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    Default Is this cost estimate Reasonable? Repipe waste in crawlspace

    $8400 to replce all the cast sewer pipe im my crawl space and boot the connection outside of my foundation wall (which will require some outside digging)

    I have about 25ft of cast pipe for the main sewer sections, plus connections to: 2 baths; my 2 inch cast laundry room pipe; and the kitchen. They will replace the cast to the toilet in the main math but keep the copper drains in the 2nd bath. They also will replace the vent pipe to the roof.

    They said it would take almost 5 days (4 to 5) to do the work. For two guys (one master plumber and another), that would be $200/hr to pay the 2 workers

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    I don't have a problem with the per hour rate, but I question why it would take a whole week to do it, ESPECIALLY with two workers.
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    I do not know why it would take a week to do this. If it is less than a week, than the $200/hr rate is way off because the cost is mainly labor and schesule 40 pipe is relatively cheap. Maybe working in a crawl space and digging up the yard outsde to replace the cast pipe through the cinder block foundation wall is why.

    I did leave a few things off my prvious list since I did not think they would cost that much. They are:

    1) Replace two exterior faucets and the facet on my laundry tub inside the house.

    2) Inspect and replace any bad copper pipe for my water lines. There really is not that much copper here, and the plumber said that would add about $500 depending on how much there is to do.

    3) They will need to take off the main bathroom toilet to put in the new PVC flange in the floor. Then put the toilet back on.

    4) They will need to remove the main bathroom sink cabinet, then put it back on.

    5) The conection to the 2nd bath is to 3 inch copper (or is thta 4 ich>) and not to cast iron. I'm not sure the connection of scedule 40 3 inch to copper is more difficult.

    That is about it.

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    Your "oh by the way" list added about $2k !!!!!!!!!!

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    I'll do it for $ 8,399.99
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    I would get a couple of other estimates. Connecting to copper is NO MORE difficult than connecting to cast iron, and neither is all that difficult.
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