I wish Kentucky had this implemented but indirectly the lower waged handymen are keeping quite busy these days since everyone wants to beat the wrap of normal pricing.
I just got beat down on a kitchen sink installation, something I should of never committed to begin with.
Drove there to find out what I already knew...
at least 50% (probably much more) of the minor rehab work done in the chicago area is done fly-by-night without a permit and with complete disregard for codes. We're making money by correcting all the BS work of the last 25 years on the foreclosures. Most towns around here get a building inspector in when it's a foreclosure or short sale. So now time to correct all the basement bathrooms without an ejector, poorly installed water and heating piping and anything else that isn't up to snuff.
Very well stated, and I believe this is only the beginning and commercial work will follow suit. Our trade has whored itself to the point that the term "skilled" needs a reevaluation. Lets be honest, how much knowledge does it take to shark bite a couple pieces of plastic together. I have had many customers/contractors challenge me on the code with the mind set that the UPC is set up to protect our jobs and cost more money rather protect their own health. As the skill involved in this trade declines so will the pay, demand and overall standard of living for professionals. Lets all give a big Thanks to HGTV and Home Depot.
If I haven't mentioned it on this thread, or forum for that matter, here's what was said again,
and this is just in my area.
"The flow of traffic (customers) dropped off a cliff this week."
They went on to say that they know it will pick up, because it always will.
What I found really disturbing though is people are scrapping out at enormous levels right now, and the waiting lines to get through the corral to get your materials dropped and counted is a minimum 1 hour, doesn't matter if you get there when they open or when they close.
I have a good thread idea I'm going to toss monday that might be something someone has never thought of before. We'll see.
Plumbing supply houses should be more like hvac supply houses. Here in the bay area you cant buy any hvac parts from the supply house unless a) you have a valid hvac license or b you work for a licensed contractor. They make it to easy for anyone to be a weekend plumber. They sell drain machines to anybody as well as material. Hell home depot sells pex piping here. Pex wasn't approved for use in all california cities until september of last year and home depot was carrying it since 2008. How soon will it be before joe the home owner tries to repipe his own house? Of course thats more money for us but that isn't the point. We work hard to learn and perfect our trade and it should be accesible to just anyone off the street.
Last weekend a buddy of mine calls me witha bradford white water heater problem, he replaced the thermocouple and it still didnt stay lit. K, go pick up a replacement gas valve from locke and I will stop by and put it in for you.
"They won't sell it to me."
"Ya they told me they won't sell it to me unless I am a plumber and can show them my license."
Well played sir, well played.
My avatar, is every mans wet dream, don't lie. We all know you ride the bedroom moped
so if you want to save a few dollars ask yourself this if you need heart surgury would you go to a heart doctor or would you call joe the plumber!!!
SMELLS LIKE $$$$$$ TO ME
I could see that happening if the HO had another water connection hooked up, like from a well, but then he would also have to have a cross connection hooked up to city water too. Sounds like there is alot more to the story there, IMO.