Paying a licensed plumber to check my work and call for inspection

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  1. Nancy Fryhover

    Nancy Fryhover New Member

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    I would like to start by saying, I am a very experienced diy person and have built, plumbed and ran electric systems in my homes. I am putting in a bathroom in my home and have a permit. Under slab done and inspected, passed. Now can't get that plumber to come back for the topout. I think he is doing larger jobs. I would like to complete the topout and have a licensed plumber check my work and call in for an inspection for a fee. Again, I am very experienced and know the codes. Is this a reasonable idea? What might be the fee for this?
     
  2. Ryan Symons

    Ryan Symons Dihydrogen monoxide specialist

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    Why not just get it inspected? The inspector will let you know if there is an issue.
     
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  4. Nancy Fryhover

    Nancy Fryhover New Member

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    I am in a city that requires a licensed plumber for new work.
     
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  6. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    If a plumber calls for an inspection performed by others it is considered a "cover up" pimping out their license the plumber can have thier license revoked

    When I do a plumbing inspectons as an expert witness the first question I ask is Who did the work

    A plumber who signs off someone else's work is taking on full responsibility of the work

    I was offered $10,000 to sign off a fire suppression system and I said thanks but no thanks
    Their are licensing laws for a reason

    If you "know the codes" why not apply for a general contractors license and in some cases you can do some minor plumbing and electrical and roofing work with that type of license

    The plumbing license does not protect the license holder it does protect the consumer .

    This is like asking a DR to allow a DIY to remove a kidney and the DR signs off saying they did it
    What your asking is not only illegal it is unethical for a licensed contractor to sign off
     
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  7. Nancy Fryhover

    Nancy Fryhover New Member

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    I am actively looking for a plumber to finish the topout...
     
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    I'm not talking about removing a kidney, just putting in some cpvc. I am 70 and don't really have a desire for another career, but thanks for the idea.
     
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  9. dj2

    dj2 In the Trades

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    Why not hire a willing plumber for labor only? There are plumbers who would do that.
    You supply the materials.
    This is physical work, and at 70 you'd appreciate not having pains and aches all over.
    This way you save money, materially involved and get your plumber to call for inspection.
    And of course you could do the finish plumbing: fixtures and trims.
    Kosher isn't it?
     
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    Sylvan Still learning

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    July I will be 72 and tday I was working on three different jobs

    Age is a state of mind

    I lifted up a General super 90 snake by my self placed it on a van and it only weights 234 pounds which is 34 pounds more then I weight

    If you really want to get a hold of a plumber contact the local building department they will have a lost of all thoe qualified in your area
     
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  11. Nancy Fryhover

    Nancy Fryhover New Member

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    Yes I think this is the way to go, thanks!
     
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    I have been fine framing, moving appliances..then I lifted a 60# bag of mortar and strained my back a week ago. Its ok now but gotta watch that back. Yes, I will call the building dept.
     
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    Sylvan Still learning

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    Shame when I was in Norman OK you never called me
     
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    So I called the original plumber back one more time, and he showed up when he said he would. Did not happen several times before. We had a cordial chat on the phone and when he got here after lunch, I offered him $200 to finish gluing the cpvc water lines. He said sure and had it done in 30 minutes. He could have said no since I had done some of it. He ended up charging $150 and called for inspection which passed. I had pinned myself in a corner but thank goodness he is a nice guy. I won't do that again. Then the electrician came and did his job (I didn't touch it at all) and other than his helper falling through the ceiling (one leg), it looks great and it passed. Now on to sheetrock!
     
  15. Jeff H Young

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    Dont know what araingements you made with "plumber" but have licensed contractors here and when we have a contract are obligated to perform. sure you can blow of a customer. But I have a commitment to finish the job. I pull a permit im obligated to do the job. He dosent sound like a "nice" guy to me. Somethings wrong there. but thankfuly you got it done.
    We call it an abandoned job Ive finished them befor. Im careful and never had to sighn off as being responceablefor the work done by others
     
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  16. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    The building dept will seldom "recommend"ANYONE.
     
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    Jeff H Young In the Trades

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    Its kind of a conflict of interest , but some might tell an inquirey that company xyz is local to the town and does a lot of work such as what your interested in. Or they could give you a list of contractors that hold a city buisness licsence. Neither are "Recomendation" just facts. I dont think its proper for them to say hire this guy he always passes inspection.
     
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