I just received a call from a condo building that I bid a water valve job for. I gave them a price of $3,300 hundred to change out thirteen 3/4" ball valves and nineteen 1/2" hose bibbs. The valves were all DEEPLY inside the stucco and block exterior walls. So when I did one as a test run......it took me 2-1/4 hours to 1) Cut along both sides of the valve with a grinder. 2) CAREFULLY chop away the block with my jackhammer. 3) Cut and clean the paint off of the 3/4" copper. 4) Vacuum all the water out of the line. 5) Sweat the new valve on. 6) Patch the stucco. BEsides that the 2" main has to be shut off for at least 2 days- 6 hours each and everything drained down. He tells me that another plumber gave him a price of $1,600.......I tell him that I could take 10% off but no more........so I hope the other guy does a decent job for him. I know that I went slightly high on my bid........but this is getting ridiculous with some of these EXTREMELY low bids.......How many of you guys are experiencing this crap lately?
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