- Tradesmen, Plumbers in particular [RANT]
Well the 28+ year old boiler is just about dead, I could fix it but the 2 parts that are totally goosed are nigh on £500 to buy, so bought a new boiler.
Easy bit done.
Then in order to get the extended 5 year warranty it has to be signed of by a “Competent” person.
Still OK with that, being a trained sparky up as far as 16th edition regs I can understand the needs to comply.
So first one contacted “It will be next spring” WHY THE **** WASTE MY TIME TRYING TO BOOK IT IN YOU’RE TAKING THE ****
So thinking about the job and knowing what it entails, having moved my current boiler 15 years ago, I reckon it would take me about 10 hours so next one arrives [plumber that is]
“It would be £450 to do”, then his mate pipes up “oh and I’d just charge an hourly rate of £30 be about £200 for me” “Oh and parts on top”
NOW THAT IS DEFINITELY TAKING THE ****
Rant over, thank youPosted 4 years ago
bruneep – Member
How much to rewire my house,when can you do and what’s your hourly rate?
I would charge you a decent price, if I were to take the job on, would be JIB hourly rates and parts at cost and I would be happy.
But thats not going to happen as I no longer do jobs since the advent of part P of the building regs, which all it did was up my annual costs by a minimum of £3,000 before I did a single job.
Anyways I have 2 other plumbers which have quoted £300 for the complete job, which is what I was thinking of as a price so I will have heating and hot water once again in the next couple of days.Posted 4 years agojohndohMember
IME Sparks are the most expensive of the domestic trades by a long way.
I have just done an en-suite and changed to a pressurised water system so had a plumber, heating engineer and sparky in – I thought the sparky was the most reasonably priced – and I didn’t get a quote up front either so just had to trust him to charge fairly.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
“True thats why I do all my own, But there shouldnt be any reason why a Sparky should charge more than £20 an hour £30 tops.”
First rule of business isnt it … Charge as much as you can get away with. So long as your busy who gives a stuff… If you cant get work lower your prices.Posted 4 years agoxcneilMember
I do like these threads, I’m niceic registered as approved contractor and jib graded approved electrician, I charge £25/hr plus £5/hr for my apprentice. I find with domestic no one wants to pay, glad I don’t deal with domestic installations. Now commercial/industrial I get told I’m to cheap ! …… just sayingPosted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Do it yourself…?Posted 4 years ago
Had a plumber come & connect the gas, check it all & commission it.
Hanging the boiler, putting in the flue, changing all the pipework round from a tank to combi system was straightforward enough.
Quite rewarding actually.
Not a job I’d want to do full time though, & I’m always happy to pay a trained tradesman the going rate provided he’s not taking the pee; but sometimes I quite enjoy taking on an intresting project.
Now, cue flaming for daring to open the airing cuboard door without being in a British Gas service plan, with Hive remote heating system… 😉
takisawa2 – Member
Do it yourself…?
Seriously considering it, I’ve just power flushed the system a radiator at a time and refilled so as no muck gets into the new boiler. So if this plumber doesnt turn up this evening I will be.
xcneil – Member
I’m niceic registered as approved contractor and jib graded approved electrician, I charge £25/hr plus £5/hr for my apprentice.
Thats OK and what I’d expect to pay knowing the costs of being self employed.Posted 4 years agoMcHamishMember
7 out of 10.
Good use of lower and UPPER case.
Shame profanities are complete asterisked out. Retain coherence throughout. Would have like to have seen a loss of coherence near the end.
Yes, I think he lost a point with the “Rant over, thank you” – too polite. It would have been better if he had ended his post with ‘**** you all!*, or “You’re all *****, the lot of you!”…or just plain “********”.Posted 4 years agoFreesterMember
Yes, I think he lost a point with the “Rant over, thank you” – too polite. It would have been better if he had ended his post with ‘**** you all!*, or “You’re all *****, the lot of you!”…or just plain “********”.
Absolutely. Finishing off something like
How much? HOW FIRCKIN HARD cAn it be and hoW LONG CAn it TAKE to Fxi a broilarggfghhhh
Would have got nearer full marks.Posted 4 years ago
Well the weeks nostalgia will soon be over, boiling water on the stove for a bath, lighting the fire every morning and sitting watching tele in your coat. A very nice plumber turned up last night said I can do it Saturday and it will take about 4 hours.Posted 4 years ago
Downside will be that we wont have to go to the pub every night to get warm.
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