Pls advise on handling negligent plumber


About two weeks ago we had a roto-rooter guy out as I've had to about once a year to get rid of the tree roots that have grown into the drain under the house + driveway. Three days later, the shower and toilet in the north bathroom overflowed. I tried using a plunger on the commode and the sewage backed up into the shower stall next to it.
Then we heard a funny sound from below....
In the crawl space, I noticed a leak coming from the drain line near where it the shower connects to it. I crawled in there and found a broken joint at the coupling plus a large crack in the line beyond the coupling. Due to the broken joint, the drain line was also sagging down. I guessed this to be the cause of the lack of drainage. The damage was probably caused by age, with the help of the roto-rooter.
I called the plumber who replaced the water line last April. He wasn't in but I left a detailed message. He didn't call back, so I left another message two days later, then waited another 2-3 days and he still didn't call back, so I decided to see if I could work on it myself since it's all PVC and simple to fix.
This time noticed dripping from below the bathroom sink, and the pipe into the shower drain had come unglued. And I wasn't sure how to deal with the cracked drain line and coupling since a foot of the line had to be cut out and ... well, if you know anything about drain lines you know the problem I was grappling with. What a mess!
I needed parts and went to the building supplier and ended up deciding to buy a new toilet (high time for one, too). Finally the plumber called and said he'd been on vacation and was now available. I again explained exactly what was wrong with the drain line and that I had looked at it and found more problems and wanted to get a new commode installed, too, so, yes, I would need his services.
He finally showed up today (45 minutes late, but at least he did get here) and installed the commode and fixed the shower drain and the leak under the sink, but we STILL can't send any water into the drain line because it still leaks and is still blocked. Apparently roto-rooter guy didn't clear all the roots (he'll be back in the morning to deal with that), and plumber was inattentive.
When he first arrived today, I rook him downstairs and pointed out the problems. This was the 4th time that I told him about the crack in the drain line near where the coupling had come unglued. The first two times were in phone messages, the 3rd was when he returned my call and made the appointment to come by.
After installing the new commode he said he was done with all the repairs, turned the water back on and went down to check for leaks. The drain line was still leaking because he hadn't replaced the cracked part of the line but had simply glued the coupling back together. Apparently my telling him about the crack in the drain line had never registered in his mind, but I didn't know this until he was getting ready to leave.
He was on his cell phone a lot of the time he was here and said he was in a rush because five or six other customers had frozen pipes plus he was behind from being on vacation. I don't think any of that's my fault, however, when he was leaving, and telling me he'd be back in the morning to fix the remaining leak, he looked at his watch and said "I've been here 2.5 hours so far, tomorrow we'll just add to the total bill whatever extra time it takes me to fix that leak".
So it appears that this plumber wants me to pay him for: (a) reinstalling a cracked pipe - that I plainly told him, four times, was cracked; (b) the additional time he will spend correcting his mistake; and (c) the additional parts that will have to be used due to his mistake.
Note that all the other stuff he did took about the same amount of time, total, as fixing the drain line did. And he's not finished fixing the drain line yet.
I did mention to him before he left that I had in fact told him several times about the cracked drain line, but he acted like this doesn't matter.
Now, I may have posted in the past how difficult it is to get a plumber around here. I had lotsa plumbing problems on the farm, which is why I replaced all the copper pipes there with PVC. This plumber is usually good, and he's amiable, and he shows up (eventually). So I sure don't want to piss him off, yet I just as surely don't want to pay for extra time spent needlessly due to his error.
I'd probably let it slide if I could afford to, but on my budget, no way. At the same time, I simply do not know how to approach this in a way that won't seem overly stingy nor put egg on his face.
What do I say to this plumber, to be diplomatic yet firm so as not to be ripped off?
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As long as he doesn't charge you an extra fee for travel time/service call, what's the problem? If he fixes the stuff that was broke, he should be paid, unless it can be PROVEN he did the damage ( which I don't see according to your account of the problems).
It sounds as tho you haven''t gotten a bill from him yet. Until you get the bill, you won't know if your being ripped off or not. When you get the bill, look it over carefully and if there is any questions, ask him about it. He may have an answer that will satisfy you.
Is he a private contractor or does he work for a company? This may make a difference.
Did he really cause the damage, or the Roto guy, or YOU? Since so many people have worked on your plumbing, it would be hard to prove.
Carefully re-thnk your position before you stir any shit.
Hank
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I agree. Reading this long story, it's unclear exactly what the plumber is alleged to have done wrong, how much time it amounted to, what the parts cost etc. If the poster thought the plumber caused the problem, then when he stated that he would add the time for tomorrow to the bill, why the poster should have simply raised questions at that point.
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"Pat" wrote

Absolutely nothing. He did not have time to finish the job and will be back tomorrow. Futhermore, he wasnt 'late' by 45 mins' he was trying to fix another's problems that took longer than expected. How much later did you want him to be for the others with frozen pipes? How angry would they be at 2-3 hours delay or told 'sorry, tomorow maybe'?
Think about it. You added even a toilet installation to his list. Your report rambles a bit but shows lots of extra stuff added at a time specifically when many suddenly have frozen pipes and may be totally without water. He reasonably seems to have prioritized.
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Pat wrote:

Hmmm, What did he neglect? Seems like he is working very busy dealing with multiple customers with higher priority. He is not finished with you yet. Wait until he is done with you presenting final bill and say something then. Sounds like you are a little selfish.
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