I think you folks are right -- it's the fact that they asked outright
that's bugging me. The money was well earned. It's plumbing work, and
in the first case (last year), the guy did some drain cleaning for me
that was in no way associated with the job he was here to do.
Yesterday, the guy spent 4 hours finishing the job the previous
incompetent had spent 45 minutes working on (and called it finished).
So I don't resent tipping them, as I do believe there was "above and
beyond" effort. Just took me aback to be asked. Even those who DO
depend on tips, like waiters, don't generally tell you that to your