Why do some contractors think it is a good idea to give a ridiculous quote if they have lots of other work. Whatever they might gain from the person or two who don't know any better or aren't willing to keep looking they'll lose from making people never consider them again. Brother in law of wife's friend did a water heater for me at a reasonable price 5ish years ago. Since then he has grown his company to 6 people and apparently has lots of new construction work. Had him come quote me on the supply and drain lines for my new bathroom. He quoted $6500 for it. $4700 for the drain and $1800 for the supply. My rough math on the drain supplies at the prices I could get at home depot and the permit and how long it would take me to do it put him asking $450-500 an hour. After a bunch of looking I have a new quote with some good guys of $2700 for the same thing and all the HVAC metal work I need done. Really annoying that in my neck of the woods you can't get a home owners plumbing permit. But at the new quote I'm not furious about it any more. In fact the quote is reasonable enough that even if I was allowed to diy it, I might not.