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  • Started 6 years ago by Ginaf
  • Latest reply from Ilovedogs123

  1. Hello - we had a plumber from one of the bigger companies come out and quote us a sky high price to do some work on our hot water heater. We have one of those feelings like we are about to be ripped off and we\'re looking for a second opinion. Does anyone have a handyman or local plumber they trust that they could recommend? Thank you so much!

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  2. rockyraccoon
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    I would also love to find such a person. In my experience the large plumbing outfits are just an incredible ripoff. Very poor service at incredibly high prices.

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  3. We hired Paul Lewan at Stalwart Plumbing, (206) 713-0474, on the recommendation of some friends. I\'m so glad we did! This guy is smart, efficient, straightforward, reasonably priced, and very good at what he does. He\'s also an incredibly nice guy. We started off with a basement job and ended us having him repipe our whole house. I can\'t recommend him enough. (Oh, and he has Carl Kassel from \"Wait, Wait, Don\'t Tell Me\" on his answering machine. If, like Paul and me, you are an NPR geek, you must call him.)

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  4. cruiser
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    cruiser

    What work needs doing?

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  5. Anonymous
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    joetheplumberseattle website or # is 206-285-2434. Had Beacon charge me $300 for a half hour job plus the cost of tool rental. Also billed me for the blade they used \"in case\" it breaks. It didn\'t. I wanted to keep the blade on principle since I payed for it. Couldn\'t, of course. Called Joe the next time and he talked me through the problem on the phone. Fixed it myself. Can\'t tell you how much I appreciated his honesty that I didn\'t really need him. Would not hesitate to call him for a real job.

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  6. cruiser
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    cruiser

    I had Southwest come out and quote for some repipe....$1600 for ten sweat joints on copper pipes. That\'s $160 a joint!. I hired a retired plumber for the day who taught me how to solder and I did it myself:)

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  7. Greg Jensen of Jensen plumbing is terrific. Super nice guy. Has done a bunch of work on our house over the years and I have been happy with all of it.

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  8. OndaGato
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    Big Jim Plumbing is great too!

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  9. rcrawley
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    Beacon is decently priced (they don\'t charge an emergency surcharge for weekend work like most of the big ones) and very professional. We\'ve used them to fix an internal flooding issue, but never for upgrades or remodels.

    If you\'re just doing hot water heater work, you can try some of the services that specialize in water heaters, like Action, Fast, or Benla.

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  10. For installing a new water heater we used Brennan (http://www.brennanheating.com/), and we were very happy with them -- professional, fast, and reasonably priced -- but I don\'t know if they do what you need done.

    I have heard great things about Guy Nelson from CBC Plumbing, but when I tried to hire him for something, he was too busy -- perhaps a good sign.

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  11. We had to replace a sewer line, and some drainage, a few years back and used RayMark. They aren\'t in West Seattle, but we thought they were fantastic. Little disruption of our yard, the job was done on time and UNDER budget. They also improved my great-aunt\'s sewer system and made the previous company come back and fix their mistake, for nothing! Great people!

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  12. I had to have one of my water heaters replaced. I called Southwest Plumbing and after getting their quote I decided to check elsewhere. I saw that someone suggested Joe the Plumber so I called him. He was here the next day, replaced the water heater and did it for HALF the quote from SWP. That is even less that what he ball parked on the phone for a rough estimate.

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  13. WLQuinn
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    We\'re having some work done by O\'Neill Plumbing at the end of the week. I\'ll post up when it\'s done with our experience.

    Cheers.

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  14. Jencannon
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    I also have used Stalwart Plumbing and really liked them. They have a woman plumber whom I got along with quite well. She actually took her shoes off to come in the house...imagine.

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  15. thrasher
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    About 18 months ago I had to have all of water service lines replaced - from the meter on forward. I ended up going with Collier Plumbing and have been very satisfied with their work. They installed all new PEX water service lines and installed an outdoor shut-off (which I didn\'t have). I\'ve since learned more about plumbing and have double-checked their work and am still impressed. Everything is to code (as it should be) and they pulled necessary permits. I recently called them for a blocked sewer line which they said they don\'t do but they referred me to Rapid Rooter who were very prompt and reasonable. I was pleasantly surprised by their promptness and reasonable price.
    I know this isn\'t water heater related, but that\'s my $0.02.

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  16. I just had Paul Lewan from Stalwart Plumbing out yesterday to change out some fixtures for me in my new house. I have to echo the other recommendations here about him. He was a great guy. Pleasant, smart, efficient and reasonably priced. I\'m already planning to have him do some more work for me.

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  17. At the risk of piling on...
    I called Paul at Stalwart last week thinking I needed to have my water heater replaced. He came out to take a look and immediately figured out that the problem lied elsewhere and said a new tank was not necessary. Had I called anyplace else they would have sent a crew and swapped out the tank without checking to see if it was truly necessary. Talk about professionalism and integrity - if I ever have another plumbing need there is no question who I will call.

