You can’t judge a plumber by his truck

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Last month I had serious plumbing problems – at least that’s what the handy dandy hot shot plumber guy with the big back hoe and  fancy x-ray camera told me.  He projected the solution to my problem would cost approximately $6,000 since he would have to dig up my driveway and replace all the old tile pipes.

Luckily, I was smart and sane enough to get a second opinion.  I made one last ditch effort to contact the man who redid all my plumbing when I moved into the house 12 years ago.  I’d been trying to reach him for months but he doesn’t have an answer machine.  I called on a Sunday afternoon and, miraculously, he answered.

“I’ll be over there in the morning to take care of it,” he said.  “No need to dig up the drive way.”

“Do you think you can fix it?” I was hyperventilating by this time.

“I’ll sure try,” he said.

Bright and early on Monday morning he pulled into my driveway in his vintage truck.  How he keeps all that stuff on the back from blowing off I’ll never know (see photo).  He crawled under the house and made two or three visits to the notorious truck.  Exactly one and one-half hours later, he declared the plumbing was back in business. He even helped me wash two loads of clothes just to make sure.   He charged me $135. I haven’t had a problem since.

In the meantime,  Mr. Handy Dandy Hot Shot plumber guy delivered a  bill for $481.82 for his time and for digging up the street (which he did without my authorization – I was in Alabama attending a funeral). Oh and for usage of that fancy camera.  (I figure he thought he had found an easy way to pay for that camera.)

I was so mad I was seeing purple.  I called an attorney and went down and explained my predicament.  He said in his opinion I didn’t owe a cent – I might even have cause to file something against Mr. Handy Dandy Trickster Plumber Guy who was about to drill up my drive way and charge me $6,000.

I haven’t heard from him since.  Taking advantage of a little old lady and former dumb blond is shameful!

Incidentally, the name of the honest plumber,  who I have added to my will,  is  Bob Reeves.  Call me if you need his number. My attorney is Johny Moore. He didn’t charge me either.

4 thoughts on “You can’t judge a plumber by his truck

  1. so glad u had the foresight to get a second opinion – especially from someone u had used before and had confidence in. I’m so afraid that someday, when i’m alone, i’ll not remember to get that second opinoin – hope u’ll be around to remind me of these things.

  2. Emily—-we have used Bob Reeves for so many years and so many emergencies that we consider him almost a member of the family. He is wonderful!


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