Shower trap waste insert missing causing smell

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    The insert for the waste trap on my shower is missing causing a bad smell when en suite used. Had drains contractor come out due to smell thinking it was the drains but he then pointed out the missing trap. He wanted £95 to replace the insert, not the whole trap just the insert that goes in there.

    No call out charge, the insert he said was £11 and he said it would not take long at all so am thinking £95 is abit alot.

    I have looked up prices for these inserts and they range from £2 to £11 but i am just wondering how you measure it to order the correct size. Diameter of unit in tray now is 40mm and 60mm depth then has 5mm of so of air then a further 30mm of water until you hit trap bottom, any adive of what size and were to order would be appriciated.

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    I hope he charged you his first hours labour, and I hope you paid though I somehow doubt it. :rolleyes:
    No call out charge means no extra is added to the hourly rate just for coming. It does NOT mean that some fool will spend time and money visiting peoples houses to give free diagnosis.
    The price of the part you needed is only a small part of the price he has to charge to run a business.
    His price was a bit more than I would have charged, but not too outrageous imo.
     
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    If the price was around £60 fair enough but For a £11 part and a 15 minute job i think £95 was too high. £84 is some hourly rate & add on's imo
     
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    OT, but, if the chap didn't charge (and the OP not pay, why would they?), isn't that his choice and fair enough?

    It seems a perfectly reasonable way to approach running such a business. Effectively a loss leader - hoping to get more call outs, hoping that enough will turn into a job to balance it out. But accepting the risk that some won't. Call outs for drains probably tend to be 'emergency' situations and people won't want to be waiting around on other people, so probably lots of call outs do turn into jobs.

    Presumably the hourly rate is increased, or the first hour charged more or whatever to balance this out - hence the pretty high charge. Though short little job are always going to feel expensive.


    to the meat of the OP's question. they generally seem to go down almost to the bottom of the trap, with often with 'legs' that rest on the bottom. The gap the water goes through at the bottom isn't that big . But if you get one that is too long and the water flow to slow. it would be easy enough to modify with a Stanley knife
     
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