What do you specialise in?

Discussion in 'Plumbers' Talk' started by bathroom boy, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. bathroom boy

    bathroom boy New Member

    I mainly do full bathroom refits including electrical the whole lot, but must admit I sometimes wonder would I be better off concentrating on small jobs in and out in a day, bathrooms can be time consuming and hard work and when the customer supplies crappy shed stuff it can be a pain in the rear.
  2. G Brown

    G Brown New Member

    I do everything - ( I have to in Wales as its non too prosperous) - Boilers, heating, general plumbing, bathrooms and kitchens.

    I bring in specialist trades when needed. It is a myth that there is more money in small jobs. Good kitchen and bathroom fits pay handsomely. I never fit cheap shed stuff - it's just not worth the hassle.
  3. bathroom boy

    bathroom boy New Member

    Theres a guy in our area that just installs showers and repairs, I could do this standing on my head, I find sometimes with a full bathroom, you have the hassle of quoting for it, which is time consuming and also a lot will go for a cheap quote, doesn't pay them in end I know but thats the way it is.
  4. G Brown

    G Brown New Member

    Any fool can be cheapest - learn to SELL yourself, explain why you are better - then you can start getting better paid jobs.

    Target the wealthier areas and make sure you look smart and your van is clean.

    First impressions count so take off your shoes, have a clip board, tape, etc to hand, have some brochures in your case and give them a handout explaining what you do and how you go about it.

    Works for me!
  5. ponty01.

    ponty01. New Member

    must agree about any fool being cheapest and selling yourself.

    people WILL pay a premium for a tradesperson who provides a quality service, on time, hassle free, and is prepared to investigate any downstream issues. its all about reputation.

    get a good word of mouth and you will market yourself without any expenditure on marketing materials.
  6. doing a bit

    doing a bit New Member

    i do complete bathrooms and have to admit i am bored with it, but doing small jobs can be a nuisance with loading and unloading all your stuff just for a small job, quite often you need hand tools, drill, pipe , fittings etc and then do this four times a day ?? i like to start a job get everything i need in and then leave it in the house for the duration,
  7. G Brown

    G Brown New Member

    A "live in plumber"!

    Do you get free board and lodgings?
  8. doing a bit

    doing a bit New Member

    i did once instead of travelling, worked ok
  9. Copper Dragon

    Copper Dragon New Member

    Said before bathroom boy even though I am not very popular small jobs good mark up. in out shake it all about cash or cheque off to the next job lovely.
  10. bathroom boy

    bathroom boy New Member

    Thing is it does my head in sometimes being in the same house for a couple of weeks and people don't realise the work involved to do everything properly, it's nice to do something different for a change.
  11. natrosol

    natrosol New Member

    Look on the bright side buddy, I do it part-time and enjoy the freedom of working for yourself-my fulltime job(nights) is spent mostly trying to avoid being stitched up by the very people you work close to.
  12. ThreadJacker

    ThreadJacker Active Member

    I do everything apart from gas and electrics, I'm swamped here at the moment so much so that I've just had to let a big bathroom job go as they want it started in 2 weeks.

    I can do straight swap outs (to a very high standard including battoning bath properly and making sure everything is secure), in a day and a half.

    It's the tiling I hate, it's a neccessary evil I'm affraid. Endless cuting and adjusting, the finished result is very good but I need to learn how to do it quicker.

    Rushed bathrooms never stand the test of time and normally start to fall apart after 12 months, I'm a sucker for the deatils like using brass screws in the shower area to stop rustys stain appearing down the grout, I'm a dab hand with the Fungenboys now and the results are incredible. Pipework is either painted or I use chrome snap on covers and shrouds, I make sure everything is tested riggerously like toilet flush, showers screen seal, pop up wastes taps etc.

    I probably only do about seven or eight bathrooms a year, which is enough for me.

    What's the secret of fast tiling of walls though?
  13. ponty01.

    ponty01. New Member

    finding the correct starting point to minimise the cutting of tiles on each wall. always try to prevent having to cut tiles to a thin width
  14. ponty01.

    ponty01. New Member

    its all part of good preparation.
  15. tightenit

    tightenit New Member

    What's the secret of fast tiling of walls though?

    Getting a good tiler in for £19 a sq mtr and charging £25 answers that one. Seen too many mosaics to bother tiling myself.
  16. ThreadJacker

    ThreadJacker Active Member

    tiling myself.

    I know a couple of local tilers, one is a p**k and the other's tiling is dog rough, there are others though.

    I hate the hassle of getting them there when you want them. I think the fact that the more I do the faster I get is good enough for me at the moment.
  17. ponty01.

    ponty01. New Member

    try to avoid small tile widths at the ends and base etc.

    if you map each wall out and find that you will end up with small pieces to fit, the thing to do is move the first tile by 1/2 a tiles length. this leaves decent widths to fit in when doing the edging. its a lot easier.
  18. bathroom boy

    bathroom boy New Member

    Secret of fast tiling.

    There is no secret, speed comes with experience, my tiling is spot on,everything carefully set out, no silly little bits anywhere,also have the right equipment.
    A straightforward bathroom takes me approx 2 days, if there is any boxing etc that slows you down.
  19. bathroom boy

    bathroom boy New Member

    I never ever work around a tiler,did it once because the customer worked out it would be cheaper, he let me down big style and I wouldn'd mind but I would have done it better myself. Who on earth would put on a tiled bath panel that cannot be removed,pay peanuts get monkeys.
  20. Captain Leaky

    Captain Leaky New Member

    Upmarket Bathrooms and kitchens. ( previously I was Corgi and installed heating and boilers )

    It has taken many years to build up a client base. I also employ a tiler full time and have a full time plumbers mate. I have a wide range of contacts in other trades that I bring in as needed.

    It works well and I have never been short of work.

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