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Old 07-24-2020, 06:42 PM   #21
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On those type of hook ups, I tell the customer I need access from the bottom, stressing the need to verify a leak less installation. Otherwise, no warranty.
In my area you say that line and you lose any chance of doing the reno. On the other hand I don't even try reno's anymore, sick and tired of all them cheap skates, free estimates and cut throat competitor rates.
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Old 07-24-2020, 06:46 PM   #22
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When I lived in SLC, UT. I lived in a house that the bathtub was punched
out over the outside wall, when ever it froze the bathtub trap would freeze
the only way was to fill bathtub with hot water and wait for it to open
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When I lived in SLC, UT. I lived in a house that the bathtub was punched
out over the outside wall, when ever it froze the bathtub trap would freeze
the only way was to fill bathtub with hot water and wait for it to open



So get this schit. I had one job years ago, clogged tub and sink on second floor. The woman had taken a bath the night prior and it wouldn't drain, tub was still full. It was her first night in this seasonal in a while so I was thinking really hard hair/soap buildup whatever.


I am snaking from the trap adapter under the sink when it dawns on me that the level in the tub is higher than the trap adapter.....a moment later the tub starts draining and I hear it. I mutter OH DUCK and run past the woman down the stairs to find water crashing through the kitchen drywall ceiling. The abs had frozen and cracked from cold air rushing through and old 4" hole for a dryer vent that someone had shoved fiberglass in and it fell out.


I opened the drywall ceiling and took LOTS of pictures of all the ice. I didn't need the evidence to melt so she could say it was my snake that cracked it.


I cleaned everything up and explained everything to her and even helped start this old woodstove. That pos later tried to tell her insurance it was our fault even though I showed her where the ice had pushed the pipes like 6" apart, this huge block of ice was right in front of her. Luckily the office had the pictures I took to send her insurance company.


I don't believe we work for her anymore.





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So get this schit. I had one job years ago, clogged tub and sink on second floor. The woman had taken a bath the night prior and it wouldn't drain, tub was still full. It was her first night in this seasonal in a while so I was thinking really hard hair/soap buildup whatever.


I am snaking from the trap adapter under the sink when it dawns on me that the level in the tub is higher than the trap adapter.....a moment later the tub starts draining and I hear it. I mutter OH DUCK and run past the woman down the stairs to find water crashing through the kitchen drywall ceiling. The abs had frozen and cracked from cold air rushing through and old 4" hole for a dryer vent that someone had shoved fiberglass in and it fell out.


I opened the drywall ceiling and took LOTS of pictures of all the ice. I didn't need the evidence to melt so she could say it was my snake that cracked it.


I cleaned everything up and explained everything to her and even helped start this old woodstove. That pos later tried to tell her insurance it was our fault even though I showed her where the ice had pushed the pipes like 6" apart, this huge block of ice was right in front of her. Luckily the office had the pictures I took to send her insurance company.


I don't believe we work for her anymore.





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Speaking of a mess....I made one yesterday. Not sure I want to say it.
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So get this schit. I had one job years ago, clogged tub and sink on second floor. The woman had taken a bath the night prior and it wouldn't drain, tub was still full. It was her first night in this seasonal in a while so I was thinking really hard hair/soap buildup whatever.


I am snaking from the trap adapter under the sink when it dawns on me that the level in the tub is higher than the trap adapter.....a moment later the tub starts draining and I hear it. I mutter OH DUCK and run past the woman down the stairs to find water crashing through the kitchen drywall ceiling. The abs had frozen and cracked from cold air rushing through and old 4" hole for a dryer vent that someone had shoved fiberglass in and it fell out.


I opened the drywall ceiling and took LOTS of pictures of all the ice. I didn't need the evidence to melt so she could say it was my snake that cracked it.


I cleaned everything up and explained everything to her and even helped start this old woodstove. That pos later tried to tell her insurance it was our fault even though I showed her where the ice had pushed the pipes like 6" apart, this huge block of ice was right in front of her. Luckily the office had the pictures I took to send her insurance company.


I don't believe we work for her anymore.





