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    quick question, I have not had a plumber come to do a home repair in many years - I had the copper pipes (both hot & cold) in my kitchen develop a leak after about 15 yrs since the kitchen was renovated - back at that time they had to splice the hot & cold copper tubing, connecting the 2 sections of copper pipe with some type of compression fitting from what I could tell (don't know alot about plumbing). Well they started dripping and leaking slowly recently, and I asked a good contractor friend of mine who he recommended and used for his plumbing work. So I called that plumber last night, & he came out 1st thing this am & fixed it very nicely, redid all the fittings and installed all new connections, took about 30-45 minutes of work time once he got here (he works with another guy so there were 2 men here). I am sure nowdays they have to charge you some kind of trip charge too. Anyhow, I asked him what I owed and he said $125. I didn't know if that was out of line or if it was about right on the money, considering hourly rates & trip charges nowday. I don't know how much the new 1" copper compression fittings, nuts, hardware all cost. Can some experienced plumbers out there tell me if the charge was reasonable or not? Thanks alot.

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    Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

    Originally posted by leaking copper pipes View Post
    quick question, I have not had a plumber come to do a home repair in many years - I had the copper pipes (both hot & cold) in my kitchen develop a leak after about 15 yrs since the kitchen was renovated - back at that time they had to splice the hot & cold copper tubing, connecting the 2 sections of copper pipe with some type of compression fitting from what I could tell (don't know alot about plumbing). Well they started dripping and leaking slowly recently, and I asked a good contractor friend of mine who he recommended and used for his plumbing work. So I called that plumber last night, & he came out 1st thing this am & fixed it very nicely, redid all the fittings and installed all new connections, took about 30-45 minutes of work time once he got here (he works with another guy so there were 2 men here). I am sure nowdays they have to charge you some kind of trip charge too. Anyhow, I asked him what I owed and he said $125. I didn't know if that was out of line or if it was about right on the money, considering hourly rates & trip charges nowday. I don't know how much the new 1" copper compression fittings, nuts, hardware all cost. Can some experienced plumbers out there tell me if the charge was reasonable or not? Thanks alot.
    Very reasonable. You should have tipped him/her $20.00.

    J.C.

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    • #3
      Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

      That was a cheap price. I can't believe you thought his price was out of line
      Professional plumbers can't work for cheap or they will go out of business. Due to all their overhead fee's
      Van, Gas, Licence, Insurance, Advertising, supplies, etc. Let alone the drive to your home all this before he even makes a profit.
      Many customers say well he has here only an hour. You must take into consideration he has done this type of work day in day out so it's much easier for him. Plus he may have driven an hour to your home as well.
      Rod
      MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
      Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
      http://unclognh.com
      http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

      Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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      • #4
        Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

        thanks for your replies, but good lord, CHILL OUT guys, re-read my original question - I NEVER said the charge was too high. I said I have not had a plumber out in many years, and was just checking to see it the charge was in line with current fee's, simple as that. Whats with all the friggin attacking people for simple honest question. jesus. Can't you just say "no, 125 was a perfectly fair & reasonable price" & just leave it at that without the negative comments or put downs. give me a f*cking break. First and last time I will post to this forum with all you a holes on here. go F yourselves. And learn how to read too, then you might see that I simply asked a question. FYI the guy lives right around the corner from my house so thats why he hit it when he left his house on way into the office this morning at 8am. He was a very nice fellow too unlike you 2 a ss-cracks !! (LOL) YOu all must be putting that plumbers dope in your coffee. C YA jack a ss's !!

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        • #5
          Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

          Well thanks for stopping by.
          If you did not think his price was out of line you would have never posted asking if it was too much
          Last edited by UnClogNH; 06-04-2010, 03:39 PM.
          Rod
          MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
          Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
          http://unclognh.com
          http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

          Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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          • #6
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            What a joke $125. in New York City ! I think some one is looking for some new material.

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            • #7
              Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

              i think the plumber was doing it a side work
              Charlie

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              • #8
                Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                Really? in NY,NY?? I have customers that tip me a hundy every time I show up. Did you tip him? 2 guys + parts...there is no way that was on the level. They would be out of business at those rates. Count your blessings; it should have been twice that.

