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    ...and they're intentionally made to be accessed...

    ...and they're intentionally made to be accessed for replacement.
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    Valid points on the comparison between mobile &...

    Valid points on the comparison between mobile & static rubber parts.
    My point...observe the condition of a toilet flapper used on public water supplies after just a few years in some areas.

    Jim,...
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    I assume your a plumber. Think of how often...

    I assume your a plumber.

    Think of how often you replace O-ring seals in faucets showers and other fixtures.
    Then imagine if those O-rings were concealed behind walls, ceilings having to replace...
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    This isn't an 80 yr old retiree on a fixed income...

    This isn't an 80 yr old retiree on a fixed income with a leaking water pipe.

    It's a luxury item, furthermore a gas fixture...no permits pulled.
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    When I see crap like that I want to walk out. ...

    When I see crap like that I want to walk out.

    When someone is so willing to avoid having it done right that they resort to something that pathetic, I feel like an elevator in an outhouse when I...
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    I say the exact same thing, over and over and...

    I say the exact same thing, over and over and over again.

    I think you'd like NhMasters thoughts on code authorities and big business.
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    Coulda fooled me: I gave up offering DIY...

    Coulda fooled me:



    I gave up offering DIY info over comments like this.

    Do people really think plumbers are just lurking online waiting to put themselves out of work?

    As for the quality...
  8. A trick some contractors resort to: Omitting...

    A trick some contractors resort to:

    Omitting certain tasks they may know will need to be done on the estimate, then adding them after starting.

    Say, for example, the joists are in bad shape......
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    I'm curious... Had it occured to you that you...

    I'm curious...
    Had it occured to you that you were talking to plumbers here?
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    I'm thinking of approaching the plumbing board...

    I'm thinking of approaching the plumbing board with a new product, a special type of rubber tubing designed for potable water that can be snaked through the home with extreme ease.

    Garden hose.
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    I always sought the chess scene at every port.

    I always sought the chess scene at every port.
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    As a NAVET myself, I think we ought stop right...

    As a NAVET myself, I think we ought stop right there with the Hong Kong stories.
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    Aaaaah Pegasus, the homeowners pyrite deluxe.

    Aaaaah Pegasus, the homeowners pyrite deluxe.
  14. I have to jump in and say what Cass already said,...

    I have to jump in and say what Cass already said, she needs a plumber.

    Maybe some have forgotten how confusing a burner assembly/gas valve was when you first started plumbing, but with the...
  15. I suggest this to my customers whenever possible....

    I suggest this to my customers whenever possible.

    We charge more for the first hour than anything after, if you compile a list of things, the cost per job is much less.

    I'm also happy to have...
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    Einsteins theory of box store appliance...

    Einsteins theory of box store appliance installation:

    Cheap = Angry customer squared

    The proportion of anger is directly relative to the size of price.

    Here, we see an appliance installed...
  17. I've gotten requests for the water powered...

    I've gotten requests for the water powered Zoeller, I shoot them down and convince customers to go with the 507 or 510.

    The home guard unit absolutely MUST have backflow prevention, this entails a...
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    I'm suddenly itchy.

    I'm suddenly itchy.
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    As a plumber, it would not bother me in the least...

    As a plumber, it would not bother me in the least if you wanted to see the chart from my gas code book.

    Ask him, I have no question he won't mind.
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    Bearing in mind that the cost of living is higher...

    Bearing in mind that the cost of living is higher where I am, that price seems very low.

    Make sure the guy is pulling permits and has license/liability insurance.
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    There are a small handfiul of fixtures/valves I...

    There are a small handfiul of fixtures/valves I inform customers I refuse to install if they're buying fixtures.
    Pegasus is at the top of the list for the EXACT reason you just started this thread...
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    I'd sooner vote for her for pres than Obama.

    I'd sooner vote for her for pres than Obama.
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    She has more actual experience politically than...

    She has more actual experience politically than Obama, along with much more results.
  24. Cdwz, dam. The first guy at $325 told you...

    Cdwz, dam.

    The first guy at $325 told you elements never go.

    The next guy at $100 was clueless.
    You got a GC to redo several fixtures and he's billing you twice the original contract.
    ...
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    An inspector will knock and introduce himself if...

    An inspector will knock and introduce himself if he suspects a homeowner is doing something they shouldn't.

    If the homeowner refuses and the inspector feels he's done something to warrant further...
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