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Discuss Did I get ripped off? - Shower mixer replacement by local plumber in the Valves & Taps area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. hsadat

    hsadat New Member

    Hi guys my first post on this forum.

    A plumber came in to replace our shower mixer as it lost water pressure over the year from limescale blockage I believe!

    The plumber managed to install the new shower mixer however it looks extremely botched! Please have a look at the picture and tell me what you think.

    He CHARGED me £120 for this replacement.

    All he did was change the mixer without installing the new valves and cover plate which he said didn't fit.

    What do you guys think?

    Much thanks.

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  2. johnduffell

    johnduffell Member

    There's only a need to replace the broken part otherwise there would be a lot more cost for making good, but that does look a bit low for a wall mounted mixer shower. Normally at that height the hose comes out the top.
    If you want to have the wall plate replaced too you could specify that but it wouldn't come in so cheap.
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  3. hsadat

    hsadat New Member

    You are right it is low, but the old shower mixer has been in that position for the past 15 years of living in this house. I thought paying £120 would at least include the valves, I mean it only took him an hour? Bare in mind our landlord ordered the parts to our house so all the plumber did was change the shower mixer.

    I just expected him to at least cover the white sealant with shower mixer cap, which is the main thing that I'm annoyed about..
  4. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Wow that was cheap.
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  5. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looks it, dunno how people sleep churning out stuff like that
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  6. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Why does a tenant give a toss what the plumber charges the landlord
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  7. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Sometimes when you are given something to install that doesn’t fit you have to do the best with what’s supplied
    So we only know half the story
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  8. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    A shower fitting kit would have made the job look alot neater

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  9. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looks “ the pits “ , but if you asked for the valve replacing , well , thats what hes done.
    To make the whole job look as it should , its a different job altogether and TBH would cost a shed load more.
  10. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Might be z connectors in the wall
  11. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Screw on shrouds, even trimmed down would’ve looked better
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  12. hsadat

    hsadat New Member

    I mean I'm not an expert at plumbing prices but surely adding these chrome plated valve caps would've done no harm? It was actually included with the shower head mixer!

  13. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Get your LL to get them back. It’s going to leak and just looks horrible
  14. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    if the pipes are long enough we dont know why / what trouble hes had
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  15. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Fact is, the contract is plumber to landlord. As a tenant you have NO right to criticise the plumber because you were not party to the contract between them.
    I fully agree the job is quite horrible, but your ONLY route is to complain to your landlord NOT on here when not one of us knows any other detail.
    I'm sorry to be blunt, but as a reasonable person you will understand this perspective.
    Speak to your landlord and explain how you are unhappy with what has been delivered. Personally, if your LL is tight then youll have no joy. All of us on here have extensive experience of landlords.
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