Yes but remember that it is a rule of thumb. I am located in the midwest and our labor rate is a little less. I should have said the rule of thumb is between $15 and $25 per foot time, material etc.
FReep mail me details of your estimate and region where you live, and I’d be happy to give a fellow FReeper a thumbs up or thumbs down on the pricing.
I had been calling locally to get some idea and several of the folks that I called were completely evasive about what it might cost.
I called 2 HVAC guys and 2 plumbers. I told them what I was looking to do (run another gas line/pipe off the main to my pool heater) and the approximate length/distance plus 2 more LF, just to be sure. All I wanted was a general idea about the price.
I swear I thought they were Bill Clinton on the stand: "well, I'll have to come out to see it", "I couldn't really tell you over the phone", etc. They wouldn't even tell me their labor rate. Seemed like they wanted to get to the house and just come up with whatever price they wanted. It was so odd. Hence, I turned to my fellow FREEPERs...
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not convicting all HVACers or plumbers (especially you marine...wink), but there's something to be said about being plain spoken and keeping it simple.
The first guy who told me, "It's $10/12/15-LF for parts and $50/75/100-hr for my labor. I'll tell you a fair total price at the house after I look at it." would have gotten the job right there over the phone.
Anyway, thanks for the help. marine, I'll take you up on your offer for FREEPmail when I get the estimate. Thanks