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Old 12-24-2018, 06:42 PM   #411
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I always wondered what happened after an accent called me for pricing and saying it was too expensive. They probably called everyone else too and no one went.

This is my partial proof, a little putty and as they figure it's not really a good fix, why not catch the excess with the garbage can.

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Old 12-27-2018, 06:42 PM   #412
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Hacks, A Love & Hate Relationship

Smash the like button if you like theses stories to know if I keep posting them!

Today’s adventure while everyone else is closed for 2 weeks I got this monstrosity. The client had to redo the shower floor tile pan a few years ago because it was done wrong and yesterday they saw water started to drip again in the kitchen...

I also love and hate no name brand faucets. I told them it was impossible to fix this no name throw away faucet and I needed to cut the tile on this one(exterior wall!!!). Wow look at the mold! I took the thing in my garage and holy geez what crap design this is! There wasn’t even any stopper, you had to precisely put it on the right spot for it to shut off. Anyway good thing I didn’t pry it open in the shower. Look the pipe and solder was 1/8" in and the joint popped off.

I also told them the plumbing wasn’t the only issue with water dripping downstairs, once again plumbing hacks, drywall hacks and tile hacks make me money!













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Old 01-03-2019, 04:51 PM   #413
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Anyone keeping score?

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I had a drain call this morning it was 3 floor condos of 5-6 apartment, the complaint from the woman on the second floor was gurgling noises and sometimes bad smell from the kitchen sink when the 3rd floor owners drained their sink. The president installed a BWV under her sink because it would sometimes back up! Winner pics included below!

The president of the condo association said to the 3rd floor owners she was always lamenting for this and that and he rolled his eyes. Let’s just say she was right, she had a plumber 6 months prior and he tried to resolve the issue with a freaking hand spinner!! What the hell, I don’t have good feedback from any of the companies around here???

Let’s just say I did my job from the 3rd floor, the score for the jetter-0, Ridgid K-3800 got 1 point but it deserves another point.

Interesting fact, I will be doing the other side of the building next monday and he says he’ll have me do all the 6 building in the upcoming years! Yes my 2 feet are in the door!




Part 2 : Master Sneak

I went to grab some lunch at A&W and as I walked in I saw what looked like my old boss when I was a second year. I will always remember the lousy and greedy guy. I was the first one to quit this bozo and within 2 months the 3 other contractors that were associated with him in the same shop also left. He was gambling every single penny to the casino and couldn’t pay the shop rent. Even the secretary quit!

That’s when I was sent with a huge snake to clear a toilet line. I was a new construction apprentice plumber and this was my first time doing service without any experience and I was only guided by phone. No gloves supplied either! I had brought some leather gloves but they were saturated within minutes. I told him I would never do service again because I lost the whole day to get his van across the city and to top it off even though I washed my hands over and over they still smelled like $hit when I grabbed some popcorn in the evening. I remember clearly the bill was 852$ for the saturday job and I only got 12$ from that minus taxes!! I told him that week I was leaving.

I’ve seen him a couple of times over the years but he never recognized me. I even did a job in a condo last year on the 14th floor and he was in the mech room with some guys. Back to restaurant I was like Garrett the thief in the video game Deadly Shadows, I peered over his shoulder to see what he was watching on his phone(Ice fishing vid). All I needed was a club to look the part. I let him be his ignorant self and took a look at his unlettered cube van. Looks like I have more jobs lined up than him this week since his agenda was spread open in between the seat with a single entry. I took several pics from my competition.

I also giggled to the expense of his sister being the secretary last year when they were looking for workers because they kept stealing his materials to do side jobs on the weekend or they wouldn't show up. I told her I'd give them 20$ if I got a referral and got the customer.



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25 feet from the condo door




Bonus winner pic : When the exterior faucet is too long...Damn they know my putty trick!




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I had a drain call this morning it was 3 floor condos of 5-6 apartment, the complaint from the woman on the second floor was gurgling noises and sometimes bad smell from the kitchen sink when the 3rd floor owners drained their sink. The president installed a BWV under her sink because it would sometimes back up! Winner pics included below!

The president of the condo association said to the 3rd floor owners she was always lamenting for this and that and he rolled his eyes. Let’s just say she was right, she had a plumber 6 months prior and he tried to resolve the issue with a freaking hand spinner!! What the hell, I don’t have good feedback from any of the companies around here???

Let’s just say I did my job from the 3rd floor, the score for the jetter-0, Ridgid K-3800 got 1 point but it deserves another point.

Interesting fact, I will be doing the other side of the building next monday and he says he’ll have me do all the 6 building in the upcoming years! Yes my 2 feet are in the door!




Part 2 : Master Sneak

I went to grab some lunch at A&W and as I walked in I saw what looked like my old boss when I was a second year. I will always remember the lousy and greedy guy. I was the first one to quit this bozo and within 2 months the 3 other contractors that were associated with him in the same shop also left. He was gambling every single penny to the casino and couldn’t pay the shop rent. Even the secretary quit!

