How can I save money on a plumber?
One way you can save money on a plumber is to buy your own fixtures. For the most part, plumbers prefer to sell you the toilets, sinks, faucets that they install. Good business types that they are, they buy stuff at a discount and charge you full price. It's not just about making money off you, however. The plumber needs to cover the costs of dealing with such things as purchases, returns, storage. Things are changing in this regard lately, though home center stores like Home Depot and Lowe's are now selling plumbing supplies at rock-bottom prices. So now plumbers are shopping more and more at the same stores you do. If you have the time to shop around, you can save money by purchasing your own plumbing fixtures.
Having said that, there are a few things you should look out for. One is: you get what you pay for. Sadly, and typically, the lower priced fixtures are no bargain. They can be poorly made and missing adapters, install kits, and other items necessary for completing the job. So beware. Shop wisely, and well. Another potential headache could arise if the something goes wrong with the fixture after the plumber installs it.This could lead to questions of culpability. You can avoid the confusion, animosity and finger-pointing by checking with the plumber beforehand about the brands he recommends and then buying them. Checking with the plumber first will prevent a third problem. Every plumbing product or line of products comes with its own installation idiosyncrasies. Choosing a fixture that your plumber knows and loves will ensure that a happy result.
Fixtures Frequently Asked Questions
What types of finishes are available for american standard fixtures?
What's the story on brass fixtures?
How do manufacturer protect brass finishes?
What's the story on chrome finishes?
What's the story on nickel finishes?
What are distressed finishes?
What's the story on stainless steel finishes?
What's the story on Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes.
What's the story on Solid bronze
When should plumber's putty not be used.
How do new showerheads conserve water?
How many types of faucets are there?
Which size lavatory faucet do I need?
Why buy a Kohler faucet?
How can I clean my Moen LifeShine faucet?
How do I remove solid copper supply tubes?
How do I install flexible supply lines to my faucet?
How do I attach copper supply tubes?
How do I attach a spray hose?
How do I put in a new faucet?
How do I know when my aerator is kaput?
How do I take out and clean a faucet aerator.
How do I know if I have a washerless faucet?
How to identify stem type from cartridge type faucets?
What if my aerator is dead?
How do I make sure I get the right replacement piece for my faucet?
How do I replace a cartridge faucet
Do I always have to buy a new cartrdige when it leaks?
How do I repair a leaky stem-type faucet
After replacing the washers my faucet still leaks. What now?
How can a new sink reinvigorate my bathroom?
What is a lavatory?
What is a vessel sink?
What about sinks?
How do I keep towels off the floor?
How do I accessorize a guest bathroom?
What paper holder options are there?
How do I de-clutter my bath?
How do I hang towel bars?
Where does the Towel Ring go?
What additional tips do yu have for outfitting a guest bathroom?
How can I jazz up my bathroom's décor.
What tips on bathroom shower curtains?
How do I choose a shower curtain
What are the newestbathroom decorating trends?
Design trends in shower enclosures
What décor tips are there for showers?
What to look for in a showerhead?
What is the difference between a spa, hot tub Jacuzzi and whirlpool?
How do I shop for a Jacuzzi or hot tub?
What kind of faucet goes with a hot tub or spa?
What kinds of faucets are for Jacuzzis?
Besides the faucet what other accessories should I get?
Hot tub and spa? What's the difference?
Why buy Price Pfister?
Why use genuine Price Pfister replacement parts?
What causes faucet leaks?
What's new from Price Pfister kitchen faucets?
How do I choose a kitchen sink?
What are some common sink materails available?
What are the pros and cons of acrylic?
What shapes do kitchen sinks come in?
What kind of bowl depth and options are there?
What's a top-mounted sink?
What is an under mount sink?
What is a farmhouse or apron sink?
Can a porecelain bowl be customized?
What are the décor advantages of a glass sink?
What other materials are used in bath room sinks?
What about wooden sinks and tubs?
What are the advantages of a stainlsess steel sink?
What's new in kitchen sink faucets?
How easy is it to install new bath fixtures
How do I hire a plumber?
What can I do myself?
How can I save money on a plumber?
What is a standard framed vanity cabinet?
What is a frameless bathroom vanity?
What do I look for in a quality bathroom vanity?
What's a vanity?
What mirrors are there for my bathroom?
Whick kitchen appliance finishes require less attention?
Can I install a garbage disposal myself?
How do I install an automatic soap dispenser?
What advantages of a hot water dispenser?
What's a hot and cold water dispenser?
What is a rough in and why is it important?
What types of toilets are available?
What makes a toilet work?
How do I install a toilet?
What are the most common mistakes in installing a toilet?
Which type faucet works with a pedestal sink?
What's the latest decorating ideas in bathroom sinks?
How do I mount a pedestal sink?
What are the pros and cons of a pedestal sink?
What are the pros and cons of a porcelain sink?