Correctly Charged?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by lennyman, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. lennyman

    lennyman New Member

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    I've had my first major plumbing done at my house. We had a break in the seam all along the whole length of a cast iron drainage pipe that ran probably 12 feet. It was tight and they (2 plumbers most of the time, 3 plumbers some of the time) had to remove it in pieces. I got charged $900 from work and parts from 9:30 am 2:30pm.
  2. thats ok

    yes, that sounds about right
  3. Randyj

    Randyj Master Plumber

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    Sounds like 10-15 man hours at $40-$60 per man hour would have been a good deal...but they threw in the parts too! You should be ashamed of yourself for treating plumbers like that.:D :) :cool:
  4. what about pain and suffering

    dont forget spider bites and cobwebs....

    tight crawl spaces always cost more......


    I went in to a really tight hole last monday morning
    and crawled around for about 1 hour with a dummey
    handing me a couple fo 1/2 brass compression fitings
    from the carwl space door...

    I charged $275 to capp off two abandoned copper lines


    I think I pulled a groin muscle...

    and have really not been on my best game ever since...


    all I needed was some bullets flying over me
    as I was squirming through this mud and gravel

    and it would have been just like on a Marine training drill at
    boot camp...
  5. Randyj

    Randyj Master Plumber

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    Sounds about my little job yesterday evening... laying in mud wedged under joist and having to reach over and around duct to saw busted cpvc while the owners puppy walks up my back and starts biting my ears....
  6. Cookie

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    He was just taste testing you, Randy, :D
  7. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    I was working on someone's sprinkler system this past summer, and all of a sudden I heard guns going off all around me and heard bullets whizzing by. Turned out that the teenage kids and their friends were having a little fun shooting at birds and squirrels and anything else they could see. I mentioned it to "mom" but she just screamed at them and they stopped for a few minutes. Then they started up again.
  8. kordts

    kordts In the Trades

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    You got off easy.
  9. Cookie

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    I think he should had gotten it for free, LOL.
    And, been offered lunch, too. :D :p
  10. Randyj

    Randyj Master Plumber

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    You mean treat him like the relatives who call me when they want it for free but call someone else when the feel up to paying for it...whatever"it"is.... It's funny how they sometimes think the toothless wonder, level headed snuff-dipper down the road is worth more than I am... Heck I actually read the book and took the test!
  11. Cookie

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    Sheesh, I hate it when my attempts at having some light-hearted fun, goes astray. :(

    But, we all got those relatives, you would not believe mine, but, hey you never know what tomorrow may bring, and the sun will still come up.
  12. Cal

    Cal New Member

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    You got off WAY easy for that tough job !

    $900 ?? You need to buy that guy a nice bottle of Crown Royal and give out his card!

    The job he had to do for you SUCKS !!! He's a good man .

    Cal
  13. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Whizzing


    If you know what the sound of bullets whizzing by you sounds like, and they really were that close, and the mom not caring like that, there would have been a very big whiz charge on my invoice!!!!! Then a call to 911. I am pro gun but anti gun recklessness.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2006
  14. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    bullets

    I was working on the ground work for a new school years ago, when it sounded like bees flying around. Then I realized it was bullets. My partner and I dropped to the ground and I crawled over to the transit and took the scope to try to see where they were coming from. A couple of kids were shooting at something on top of a small hill and we were on the other side of it. They took off cross country and we could not find which house they went into.
  15. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    I failed to mention that these were bee bee guns. But I'm sure they would sting pretty good.
  16. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    A BB gun can still put out an eye.
  17. Cookie

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    Cass, did you learn that from The Christmas Story? :D
  18. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Heres stupid, my uncle when he was a young teen, in the 1930s, used to hang out at a quarry and on weekends he and his friends would shoot at each other with .22s seeing how close they could get to each other without hitting anyone. It ended when a kid got one in the shoulder.

    Also they would break into the gunpowder shed and ignite kegs of black powder.

    They would take capped iron pipe and shoot marbles out of them at billboards.
  19. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    One of my younger brothers and some of his chums used to do something just as foolish to see who was the toughest (with a heavy coat on) by shooting at each others' backs with shotguns after loading their own shells.

  20. Working with piping that is covered with human excrement is high dollar/high hazard work.



    I would of charged $5000
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