                You weren't here long enough, so watch that door hitting you on your way out.

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                • #9
                  Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                  i dont think he should have vented the way he did but when you dont get a good response to a question then i could under stand . if some one new comes on here and people say things like from UnClogNH " Professional plumbers can't work for cheap or they will go out of business. Due to all their overhead fee's
                  Van, Gas, Licence, Insurance, Advertising, supplies, etc. Let alone the drive to your home all this before he even makes a profit.
                  Many customers say well he has here only an hour. You must take into consideration he has done this type of work day in day out so it's much easier for him. Plus he may have driven an hour to your home as well. "

                  if it was me i dont think i would want some one explaining things about a plumbers life . he was just asking if the cost was in check because he has not used one for a long time ,he did not say at all it was to much money
                  so watch how you treat new people and they may just have some good advice for you some day
                  Charlie

                  My seek the peek fundraiser page
                  http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


                  http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

                  new work pictures 12/09
                  http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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                  • #10
                    Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                    Originally posted by HVAC HAWK View Post
                    i dont think he should have vented the way he did but when you dont get a good response to a question then i could under stand . if some one new comes on here and people say things like from UnClogNH " Professional plumbers can't work for cheap or they will go out of business. Due to all their overhead fee's
                    Van, Gas, Licence, Insurance, Advertising, supplies, etc. Let alone the drive to your home all this before he even makes a profit.
                    Many customers say well he has here only an hour. You must take into consideration he has done this type of work day in day out so it's much easier for him. Plus he may have driven an hour to your home as well. "
                    if it was me i dont think i would want some one explaining things about a plumbers life . he was just asking if the cost was in check because he has not used one for a long time ,he did not say at all it was to much money
                    so watch how you treat new people and they may just have some good advice for you some day

                    quick question, I have not had a plumber come to do a home repair in many years - I had the copper pipes (both hot & cold) in my kitchen develop a leak after about 15 yrs since the kitchen was renovated - back at that time they had to splice the hot & cold copper tubing, connecting the 2 sections of copper pipe with some type of compression fitting from what I could tell (don't know alot about plumbing). Well they started dripping and leaking slowly recently, and I asked a good contractor friend of mine who he recommended and used for his plumbing work. So I called that plumber last night, & he came out 1st thing this am & fixed it very nicely, redid all the fittings and installed all new connections, took about 30-45 minutes of work time once he got here (he works with another guy so there were 2 men here). I am sure nowdays they have to charge you some kind of trip charge too. Anyhow, I asked him what I owed and he said $125. I didn't know if that was out of line or if it was about right on the money, considering hourly rates & trip charges nowday. I don't know how much the new 1" copper compression fittings, nuts, hardware all cost. Can some experienced plumbers out there tell me if the charge was reasonable or not? Thanks alot.

                    I thought I explained it pretty good. Considering he has no idea what being in business costs. Maybe I over explained the costs involved. I hope he understands why we charge what we charge. To be honest with you when my customers ask why so much I explain the costs involved in running a business. All but this guy have thanked me for helping them understand the costs involved. We are not out to rip them off
                    But by the character of his response. I'm sure he's a class act.
                    He was only using this site to see if the price was a rip-off
                    Rod
                    MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
                    Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
                    http://unclognh.com
                    http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

                    Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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                    • #11
                      Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                      That is about what I would charge don't know what the material was but it would have been pretty close.

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                      • #12
                        Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                        the plumber that did the work should post on here, asking how do i charge enough and stay in business.

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                        • #13
                          Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                          Originally posted by aero1 View Post
                          the plumber that did the work should post on here, asking how do i charge enough and stay in business.
                          I bet it was a handyman or he was looking to see what he should charge?
                          Rod
                          MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
                          Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
                          http://unclognh.com
                          http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

                          Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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                          • #14
                            Re: question on copper pipe leak repair

                            maybe he has no over head ,maybe he has a different income we will never know and who cares the plumber was happy with what he charged
                            Charlie

                            My seek the peek fundraiser page
                            http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


                            http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

                            new work pictures 12/09
                            http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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