There should have been some travel time in the billing somewhere and time for parts and preparing the bill.
Many shops charge an up front $39 to $59 for the estimate.
I like to flat rate the work, that way I don't waste homeowners time adding up every little thing that goes into the job.
If there are plumbers out there still charging $60 an hour, they should move to the Seattle area. I only thought a handyman without a plumbing license would work for that.
Since the plumber knew your mother at work, he could have been more forthcoming and helped to maintain the relationship you two have.
There is no telling what another plumber would have charged.
If I have this straight, he did some sort of flange repair, tore out some bad wood and replaced it with new wood?
Was that two or three trips out to your place?