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Question DetailsAsked on 7/29/2015

how much should i pay for a plumber to install second water meter and a pressure vacuum breaker in massachusetts

the plumber pulled permit , applied for meter and then had to pay 150.00 for water meter at tax office then go to water department to pick up water meter . then he installed water meter that had to be installed before primary water meter that required him to have to remove primary water meter redo piping new ball valves install drain points and drill a hole to the outside with no margin for error because of where it was . then he installed a pressure vacuum breaker and proper drain and blow down points . then he had to call for two inspection that he had to be present for one from the water dept and one from plumbing insp. he charged me 1,500.00 . what do you think. this is how it breaks down 45.00 for plumbing permit, 150.00 for meter, 250.00 for materials , 1055.00 for labor.

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Not understanding why you need a primary and secdondary water meter, but OK - guess you are changing to individual billing for two units ? $1055 labor sounds like, in MA, about 5-7 hours labor depending on whether you are in Boston metro area or expensive suburbs or not - an hour or two of that messing around with driving, parking, permit, tax payment, getting meter, etc - and maybe some wait time for the water company to turn the curb stop off and back on if there was not a shutoff valve where he needed it, leaving 3-5 hours to do the work maybe. With what you describe, including wall penetration (I am assuming concrete/block/brick), that sounds in the range for labor hours to me. I would assume 3-4 actual working hours on a job like this, and actually when involved with jobs in NYC or Boston or similar unban areas I almost always added a 50-100% cushion for delays, waiting for government or utility inspectors or techs to inspect or turn utilities on/off, union work rules issues, etc so by that standard you came out OK.

I know it sounds like a lot, and a normal meter replacement only might be more like $350-500 range total, but you were installing a new meter and had several things working against you, so I would call it probably fair.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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