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No pictures because there wasn’t anything special except for the homeowner. Got a call from her around 4:30 about her kitchen drain. I had already called it a day and was half way through a beer, so there was no way I was going drive a commercial vehicle, fibbed and said I had two more calls.

So I pull up this morning and immediately remember her. ****! Huge germaphobe! Probably the worst I’ve ever met! A drain cleaners worst nightmare! You have to put new boot covers on, in the garage, every time you go out to the truck. New gloves every time you touch something that she hasn’t sanitized after her house was invaded by a squirrel. In order to move the basement fridge so I could get to the clean out. She hadn’t sanitize the floor in front of it yet since the invasion, so she got a plastic painters tarp for me to put down. At one point my boot touched the uncleaned floor, she freaked out! Same as accidentally touching an no sanitized countertop.
When I got there she asked if I could cable the main line. Ok.

I didn’t get the kitchen line open. Packed solid with sludge! I probably could’ve got it open, but would have made a huge mess and have to call 911 when she had a heat attack!
Sink was holding when I got there. Clean out was a test tee. I drained the sink, got the trap off, but some hack glued the waste outlet nut to the marvel! I’m not putting a 3/8 cable through tubular. So I get a small bucket, bucket and a rag. CO was inside a drywall cavity. Opened the test tee and nothing came out. Cabled to the main, then cabled up the stack. Put the trap together, filled the disposal side, pulled the plug, turned on the disposal, plugged off the other side and nope. Took the trap apart again, ran the drill through the tubular down to the basement, still didn’t open.

Now I have two cables caked in sludge with minimal mess so far. I showed her the sludge in the test tee and said her next move is to call a company that has a jetter. I have a a company that I refer out that does an awesome job! They also refer me when they’re swamped. No way in hell was I sending her their way! I sent her to the last company that I’d refer. The main cleaner there knows what he’s doing, and does a good job. But they pissed me off not sending him, instead they send newbies.
 

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No pictures because there wasn’t anything special except for the homeowner. Got a call from her around 4:30 about her kitchen drain. I had already called it a day and was half way through a beer, so there was no way I was going drive a commercial vehicle, fibbed and said I had two more calls.

So I pull up this morning and immediately remember her. ****! Huge germaphobe! Probably the worst I’ve ever met! A drain cleaners worst nightmare! You have to put new boot covers on, in the garage, every time you go out to the truck. New gloves every time you touch something that she hasn’t sanitized after her house was invaded by a squirrel. In order to move the basement fridge so I could get to the clean out. She hadn’t sanitize the floor in front of it yet since the invasion, so she got a plastic painters tarp for me to put down. At one point my boot touched the uncleaned floor, she freaked out! Same as accidentally touching an no sanitized countertop.
When I got there she asked if I could cable the main line. Ok.

I didn’t get the kitchen line open. Packed solid with sludge! I probably could’ve got it open, but would have made a huge mess and have to call 911 when she had a heat attack!
Sink was holding when I got there. Clean out was a test tee. I drained the sink, got the trap off, but some hack glued the waste outlet nut to the marvel! I’m not putting a 3/8 cable through tubular. So I get a small bucket, bucket and a rag. CO was inside a drywall cavity. Opened the test tee and nothing came out. Cabled to the main, then cabled up the stack. Put the trap together, filled the disposal side, pulled the plug, turned on the disposal, plugged off the other side and nope. Took the trap apart again, ran the drill through the tubular down to the basement, still didn’t open.

Now I have two cables caked in sludge with minimal mess so far. I showed her the sludge in the test tee and said her next move is to call a company that has a jetter. I have a a company that I refer out that does an awesome job! They also refer me when they’re swamped. No way in hell was I sending her their way! I sent her to the last company that I’d refer. The main cleaner there knows what he’s doing, and does a good job. But they pissed me off not sending him, instead they send newbies.
just charge the schit out of her to make up for the aggravation...and hope they dont call again...
 

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just charge the schit out of her to make up for the aggravation...and hope they dont call again...
Her reaction to what small mess I made! If I were to have to make the mess like what I needed too, I would have to charge into the $1k range, and I wouldn’t want to deal with her anymore.
The good news is she bought a condo on the west coast of Michigan. Far out of my range!
I charged accordingly for today. Hope I never hear from her again! I don’t care if it’s a 5 minute job that I can charge $125 for!

