Whats with the "we"?
Did you finally clean out the passengers side of your truck and find an employee under all that?
Whats with the "we"?
Did you finally clean out the passengers side of your truck and find an employee under all that?
I don't know why I forgot to do this yesterday but I'll spit it out:
I did a lav faucet replacement yesterday that sucked so damn bad that I'm bruised all over the arms and back from fighting the one plastic nut that I could not get off the brass shank. I ended up taking my torch, under this sink and getting that shank super hot, plastic melting and dripping down and got that nut to finally come off.
The further it came down, the tighter it got and a basin wrench and my ridgid special tool was on the verge of breaking trying to get it to come off.
Plastic wasn't old enough to be brittle, like most become.
12" vanity door, a deep cabinet, 28" I believe with 2 large drawers to the right. Supply connects were way too close to the bottom of the sink top.
My eyes never physically saw the underside of this setup, impossible. I barely got the new Delta 522 back in there.
After I finished that disaster, headed to a toilet on the other side of the house, Toto Drake that was underflushing and the fill valve was operating every time the shower was used. ?
The fill valve was directing water outside the overflow tube, the korky fill valve was malfunctioning which is a common problem with those fill valves. I replaced that fill valve and installed a new flapper to call it done inside the tank, along with a new stainless steel flex supply line.
After that I had to replace an old laundry tub faucet that was in dire need of replacement. Had CPVC ran to the faucet about 2 foot away, switched to copper piping and went ahead and installed 2 new 1/4 turn shutoff valves along with new washing machine hoses that were numerous years old. The black rubber washing machine hoses should be replaced every two years, the stainless steel ones every 5, but I seriously do not expect people to replace a braided stainless steel supply line unless it is leaking.
On this same job, the customer has a 3 handle price pfister faucet that a plumber prior to me installed, customer got for good price and has had problems with ever since. The diverter keeps malfunctioning which is causing issue with taking showers, wasting water that's flowing out of the tub spout at the same time.
I don't have a very high opinion of price pfister...I think some of their older faucets were decent/reliable but the newer ones come with way too many parts, a lot of them being plastic ones as well.
There is a possibility that the installer of the faucet either
1. Sweated this valve in without removing the internals of the faucet
2. Didn't flush out the water lines before water was ran through the faucet, thus clogging the faucet up and possibly damaging the internals.
All I could recommend at that point was to contact the product maker, request all new internals. It's good on Price Pfister's behalf to be sending all new parts to resolve this issue on this faucet, but the "buyer beware" scenario comes in when the voice on the other end of the phone said "We no longer make this faucet and the parts will have to be backordered." WTF???
Now we know why it was a 'good deal'. The installation actually was illegal because in the state of Kentucky, all faucets used for showering/bathing must be thermostatically protected by pressure balancing, with one exception of a handheld unit with proper backflow protection. <<< Something you would only see in either a hospital or special care application, maybe a hotel room accommodation.
Out of all the work that was done above, only one issue has cropped up and that is the pop-up assembly for the Delta 522 faucet is not working properly to get the pop-up to raise high enough to drain quicker. I'll most likely come back tomorrow and try to adjust this linkage but I'm out of rod travel and it's directly on top of the drain going through the wall. Not much room for give. We really appreciate this customer as we just started doing work for them, he's had a bad experience with a plumber and recently a HVAC company and I'm a breath of fresh air to putting faith back into service providers and their reliability to the consumer.
Correct. I just get it mixed up when I move conversations online and I forget where I'm at.
I like to cut right into a conversation that is dragging and say, "When would you like us to come out; I have openings for later today and tomorrow, what time would be convenient for you." <<< Without the raise in voice in asking a question, more like a command.
This was my first call today. I don't determine a flue obstruction till I have the device installed to see how many fpms are drawing upwards before I can make any determination of what is going wrong.
A lit match blown out or newspapers burning is not the same as a 45,000 btu burner assembly pushing exhaust gases through a piping system.
We even tried to cold start this unit ( rag around the diverter, temporarily sealed flue pipe into cast iron piping to get it to push gases to through the piping, warm it up.
IF, the system was operable I was going to instruct the property owner to seal in that cast iron piping that's been used as the flue pipe since 1920.
Customer did not opt for B vent installation and instead we are removing this gas water heater completely, installing an electric water heater tomorrow morning, resolving this issue.
A bad situation indeed and I'm glad the symptoms were all there. Can't always assume the rotten top of a water heater is the water heater not drawing. Evidence of water trailing into this flue was another big issue coming off of this piping arrangement.
We also replaced a thermal expansion tank today at a storage unit where we recently repaired busted copper water pipes. Uninsulated piping is what led to them freezing and bursting.
Today was a day that I'm glad the phone didn't ring. It's been a long time since I've said those words!
I'm netting $1000 dollar days again which is good for an ole cripple like myself. I don't expect this busy time to stick around but it'll work for now.
1st call - Storage unit in my hometown that is converting interior space and water lines/drain lines needed capped off in a hurry so it doesn't stop work.
