Here is what he did, which I reported in an earlier post you
may have missed:
The house was built 30 years ago, and the toilet had
required no work during that time. One of the two bolts on
the toilet which hold it down no longer was attached or firm
at the end below the floor. When the toilet was removed it
was clear that the original flange had just corroded away,
and the hole into which the bolt head fitted was enlarged -
so much so that the bolt head could not get a good grip.
The old flange was removed, which was the hardest part for
the plumber, per his comments. It was made of plastic and
I'm not sure how it had been fastened to the upright pipe,
which is also plastic. Eventually the old flange was
removed. Another plastic flange was then inserted over/into
(I couldn't see well enough to tell which) the upright pipe,
and glued to it. Then new bolts were inserted into the
metal ring that swiveled on the new flange. The toilet was
lowered onto the flange/floor, with the bolts sticking
through the holes on the base of the toilet. Nuts and
washer were applied, and after some shimming to make sure
there was no more wobbliness, and after ensuring that the
toilet was oriented parallel to the enclosing walls, the
nuts were tightened. Then the outside of the base of the
toilet was caulked. (At some point in the above process a
new wax ring was inserted - don't know its purpose but I
understand it is a standard procedure.)
It took him a good while to removed the old, corroded
flange, and I'm sure he did it faster than I could have
done. I wouldn't have even know where the flange stopped
and the upright pipe began, so I would be very unsure of
myself trying to remove the old flange.
Near the end of the job he made a couple of wedges from some
scrap plastic to do just that.
With the better explanation, I would say that he did actually do some work
for the $250. But, as pointed out, you could have done exactly that, or
maybe a friend who knows these things could have guided you through it, and
you would have gotten off lighter. I am not in the habit of doing work for
free, and I charge up to $800 an hour. I like to make $75 an hour from
someone I don't know, or I'd rather be napping or fishing. But for friends
and family, we make adjustments.
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