If your boss gave you a job and you spent the day working on it and
found out that it could not be done, would you expect to be paid?
If the plumber was charging you based on a fixed fee for the job, then
no he should not be paid, but if he was working by the hour, the answer is a
clear yes, he should be paid and if you don't, you may rightly end up with a
lien on your home.
I see nothing that would indicate your first plumber needs replaced.
Of course you should have paid the first plumber for his time.
Of course you should pay for a second opinion. Tell the second
guy,upfront, the findings of the first.
Of course, if the second guy fixes the problem in short time, you may
have reason to ask for your money back from the first guy. But then
maybe you should just be really happy that you have found someone that
can fix 50 year old plumbing.
I would call a second plumber just because it is worth another minimum
fee to be sure that the faucet can't be salvaged. Everyone has
different experience and the second guy might have a trick the first
one doesn't know about.
Why can't you just replace the faucet? Even in a custom sink you
should be able to find something new that can be made to work.
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