Thinking of adding her to the DNA list, do not answer.
 

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No pictures because there wasn’t anything special except for the homeowner. Got a call from her around 4:30 about her kitchen drain. I had already called it a day and was half way through a beer, so there was no way I was going drive a commercial vehicle, fibbed and said I had two more calls.

So I pull up this morning and immediately remember her. ****! Huge germaphobe! Probably the worst I’ve ever met! A drain cleaners worst nightmare! You have to put new boot covers on, in the garage, every time you go out to the truck. New gloves every time you touch something that she hasn’t sanitized after her house was invaded by a squirrel. In order to move the basement fridge so I could get to the clean out. She hadn’t sanitize the floor in front of it yet since the invasion, so she got a plastic painters tarp for me to put down. At one point my boot touched the uncleaned floor, she freaked out! Same as accidentally touching an no sanitized countertop.
When I got there she asked if I could cable the main line. Ok.

I didn’t get the kitchen line open. Packed solid with sludge! I probably could’ve got it open, but would have made a huge mess and have to call 911 when she had a heat attack!
Sink was holding when I got there. Clean out was a test tee. I drained the sink, got the trap off, but some hack glued the waste outlet nut to the marvel! I’m not putting a 3/8 cable through tubular. So I get a small bucket, bucket and a rag. CO was inside a drywall cavity. Opened the test tee and nothing came out. Cabled to the main, then cabled up the stack. Put the trap together, filled the disposal side, pulled the plug, turned on the disposal, plugged off the other side and nope. Took the trap apart again, ran the drill through the tubular down to the basement, still didn’t open.

Now I have two cables caked in sludge with minimal mess so far. I showed her the sludge in the test tee and said her next move is to call a company that has a jetter. I have a a company that I refer out that does an awesome job! They also refer me when they’re swamped. No way in hell was I sending her their way! I sent her to the last company that I’d refer. The main cleaner there knows what he’s doing, and does a good job. But they pissed me off not sending him, instead they send newbies.
I had a woman like that, she was so damn paranoid of getting her son sick with diseases but weirdly the place was dirty. She flipped out when I went to see downstairs what the pipe layout looked like and told her I had to cut it downstairs and retrart. I wasn't able to clear the line, I didn't touch the pipe downstairs. NO CHARGE! I made sure to block her number as soon as I got out the door. Just imagine with covid now how she would morph into a gargoyle and file complaints to every place she could think of..
 

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What a tough day, a full length marathon, had to locate a drain line leak as my first job. I had to crawl into the cabinet almost 3 feet inside to cut the backwall only to find out it wasn't broken there. I had to open up in the living room. I found the pipe was split on both sides! I never seen that before and it was also split in the basement.

Second job the guy tried to replace his tub spray hose and he unscrewed the escutcheon and it fell below. I had to cut tile and figure out the puzzle how to put it together again. 3rd job I had to swap a cheap faucet cartridge and cut more tile to swap the inclusive shut offs. I'm dead tired. I wish I didn't have to give over 50% of the bill to the government, Grrtr.





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Tell me there is some logic as to why you cut the tile like that???? Why not keep your cut inside one tile?
The hole is centered with the faucet. If you cut one tile then the hole is off centered and looks bad. When it's time to replace the faucet the hole is going to be at the right spot.

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What a tough day, a full length marathon, had to locate a drain line leak as my first job. I had to crawl into the cabinet almost 3 feet inside to cut the backwall only to find out it wasn't broken there. I had to open up in the living room. I found the pipe was split on both sides! I never seen that before and it was also split in the basement.

Second job the guy tried to replace his tub spray hose and he unscrewed the escutcheon and it fell below. I had to cut tile and figure out the puzzle how to put it together again. 3rd job I had to swap a cheap faucet cartridge and cut more tile to swap the inclusive shut offs. I'm dead tired. I wish I didn't have to give over 50% of the bill to the government, Grrtr.





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Dang bro that's a brand new sawzall,how old is it 10yrs???
 

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Dang bro that's a brand new sawzall,how old is it 10yrs???
10 yrs old?? what?.

About 2 years old, pretty much bought everything else brand new from milwaukee within a 2 year period after I opened the biz. The only old tools are my corded sawzall bought at a pawn shop 15 years ago that now resides in the garage in retirement, my drill bought used on e-b-ay 8 years ago still running strong with 2 sets of soldered brushes. and a right angle drill that was practically new from a retired plumber doing side jobs on the weekends(only used twice since I bought it).

