Cut the Cord with These Cable Alternatives

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Richard Geez

Subject: I Hate Time Warner Cable

Not only does TWC charge insanely high prices for mediocre services, but if you HAVE to call them (I say "have to" because no one ever "wants" to call TWC - their customer service is more painful than getting teeth drilled without novocaine) then you will emerge from the call frustrated, angry, and without resolution. Their first inclination to any problem is to have you power crap off and on (like you haven't already tried that a dozen times because your absolute last resort is to call TWC). When that doesn't work the next thing they want to do is send some moron out to your house. I'm being kind in calling them morons. Every time I have had to deal with them in person at my house they look like they on a work-release program from prison. In other words, not anyone you'd want around your home for any reason.

My only alternative is AT&T UVerse, which is evidently just as bad and has the same quality individuals employed with them.

I'm just before tossing it all.

Steven Smith

Subject: I've never purchased internet, or cable for myself

I've never purchased cable or Internet for my own use,but have managed several estates for customers who pay astronomical fees that I have repeatedly seen begin at an allegedly "low" monthly rate,and within 3-5 months begin to get higher,and higher in price until they are beyond budget,upon changing service, based on promises of lower fees,the same occurs,I've initiated cancellation for 2 customers and seek service that don't take these customers to the cleaners.Dish TV,and Optimum cable are notorious for escalation g their prices.Any suggestions?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.