Thursday, February 19, 2009

Plumber update!!

I call my hub during the day yesterday and ask if he heard from the plumber. To which he replied, "Yes, he came and went."

I don't know why they think we can read their minds (at least when it comes to plumbing bills) so I ask, "Well, how much did it cost? What did they have to do? How did they get it out? How long was he there,?" You know, the ol' twenty questions dealie.

He casually responded, "$300.45 ." Of course he didn't embellish any of the questions I asked. He then said, "Well, it was $40.00 to come out, then we are Level 4 pricing, so it was $245 for that, then tax, etc."

"What the hell is Level 4 pricing mean?" I ask in a higher pitch than normal voice.

"How am I supposed to know?" To which I hang my head and wondered how he got along in life without common sense, because OBVIOUSLY, us women would have asked these kinds of life-changing questions.

Well...upon looking at the bill, the 'level pricing' was outlined in full which scared me because we were only level 4 out of 10 (10 being $998 for one hour).....must be for nuclear bomb repair or something. It is actually for 'emergency backup protection'. But in my mind, there is no plumbing service worth 998 bucks an hour.....OK, maybe sewage backup protection....


Turns out, all he did was come in, see the 'cartridge thingy' busted off inside, pull out a huge ass drill like you see in Freddy Kreuger movies and drill out the inside. When he put everything back in, 'overpriced plumber' casually mentions that now we might have to watch the downstairs pipes because when we tried to pry out the old 'cartridge thingy' we somehow bent the 'phalange thingy' and now could leak. If it doesn't leak into the tub, the 'overpriced plumber' says, then watch in the next week for a leak in the basement.


Great. Just great.

So now we wait to see if we have a basement leak. If we have to replace that pipe and the 'phalange thingy', then the plumber said it would cost $1000 or so to replace.


Fantastic. Moral of the story. CALL THE DAMN OVERPRICED PLUMBER. Just do it.

10 comments:

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I might call around and try to find a cheaper plumber! That's ridiculous at Level 10! Now, I know why my husband grouses about his job and says he should have been a plumber. He sports the crack for it on a regular basis.

Jill of All Trades said...

Yeah I would look around for another plumber and ask how they charge. They are set up on the job basis and I think that is not really right. We are in the electrical industry and there those in that industry that bill that way too so be very careful.

Lisa said...

I love it !!!
Level 4 pricing !!!
how absurd is that ?
how would you actually tell someone that they are level 9 ?
shit x

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

Ack. Husbands! And plumbers! It's like a double whammy of "watcha gonna do??"

:) Good luck!

Garage Repair said...

Good for plumbers!!!!
I really can feel its true coz ive been doing the same tooo....

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