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Tuesday 24 October 2006 12.23pm
hello everybody,
I'm new to this forum, which so far i think is excellent. Can anybody help? I have a slow leak on my water tank (i think mainly due to corrosion where the pipes join the tank) and need a plumber to have a look at it, if anybody knows a reliable, reasonably priced one i appreciate it, i'm in tooley street.
thanks
Tuesday 24 October 2006 12.37pm
Tuesday 24 October 2006 12.43pm
Monday 30 October 2006 3.26pm
Hello
I recently had a quote for some plumbing work.
I basically need a new bath- mine is a bit scruffy looking. I also had a leak recently into my neighbour's flat. Nothing serious, the plumber said it was just a bit of dampness from the shower which sits over our bath- water had run down the tiles, found a hole to get through and made his ceiling a little bit damp.
It was easily fixed with a bit of sealant.
Plumber tells me that to make it absolutely water tight for the future we should really take some of the tiles off above the bath, and put some plywood on the wall to waterproof it more, then retile.
As my husband and I were thinking of getting a new bath in the new year sales, I asked the plumber to quote me for installing the new bath as well.
This will be a standard size bath to replace the one we already have.
He has come back with a quote of 590 NOT including the bath. A basic bath plus panels looks like it will be 200 quid. We already have nice taps etc.
So in total, 790 plus.
Now, I'm not an expert but this seems like an astronomical amount to me.
590 he says, includes materials (ie plywood, grout, sealant) ands labour.
My husband already has sealant and we also have spare tiles. So it looks like 590 for a bit of plywood and labour.
Does this sound steep to you?
Can anyone give me any advice as this just seems like an enormous amount of money to me.
Thanks
Sarah
Monday 30 October 2006 4.29pm
Install bath with bath mixer, wall mounted shower mixer, basin 1st fix (and 2nd fix) and wall mounted towel rail

Total 735 + VAT ( 785 + VAT)

Is he including VAT? - I bet not. The above is a quote I had from 2 years ago, this included chasing in the shower (so it goes in the wall rather than being screwed on the front of the wall), just to give you an idea. I certainly think it's expensive, depends on the market rate though - always the same advice though - get 3 quotes if you can get them to come round!
Monday 30 October 2006 5.45pm
Doesn't mention VAT. I guess my second question is does anyone know any reasonable plumbers (or is that an oxymoron?!).
My third would be how easy would it be for my fairly DIY minded husband to do it?
Do you definitely need a specialist plumber?
Monday 30 October 2006 8.15pm
i had a friend round to help fit ours - he is a qualified electrician (probably not qualified plumber, but i'm not sure), we fitted it together ourselves. If you have a fairly good idea of what you're doing, it should be ok to DIY.
Jac
Tuesday 31 October 2006 9.38am
Ask JackieR boys, they wouldn't charge that much and will do a good job. They are not plumbers but general builders no leaks from the plumbing in my kitchen or my friends bathroom they installed. I dont have their number at moment as not in town but if you look back over a couple of builder type threads I know Jackie has posted their number recently. If not PM me tomoorrow to remindme and I will look up the number.
Tuesday 31 October 2006 11.08am
Um, the guys in question ARE Jackie R's guys....
I was surprised as I've used them before.
Jac
Tuesday 31 October 2006 1.06pm
If thats the case may be the job is more complicated than it sounds. I would be very surprised if they were trying to rip you off, I have found their cost very reasonable.
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