Click here to Find a Contractor in your area.
Welcome! Here are the website rules, as well as some tips for using this forum.

If you've found help here, check back in to let us know how everything worked out.
It's a great way to thank those who helped you.
Need to contact us? Visit https://heatinghelp.com/contact-us/.

\"How much longer will this take?\"

Ken C.Ken C. Posts: 267Member
As a plumbing and heating technician, I hate being asked by customers, "How long do you think this will take?" I always hesitate to give a firm answer, because especially on old plumbing or heating systems, unforeseen problems can easily pop up.

A master plumber I used to work with gave me this advice: If he had to shut the water down in a large apartment building, and tenants asked "When will the water be back on?" he would give a non-committal answer like, "I will have it on as fast as I can."

I admit I feel pressured when homeowners ask this question, as I'm still fairly new to the trade, so I'm curious how others who are more experienced handle it.

Comments

  • Big EdBig Ed Posts: 1,117Member
    Time

    If you think it will take 4 hours tell them 8... If you finish in 6 they will be happy. If you told them 5 , they will be back down at 5:30
  • jim lockardjim lockard Posts: 1,059Member
    I do not know

    We are doing the best we can, It may be awhile.
  • oil-2-4-6-gasoil-2-4-6-gas Posts: 641Member
    .

    will you people stop bothering me so i can finish my job ---usually in apartment houses i close the door to the boiler room and always give them a finish time at least double of your estimated time and i always say thats if everything goes right--unless they have flushometers and i needed to shut the building cold water --then i tell them maybe tommorrow evening
  • Mark Eatherton1Mark Eatherton1 Posts: 2,542Member
    Done Yet???

    I had one of the hotel crews I worked with make me a name tag that said "Done Yet" on it. When we worked on multi-fam units, I'd put the name tag on, and they'd come into the boiler room and say "Ya done yet?", and I'd whirl around, flash a big smile, puff out my chest with the name tag on it and say "I sure am!!"

    I don't think any of the residents actually caught on...

    ME

    To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
  • WeezboWeezbo Posts: 6,232Member
    Darling Coleen asked,and i looked around a bit....

    and told her that i had been beatin em with a stick all day and was Sure we'd be out by 2 a.m. *~/:)
    its 1:30 and i am home :) she went to bed after all just how much can a home owner be expected to do in a day :)alll out later today..tools everywhere :)the old boilers Gone :) and the new ones zooming:) 3 IFC's and a triangle tube it just looks so 2000 ish :) thing i like about them isthey look like a fridge rather than a boiler.:) and with a BF -5 they sound maybe even quieter :)
  • ScottMPScottMP Posts: 5,884Member
    Good Repleys

    A few Hours.

    The better part of the morning.

    Most of the day.

    " Give me a ballpark " " What size park are we playing in. Is this little league or the Majors ? "

    " Will this be expensive ? " " Compared to what ? A hamburger, yes its expensive. Compared to a new caddilac, no not very expensive at all. "

    Scott

    To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
  • Geo_2Geo_2 Posts: 76Member
    water's off

    Yea but theres always that one guy... you all know him... the guy that has to fly to stockholm in 2 hours... the guy thats way to busy to read the large neon green sign on the front door that say's
    "waters off tomorrow", or the notice slipped under his door and thinks threating legal action will make you turn the water on... yea, that guy.
  • Dave Yates (PAH)Dave Yates (PAH) Posts: 2,162Member
    Don't know...

    it's my first day in the trades & yours is the first job I've been assigned!

    But where's your boss?

    He went fishing. Said he'd be back for me at 5.

    To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
  • jim_14jim_14 Posts: 228Member
    how about

    it will take as long as it takes........

    good advice to the previous poster, always tell em longer then you think.. you come out looking like a hero when you finish earlier.

    when you try to please em and then take longer..well you know how that works out
  • Boiler GuyBoiler Guy Posts: 585Member
    How much? How long?

    It'll be more than a dollar butless than a mil but if you need a real accurate price first it's gonna take a lot longer than you expected
  • Maine doug_2Maine doug_2 Posts: 16Member
    How long is a piece of string?

    Under promise and over deliver. The other way round and you will always be the guy that never finished when he said he would.
This discussion has been closed.

Welcome

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!