Interstellar Adventures

May 2, 2006

Service Markup

Filed under: Interstellar Casa,Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 10:52 am

My faucet in the back yard has been leaking for the past two weeks. I have a hose splitter on it, so the leak has been contained to a constant drip. Otherwise, I would have flooded the neighborhood by now, not just half my back yard.

I called last Thursday for the plumber. His first early morning appointment was today. He showed up between the designated time of 8-8:30 am, and pulled his van back to the alley while I put the dogs in their kennels. They barked their silly heads off of course, but finally quieted down.

Within 15 minutes, the water was off, the leaky part was off, the new part was on, the water was on, and the plumber was packed up. (Sidenote: I am very pleased to report that there was no visible plumbers crack, so no crack-spackle was needed. )

The part that bothered me was the bill. A trip fee, labor and parts. $8 for parts, $20 for labor, and $45 for the trip fee. At least next time I know how to fix it.


  1. Ah, yes. Plumbers can pretty much charge what they want. Maybe moreso than almost any occupation. Everyone has to go to the bathroom.

    And you are doubly lucky it was not a crack-displaying plumber. Those are usually the more experienced, and thus the more expensive ones 🙂

    Comment by Bone — May 2, 2006 @ 12:29 pm |Reply

  2. yeah, that fee just to walk up to the front door is expensive, but unless you could figure out a way to bring that faucet into the shop, they kind of have you. i once had a guy come in to fix our freezer, he told me it was still under warranty and to call the store, he still charged me for the house call but he could have replaced it and charged me for alot more, without telling me about the warranty thing, so even that $50 was money well spent.

    Comment by Better Safe Than Sorry — May 2, 2006 @ 4:50 pm |Reply

  3. Plumber’s crack: a great place for flowers…
    I have a good friend that’s a plumber so I luck out.


    Comment by michael — May 3, 2006 @ 6:04 am |Reply

  4. That sounds like a bargain, to me.

    In my town apparently plumbers are scarce, as they charge as if you just interrupted their performing brain surgery or something.

    One guy quoted me $500 to run a water line to my new refrigerator (through a wall, the washing machine was on the other side). I did it myself for twenty bucks and a little time at the hardware store picking the right tubing.

    And I figured out who you remind me of! Catherine Bell (of JAG fame) I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to figure out why you looked so familiar…

    Comment by Silly Older Bear — May 3, 2006 @ 9:29 am |Reply

  5. I can understand the parts, I can understand the labor, but the trip fee? Give me a break.

    Comment by Jolynn — May 3, 2006 @ 10:57 am |Reply

  6. Gosh, all those charges! Typical.

    I wonder if they charge extra for “plumber butt”.

    Comment by abbynormal — May 3, 2006 @ 11:32 am |Reply

  7. At least he gave you a 1/2 window and came on time.

    We usually have a four hour window…and then they’re late!

    Comment by Raehan — May 3, 2006 @ 12:21 pm |Reply

  8. We’ve apparently picked the wrong profession!

    Comment by Carnealian — May 3, 2006 @ 8:33 pm |Reply

  9. Good thing he was honest and didnt try to rip you off with a bunch of other non-existent “repairs”.

    Can’t wait to see the flowers that’ll pop up in the post above. 🙂

    Comment by Laura — May 5, 2006 @ 6:34 am |Reply

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