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  1. localguy

    localguy New Member

    Hi had a quote to install new radiator being tapped from another radiator
    the room is 3m so would be copper piped from that radiator to this new 1

    was told if he does pipework along the wall will cost £150 in labour or under the floor £300 in labour

    i just dont understand he wants 45-£50 an hour
    just wondering if pricing seems fair
    I have to supply radiator and pipework an all other bits for this money
  2. 999

    999 GSR

    Get 3 quotes
  3. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    Get one or two other quotes.

    Keep in mind that there can be a factor of two in cost between a job by a skilled time-served plumber and an odd-job man who does a bit of plumbing. IMO, if you are dealing with a reputable small business you're more likely to get what you pay for and be happy with the result.

    The correct/fair/right price is the one that your plumber is willing to do the job for and you are willing to pay. End of.
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  4. localguy

    localguy New Member

    Hi maybe your correct
    But still trying to work out are plumbers/engineers millionares
    As say £50 an hour thats £2000 a week over £100k a year
    Now where i live in the south seems crazy money
    Well he does cars in the week use to work for flogas
    so seems very strange
  5. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Seething here after reading this , you havent got a bloody clue how our businesses work , not a clue .
    I am out ..
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  6. 999

    999 GSR

    Pimlico Plumbers earn around £100k no problem :)
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  7. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Seriously buddy how much of that £50 p/h do you think we see???? We have to pay insurance, run a van, consumables, training, re-training, pay for tools, trade recognised affiliations to name but a few. It’s not £50 in the pocket. I’d be surprised if the average plumber saw half of that as profit. Maybe think a little bit before coming onto a professional forum asking for free help from very knowledgeable people
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  8. 999

    999 GSR

    I wish i earnt half that lol
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  9. localguy

    localguy New Member

    wow i would guess in a company also you proberly get £15-£20 and hour and company would charge out more to pay staff and lots of things
    Maybe its just as im self employed not gas or plumber but always think i charge a fair price and normally would be max £25 an hour
    and its hard working getting that so normally get less
  10. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    And what is your job? Think overheads mate seriously. Jeez
  11. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    I shouldn't feed the trolls but...

    There are closer to 1000 billable hours a year, not 2000. That makes £50k / year in receipts and half of that will go in business overheads. Hence £25k/year is closer.

    If you don't want to pay a plumber to fit an extra radiator, don't. It's a free country, buy an extra pullover instead.
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  12. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    Get 3 quotes is good advice. The guy may be trying it on, or he may not want the job, or he may know what he needs to charge in your area to make a living and the price is right. He may be factoring in the fact that this might take longer than 3 hours: a fixed price is a risk for the plumber as if it takes longer, he gets no extra. We can't tell over the internet if the price is right.

    In fact, last week I spent over two full days fitting two radiators, and it wasn't the first time this has happened.
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  13. 999

    999 GSR

    Best getting a few quotes and not worry about the running and finances of the engineer in question.
    Last time you had your car serviced did you ask the hourly rate?
    You would be surprised at what folk pay and never question it, then question the tradesman standing in his house :confused:
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  14. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

  15. localguy

    localguy New Member

    Fair enough
    i know the pricing to get car serviced and yes all the bits dont cost the earth
    But i know the wages of the car man
    and the insurance costs are massive
    I think and no offence to any gas fitter or plumber
    because a lot of people cannot or not legally allowed if its gas safe they can kind of charge the price they wish
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