What can I expect to pay for running a gas line for the dryer when the
meter is right on the other side of the [garage] wall where the dryer
will be? Literally, the dryver will be less than three feet from it.
The estimates I got range from $600 to $300 which just sounds
From a legitimate contractor that is insured just in case?
About $450..I wont touch something like this for less, and the reason why? I
will be there for about 2 hours...2 X $150 = 300. Parts: T for gas line,
prob 1 X 1 X 1/2, $1, Nipple for flex fitting, 50 cents, SST fitting, $14 X
2= 24, Up to 10 feet of SST, $100, PVC and sealant for gas line into home,
about $5. Permits, $50 (yes, we have to pull permits here for this, and for
damn good reason.) There is $475 and we have not gotten to the secondary
regulator, about $85, and the approved gas line valve for shut off, another
$10. $570 now...
The labor costs include things like, fuel to get there, get your parts, pull
your permits, time, insurance, wear and tear on vehicle, gas line thread
sealants, workers comp, vehicle insurance, advertising, and all overhead
costs to stay in biz.
Depending on the attitude you give the guy when he gets there and starts
talking price, your quote may vary. It could be less, or it could be more.
Yup...what used to be real fun was bouncing off all those overseas
servers....looked like you were posting from Afganistan..(not really..LOL)
Course...this entire thing brings back memories of that guy in NYC.....
How can it be ridiculous if that is what the estimates are? I knew someone
who took his house off the market after a year because no one would offer
what it was worth. Same concept.
Learn to do it yourself; its not brain surgery.
C'mon. You turn off the gas. You tap into the line downstream from the
shutoff. You run some black pipe. Add a couple of shutoff nineties, and a
union, and you got it. I did the same thing at my house, and only paid for
parts. Ace or HD will cut the pipes and thread them for you if you need
anything other than standard lengths.
Pay attention to details, make your joints up tight, test with soapy water.
You probably can do it for less than $100. It ain't rocket science, but you
will be betting your house on it. DO IT RIGHT.
I get aggravated when someone who is driving a 25 year old beater truck, who
needs a new pair of shoes, and some toothpaste wants $600 for a job that
will take $100 in materials and two hours labor.
CAVEAT: With all work, if you don't think you can do it, call a pro.
That is the most common sense I had seen here so far. If you have common
sense and watch some guy with the "truck" do some stuff for you, for 5 times
what the work is worth, you'll be kicking yourself in the shin.
Indeed there is a lot of that stealing going on. Alarming.
Thanks for the words of clarity on this.
In most places you do. It may be possible to run the line and have the
licensed plumber do the tie in tot he existing line. You may also have to
apply for a permit and have it inspected.
In the past, I've done it myself. I know hot to do piping so it was not a
big deal for me. If you have no idea what end of a wrench to hold, you are
better off calling a pro.
As do I. Throwing money away is not the way to do it. If people want
to get more jobs running gas lines, maybe they better charge something
more commiserate with the job, or they can lose money by people like
myself coming here to say "what gives?" finding out it's a DIY'er, and
doing it myself. Now your guy who "needs to make a living" gets no
money at all, instead of a fair price.
That's just how I see it. If they'd said it'll be $150 (for example),
I'd say "do it." For $300 and up, I start looking elsewhere. The dryer
costs that much!
Thanks to everyone for the advice.
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