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Thank you guys,Re the price, OK I understand. And yes, I got several quotes on the tree and didn't pick the cheapest but got it at a reasonable cost. The problem of this small city up the Hudson River is that the NYC crowd has found a nice little city that housing cost a fraction of what it costs down there. Its on the Amtrak line so they can do some commuting and work their laptops make their phone calls and have a mobile office. They sell their insanely expensive homes and move up there with "tons O money" to spare. I see some service people ripping off people right and left. I have a few apt houses there. Once a met with a plumber on site that gave me a fair price to replace a faucet. A few weeks later I had my secretary call him (he didn't get the relationship) and let him know that we wanted the same faucet in essentially the same base and he had the price just a few bucks shy of triple. He qualified my as knowing a bit about plumbing and thought I was local, but my secretary was out of state and he could tell that she wasn't knowledgeable about these things. I want tradespeople to do well and prosper, but some of these guys are way out of line.
Its becoming known by a few and the honest tradespeople suffer as people are becoming project shy.