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Question DetailsAsked on 1/21/2015

how much should i give a friend who is a real master plumber.hes not charging me , but i know it would cost alot

Installed 2 new shower fauset, diverters,,etc.1 bathrooms he had to knock 6 4x4 time hr and a1/2.this my wife's friends husband,he's doing it because my wife talked his ,and then his asked him to do it, I can't let him walk out the door w/o offering him something.what would be fair?

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If you offered him money he would probably turn it down but ... if you gave him a really NICE bottle of something he enjoys and would ordinary never buy for himself that would be a very nice thank you.

Answered 5 years ago by Jefferson


Hour and a half would normally run at least $110 even in very low-cost areas like deep south or texas rural areas, normally more like $200 worth in many areas of country, and up to $300-350 in a few very high priced urban areas like parts of Frisco area, Beverly HIlls/West LA, a few NYC and Boston high-end suburbs. That would be the charge-outbilling rate - so if he works as an employee plumber (rather than being the owner) than around 40-60% of that would probably be his actual wage rate.

Jefferson's suggestion is good - a thank you gift card for their favorite place to eat or for some activity husband and wife share, etc might go over well too. Or have them over for a nice dinner and movie night or such or treat them to a dinner out (assuming he is the type that would be a reward for, rather than a punishment).

Certainly if you did not supply the fixtures you should pay for them directly at least.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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