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Curious if I got hosed. Found a bunch of water on the floor and traced it to a broken drain pipe in the kitchen wall. I already have a lot of irons in the fire, so I called a plumber to handle it. He got there, quoted a price, ran for parts and was out the door all under 3 hours. I had already exposed the area in need of repair. How much do you think something like this would run?
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From a consumer, I would think 250-300?


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Although you probably could have fixed it yourself for less than 50.


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Sounds like you paid more BUT one thing I hate is plumbing. For me it never fails, one thing leads to another and another so I would be happy paying to let someone else deal with it. Sucks that you started it and made it easy for him though
 

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My plumber is $85 per hour +materials, not sure what the going hourly rate in your area would be.

Being a drain pipe inside a wall I wouldnt have allowed him to fix it with furncos(rubber clamp fittings)! Vent pipe no big deal, exposed wet pipe no big deal, wet pipe in a wall with no access absolutely not!! JMO
 

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My plumber is $85 per hour +materials, not sure what the going hourly rate in your area would be.

Being a drain pipe inside a wall I wouldnt have allowed him to fix it with furncos(rubber clamp fittings)! Vent pipe no big deal, exposed wet pipe no big deal, wet pipe in a wall with no access absolutely not!! JMO
Well the show up charge was $85, so maybe that's the hourly.
 

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I was going to suggest $80-$90 an hour plus material.
 

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$320.

If it was a 3" line (shitter) I'd pay A LOT not to have to cut into it.
 

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Curious if I got hosed. Found a bunch of water on the floor and traced it to a broken drain pipe in the kitchen wall. I already have a lot of irons in the fire, so I called a plumber to handle it. He got there, quoted a price, ran for parts and was out the door all under 3 hours. I had already exposed the area in need of repair. How much do you think something like this would run?
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Put in a access panel in case you have to fix it again. :)
 

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Depends...to the right side of the photo...what’s that clear silicone looking shit on the pipe?

The problem with these types of jobs is that you’re paying trade wages for driving around and shopping for half the job...or more in many cases. It is what it is, but it’s irritating. I’ve had stuff like this take me the better part of a day driving around finding the right stuff to spend 20 minutes fixing it.
 

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$250-450 in SoCal. He probably didn't want to notch that 2x anymore so he used the bands.
 

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Glad i have a home warranty for that shit...even without it anything over $200-250 seems like robbery. Doesnt look like that big of a job..
 

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Damn senior citizens always complaining bout' something. :p

I'll guess $400. That's enough for the guy to go home and feel good enough about his day of work.
 

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Interested to hear the price as I do most of my own work and don't have a clue what most repairs cost. Sounds like youre pretty handy but just didn't have the time to deal with it. I already know without calling a repair person that it will be more than I want to pay and will likely be shocked at the quote.
 

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My 300 included installing bathtub also which i helped put in to cut cost lol. I also installed access door.
 

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Interested to hear the price as I do most of my own work and don't have a clue what most repairs cost. Sounds like youre pretty handy but just didn't have the time to deal with it. I already know without calling a repair person that it will be more than I want to pay and will likely be shocked at the quote.
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He quoted u that price and u agreed, U fucked your self! That's like $15 in parts and maybe 40 mins worth of actual work for an experienced plumber taking his time
I know it's after the fact but U need to find a local supply house and talk to the sales guys, see who they recommend, small crew or works by themselves and is honest and reliable. The phone book plumbers will rape u dry
 

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On a side note, did u check to make sure it was those fittings that were causing the problem?
 

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How much is a service call for a union pipe fitter...:):p
We dont do service calls. I dont see 5 hours of work in the picture. Minus 2 hours MAX for road time. 50 in material.

Doesnt matter, you may have over paid by 1 hour. Its done!!
 

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What a shame that this is what it’s come to. Sorry to hear this.

I’ve been thinking about what sort of part time job I’d have in retirement, plumbing is one I’m considering. I wonder what a part time honest plumber could make at half these prices?
 
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What a shame that this is what it’s come to. Sorry to hear this.

I’ve been thinking about what sort of part time job I’d have in retirement, plumbing is one I’m considering. I wonder what a part time honest plumber could make at half these prices?

