“These rules apply if the homeowner bought or paid for the materials separately,” added Rabbi Dayan. “However, if the contractor agreed on a certain total price and bought the materials on his own, the remnants will usually be his. He agreed to give a finished product of this size for this price.” (Mishpetei HaTorah B.K. #130)
“Of course, if the customer grants explicit permission or clearly does not care about the remnants,” concluded Rabbi Dayan, “the worker can keep the remnants in all cases.”
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