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  18. While I\'m at it, I also want to give a shout out to O\'Neill Plumbing. I had them replace my main water line while my yard was dug up for a landscaping project. Cevin Farnsworth gave me a good price and excellent service, and their installation crew was friendly and did a great job. Local business to boot. Recommended.

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  19. JasonParker
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    We hired Joe The Plumber (206-285-2434) based on advice in an earlier posting (Thanks, JT!). What a great find! Joe fixed a shower valve that I had taken apart and couldn\'t replace (doh!). He was very nice, researched it online during the evening at no charge, and fixed the problem. He charged us only half the time he was on site because he couldn\'t fix it right away. Now that\'s integrity! Joe is very fair, communicates well (not something you always find in your plumbers), pleasant and affordable. Highly recommended!

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  21. charlabob
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    charlabob

    Since you asked for a handyman OR a plumber, let me recommend a great handyman who did this for me two weeks ago (including buying the water heater, bringing it here, installing it, and hauling the old one off.) We found him through angie\'s list, where he had A rating and we\'d say the same -- he is:

    Clint Holiman
    12153 3rd Avenue
    206-355-1156

    or

    choliman@yahoo.com

    He does everything except electric, siding, and carpeting, so save this name in general handyperson as well.

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  22. castiron9
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    Ok....So I called JOE THE PLUMBER today and I just wanted to say that I am happy I did. He will be doing a small job for me in the next few days.I was impressed with his character and honesty.His price was very fair also..Will post again when his done , and give you an update.Thanks..

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  23. Hello everyone, i just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that have used my services and who have posted feedback about their experiences with Joe the plumber. A Big thanks to JT and the West Seattle blog for helping me grow my business. Take care all, Joe

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  24. Anonymous
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    Joe, that is so cool! I meant it that I appreciated your honesty. You spoke to me without talking down and gave me the confidence to proceed on my own. That doesn\'t happen often and was worth noting when a recommendation was asked for. I think it\'s important to promote the *good guys* and I\'m glad it worked out for all.

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  25. I called Joe the Plumber (based on recommendations in this thread) after I got a $650 bid from Southwest plumbing to clean out a floor drain that was backing up in the basement.
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    He came out this morning (a few minutes early even!) and was able to fix the problem in less than a half hour! For < $100!!!! He even talked me through how I\'d go about fixing a leaky faucet in the bathroom!
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    Finding a good, trustworthy & honest tradesperson is a rare thing. Thanks WSB forums for the recommendation, and thanks Joe for a job well done!

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  26. We\'ve had O’Neill do several jobs for us, rootering out a drain (encroaching Camellia roots) and installing a water heater. They were competitively priced, did excellent work and have no problem recommending them.

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  27. Phantom
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    Joe Schafer from TSCO Plumbing moved a water heater at a rental house we own. He does a great job for a great price. http://tscoplumbing.com/

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  28. We used Joe The Plumber based on the reviews here and we were very happy with the results and would recommend Joe. He is an excellent communicator, fast, responsive and most importantly knows his stuff. We have had some past experiences with O\'Neill Plumbing and another plumber based up north and were disappointed by pricing, communication by staffers regarding scheduling, and timeliness of the job.

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  29. Joe the plumber was great for us too. Whatever you do, don\'t use Southwest Plumbing. Total ripoff, scare tactics, overpriced,etc. Got quoted byt Southwest $17,000 (yep thousand!) for something that ultimately cost us about $1,200.

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  30. rainycity1
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    About a month ago we had a a clogged tub drain, so I checked this blog for plumber recommendations. We called Paul at Stalwart Plumbing as a result to come look at the problem. I was very please with their work and we just had his company (Debbie this time) come out to replace our old (1975) water heater. It was another job well done, and I wanted to make sure I added my recommendation to the others.

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  31. AReader
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    Kudos to Joetheplumber! Not only was he honest and up front -explaining over the telephone that our project was probably a little too big for him (it ended up being a sewage matter, and he didn\'t have the necessary tools), he referred us to Raymark Plumbing and Sewer who EXCEEDED our expectations.

    Don\'t panic! Either call Joe the plumber, or Raymark Plumbing/Sewer. Either way, you\'ll be in good hands.

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  32. castiron9
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    This is a follow up to a post I did a while back.Finally had Joe The Plumber come out and do some work on my water line.I found him after some one recommended him here.I must say he was very professional and very reasonable.I would use him again in the future,and I probably will....Thanks again Joe for the great service...P.S. water pressure is a lot better now.WE will talk again in the Spring...

    Posted 5 years ago #         
  33. mama dee
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    We had water backing up from our washer and called Joe the Plumber based on this blog. He was fast, affordable, and knowledgeable. I would definitely call him again for any future plumbing jobs!

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  34. Yesterday we urgently needed a plumber, and called Paul at Stalwart Plumbing as a result of recommendations here. I'm so glad that I did, and I'll echo all of the other sentiments: he knows his stuff, he's more reasonably priced than others, and he seemed like an all-round-good-guy (which, frankly, is important to me when I invite a stranger into my house). Next time we need someone for a plumbing issue, I will definitely be calling him again.