Depends if you plan on having a stocked service van or using your pickup and running for parts constantly. One of my rigs is setup for plumbing and kitchen bath remodels. Doing plumbing 1 or 2 days a week on my jobs instead of farming it out to one of my 8 plumber buddies I paid it off in 2 years. Fully stocked cost me almost 100k. If I could only find someone to run it 5 days a week. To busy running and selling jobs.
 

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I was going to say 4-500.

It really doesn't matter that its $50 bucks in parts.

A legitimate contractor has to pay for tools, truck, fuel, insurances, rent for business, payroll and then hopefully make a profit. Why would you take on all of that risk for $100?

Im sure the guy billed a minimum charge. He's tied up on the job and will lose billable hours driving to the next one.
 

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What a shame that this is what it’s come to. Sorry to hear this.

I’ve been thinking about what sort of part time job I’d have in retirement, plumbing is one I’m considering. I wonder what a part time honest plumber could make at half these prices?
Handy man that does plumbing. Nice relaxing gig
 

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Don’t look at the cost it’s done! Move on

you could have taken the day of and spent 5-6 hours and 3 trips to Depot!

When it’s all done your like hey that was easy
 

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You guys need to quit complaining, my dads neighbor bought a new toilet and called a local plumbing company out to install it and they charged her over $500, they did replace the valve as well :rolleyes:
 

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What a shame that this is what it’s come to. Sorry to hear this.

I’ve been thinking about what sort of part time job I’d have in retirement, plumbing is one I’m considering. I wonder what a part time honest plumber could make at half these prices?
Now your a expert after fixing your water meter leak..lol :p
 

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Now your a expert after fixing your water meter leak..lol :p
I fix a lot of things. The list is long. I was lucky to have a dad that fixed everything and passed that along to me. We live in a new world of everything being over priced. It’s sickening.
 

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You guys need to quit complaining, my dads neighbor bought a new toilet and called a local plumbing company out to install it and they charged her over $500, they did replace the valve as well :rolleyes:
Lets be real, disturbing the dead on a pressure line is a different situation from gravity feed. 5 hundy is a bit high but I wasn't there. I know I have paid more than that because I gambled on disturbing the dead. Never trust 20-30 year old plumbing.
 

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I was going to say 4-500.

It really doesn't matter that its $50 bucks in parts.

A legitimate contractor has to pay for tools, truck, fuel, insurances, rent for business, payroll and then hopefully make a profit. Why would you take on all of that risk for $100?

Im sure the guy billed a minimum charge. He's tied up on the job and will lose billable hours driving to the next one.
Exactly this!
 

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Easy fix but like said sometimes what you think is a 10 min job becomes a couple hours after you start and things dont go as planned.LOL
 

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I wouldn’t expect an experienced tradesmen to come to my house and do a repair including having or acquiring parts for less than $500. But then I’m biased and know the actual costs involved in running a service company.
 

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I was going to say 4-500.

It really doesn't matter that its $50 bucks in parts.

A legitimate contractor has to pay for tools, truck, fuel, insurances, rent for business, payroll and then hopefully make a profit. Why would you take on all of that risk for $100?

Im sure the guy billed a minimum charge. He's tied up on the job and will lose billable hours driving to the next one.
Finally someone who gets it. There’s a lot more to “cost” then the parts and time spent doing the actual work.
 

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Finding and exposing the leak $0.00
Calling the plumper $85.00
Plumber fixed in 3 hours $586

Spending more time on RDP than it took plumber to repair that day Priceless
 
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$586 wasn’t the Worst part, it was hearing his wife say:
“You paid what? Next time call me, I’ll come home and deal with the plumber myself, cause those plumbing techs always take advantage of men like you.”:p
 

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I was going to say 4-500.

It really doesn't matter that its $50 bucks in parts.

A legitimate contractor has to pay for tools, truck, fuel, insurances, rent for business, payroll and then hopefully make a profit. Why would you take on all of that risk for $100?

Im sure the guy billed a minimum charge. He's tied up on the job and will lose billable hours driving to the next one.
I get all that, that's why I asked if they were out of line.
$586 wasn’t the Worst part, it was hearing his wife say:
“You paid what? Next time call me, I’ll come home and deal with the plumber myself, cause those plumbing techs always take advantage of men like you.”:p
After watching him make the repair, I must admit I felt a little emasculated. Live and learn.
 
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