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Old 11-07-2019, 07:08 PM   #731
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Wow that's enough work to keep you busy for awhile poor people
The guy called me this afternoon really angry the smell was still there. I told him twice on the phone there weren't any guarantees I could find every source of smell and he agreed to that term.75% of the plumbing system in that house was diy. I bet the 2" vent I saw terminates in a wall or something. Anyway I told him I'd cut the bill and half to shut him up. Let's see if he really pays.

That was the last time I ever accepted a "sewer smell job". Every one of those calls turned up people who said yes to "no guarantees" only to chew my butt.
Why don't you get or make a smoke test machine? I get those calls all the time and make money off the test plus the repair.
The one I made is compact, the size of a toolbox. Because I made it out of a toolbox, haha.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:24 PM   #732
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I love it when they expect you to climb down in their crappy messes and give them a free estimate........



I always tell them its a service call if I go down in the crawl ---of course its been pouring down there for the last 6 months and they just cant stand the stink any longer............



also I have worked up HUGE estimates for people only to hear them say after they looked over the estimate and asked me a million questions.....

"do you do financing??" cause I aint go no money.......











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Most people go for the band aid fix. It's rare they want it all done right. Most times I have to fight them just to be able to put in some hammer arrestors.

I gave a high estimate price for just the 3" fernco into the tank. I'd have to build a floor over the pit so I can break concrete to just be able to put a 4" and maybe I wouldn't have enough room anyway.

Plus they don't sell individual gasket ring so I'd have to buy a new tank just for the gasket.



Did you contact the manufacturer about the gasket? Most manufacturers would help in this situation as they rely on us to sell their crap. We ain't gonna sell it/install it if we can't get parts.

















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Did you contact the manufacturer about the gasket? Most manufacturers would help in this situation as they rely on us to sell their crap. We ain't gonna sell it/install it if we can't get parts.





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Most times I don't even think there are names on those tanks, and both suppliers in town don't have parts. They cater to new construction. For service parts I'm on my own. I have more faucet cartridges than both suppliers and all big box stores combined. They have almost nothing it's ridiculous.
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I moved the smoke discussion to a previous thread.
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The GC is in hot water.



Got a call to inspect the work of a GC, the GC hired a plumbing company to do the rough in but he lied to the customer saying he used them again to do the finish. Well I redid the lav drain, he used an improper coupling and the slip joint gasket was 6 inches down the pipe in the wall.

I completely redid the kitchen sink drain then all of a sudden the pipe was loose under the cabinet, once again improper coupling down below and the vent. I also fixed the water supplies.

He also specified in the contract no sharks well the GC put some on the lav.


He paid me and will be sending him my bill and he's going to file a complaint. I hope he'll do it. Freaking GCs thinking they can screw customers blind while screwing plumbers out of work too.



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Shepherd Plumber of Good Hope

Saturday morning....

Woman calling, the plumber who was supposed to be in this morning got hammered drunk last night and he won't do my plumbing. I have a kitchen sink, faucet and dishwhasher to do and I'm not waiting 3 more days till monday.

After the weekend rate speech....I'll call you back within an hour.


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My kitchen faucet hose is leaking, do you sell parts? I called the manufacturer and they charge 30$ for the hose and 30$ for shipping, can you sell me one for free?

Hahaha, no discounts.



3rd caller (Man)

I cut out the old water heater and bought another one on sale, I have no water right now, how much does it cost.

Looks like I wasn't a good shepherd....
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Oh too funny... should sold him parts... ask him what he needs the mark up 400% then when he comes back to say it's not.the right stuff charge him restocking fee aswell
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Oh too funny... should sold him parts... ask him what he needs the mark up 400% then when he comes back to say it's not.the right stuff charge him restocking fee aswell
He wanted parts for free.... But yeah a restocking fee would be funny.
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The GC is in hot water.



Got a call to inspect the work of a GC, the GC hired a plumbing company to do the rough in but he lied to the customer saying he used them again to do the finish. Well I redid the lav drain, he used an improper coupling and the slip joint gasket was 6 inches down the pipe in the wall.

I completely redid the kitchen sink drain then all of a sudden the pipe was loose under the cabinet, once again improper coupling down below and the vent. I also fixed the water supplies.

He also specified in the contract no sharks well the GC put some on the lav.


He paid me and will be sending him my bill and he's going to file a complaint. I hope he'll do it. Freaking GCs thinking they can screw customers blind while screwing plumbers out of work too.



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They called me back the drain stack was leaking so I went there this morning and low and behold that infamous GC was there being told the foul ups he needed to redo.

I removed my clamp which was under the cabinet kick plate, the copper pipe was dented. I had to break a few bricks of the fireplace in the basement, cut a hole in the ceiling, blindly chip the tile from inside the cabinet, enlarge the hole in the floor and repipe. That was so freaking tough to work in tight spaces. When the homeowner's wife opened the main valve it started to drip a lot, so I will be there on friday to replace the main valve.

He wasn't sure what the GC would do when I showed up. I said don't worry he knows he's in big big trouble, and then he asked if he'd get any trouble paying my bill. I said don't worry he knows, he'll gladly pay and shut up because there's 21 thousand dollar fine waiting for him. Like I expected he had his head down like dog being scolded.
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