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We have all made messes tango
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Got it, homeowner gave me some painkillers after.
Stupid thing landed on a joist an had duct work next to it to add to the awefull morning

This is why I mostly do service work these days...
I’m getting too old to futs around with lifting and moving heavy $h1T..

High 5 for you for getting it done.
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Speaking of a mess....I made one yesterday. Not sure I want to say it.



Don't worry, gas station sushi does that to all of us


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We have all made messes tango
I was working on a ladder, in this hotter than balls utility room, up in the joist bay, 3 FEET FROM A WASPS NEST. Yellow jackets, paper wasps. They were just chilling on their nest, leaving me alone. Until I started up the torch that is. Apparently the sudden blast of "warm" air going their way was startling.


Before all that excitement I accidentally hit the valve handle open when I ripped off the old pex and the water sprayed some active networking equipment a bit. Luckily it was only some very minor spray. Besides, who the hell puts schit like that in a place like that?!?!?!


The wasps lost btw, no stings for me and several of them got roasted




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We have all made messes tango
I was working on a ladder, in this hotter than balls utility room, up in the joist bay, 3 FEET FROM A WASPS NEST. Yellow jackets, paper wasps. They were just chilling on their nest, leaving me alone. Until I started up the torch that is. Apparently the sudden blast of "warm" air going their way was startling.


Before all that excitement I accidentally hit the valve handle open when I ripped off the old pex and the water sprayed some active networking equipment a bit. Luckily it was only some very minor spray. Besides, who the hell puts schit like that in a place like that?!?!?!


The wasps lost btw, no stings for me and several of them got roasted <img src="https://www.plumbingzone.com/images/smilies/devil.png" border="0" alt="" title="Devil" class="inlineimg" />




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Iv left my glue pod open on my ladder, i was wearing shorts...its spilt all down my leg into my boot, had to shave my leg hair on my lunch lol

Another time had a two first floor units backing up. Tubs filled with sewage, sucked out 20 galons with a shop van it kept comming up the tub, i shut the water off to building, tried eeling from second floor ( no c/0 on first floor or outside) no luck...sewage still flowing up tenents losing their minds.
Told my apprentice to get in the tub as soon i pull the toilet you stick the vac hose in the flange as i eel.
Shop vac filled up had to cables in didnt get it yet, vac started smoking, caught on fire, sewage flowing out the bathroom down the hallway, got it with 3rd cable pulled out rags. Hallway in apartment had to mopped up and set fans up to dry the place lol

Couple of memorable days i could go on an on with these lol
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Shop vac filled up had to cables in didnt get it yet, vac started smoking, caught on fire, sewage flowing out the bathroom down the hallway, got it with 3rd cable pulled out rags. Hallway in apartment had to mopped up and set fans up to dry the place lol

Couple of memorable days i could go on an on with these lol

Back my first like 6 months snaking, got a call for a whole house clogged, basement toilet wouldn't work, pipe under slab went out right under toilet.



I had this extremely huge drop cloth. The last drain guy bought it from some hardware store in west bumfuk because it was all they had. It was several drop cloth sections sewn together, some tan and some orange. Looked like a parachute folded up, had to be like 40x20 at least, Idk, I never fully unfolded it. It was all I had so I put it down in the bathroom.




I get my giant drop cloth down, I already had my shop vac because at the time I didn't have a toilet sucker so it was shop vac or sponge . I pull the toilet and sewage starts coming up!!!! I quickly roll my parachute into a sausage and put it across the doorway to stop the sewage from going to the carpeted hall. The homeowner is only like 20' down the hall reading a book. He must have heard my exasperated movements, he asks "How's it going?". I manage to respond it's going well without sounding strained. I fling back the tub curtain to find it was half full and still draining! Luckily the tub stopper worked. Also luckily they caulked the baseboard so nothing left the bathroom.


I vac it all up and dump it in the bathtub. Amazingly I had just finished wiping everything up when he pokes his head in to see how things are going. I set the parachute out on the lawn to dry, ended up giving it to a newcon guy a couple months later, never mentioned what it had been soaked with






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