Lowering furnace and water heater vents

Old 06-23-07, 02:52 PM
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Lowering furnace and water heater vents

About to have roof replaced and saw that the furnace and water heater vents were very high above roof line - furnace vent 52" above roof. Had plumbing/AC outfit come out to do that. Took them about three hours and all they did was to cut water heater vent to lower it, and replace some of the vent pipe for the furnace to lower it. Question the time involved and the cost of about $350, to do it. Any comments appreciated.
Old 06-23-07, 03:06 PM
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Around here, HVAC / plumbers are the most expensive trade around. Being billed out at $60-80 per hour is pretty normal, especially for union workers. The amount billed has to include travel time or fuel surcharges, if any... and then there is the overhead of the secretary who took your call, made the work order, sent you the bill, and processed your payment. Their vehicle, tools, liability insurance, workman's comp, etc all cost money too, so I'm not surpised by the figure you mentioned.

You say "they", so it sounds like there were two of them. $350 is not surprising at all, if 2 guys were each billed out at $60/hr, or roughly $175 each for 3 hours. You can be certain that THEY aren't getting paid that, but their company is, because that's what it costs to employ them and keep the company afloat.

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