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  35. This reminded me to add my name to the list of satisfied customers who recommend Joe the Plumber.

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  36. marianne
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    Sweeney's Plumbing. Local here in West Seattle. Honest and reasonable. Very satisfied with the work they did.

    Tim Sweeney 206.551.6465

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  37. Tim Sweeney was remarkable.he had to come back 3 times due to a faulty faucet (American Standard from Home Depot) and his charge was very reasonable, less than Beacons charge for a diagnosis and 15 minutes of work to replace one small water line valve. The installation was VERY difficult due to a cast stone sink and almost inaccessible fittings. I would award 5 stars to Tim Sweeney.

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  38. Just wanted to say that based on recommendations in this thread, I hired O'Neill Plumbing for some extensive plumbing work at my house. They were competitively priced compared to two other bids. They were very professional, quick, clean, and easy to work with. 5 out of 5 stars for O'Niell.

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  39. TinaFabulous
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    TinaFabulous

    Another plug for Joe the Plumber. Came to house within 24 hours, arrived on time, diagnosed the problem quickly, solved it easily, gave me good advice, and charged a very reasonable rate. Nice guy. Will absolutely use him when I need a plumber next. Thanks Joe! His #: 206-285-2434.

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  40. I'm happy to read that others had the same great experience with Joe the Plumber. I've used him twice now, and have been impressed that he has always answered the phone, scheduled quick appts, shows up on time, and repairs are reasonalbly priced. Very knowledgeable & experienced, give Joe a try: 206-285-2434.

    Posted 4 years ago #         
  41. Just saw this post, and I want to also recommend Paul from Stalwart plumbing. We've had him out for 3 jobs. We have a home warranty, yet we choose to call him instead because he is faster, better and costs less in the long run. He has literally saved us THOUSANDS of dollars.

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  42. kwright
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    Wow! I have to post on here. I just had a visit from Joetheplumberseattle.com. Not only was he early, he fixed all things wrong in my bathroom in under 20 minutes (I called him for one project and just kept adding on while he was here)! In doing so he also saved me a ton of cash and prevented me from going with a bid from another company. I rarely endorse anyone but Joe was awesome!

    (this is NOT joetheplumber.com)

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  43. squareeyes
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    squareeyes

    How coincidental. I just called him yesterday and he's coming out on Friday.

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  44. squareeyes
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    squareeyes

    Quick, efficient, personable, and more than reasonably priced. Chalk up another recommendation for Joe!

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  45. altoitis
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    Call Joe (joetheplumberseattle.com).

    We had horrible hot water pressure in our shower, despite being great everywhere else in the house. His rates were competitive (or better) with other plumbers I've talked to. I called him on a Saturday to schedule a mid-week appointment, and even though he doesn't work on weekends, he told me over the phone how to backflush the hot side of my shower faucet. It worked within 5 minutes, and my wife and I enjoyed the best showers we've had since we moved in.

    Thanks Joe!

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  46. WSHusky
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    WSHusky

    O'Neill Plumbing has always done a great job for us and our neighbors.
    Clean, Fast, Professional

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  47. Chris G
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    I just want to give a nod to Joe the Plumber as well. He was very professional and personable. He did a terrific job installing a toilet and garbage disposal for me. I even ran into some parts issues and had to run back to HD and he knocked some time off his billing, which I thought was nice.

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  48. bockrock
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    I agree with others. Southwest plumbing is a rip-off!!!

    1st experience: I had a leaky main shut-off valve. They wanted $400 to replace the valve. I told them to hit the road. I looked at it and described the problem to the guys at True Value. All it needed was a new washer for 39 CENTS!

    2nd experience: I had a rusted/leaking kitchen drain pipe. They gave me an estimate at $1200. I told them to hit the road, again! Went to home depot for parts and rented a skill saw. Problem fixed for less than $100.

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  49. sacatosh
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    Joe the Plumber called me back within 20 minutes when I called him this morning at 6am for an emergency issue, which rocks. The City of Seattle was also quick to respond and the technician was happy to show me maps of sewer lines, etc to help me better understand what may be going on. Sadly, Joe had a booked day so he referred me to Raymark, who hasn't called back yet, 2 hours after I left a message on their so-called emergency line.

    However, Best Plumbing (on Stone Way) is FABULOUS! No word on cost yet, but the owner picked up the phone before office hours, gave me some "in the meantime" advice, and sent a guy out right away. They just called to let me know he's en route and will be here shortly.

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  50. Joe the Plumber all the way! He responded to an early morning email within an hour and gave me very reasonable upfront pricing. Was able to schedule us right away for a replacement water heater and had the whole job completed within 2 hrs (installation and removal of old unit). He was even considerate enough to put cardboard under his truck because he was worried it was leaking oil and didn't want it stain our driveway.

    Joe the Plumber (Joe Canon)
    206-285-2434
    joetheplumberseattle.com

    Posted 4 years ago #         

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