I love the brand, so damn sturdy and reliable except the batteries where the case breaks in 2. Long drywall screws and epoxy to fix them
 

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What a tough day, a full length marathon, had to locate a drain line leak as my first job. I had to crawl into the cabinet almost 3 feet inside to cut the backwall only to find out it wasn't broken there. I had to open up in the living room. I found the pipe was split on both sides! I never seen that before and it was also split in the basement.

Second job the guy tried to replace his tub spray hose and he unscrewed the escutcheon and it fell below. I had to cut tile and figure out the puzzle how to put it together again. 3rd job I had to swap a cheap faucet cartridge and cut more tile to swap the inclusive shut offs. I'm dead tired. I wish I didn't have to give over 50% of the bill to the government, Grrtr.





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get rid of that sawsall for cutting into cabinets and sheet rock and get an osilating saw, it will make it 100% easier and you wont run thr risk of cutting anything behind the wall by mistake...
 

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get rid of that sawsall for cutting into cabinets and sheet rock and get an osilating saw, it will make it 100% easier and you wont run thr risk of cutting anything behind the wall by mistake...
I have one, it would take 2 hours to cut a 5/8" thick cabinet. Unless there's good brands from the net but all I've seen are no name blades and they suck.
 

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I have one, it would take 2 hours to cut a 5/8" thick cabinet. Unless there's good brands from the net but all I've seen are no name blades and they suck.
I have a fein brand, and it cuts through anything fast, 5/8 cabinet in seconds, just use the right blade..I use all no name blades from amazon they cut good and last
 

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..........just use the right blade..............
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I agree.

I've used ones made in USA, china, and currently japan, doesn't matter. Just look for a coarse wood blade made for cutting accross the grain. It will have teeth that alternate, like they were ground from opposite sides. DO NOT get the ones with teeth like a metal cutting sawzall blade.

I have a makita 18v fein tool and I love it. Bit loud but it's better than cutting into a wire or pipe.

DON'T HIT NAILS/SCREWS.



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I agree.

I've used ones made in USA, china, and currently japan, doesn't matter. Just look for a coarse wood blade made for cutting accross the grain. It will have teeth that alternate, like they were ground from opposite sides. DO NOT get the ones with teeth like a metal cutting sawzall blade.

I have a makita 18v fein tool and I love it. Bit loud but it's better than cutting into a wire or pipe.

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for the most part all the blades seem to be made in china, and surprisingly they hold up well, Ive been using a bimetal blade for sheet rock and cement board for a year now, and it still cuts good..for trimming copper pipe in hard to get spots a metal blade is great and I amaze myself many times on what I can cut and trim under a sink on the cabinets in crazy spots..I would say this type tool equals the sawsall in versatility in saving your azz from alot of aggravation...I have cut 2 x 4s quickly with a wood blade...
I havent used it for closet bolts yet, but next bowl set...I usually use a small cheese saw that I carry in the tool bucket..
the ones I have are corded, but Id like to get the battery powerd on by dewalt, I already have a bunch of 20volt dewalts an am happy with them so im not changing brands just because..
 

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.............. under a sink on the cabinets in crazy spots..I would say this type tool equals the sawsall in versatility in saving your azz..........
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I havent used it for closet bolts yet, but next bowl set...I usually use a small cheese saw that I carry in the tool bucket..
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.......I already have a bunch of 20volt dewalts an am happy with them so im not changing brands just because..

If I only had my bandsaw and my fein tool I wouldn't miss my sawzall much.

Why not just use setfast bolts? I haven't cut a joni bolt in years.

I agree, the dewalts are where it's at, I hope you get the triple stack "flexvolt". Even if the tool can't use the higher voltage feature it will work much better and the battery will lost much longer. 15 cells lasts more than 50% longer than 10 cells because the less current you draw from each cell the more efficient it runs aka less energy wasted as heat. This makes the packs more durable in the long run too.
 
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Today I had to find the source of a ceiling leak. Pulled the toilet, nope so I cut out the ceiling....Took over 20 minutes to find the source after I cut the ceiling out, it was near invisible to the eye and only with the phone it popped up nice. Spider web thin pin hole! Told the woman the pipes were corroding from the inside, it was all green.




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