climbing ladders) ran all of the cables to the communications closets (speakers and cat5e).
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:46 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:10 PM
The Dental office with the Russound setup is relatively simple with 4 zones / 8 speakers and multiple sound sources and keypads here and there. Some of the rooms are acoustically isolated so you can basically run one zone in the front seating area and receptionist area, lunch room, private offices and dental work rooms. Not a huge office though. I did utilize cat5e to RCA line audio runs that were 75-125 feet and they did do good.
Helped another dentist a few months back as she was remodeling her office; made the sound update easy. Here we utilized a Chumby for one of her sound sources; her staff is facinated with the touch screen and its many features. Added outdoor speakers here as there is a nice peaceful small seating and garden environment behind the main office. Geez; age thing; I've known this dentist since the 70's.
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