This summer I had all sorts of things break around my house. I knew how to
fix everything myself and spent around 2k on parts for this and that.
I can't imagine how much I would have had to pay if I called for pros to fix
everything. I'm sure glad I am a "mechanical" type...
"Luca" wrote in message
I had a rooter style plumber come over to rotorroot a toiler and it
turned out to be a bad toilet. (the toilet was falling apart
internally, so I didn't feel bad about replacing it)
His only avaiable charges were $120 drain clean, a $400 toilet, etc.
I did the job myself, and tossed him $50 under the table as a diagnostic
Exactly the reason to start fixing things yourself. The more you do it, the
better you get. The younger you start, the more you learn, and the simpler the
tasks tend to be.
When I fixed my icemaker, it cost me a few $ for a plastic gear.
Typical. Most places charge similar rates. Included in that price is travel
time, the van, insurance, fuel, wages, benefits, telephone, dispatcher,
parts inventory, rent for the office, taxes, health insurance, etc. Sure,
they make a profit, but not as much as most people think.
I use service labor frequently and the cheapest I pay is $65 an hour. Most
are $80 to $100. The most expensive are the service techs for our machines
that have to come from Austria. $1200 a work day, $800 per travel day, plus
expenses. We can usually get a break on airfare as it may be split amongst
two or three other companies they visit.
I had a guy come and look at my oven. $79 service charge. Wanted $500 for
a new motherboard. I pulled the oven out, got to the tech sheet, plugged in
the oven, got the error code, and fixed it myself for $49. It was the
automatic lock on the self clean. I also got back my service call money,
after threatening to take them to the local TV station.
I'm with you. That sounds like the kind of stove I'd have in my house.
Actually, I have a Whirlpool washing machine the last folks left. In 1994.
It needed the motor oiled, and then about 8 years later, the motor needed
oiling, again. I still use it, to this day.
Ditto here. Just give me plain old valves, and maybe ONLY an electronic
timer and clock. But this had everything tied together electronically, even
the self clean feature, which was what malfunctioned. I'll gladly flip a
lever and pay $100 less. Nowadays, you really have to look for a stove with
no electronics. Even the gas have electronic sparkers. I've just about
decided to go with propane range top or range/stove, then a separate
oversize electric oven.
I have not been able to find an oven without a touch panel and
electronic thermostat controls. I am still nursing along my old
whirlpool oven with the mechanical clock/timer and real knobs on the
This is mine.
Knob for start and temperature collection, knob for light and convection.
One burner had two knobs, one for extreme high, the other for extreme low,
or both can be used together.
No timer, no control panel an circuit board.
Ditto ditto ditto.
I purchased a rebuilt washer and dryer from a recycle org some years
back. They provide 30 day warranty with appliances and have a great
reputation. I had the option of choosing a pair of plain jane turn the
dial ones or a pair with electronic controls for the same price - $250pr.
I took the dial ones.
Some years later the dial on the washer went bad. Looked up price for new
one - like $105 + tax and shipping. Entire rebuilt washer only 125.
Suddenly occured to me if the place rebuilds them they may have parts
around. Call, tell them I bought it there, they say they have one dial, I
says how much, he says how 'bout $14 total.
Shit happens. Sometimes even good shit.
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