A person claims to be a plumber

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  1. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    What test question can I ask such that only a plumber would know the answer?
  2. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    What is his License # and name, then call the state to verify. If he gave you false info then report to the state while you have them on the line.
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    Redwood Master Plumber

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  5. Cookie

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    Ask to talk to his wife? :D
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    What day is pay day?
    What flows downhill?
  7. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Do you chew your nails?:eek:
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    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    Do you have insurence?
  9. plumbingskool

    plumbingskool Retired Tradesman

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    Agreed: No License - No workie ;-)

    The most important thing when hiring a plumber is to make sure they have an active, clean license :D
  10. 3m

    3m New Member

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    In 30 years Ive only had one homeowner ask Me if I was a licensed plumber.
  11. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Some things just might be apparent...:D
  12. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Worse part is when you think they aren't (licensed) by the workmanship and they are. What I am learning is that licensed doesn't necessarily mean competent.
  13. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    It never did...it's just like doctors...some are great the others get sued for malpractice...
    Last edited: May 7, 2009
  14. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Can you say, "Kavorkian Plumbing"¿ :eek:
  15. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    The reason I ask, two guys are remodelling a bathroom and they were said to be plumbers. When they removed the toilet they left the pipe unplugged, which should put sewer gas into the house.
    Would a plumber make a mistake like that?
    Would two plumbers be remodelling a bathroom instead of focusing on only plumbing work?
  16. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Had to check what state we were talking about here...

    whew! :eek:
  17. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    test

    There are many questions a plumber should know the answer to, but many might not depending on their experience and background, so that should not be the Shibboleth test of their credentials. But, at least in my case, if I were doing the entire remodel, you would be using much too expensive labor for it.
  18. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    That's what I'm thinking. I think these two guys are installers.
  19. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Call the local plumbing inspector, he will come out and ask to see their licenses.
  20. pmaru77

    pmaru77 New Member

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    If they pulled the toilet and left the hole open they they are not only not plumbers, they are common fools.
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