Tomorrow PM I have to cut water lines down and move them out far enough to put some high density insulation coverings on them.
I don't, but someone else does. My job is just getting the lines away from the wood.
Did a quick capping of lines and took off.
2nd call - Attempt to rebuild a 3 handle tub/shower faucet. I get asked to fix a toilet in a basement that was already agreed that the toilet was getting disabled because of lack of use. Why in the F((K are you asking me to fix it when you tell me not 3 days ago that it's not going to be used? << I got pissed about this one because I didn't stutter, and nothing changed from our first conversation.
I pull the trim off that 3 handle faucet and those 46 year old stems have never been removed or serviced; the original tile has them buried in the wall. First time I saw that in a long time. Bathroom isn't used much though.
I didn't have time to chip all that away from the stems so I rescheduled to come back when the nephew who's working for less pay than me gets those stems exposed, without breaking/cracking the tiles out.
3rd call - Customer called us from the day before with a water leak under a kitchen sink. I determined yesterday that there was a small split in the 1/8" poly line serving the point of use faucet on the deck of the sink.
I couldn't do it the day before so I moved it to today. I get there and the 80+ year old fellow who is still sharp as a tack, had the filter removed along with a few other things. They bought a new delta faucet as well to get a pull out sprayer option. I had to drill a new hole in the kitchen sink and made the alteration.
Installed the new faucet, replaced the tubing from filter to water faucet and on my way.
4th call - Fill valve replacement which turned out to be a fill valve I replaced just last year, but there was dirt in the tank, and dirt is what clogged the fill valve. Now,
I'm still out of the loop when this sort of thing happens. I cannot control dirt in the water lines, ever. I tried the new fill valve seal with no result, replaced the entire fill valve and problem solved. I was going to call it a "callback" but the customer wrote me a $25 check for my 7 minutes in the home. Fifth call was in the same subdivision.
5th call - Main water line shutoff and pressure reducing valve replacement, installation of a new thermal expansion tank that was removed from the system for some reason when they did the gas to electric conversion on the water heater.
I did this exact same type of work the day before, same subdivision, just a different street and home. Was at the home the day before today unclogging a toilet/sink/tub all in the same bathroom but all 3 separate issues.
This fellow knows 2 plumbers and I was called to take care of his plumbing work.
Why? Reputation of being a great troubleshooter when you have plumbing problems. At least that's what he said.
Tomorrow is a water heater replacement that came from someone watching a youtube video.
Here's a song that fits me real well right now...
First call - Was supposed to drop water lines low enough to get R4 insulation around but 3 other service calls came in. Replaced the flapper in two toilets, worked my fing *** off for 7 minutes. I got to slow down.
Second call - Garbage disposal replacement, Evolution series "Compact" wouldn't fit without major rework of drains, went and put another Badger 1 in. Housing cracked on the disposal, very odd looking crack as well.
The plumbing company who did this install was terrible; didn't caulk the sink down, didn't use the screws for the disposal flange. ??? The disposal was hanging there by weight only.
The plumber's putty just after one year was completely useless, dry and no way I'm going to use putty anymore. It simply just does not hold up on thin type applications.
I'll tried to get a new one through Insinkerator @ no charge but the fellow doesn't want to go through the process, and I left there with his problem solved.
I "might" of upsold the thinking of removing those 2 basket strainers and silicone them in, along with setting that sink in caulk, like it should of been.
Third call - Garbage Disposal that had been clogged for 2 weeks....freaking black sewage nasty too, smelled horrible. Slowly let the goofball accordian style tube drain off into a puke trough from the hospital and took it apart, washed it out in the laundry tub and reconnected. The drain is running uphill from the disposal and the owner (which I found out lives in florida, renter called) that he just wants me to send the bill. Well, I made sure that I gave him higher prices for my time today, and to return to fix another problem when the check gets mailed back to this renter to pay me for my services.
Fourth call - Rebuilt a 3 handle tub/shower faucet, the guy who opened the wall did alright; he smashed the entire 3 tiles completely out!!
So much for telling him to be careful, slowly open the opening enough so I can get my sockets on them. LOL!
Fifth call - Looked at a job that I'm doing thursday where a hole has been put in a very nice, elegant tub where the tile serves as a step into a jacuzzi.
The copper is leaking that serves the fixture and replacement was the only "safe" bet.
Got a few other calls that came in today that's been pushed around to the end of the week. If I can get through this week without pissing someone off, I've accomplished a lot. It's tough when so often people want it NOW and you've got others wanting the same.
I put in a lot of phone time for my other two companies today so it made it difficult. My first year where everyone is calling me, instead of the other way around. Thank goodness because my break is finally coming. I've earned it.
Tomorrow is working up in bro-ville. If I never post here again, it's because I was shot, victim of a crime ridden community with not a care in the world...
Of course the putty was useless.
The strainer was flopping around like a fresh caught bass everytime the disposal torqued on start-up.
Man,the stories I here on this site.
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