A bit of water was dripping through the ceiling right below the toilet.
No water on the bathroom floor...so I decided that I better replace the
It looked pretty bad but replacing it did not cure the leak.
Before I got too far...the wife /insisted/ that I call a plumber and
because this looked like a major PITA job did as I was told.
Figured I was going to waste at least $500 or more but I did not feel
like doing a major plumbing job.
They got out here fast and inspected everything and found a leak in the
toilet itself that I had missed.
They said they could put in a new toilet for $2000 !!!!!
There were some less expensive options that were still five times higher
than I could have imagined...so I figured I better cut my loss and just
pay them the $80 for a service call and send them on their way.
A few hours later and an $80 Home Depot toilet and the leak is fixed.
Since my water bill has been going up recently, maybe the low water use
toilet will pay for itself before too long.
$2000 for a new toilet.
Was this a local plumber or an outfit with a big ad in the Yellow Pages?
I tend to stay away from them and use the little guy.
Depending on the toilet, $500 would be more in line. A good toilet with
elongated bowl, comfort height, slow close seat, you will pay $300 to
$400. Add about $100 to $150 for the install.
Thanks for the replies.
Yep. Part of me caved in to my wife...the part of me that did not want
to deal with a toilet.
Yep, this was one of those well advertised plumbers. For the $80 I paid
them I think I got a good lesson.
Should I ever need a plumber again I'll stick with the small guy with
I was willing to over-pay a bit for fast service...they got here in less
than an hour...but I just never could have dreamed they'd charge that
much...it was almost as much as the electrician who spent three days
here doing hard labor!
Had all my toilets replaced and while it has been a few years, price was
$300 each. I was afraid to do it diy because in repairing a toilet once
I overtightened the bolts cracking the porcelain.
I have a plumber I trust and have him do all the stuff I can't do.
A friend of mine lived in an apartment designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
and I replaced a broken toilet seat for him. When the owner of the
building came by to pay me back for the seat, he told me the toilet was
original and I should have let him do it. I would have been in serious
trouble if I broke it.
Anyway I told him I have the hands of a brain surgeon and we all had a
That was a long time ago and the seat was $7.00
The cheap SOB gave me $5 saying that I was over charging him.
That was worth 60 at least. 40 for knowing, and 20 more for knowing
right away. If you look at it the other way, how much compared to
putting in a new wax ring and having it leak for 2 or 3 more days, then
having to work on it again, it's worth more than the whole 80.
They came in less than an hour! What day of the week was this?
On vacation in Central America, I broke my leg in Guatamala, when I was
23. I hated to tell my mother, but the extra time meant I was running
out of money. I wrote, and my older brother called somehow, and wanted
-- because my mother said to -- to come down to Guatamala to get me.
I told him that for the price of his ticket, I could be carried to the
airport in a sedan chair by bearers.
(It was actually a good place for a broken leg, because 5 diners and 4
movie theatres in hobbling distance.)
It was yesterday...Saturday
On the phone I figured the place would be reasonable when they said the
service call would be $80 and if I opted to let them do the work, the
$80 fee would be dropped.
When I was still working for Enersys...our minimum service call billing
was something like $225 no matter what. About $100 for travel and $125
for the first hour of labor.
The only time I'd charge less would be for companies within 3 miles of
Otoh: My average total bill was usually $500 or less.
Bummer to have something like that happen on vacation...sounds like you
were OK though.
I still recall when one of my co-workers came back from vacation he
asked the boss if he could have one more day because he was sick one
day when he was on vacation and wanted to take that as a sick day (after
The danged boss OKed it.
sheesh, they sure don't make bosses like that any more
The leak was in the seal between the tank and the bowl.
More than likely, the process of me removing the toilet to put in a new
wax seal disturbed it.
I was going to repair it but everything inside the the toilet...seals
and mechanism looked so bad that I deemed the 30 year old toilet not
Since my water bill has been on the rise , figured I'd be better off
with a low water use toilet anyway.
I had an electrician come out to my rental house when the old 100 amp
box with screw in fuses started frying the main breaker. He told me
replacing the box would cost $4000. Said the main breaker for the new
box would cost $900 alone. Waved goodbye to him....
On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:59:46 -0400, Stormin Mormon
You should hope not. The c0^ksuc&er also cut the wires off the other
breakers (it wasn't screw in fuses, I was thinking of a different
house) so when he left the house had no electric service remaining.
And for a few of those wires it made them VERY short to try and
reconnect to at least keep a couple lights on for the side of the buss
that still worked.
I'd want to know what the $2000 covered. Some plumbers would just
replace the toilet; some home repair contractors (one I deal with now
calls his place the home mechanics) would also repair the damage done by
the leak. Perhaps that would include carpentry, plastering, and
painting. I could see that extent of service costing $2000. Think of
that if the ceiling falls.
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