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Va Beach was strict, always had sting operations. The inspectors would follow buyers of water heaters, etc. But was it caused was higher labor rates. It was nothing to hear companies charge 1850 for a 50 gal electric or 350 for a mainline with outside cleanout. I also saw less hackish work there, the plumbing was just older. Here in california, there is no code enforcement at all so it causes labor prices to fall to crazy levels and I've seen lot's of bad work. I find it difficult to charge an honest price. Funny thing is I think there are 3 culprits...the unlicensed contractors, piss poor inspectors and Mike diamond. He advertises all the time about 99 drain cleaning, sight unseen, so people are used to paying 99 or less. Of course it's a loss leader but those who hear his radio ads get in that cheap mentality.
Half of the problem in this country is GOVERNMENT intrusion into personal and business lives, and taxing ever thing we look at or touch,
Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
attributed to Samuel Johnson
PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil...plus the current state of the economy............the light at the end of the tunnel, has been turned off.
Code enforcement is following this A.c. business around town,meanwhile copper theives break into the A.c. guys shop and steal his copper. A.C. guy calls the cops and they tell him it will be a few hours and we will drop by and take a report and the A.c. guy complains about crime and the cops say we do not have enough officers on the street.
Sac county is laying off 7 million dollars worth of staff at the D.A.s office. No more convictions on alot of petty crimes... So if you do get arrested for some crimes, you will simply get booked and released.
We don't have preventative maintenance around here, we have CRISIS MANAGEMENT!