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Old 04-06-2011, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by tcontic View Post
I'm remodeling a half bath in my home and need some plumbing work done:

1) Remove and Install Toilet
2) Replace toilet shutoff valve
3) Change from pedestal to wall mounted sink
a. Move two supply lines over 2 inches
b. Move drain over two inches
c. Mount sink
4) Install sink & faucet

I received three estimates, $850, $750 and $650.

It's been a while since I've done any plumbing work, do these seem reasonable?

Thanks in advance!
Well I am a plumber down here in Fl. and those prices seem fair for 2 trips. Like Ft Myers Ken said go with the middle guy, seems reasonable..
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RI Builder View Post
Where are you, because here, those prices would be on the low side for materials+labor.
My thoughts, exactly.

Pick the one in the middle!
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:05 PM
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Like CNUMB, I'm also a plumber, and I think those are reasonable prices, especially if they include permit fees.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:03 AM
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Reasonable to me, especially for a plumber dealing with a homeowner directly.
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:05 PM
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The plumber I just used for my remodel charged $95 an hour for he and a helper to move a few lines and reinstall all my fixtures. You had better make sure that the cost includes your fixtures. Its unbelievable what they charge for toilets and sinks these days. Faucets and bath tubs cost more than that. I had terrible sticker shock when looking at new things for the house. But the price on your quotes doesn't seem bad to me at all.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by RI Builder View Post
Where are you, because here, those prices would be on the low side for materials+labor.
Yes sir...a steal with the plumbers we deal with around here!They are all $75.00-$120.00/hr and sometimes average more on a bid job when things go well.Who needs college???
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by RI Builder View Post
Where are you, because here, those prices would be on the low side for materials+labor.

Same here

$750.00 to rough and set........plus cost of fixture is a good rule of thumb
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:49 PM
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Wow, that is actually a very good estimate! You should see what my dentist is charging me this week for some crown work!
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
Yes sir...a steal with the plumbers we deal with around here!They are all $75.00-$120.00/hr and sometimes average more on a bid job when things go well.Who needs college???
Funny you should say that. Our country is heading towards a huge shortage of skilled trade labor's like plumbers, electricitons etc. Good money in it but our system does not push towards the trades.
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
Like CNUMB, I'm also a plumber, and I think those are reasonable prices, especially if they include permit fees.
I would bet anything there will be no permits pulled at those prices. When I remodeled my kitchen I didn't need to replace the plumbing but still needed to have the permit pulled etc. So all my bids were $900.00 - $1200.00 per fixture. I paid the $1200.00 because he suggested to go brand new with everything rip it all out and replace it all.. I was there walls open with full access to everything. I live in an old house 1938 so he was right spend a couple extra bucks now and go brand new top to bottom. Or save a few bucks and hope for the best. Made sense to me. Came to find out when we opened the ceiling in the basement to replace the old galvanized drain...... Guess what ? It was rotting badly at one of the T's so I would have spent the $ down the road and had a mess to clean up when it wasn't convenient. Pay now or pay later. Shite cost what it cost just pay the $ you will pay it one way or the other.

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 2450CC View Post
I would bet anything there will be no permits pulled at those prices.
Speaking of permits..............

When my son had his front porch pillar supports replaced due to corrosion, it took two days by the contractor. He told us that if a city inspector stops by to just say we are repairing damaged items.

The same contractor is "remodeling" my GF's bathroom but did pull a permit with the city because he said he would be there for several weeks so not to take a chance.

BTW, he isn't cheap.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:09 PM
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Shouldn't need a permit! If your codes there are similar to here, the plumber is allowed to move things within 30 inches without a permit.
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I would bet anything there will be no permits pulled at those prices. When I remodeled my kitchen I didn't need to replace the plumbing but still needed to have the permit pulled etc. So all my bids were $900.00 - $1200.00 per fixture. I paid the $1200.00 because he suggested to go brand new with everything rip it all out and replace it all.. I was there walls open with full access to everything. I live in an old house 1938 so he was right spend a couple extra bucks now and go brand new top to bottom. Or save a few bucks and hope for the best. Made sense to me. Came to find out when we opened the ceiling in the basement to replace the old galvanized drain...... Guess what ? It was rotting badly at one of the T's so I would have spent the $ down the road and had a mess to clean up when it wasn't convenient. Pay now or pay later. Shite cost what it cost just pay the $ you will pay it one way or the other.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:14 PM
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See plumers use to provide the crack now they bend you over and you supply the crack.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:54 PM
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Shouldn't need a permit! If your codes there are similar to here, the plumber is allowed to move things within 30 inches without a permit.
Not in Massachusetts... you need a permit for pretty much everything.

And yes... they will catch you.

I pull permits for everything - even in my own home.
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Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
Not in Massachusetts... you need a permit for pretty much everything.

And yes... they will catch you.

I pull permits for everything - even in my own home.
Revenue stream.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
Not in Massachusetts... you need a permit for pretty much everything.

And yes... they will catch you.

I pull permits for everything - even in my own home.
Here in So Cal, a permit is required just to change the water heater!
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Originally Posted by the good life View Post
Here in So Cal, a permit is required just to change the water heater!
Only 1? Some places require an ELECTRICAL permit also...$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:38 PM
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I wonder what's going to happen to others in the city where my GF lives? Her bathroom remodel should be complete in about two weeks or less. The city inspector who came by a couple of days ago signed off on the rough coat for the bathroom. The city is in financial trouble as the city wasn't even aware of how bad their bank accounts were! Apparently they are many millions in the hole and the inspector said his job was secure until about July.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
I wouldn't bitch.


I also don't know any poor plumbers.
Same here,Dont know any of them making under 150-200k per year that have their own shops.I have one son who is a freshman at Umass,twins that have 1 more year of high school.I keep telling them to get a mechanical Engineering degree,buy out a commercial plumbing business and roll everything into rental property.They'd be all done working by time they're 40.
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