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Old 11-19-2019, 10:16 PM   #761
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I hate those reverse trap american standards... extremely difficult to get the snake around...

I see those raise bathrooms all the time
I haven't snaked one yet!
I cleared on yesterday, it took longer to write the invoice then to clear the toilet.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:24 PM   #762
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Free Work and Free Inspection Report...


I don't have enough people asking for free estimate now today I was asked to go to a house a couple wants to purchase and based on the inspection report he wanted me to inspect the plumbing and submit a plumbing quote for the repair so they can lower their bid. All of that of course would be free and I had to be precisely be on time at a specific hour they demanded. Their thinking is if you pay for a house inspection(By the way there's no real certified inspectors) the plumber that comes next should be free you know because they paid a wanna be inspector. This is probably the 5th idiot who calls me for the very same thing.



Idiot

Good thing I closed my phone during my nap because I had a message and I called him back, the old guy had just installed new kitchen cabinets and now the vent was in the way and he couldn't put the dishwasher. He wanted an AAV. No sir I don't cheat like that the vent needs to be relocated. So he asked if I could go and just and see. I told him the rate and he exclaimed loudly why you are charging money to just take a look!

Why the Fock would I want just to see a pipe?? Like I said to a real paying customer this morning I get so many calls from people thinking their issue is so easy it's preposterous for a plumber to charge money to perform a task.

This last guy made me cranky...
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Old 11-23-2019, 07:38 PM   #764
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Free Work and Free Inspection Report...


I don't have enough people asking for free estimate now today I was asked to go to a house a couple wants to purchase and based on the inspection report he wanted me to inspect the plumbing and submit a plumbing quote for the repair so they can lower their bid. All of that of course would be free and I had to be precisely be on time at a specific hour they demanded. Their thinking is if you pay for a house inspection(By the way there's no real certified inspectors) the plumber that comes next should be free you know because they paid a wanna be inspector. This is probably the 5th idiot who calls me for the very same thing.



Winner Winner House!

Ok so this guy calls me back on thursday evening to say he's ready for Friday's appointment, I said hey you didn't reserve anything and I'm full. He started to panic but I was able to squeeze him in.

I got there before him and the real estate agent came to me real quick for 2 little issues, I instantly knew he was a weasel so when I saw the potential buyer I asked him if he had hired the inspector suggest by the agent and said yes and he brought him coffee and some type of hand sign.

I asked do you want the house or not? He said no the agent pressured me to sign and my only hope to back out is the inspection. I told him don't worry I'll probably find plenty. Just by looking at the house and neigborhood my expectation paid off even more. After I was done the agent was hanging around and I told him to go, sticky guy.

Anyway what a nightmare of a diy house! Kitchen line cut off at the slab to be re-directed to the main line clean out, corroded lines, no vents in half the house fixtures, water lines in the exterior walls, lav trap for the tub, Fernco on the fittings, and so on and so on.


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Real estate agents just want to close the sale.. We never get to do plumbing inspections... if we did probably RIP entire house apart..

Yup lead water service, galv water lines, rotten cast pipes... roots so bad they are pushing the floor drain lid off...

I see my fair share of hack plumbing but I want to go home at a decent time too..
So usually I just keep my mouth shut.. hard to believe I know
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Old 11-26-2019, 12:05 AM   #767
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I had to leave a message on his answering machine for the guy to finally pay me. Now I have 2 more to run after and one of them I'm sure will never pay.
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This story is for @Master Mark. My turn with a faucet story. A woman called to have a Grohe hose she ordered to be replaced on the kitchen faucet.

I gave her a hour's notice before I got there and had to wait 30 minute for her friend to come to this huge house made for rich people and open the door. Inside though it looked its age from the 70's.

I fooled around 15 minutes with this thing and I think the head is a one piece and incorporated with the hose and there's nothing I can do. The O-ring end goes in the head, the threaded end is what goes under the sink.

I left her the bill anyway, no freebies or discounts but I think she's not going to pay.


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I get a random call the other morning from one of my former apprentices I worked with before I went on my own. He’s just finishing up school working for a industrial outfit but starting his own side gig up. He has his sewer machine down a drain and can not get it to come back to him and he’s frustrated. I was just finishing up a job but said I’ll come see what’s going on. So I work the machine back and forth getting the cable free. I said to him sewers busted get the guy from town with a camera. (How little he charges me it’s not worth owning one).
He cameras it and says oh there’s a solid blockage. So I was Walking back to my truck and stepped in a road cut, it dawned on me they just ran fibre internet lines.
I guess when they were infront of this house they bored through a 24” gas main, gas company cut broke off the sewer, Was a empty lot at the time didn’t tell anyone.
People are moving into their brand new home and poops flooding the basement.
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My ex sister in law, was director of a care home for disabled adults,
they had a new building build and they all moved in, and everything
is backed up tight, had the line snaked could not get though,
Bottom line they found out that they never connected in the street main
it just ended at the curb line !
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