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Tipping installer, how much?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by willis3, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Tiny

    Tiny Mentor

    Feb 1, 2009
    I gave my installer a tip DONT BET ON THE RAMS.
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Every job and employer has it's own rules. Many do not get any kind of added compensation for working overtime or holidays. Because you were fortunate enough to have does not mean everyone does (and of course, the opposite is also true). As a general rule, satellite installers are paid by the box, not by the hour. Travel time and difficulty of the job all work against them.
  3. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Holiday pay? :lol::lol::lol: Nope, not in the installer world. Volunteer or ratating holidays? Wrong again. Motto is, "The job must go in".
  4. robertk328

    robertk328 New Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    I didn't know it was a tippable service. Guess it is! Whoops....
  5. Simmerman

    Simmerman AllStar

    Apr 10, 2008
    Long story short, I had a flat tire on Christmas day... no lug wrench in van.....great. The nice man came out and fixed us up. He had a great attitude despite being on call christmas day so I tipped him $20. I would have given him more but that was all the cash I had on me.
  6. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    Unless you are on these boards, I doubt that anybody knows about tipping the installer. I did tip the installer that did my installation on Sunday which was originally schedule for Saturday. That was because there was a problem on their end not mine. The installer did tell me that Sunday was a regular work day for him. He got time off during the week.
  7. satman40

    satman40 New Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Tip are nice for the installer, but the owner should not take them..we did get a lot of beer and held them till after work....many years ago..
  8. crawdad62

    crawdad62 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2008
    I have a re-install scheduled for today. He's going to be bringing a new HD DVR and new HD receiver to replace SD versions of the same. He's got to get my dish ready for Whole Home and reroute the coax that the cable company rerouted from before. Shouldn't be too big of a job but he will have to go into my crawl space. It's fairly warm today so that's good. I'll just wait and see how much effort he has to do.

    I've tipped before. When we moved the guy spent hours in the hot sun getting my dish properly place and aligned (lots of trees) and I tipped him. Other times I've had them out I didn't. I'm usually not too demanding and figure they're doing what they're supposed to do but if someone goes "that extra mile" I'll compensate them properly.
  9. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    Wait and see what happens. He may charge you extra for going into the crawl space or if your job requires fishing through the walls or any additional non standard thing he may have to do.

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