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Old 02-09-2016, 04:24 PM   #1
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Question for a 40g gas hwh:
Plumber friend says he will charge $150 for the install. Is that fair in comparison Average market install price? Thanks
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thats cheap if he knows what he is doing..good luck...
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:36 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=WhatRnsdownhill;2994666]thats cheap if he knows what he is doing..good luck...[/QUOTE

Lol...I hear . Can you help me out with any things I should look for to make sure he does..in terms of what he uses Etc.? Just to keep him in check? Thanks a lot
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if you have to ask that, dont use your friend...sounds like you already dont trust his work....what makes you think he knows what he is doing? not being sarcastic either..
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Depends on how it was installed in the first place.
Where's it located?
EG: in a garage with no stand under it.
Inside a home with no pan with an outside drain.
No drip leg in the gas line.
As you well know by now pictures sure help.
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Depends on how it was installed in the first place.
Where's it located?
EG: in a garage with no stand under it.
Inside a home with no pan with an outside drain.
No drip leg in the gas line.
As you well know by now pictures sure help.
Thanks. Will get you pics? In boiler room on ground floors. Concrete slab.
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Here ...thanks
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No idea what your local codes are but a lot of that would never pass here.
There's no drop leg on the gas line, no pan running to a floor drain, miss aligned vent, not seeing a ball valve on the cold water inlet, no flex line from the main to the heater, no shut off on the gas line.
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No idea what your local codes are but a lot of that would never pass here.
There's no drop leg on the gas line, no pan running to a floor drain, miss aligned vent, not seeing a ball valve on the cold water inlet, no flex line from the main to the heater, no shut off on the gas line.
Thanks much appreciated
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Does he know he will be working between a rock and a hard place?

Are you also going to do something about the non code compliant chimney?
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Does he know he will be working between a rock and a hard place?

Are you also going to do something about the non code compliant chimney?
Non compliant chimney????
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Friends don't charge friends, but if he is a licensed plumber he should charge about $680.00 just like a licensed plumber would charge me.
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Has he actually looked at the current situation ? I would expect to pay more than that for replacing an existing code compliant installation . That is not. Heck he has to spend at least 30 minutes to go pull the permit. I am not a pro, but that vent kind of scares the hell out of me. I would make sure my army of CO detectors were working . Not only does he need to remove the the existing water heater from behind other plumbing and appliances and get the new one back in there (probably at least a half hour by two guys) , he has to redo the gas line and vent at the bare minimum . I don't have gas and never hired a plumber to to this kind of thing but I have hired them to other things , much smaller and less work and the price was a lot more than that. I guess in my area if a plumber quoted me 400 or 500 bucks to install in this situation I wouldn't be surprised. Maybe more. I don't how much work it would be to fix that vent situation .
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Thanks.....
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As well as the other things post above,
Many times there are things that have to be done to bring a new heater up to
today's code, it is not always a mater of pull one out and stick a new one back in,
there is NO SUCH THING AS GRANDFATHER IN when you buy a new car it has to be built up to today's standards same as with new appliances installed
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