That’s when I was sent with a huge snake to clear a toilet line. I was a new construction apprentice plumber and this was my first time doing service without any experience and I was only guided by phone. No gloves supplied either! I had brought some leather gloves but they were saturated within minutes. I told him I would never do service again because I lost the whole day to get his van across the city and to top it off even though I washed my hands over and over they still smelled like $hit when I grabbed some popcorn in the evening. I remember clearly the bill was 852$ for the saturday job and I only got 12$ from that minus taxes!! I told him that week I was leaving.

I’ve seen him a couple of times over the years but he never recognized me. I even did a job in a condo last year on the 14th floor and he was in the mech room with some guys. Back to restaurant I was like Garrett the thief in the video game Deadly Shadows, I peered over his shoulder to see what he was watching on his phone(Ice fishing vid). All I needed was a club to look the part. I let him be his ignorant self and took a look at his unlettered cube van. Looks like I have more jobs lined up than him this week since his agenda was spread open in between the seat with a single entry. I took several pics from my competition.

I also giggled to the expense of his sister being the secretary last year when they were looking for workers because they kept stealing his materials to do side jobs on the weekend or they wouldn't show up. I told her I'd give them 20$ if I got a referral and got the customer.



Can you count the number of WTF in this picture?





25 feet from the condo door




Bonus winner pic : When the exterior faucet is too long...Damn they know my putty trick!





you gota stop following me around and posting my work, its getting old...:vs_ laugh:
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Do these adventures only happen to me???

I went to a woman's project this morning and she had started to install a water ionizer? Never heard that before. She had removed the sprayer from the kitchen faucet Jerry rigged some pipe near the faucet. I didn't bend over that low to see I knew where it was going.

She wanted me to remove the dishwasher to plug in this machine into the outlet and then cut what looked like a shower hose to connect to some unknown plastic pipes. Then more connections and more connections! Did I mention she was like a little yapping barking dog that never stops? You know the ones you want to kick like a football? She also wanted to cap the spray as turning on the faucet sprayed from the removed hose.

I wanted out so fast by this point from all her hacking and yapping! I asked where she had gotten that thing? She replied she bought it in the states and it was an international product! What the hell does that mean? I took the excuse to look behind this infernal machine and I knew anyway it was't Homologed. She just replied she didn't mind if it leaked. Sorry mam but I'm not allowed to install things that aren't approved, I'm not buying you a new kitchen and a new basement when it blows up and floods.

She said fine I'll hire a hack on kijiji. So I left.


30 minutes later my phone rings and it's her again!! She was going through the kijiji ads and didn't realize it was my number. Good luck shopping for hacks!

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Second job this afternoon

A diy woman bought some glue to fix the bathtub leak. A little excessive on the glue don't you think! I took care of that mess but it wasn't easy! She assured me the leak was from the joint so when I was done I turned on the faucet to realize the cartridge was leaking on both sides of the wall. I will be back when she get faucet parts. I bet I'll be replacing it as that manufacturer told me to F-off when I asked for part for my company. She already dealt with them in the past and let her stew for days to call her back.




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you seem to be a magnet for attracting the wackos more than others...
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you seem to be a magnet for attracting the wackos more than others...
Yes I know, if I could only tell the stories of my younger life that doesn't involve plumbing I would of had a weekly column in the gossip and alien magazines. People would of thought I was making it up but "Au contraire"!
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Yes I know, if I could only tell the stories of my younger life that doesn't involve plumbing I would of had a weekly column in the gossip and alien magazines. People would of thought I was making it up but "Au contraire"!

hell write a book, it could be a best seller..did you ever watch seinfeld? his humor is your daily life..hes only worth 950 million...
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I always get accents who call when I renew my ads. Today was a man calling for his sister in the other province. He told me she would call me. When she called I asked the location and its 50 minutes drive and I told her I didn't go that far. Anyway I knew they were looking for a 10$ repair. I thought it was the end of it.

He called back 20 minutes later saying I wouldn't need my service van, that it was an easy repair and he would come pick me up!

He pleaded for me to go so I told him the rate it was just like all the others he couldn't understand why it cost money, bla bla bla.




Next up. I got a contractor who called me fishing for free answers and how to fix this toilet lead bend. He was cursing to whomever had installed that and wanted it to be done right... He was supposed to call me back. looks like my answer (the rate) wasn't what he wanted. Maybe he wanted a hack price for what he called a hack job??


Here's 2 pics he sent me.



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I had to unclog a laundry tub/kitchen line this morning and I told the guy I had to cut in a C/O and the pipe might break... Well like I thought it did at the tee, I took pics for my records. In doing so he said are you going to post these on the internet of what not to do? I laughed at that! Yep it's going on the internet!

He didn't want me to to fix the diy accordeon pipe which he said was there when he bought the house 20 years ago but the blue eletrical tape and clamps were from him.



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