word of mouth rules over all....
One thing though...we have too many book smart guys that know the code inside and out, but couldn't figure out the mechanics of a toilet flapper.
Works both ways.
Bottom line, an apprenticeship and test are at least a sure way to know there's a proven record of experience.
Over that, always ask neighbors or friends...word of mouth rules over all else.
Grumpy ....That about sums it up......
many out there are only able to quote the codes but
cant take a flapper out of a toilet without screwing something up.
eventually everyone in your regioin knows who is the real
tradesman by word of mouth and who is a
" code quoteing --pencil necked ---barney fife"
that you dont want to let in your door.
for fear of all that they will find wrong with
the plumbing in your home.....
Trying to make a good living going
"by the book" and acting this way with the customer
is the best way to turn them off and be led directly to the door
They will get back to ya......
I see it all the time here in town when someone has just gotten
a price of $800 from someone claiming that they MUST HAVE a
PRV valve and a thermal expansion tank... because its code...
they never let that fellow back in the door when they find it for half