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I just replaced the ballcocks, float balls, refill tubes, flapper  
valves, and reconnected the water supply in two of my three toilets,  
and there are no leaks (Once I figure out which is  
rignty-tighty-lefty-loosy upside-down it's a snap)!  I'll finish  
replacing all the tank parts of my third toilet (the essential one  
near my sewing room) after my doctor's appointment later today.

DSIL has been such a great mentor to me in household repair skills,  
and I am everlastingly grateful.

Beverly  


Re: Yes, I can!
On Monday, August 29, 2016 at 12:49:08 PM UTC-5, BEI Design wrote:
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Congratulations!  As you probably know calling a plumber to do
these chores would have cost you a small fortune.  Last year I
replaced the guts in the toilet nearest the sewing room.  I'd
watched a video on YouTube and almost had it right but I still
had a small leak.  I took the innards out and placed them in the
tank correctly and success!!


Re: Yes, I can!
ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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Last time I called a plumber, he charged $75,.00 JUST FOR LEAVING  
HIS SHOP.  That did not apply to the $$$ fee for doing the actual  
work.

Bah



Re: Yes, I can!
:ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
:> On Monday, August 29, 2016 at 12:49:08 PM UTC-5, BEI Design
:> wrote:
:<snip>
:> Congratulations!  As you probably know calling a plumber to do
:> these chores would have cost you a small fortune.  Last year I
:> replaced the guts in the toilet nearest the sewing room.  I'd
:> watched a video on YouTube and almost had it right but I still
:> had a small leak.  I took the innards out and placed them in
:> the tank correctly and success!!

:Last time I called a plumber, he charged $75,.00 JUST FOR LEAVING  
:HIS SHOP.  That did not apply to the $$$ fee for doing the actual  
:work.

That pays for the truck, the stock on the truck, and drive time.  



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Re: Yes, I can!
David Scheidt wrote:
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Okay, but why not price his service to INCLUDE all that stuff?   If  
they don't end up doing any work, then maybe a minimum charge of  
some sort, but  it just feels like a rip-off to stack that charge on  
top of $100+/hour work.

I would not charge a bride, for instance, $1,759.85 for her gown,  
and add on a 15% "zippers, thread, equipment-wear-and-tear fee".

YMMV  


Re: Yes, I can!
:David Scheidt wrote:
:>> ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
:>>> On Monday, August 29, 2016 at 12:49:08 PM UTC-5, BEI Design
:>>> wrote:
:> <snip>
:<more snippage hath occured>

:>> Last time I called a plumber, he charged $75,.00 JUST FOR
:>> LEAVING HIS SHOP.  That did not apply to the $$$ fee for
:>> doing the actual work.
:>
:> That pays for the truck, the stock on the truck, and drive
:> time.

:Okay, but why not price his service to INCLUDE all that stuff?   If  
:they don't end up doing any work, then maybe a minimum charge of  
:some sort, but  it just feels like a rip-off to stack that charge on  
:top of $100+/hour work.

It's a fixed cost.  charging it per job is a more accurate allocation
of the cost.  




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Re: Yes, I can!
On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 5:19:59 PM UTC-5, David Scheidt wrote:
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No, it's just a way to gouge the customer.


Re: Yes, I can!
:On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 5:19:59 PM UTC-5, David Scheidt wrote:
:>
:>  
:> :>> Last time I called a plumber, he charged $75,.00 JUST FOR
:> :>> LEAVING HIS SHOP.  That did not apply to the $$$ fee for
:> :>> doing the actual work.
:> :>
:> :> That pays for the truck, the stock on the truck, and drive
:> :> time.
:>  
:> :Okay, but why not price his service to INCLUDE all that stuff?   If  
:> :they don't end up doing any work, then maybe a minimum charge of  
:> :some sort, but  it just feels like a rip-off to stack that charge on  
:> :top of $100+/hour work.
:>  
:> It's a fixed cost.  charging it per job is a more accurate allocation
:> of the cost.  
:>  
:>  

:No, it's just a way to gouge the customer.

You don't think plumbers should make a living?  You don't want to pay
the charge, don't call a plumber.  OR call the more expensive guy who
makes peope with big jobs subsidize the small ones.


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Re: Yes, I can!
On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:57:15 PM UTC-5, David Scheidt wrote:
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Certainly they should make a living.
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I don't.
I have no idea what you talking about with your last
statement.


Re: Yes, I can!
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Word of advice for the future... when you have to replace the tank bolts,  
finger tighten them first, and then do a quarter turn at a time,  
rotating around the three bolts.  Keeps you from splitting the tank.

8-o

Kay


Re: Yes, I can!
Kay Lancaster wrote:
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That is pretty much how I did it with the ballcock nuts.  Since  
those nuts are plastic, I think *they* would break before the  
ceramic tank, but I would not like to find out.  :-}.

I don't know that I have ever needed to replace the tank nuts and  
bolts, I suppose if a leak develops or something?

Beverly


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I didn't budge sine I thought I had commented already on FB but I'm not so  
sure any longer: Of course you can! I had no doubt! Didn't you do the  
floorboards in you place yourself? Didn't you teach me that proverb about  
teaching granny to suck eggs? ;-)

U.
  


Re: Yes, I can!
Ursula Schrader wrote:
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Yes, yes, and yes!  LOL

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