Re: Plumbing Ethics Question, does this sound right?
A generous plumber might do a minor fix (such as replacing a faucet washer) and not charge you for it, but I don't know of any reputable contractor that will perform chargeable work without authorization.
The only exception would be if there is a clear and immediate danger to life or property, then they might perform emergency service, knowing that you have every right to refuse payment. If you do refuse payment, the reputable contractor will just write it off and not argue it.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.