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Old 06-25-2020, 10:48 PM   #1
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A woman called saying her ceiling is wet because of the shower. She had 2 previous plumbers change parts. She had one install side tub guards. Now she thinks it may be the shower head arm or the guard isn't holding the water in.

It's a condo and they need like 7 days notice to shut the water down. She wants a new faucet but the back side is in the air above the stair case. A ladder job, not so great.

She wrote me 2 novels, probably took her all afternoon writing all this stuff. She thinks I'm doing drywall, tile and other stuff, nope.

I don't know, she might be off the wall a little too much. I have a feeling she'll be a clinger forever after that. I think I just answered my own question. Now I have to make up a reason to decline.


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Old 06-25-2020, 10:57 PM   #2
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that looks like a gypsy wagon faucet. very seldom do you see one with a stairwell unless you need to check the tire pressure.
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A woman called saying her ceiling is wet because of the shower. .............

Might just be the stems leaking back into the hollow body of the faucet. Get a good plug and plug the drain. Make sure the drain basket is caulked where the lip meets the tub floor so you can totally rule out the drain. Then run only the cold and see if the leak happens. Next run only the hot. If you can do half the tub hot and half the tub cold and it doesn't leak for like 30 mins than dump all that water down the drain and see if it leaks.

You could also put a 1/2" fip x hose adapter on the shower arm and run it into the toilet and see if you get the leak.

You'll want to rule out the drain. Would be a real shame to open the wall and change the faucet only to find it's the drain leaking.


Check that the overflow gasket is in good shape, maybe caulk the top edge of the overflow escutcheon.




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Old 06-25-2020, 11:21 PM   #4
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that looks like a gypsy wagon faucet. very seldom do you see one with a stairwell unless you need to check the tire pressure.
Those are emco faucets form the 80's. These were installed in apartment building and they eventually sold those apartment as condos. They are really solidly built and can be repaired indefinitely.


Tire pressure? That's some joke I don't get.

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The trim comes off and you can run tub and see if the valve leaks back into wall .. no need to turn water off. basicaly nothing but the shower arm is behind the wall
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The trim comes off and you can run tub and see if the valve leaks back into wall .. no need to turn water off. basicaly nothing but the shower arm is behind the wall
The job is no problem other than spending 2 hours in a ladder all contorted in the stairs. It's the customer I'm afraid of being a little too much.

If the shower arm leaks I usually pull the chrome flange up top and peek in.
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Those are emco faucets form the 80's. These were installed in apartment building and they eventually sold those apartment as condos. They are really solidly built and can be repaired indefinitely.


Tire pressure? That's some joke I don't get.

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You might have room for a remodelers plate. Open up the wall just enough to sweat.... assuming it’s copper.
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I just sent a message declining the job.
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You might have room for a remodelers plate. Open up the wall just enough to sweat.... assuming it’s copper.
Smitty plate won't work as the new spout would be at the overflow level.
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Smitty plate won't work as the new spout would be at the overflow level.
I bet you can cheat it a bit with the right plate. But the placement does suck for sure. I’d take on the job and charge accordingly... but the sh*t you guys have to deal with.... I don’t blame you for bowing out.
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