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Does this plumbing estimate seem reasonable?

joeyh's picture

Got an estimate from a plumber to dig a 5' x 5' x 9' deep hole to expose the sewer line near the road, then cut and cap it. Cost is $1889. Sound right? [I'm demolishing a house and need to cap the sewer line until the new house is built.]


Thanks in advance for your response ...

Hi there,  I would guess (post #215487, reply #1 of 4)

Hi there,  I would guess $1200.00 or more of that goes to the machine operator, and the plumber wants a few bucks to watch him dig and cap the pipe.  That is very fair...  Or you could dig that giant hole yourself over the course of a few days and call the plumber when you've found the pipe and he could cap it for $300.00 (1/2 day minimum)...   Good luck

Thanks for your input. I'll (post #215487, reply #2 of 4)

Thanks for your input. I'll go ahead and give the go-ahead now.

shoring (post #215487, reply #3 of 4)

Theoretically a hole over 5' deep requires shoring if someone is going to work in it.

For $1200 you can rent a (post #215487, reply #4 of 4)

For $1200 you can rent a track hoe for a few days, dig the hole, demolish the house and dig the new foundation !!

$20 and a few miutes for the cap. 

As already said, if 9 ft deep, unless in very stable soil or hardpan, you want to put 10 or more 2x12s down the sides with bracing.