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Old 09-08-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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Required in Los Angeles before any house can be sold and close escrow.

I've got two estimates, about $750 and $1000. The valve costs $107 at Home Depot, noting that a few more miscellaneous elbows, T's and/or nipples will be required, and some Teflon tape, perhaps a total of $130 in parts.

Am I getting screwed by the $750-$1000 bids? Does anybody have some suggestions who can do this job at a reasonable cost? (What is reasonable anyway, $300-$400?)

Can anybody comment who has had this job done on their house?
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Update: Nevermind!

I'll fill you in simply because I can't delete the topic and maybe somebody else will benefit.

I continued shopping around and got a referral to a contractor who says he will charge me $250 if a 3/4" valve is required, or $275 if a 1" valve is required.

Heck, I'll do that in a minute! Or to be more accurate he's coming over in an hour or so to install the valve.

So anybody else who has this problem, it's a scam for some plumbers to charge you $700-$1000 for a job that shouldn't cost over $300.

Also, one company told me on the phone they'd charge me $45 to come over and give me an estimate (to which I laughed and said "No thanks!) and another got here and gave me the estimate ($1000) and then said "Oh by the way there's a charge for this estimate" to which I laughed again and explained to them that they can't just give me the estimate without telling me first there's a charge. He said the person on the phone should have explained that, and I agreed that yes indeed they should have explained that, but he took it in a good natured way when I refused. Then he offered me $100 off the $1000 if I did it right then. Nope, no thanks!
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I paid about $250 in the 1990s or so, don't remember if it was before or after Northridge.

Another thing to do is to tether a correct wrench to the gas meter so that the gas can manually be shut off in an emergency.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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And I'm back, with the valve installation all done (took 30 minutes). It cost me $275 for the 1" valve.

Yes that's probably a good idea with the wrench. I have one about 10 feet from my meter, just inside my kitchen door.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Yes that's probably a good idea with the wrench. I have one about 10 feet from my meter, just inside my kitchen door.

Which your friendly neighbor or passerby won't be able to access when you're not home and your house is on fire. Tether it directly to the shutoff at the meter.

Here's the DIY:

How to Install an Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valve | eHow.com
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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This house is likely to be somebody else's house in about 4 months. They can put the wrench wherever they like it. Sideways.

My earthquake valve cost $275 and when you subtract my likely retail cost for the parts, about $125 from Home Depot, the job cost me about $150 labor. The contractor took about 30 minutes to do it. It would have taken me probably 4 hours, would have required 3-4 trips to Home Depot, would have ended up with skinned knuckles and probably spitting and fuming after it was all over.

$150 labor? Well worth it!!!
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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I realize this post was several years ago, but do you still have the name of the contractor that installed the valve for you? We are in a similar situation and have received bids that are really high. Thanks for your help!!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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Did you find the contractor, I have researched the cost to do the instalation of the Earthquake shutoff valve myself, but I'm not big on the idea of working with my gas line. The Valve and parts will run me $150.00 for 1 1/2 inch. Do you have a contact that can do the installation at a fair price? The price i was quoted was $595.00.

Thank you
Mark
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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For a minute, I thought the thread title said "Earthquake Shut-off Valve"..
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:24 PM
 
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f and m networking inc. will install shutoff valves for $175, plus the cost of parts plus 10% overhead...
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