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Re: Radiator (Steam Boiler) Replacement

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Posted by andy f on January 10, 2006 at 22:44:13:

In Reply to: Re: Radiator (Steam Boiler) Replacement posted by Tony Conner on January 10, 2006 at 18:51:20:

No problem. I got a second estimate for the same work for $1300. No tear out. The kitchen is being redone. Floors are being done last. (no carpet to worry about). Pipe comes right up thru the floor, does not have to be moved. Its not wrapped in asbestos. On the first floor about 10 feet from the side door. Unfortunately I live in an area where certain contractors (painters, chimney sweeps, some HVAC, etc.) apply a certain tax based on your neighborhood, assuming that if you live here, youre rich. Well we're not. This would appear to be the case. I was just hoping for a sanity check. I am moving in the direction of buying the wall mount radiator and having our kitchen contractor make the change. I should save about 400 off the second quote, and um, 1500 off the first. Cheers.

: Define "minor plumbing".

: There is absolutely no way to have any kind of opinion on this price without seeing what's involved. It could be anything from he doesn't know what he's talking about, all the way to lugging tools & material up a lot of stairs and across an acre of expensive white carpet. It could include possibly having to demolish & repair some plaster/drywall and/or flooring if some rusty-crusty 100 year old fittings don't come apart. And if you get into doing that, you can run into "adventures with asbestos" pretty quickly.

: I wouldn't even provide a firm quote on a job like this - it would be time & material. And if the customer didn't trust me to do a proper job in a timely fashion, they should somebody else.

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