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$160 and change for 20 minutes???

July 2nd, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Yes, that is what the plumber charged for our repair. While it sounds like a ton to me for 20 minutes work, there was no way I was going to tackle this project myself.......and going without water in the kitchen and no dishwasher wasn't making life a party here on a day to day basis.

So, the bill sounded terrific to both mom & I. Gladly would have paid twice that (maybe more??) Smile

I was glad we had found the leak first and I did learn lots by watching the guy work. And, yes, I asked a bunch of questions. Enough questions I'm pretty sure I could do the repair myself if necessary. And, no, this man didn't suggest we needed to re do the plumbing (although I do know that is in the cards fairly soon.... or some other option like selling this place and letting someone rebuild on the foundation.)

My son visited today, it's been ages since I've seen him. He had said he had a car (been ages since he's been in a position to own one) and I'm happy to report it wasn't a new car. Was going to have to disown him if he bought new. He even made himself useful by carrying a couple van loads of donated stuff and trash for the dump run up to the garage. Plus he followed me to the recycle part of our local dump and lifted the dead TV out of my van for me. We did have to pay to dispose of this giant (which didn't belong to anyone currently living here), but it needed to be gone, & we had no other option.

A good day. Productive and fairly low cost, all things considered. And, we have water in the kitchen!

7 Responses to “$160 and change for 20 minutes???”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm glad you got it all sorted out and without having to pay for weekend rates!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    My husband works by the hour, $25 an hour. I am so glad he can do all the plumbing and electrical in the houses he builds. No way could we afford $160 an hour. I am amazed at how much money he can save our customers!

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    Remember that you are paying for the plumber's expertise as well as his labor.

  4. scfr Says:

    Glad you got it fixed!

  5. mom-from-missouri Says:

    Ouch. Don't pay to dump nonworking TV's! I know of 2 other free options:
    Our local TV fix it man takes nonworking ones off your hands for free--he uses them for parts (and it keeps his rates lower!)
    There are people on Craigslist who advertise wanting nonworking TV's, microwaves and computers.

  6. fern Says:

    So glad you got that leak straightened out. Now enjoy a relaxing (?) fourth!

  7. boomeyers Says:

    Glad you got so much done and had help doing it! Smile

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