Customer purchased materials at a Carpet One store and as they have done in the past, asked me to do the installation. About 62 yards I called the Carpet One store to confirm that I was going to bill them directly. They said yes, and that was the customers request. OK, how to bill this one............ A living room and a separate 18 foot long hallway that had 3 seamed doorways, two hand tacked doorways and a ramped up carpet to tile transition. The living room had a 4 foot and a 12 foot transition to tile, and both needed 1/8 inch ramping to get the carpet to the ideal height. There was also a wood stove area in the living room connected to an entry with tile that also needed the tackstrip shimmed up with 1/8" Masonite strips for the best look and fit. For billing, straight yardage didn't work because of the tile, entry and wood stove shimming and ramping........ 30 feet or so total. Adding a transition fee didn't work either because stretching this 28 X 14 odd shaped area made me use the infamous 21 way Karastan stretch method. (lets see if Daris remembers) That living room, plus an 18 foot long hallway with all those seamed doorways with this heavy Lees carpet made me ponder my billing method. I decided to go with an hourly rate and it came to $630 (62 yds of carpet/no removal) Customer was so pissed that he tacked on another $50 The shop would have paid some other guy about $372 and it would have eaten him alive. Just a living room and hallway? No .....I didn't look at it that way. I look at doing all jobs the best way I know how and get more referrals because of that. I've worked for these people a number of times and her parents a few times in the past 20+ years. Doing this right makes for free advertising. ...take that you $2 a yard kicker jockeys.