could easily be right, and thus exactly what you`d get by 9.5/10 plumbers
you called. There`s the first 1/2 hr. charge; then the hourly rate after
that, so 31 minutes could be (is) 2 hours, which would be approximately 2x
$100. Then the parts are about 3 times what you`d pay for at the store.
Every elbow is priced such that the plumber could go to the store and
purchase everything one by one, and still not lose anything from his
$100/hr. Of course he buys the box at a discount plumbers supply with
Try a lawyers bill: (J-walking)
phone call (busy)
phone call (nothing)
phone call (left message)
phone call (job done/secretary)
court date (full day/cancelled/assistant sent)
first 30 minutes = $100
another hr. (90 minutes) = $100
91st minute (1st 1/2 hour) = $50
I believe this is how the bill is estimated/calculated, and they are not
interested in the distinctions you may be. I am only guessing that after
the first 1/2 hour, std. business practice is that the smallest increment is
1/2 hour. Then again, there may be no such thing as 1.5 hrs, when there is
a 2.5 hr option. I am just trying to point out that this is just the
reality of it all.
replying to ken, mrWrong wrote:
I replaced my main shutoff valve last year by myself with no experience what so
ever. I watched a few videos on YouTube, went to Home Depot and I told the
worker there what I was trying to accomplish...he helped me find the tools and
parts that was needed for the job, and voila! I saved money and learned a new
skill...you can do it, it's not complicated at all.
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