That changes things "slightly" lol. Okay so your plumber is NOT to blame for the piping. The power flush toilets probably enhanced a previously incorrect install. That said...He should definitely charge you to fix the piping. As far as what the cost should have been and the piping costs, I can only tell you what I charge in Jersey and this is very very subjective because plumbers can charge what they want as long as they do not gouge!! That's a tough line to reference.
My estimate would be: 2 toilet installs $400. labor and misc parts including but not price of water closets.. $500 wouldn't be absurd.
Lavi faucet $200. for a 8" center set or...$150 for a 4" center set.
Re-pipe basement to meet code: $300 to $400
I charge MORE than the average guy because I am not equipped with a fully stocked truck these days and only take jobs that I know I can't lose on.
Just to clarify, the plumber did not do any of the work in the basement...that's all original to the house. And there hasn't been a final inspection yet so I don't know if that would be a problem or not.
He charged me for two toilet installations...not two toilet installations and a modification to the plumbing below it. Are you saying that along with the cost of the toilet installations should be whatever changes are needed to accommodate those new toilets?
I don't mind paying the guy for extra work...I just don't wanna get raped on it.
He originally told me he charges $80/hr, and the work I need done will take X many hours. All that's left for him to do is hook up a faucet in the master bathroom....and his total hours on this job are a fraction of what he quoted me. Like maybe 1/4th. Should I challenge his bill? It's highway robbery if you ask me.
Yes. I don't know a lot about them but they certainly look and sound like a great system and in the end probably cheaper then what I did. My only concern would be warming the whole space even in a singe space. In my previous shop I had a ceiling heater Hot Daug I think and it worked fairly well but there were spots in the single car garage that were cooler then others. Not a huge deal but those things that could freeze glue and such may need extra care depending how low you turn it down. My current set up is at 50 when not in the shop and the forced air system will get it up to 70 really quick when I'm ready to go.
If you call the same guy back it should be fixed for FREE. He screwed up, no if ands or buts....and if the inspector didn't catch that then he screwed up too!
In defense of your plumber...you are trying to pack 10 lbs of shit in a 5 lb wall. To do this job right and not hack into your framing so bad it looks like toothpicks when he's done...you may have to compromise and give him space outside the wall and box it in later. Especially now that you are retrofitting.
Great advice, John, thank you! If the plumber gives me any trouble I'll just hand him my phone with that post pulled up.
So if you were called to a job and had this issue to resolve, what kind of bill would you be handing me? Just to resolve the problem...assume you were already paid for the toilet installations.