how much cost to repair hole in the main water line?

There is a slow leak close to the main line, which has been leaking for about 3 weeks, and the city now says that the leak is on our side, not theirs. Our neighbor handyman will repair this, and it requires some digging, but he says the hole in the pipe is slightly large (how ever big that is?!) and he'll repair it, but I don't know how much to pay him. Any suggestions? 

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago
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    It's not hard to shut off the city water at the meter and to dig back on your side until you find the leak and repair the leak somebody probably drove their car over the water meter and broke a pipe. The maximum size of the pipe that's going to be in the ground is going to be about a 1 inch pipe. It will be relatively easy to repair the leak once it gets dug up and found. You just have to cut it out and put in a compression couplink And bury the pipe. And then turn the water back on. of course before you bury it you were going to want to turn the water on and verify that it doesn't leak. You can expect to pay about three to four hundred dollars for a man to do it for you. But it's nothing that you can't do yourself with in about an hour with a good shovel.

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  • 10 months ago

    Digging is actually the expensive part. The repair itself most likely can be done by a clamp on seal

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  • 10 months ago

    Cost plus! The estimates on the job I know of ran from 1000 US dollars to 4000 US dollars. A lot depends on his getting the right spot to dig first. An equipment operator (back hoe operator) can easily cost 150 dollars an hour. Even if he has his own back hoe it comes with a price tag. If he doesn't have a back hoe and plans of doing it by hand it might cost even more (one or two days to dig the ditch). If he rents a ditch witch it will need to be paid for.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Ask him first . He can ESTIMATE THE COST PRETTY ACCURATELY. if he has ever done this work before. Probably more cost for his time & labor. How the hell it got the hole is a wonder as it is 4 feet deep...so it might be a rusted out area. Thing is, it "HAS TO BE FIXED"

    Get the estimate and DICKER with him on the price. He may give a little. It depends on the digging.

    My water supplier is responsible for the lines right up to the meter. Unless you live on acreage. Then they only go in 50 feet and the rest is up to you.

    You then know how much it is going to be as the handyman sets the price of his labor(material costs are not under his control) so that is ADDED ON as it is stuff that stays in you yard on your pipe.

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  • 10 months ago

    he's going to be at this several hours ... depends on how difficult it is to dig there. $25 an hour minimum plus materials and if he has to go fetch materials from Home Deport, he gets paid for that time, too. [do you know what materials to buy? and the size? that's what he gets paid for knowing]

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Ask him for an estimate. Let's hope he doesn't want payment in kind. On the other hand...................

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