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  1. #1
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    Dec 2014

    Default Best Way to Handle a Questionable Plumber Mid-Job

    The plumber our GC hired for our kitchen remodel was asked for an estimate to re-route 2 radiator pipes that were exposed when we removed a wall. He did not give us an estimate, but subbed the job out and gave us an invoice as soon as the pipes were moved but several days before the heat went on. The invoice just had the total (double what we had guessed) and when we asked for a breakdown of materials and labor, the he increased the price. We confirmed with our GC the amount of time the sub spent on the job (1 day, we were billed for 3.5 days) and priced out the materials with a plumbing supply (not terribly different from his charges) . We are considering sending payment using the labor our GC said, plus materials, plus a 10% markup since this was subbed out. Trouble is, the rest of the plumbing for the kitchen and half-bath is only halfway done and we signed a contract with the plumber on that part of the job. We have spoken to our GC about the lack of an estimate and the discrepancy in labor costs, and the GC says he is fine firing the plumber for the rest of the job. But all this is causing my husband and I a fair amount of stress. We would love to get some opinions on the fairest and safest way to handle a situation like this would be. Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Houston Texas

    Default Re: Best Way to Handle a Questionable Plumber Mid-Job

    1- Yes fire him after he signs a release of lien.

    2- Lesson learned; A site supervisor is worth his weight in ****. You must keep an eye on everyone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Default Re: Best Way to Handle a Questionable Plumber Mid-Job

    Was this re-routing job part of the remodel job, or a side job?

    If part of the remodel, it should not have a separate bill.

    If a side job, then:

    - the plumber failed to give you a written estimate.

    - You failed to insist on a written estimate and let the plumber or his sub work without "permission".

    - Since the job is probably not terrible expensive, try to mediate with the plumber and get him to finish the kitchen and bath job.

    - Firing him will leave you with an unfinished job that not too many plumbers will want to take. The only way I would fire him at this point is if his workmanship is sub par.

    - Asking him for a release will be difficult without full payment.

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