I agree with part of what you're saying here Mark. And I would agree
that on some jobs you are much better off hiring a licensed plumber.
But there are numerous maintenance issues that an average
do-it-yourselfer can perform quite adequately. Water heater tanks
should be flushed. Any moron can hook up a hose and flush the tank.
Many homeowner jobs amount to the same thing.
Not everybody in America earns $100K+ per year. In fact, most
households will have a husband and wife who both work and both earn
less than $15/hour each. That is more "normal" in America. That is
also somewhere in the ballpark of total net take-home of about
And out of that $750/week, these households have to pay mortgages,
insurance, gas, electric, water, cable, car payments, etc. What it
really amounts to is that homeowners really can't afford to pay what
most plumbers are charging. Unlike medical concerns, there isn't some
insurance company footing the bill and asking for the consumer to pay
$20 for the office visit (insurance covers the rest). It doesn't work
that way with plumbing. With plumbing they're going to pay out of
THEIR POCKETS. And for the average household, paying upwards of $600
to change out a waterheater is a strain on their budget.
I was there once myself with a shit-paying job and wife who had a
shit-paying job. these people are asking for help probably because
they can't afford to pay a plumber to make a housecall. I can't say I
blame them a bit. I still do all of my work myself. If the roof leaks,
I fix it. I mow my own yard. I paint and pressure wash and etc., I
change my own brakes and repair my own equipment. I even pulled a bad
tooth out of my own mouth last year with a pair of channel locks.
Hell...why pay a dentist $600 and waste my time sitting in an office
waiting for some guy when I have tools in my truck. It's as much
about being self-sufficient as it is about saving money.
the huge warehouse type home improvement stores are a testament to how
Americans are remarkably SELF RELIANT and remarkably CAPABLE.
Personally, I think it's a good thing.