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Is plumber mugging me off?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by veedee, 26 Aug 2020.

  1. veedee

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    Called a plumber to connect up the waste under my kitchen sink

    Being a brand new kitchen, a cutout needs to be made in the base unit, in order to feed/connect the washing machine hose outlet to the waste

    London plumber is charging me the equivalent of 2 hrs labour

    Am I wrong in saying that any competent plumber wouldn't take longer than an hour to complete this?

    If I am being a tight fisted b... feel free to let me know :D:D

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  3. Madrab

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    If everything is there and all that's needed is a hole at the top of the cabinet and the drain hose connected to the trap then no it's shouldn't even take half an hour.
     
  4. Harry Bloomfield

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    Is some travel time involved? Is there a minimum time for each job?
     
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    I took it from that sentence that the OP was asking about the time to do the job itself and not about travel/parking/tea/coffee/lunch/min price (@ 2hr?? hopefully not) or anything else that isn't actually doing the job.
     
  6. Harry Bloomfield

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    I just would not expect any job to be chargeable as less than an hour, unless the guy were already on site doing something else.
     
  7. veedee

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the responses.

    The plumber lives very close, so travel is not being accounted for in the 2 hr labour charge

    I have also edited the picture in my original post to highlight the waste that need to be connected

    The washing machine outlet will be connected too
     
  8. EddieM

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    Can't you DIY? (not meant in a snotty way)
     
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    Get a price from Pimlico plumbers, then you will think your plumber is cheap :D


    whats the hourly rate? Plumbers can charge £70 an hour plus vat.
     
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    Did the same plumber do the copper work under the sink?
     
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  12. Harry Bloomfield

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    The 2 hour labour cost would pay for a cheap battery drill and a hole saw, then you would have the tools for the next time.
     
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    2 bends and a piece of 40mm pipe, and DIY it. Take as long as you like then.
     
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    Doesn't seem unreasonable, but I would say he ought to have explained his pricing structure first.
    Most tradies would have difficulty in fitting more than 3 little jobs in a day unless they are in the immediate area to each other.
     
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    Potential return trip to plumbers merchant for materials/parts, diesel and time waiting to be served?

    OP has also mentioned washing machine fitting, two additional holes to be drilled for supply & waste pipe work? Packaging & transit bolts to be removed from new machine? Getting machine level on floor? New machine test rinse cycle?

    If so, above takes time, more than an hour easy.
     
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  16. Harry Bloomfield

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    The Op only mentioned a hole and minor modification to pipe work, nothing about installing and commissioning the washer, which might not be in the plumbers remit.
     
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