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My week. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
My week.
What a week.

It started last Friday night, with a knock on the door. My next-door neighbor had water on her carpet, along the wall we share. We walked around my side of the wall, and didn't see anything wet. She said she'd call a plumber, and I gave her my cell number in case it didn't turn out to be her problem.

Wednesday night she called me. The plumber couldn't find anything on her side of the wall. So I called them Thursday morning, and they came out Thursday afternoon. They also went over everything on my side, and didn't find anything. Since I had to pay the $50 callout fee anyway, I asked if they'd change the washer in my dripping upstairs tub faucet.

This is when it started going downhill. The faucet was so old it wouldn't come apart. They said they could replace it. I said okay, because the knobs are really hard to turn, and it was, after all, a 35-year-old faucet. When they started pulling tile off the wall, it was wet inside. Half the tile was loose because it had been wet for a while. He said it had just been seeping, and it wasn't leaking enough to have soaked my neighbor's carpet, although it is on that same wall.

They replaced the faucet, and set me up with a tile guy to fix the tile this morning. He showed up at 7:30, 15 minutes before the alarm went off, even though he was scheduled for 8. Just before he finished, I randomly flopped on the couch, and I just happened to look in the right direction...to notice the huge wet spot on my dining room ceiling, directly under the shower.

This means one of two things: Either the old faucet was leaking a lot worse then they suspected, and this is all my fault, or the new faucet is leaking, and I just made the situation worse. I'm hoping like heck it's the former. Since the tile was done, I can't go check to make sure it's not leaking more. I left the AC on to help it dry, and I'll just keep an eye on it over the weekend. If it gets worse, I'll shut off the master water switch and wait for Monday. If they messed up the new install, they probably won't charge me to fix it.

I hope.

The total? Almost $1000. All from "Would you mind changing this washer while you're here?". I know, I know - 'Welcome to home ownership'. I've heard it a dozen times today already....

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emt420 From: emt420 Date: June 23rd, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
They should make $1000 coins, just for homeowners.
nurzrachet From: nurzrachet Date: June 23rd, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Long ago and far away when I lived in a crappy town in a crappy house while going to school, I had a landlord who didn't really care about anything except where your rent check was. Whenever you took a shower, it rained in the basement because water was getting through the walls. The tiles were falling off the walls, leaving this gritty sandy crap behind. What amazed me was that snails started coming out of this grit. I couldn't for the life of me figure that one out. I thought the gritty stuff was the original gunk to hold the tiles on, so where did the snails come from? Very creepy. Not as creepy, however, as the landlord.
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: June 23rd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're an airplane owner, and you're suprised that every little unexpected surprise costs a thousand bucks?
driftingfocus From: driftingfocus Date: June 23rd, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. That sucks. If it makes you feel any better (though, I guess, it's sort of ominous) Peter's family has a house that's probably 4-5 times as old (it was built in the 1840s) and they've put just short of 100k into repairs and maintenance. And the house is still 8 inches lower in the back than the front. And it's sinking. And the basement floods.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: June 24th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like my house. That was made in probably the 1860s or so - I'm not sure because the deeds don't actually go back that far (I suspect many years ago they got lost). It needed a full overhaul. It is not, however, sinking - but the back is lower than the front because the entire row of houses I lived on was built in a fairly ad-hoc manner with bits added on here and there (the back was probably built 50 years after the front - when my house was built it was two extremely small one up one down houses, which were then later knocked into a single house and an extension the size of the original house put on the back - this all being done probably around the end of the 1800s judging by the construction methods).

I think I put in something like US$70K into overhauling mine, I knew it had to be done so when I got the mortgage I got it big enough to cover the overhaul.


alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: June 24th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bloody hell!

Wow, you have tradesmen who TURN UP EARLY! Over here, they are almost uniformly completely disorganized about their diary. Not lazy in the main, just totally unable to plan time. So hopefully my roofer will finally show up next Monday like he said, since I have a (worsening) leak over the bathroom.

Water under the shower may mean the water's actually getting in around the edges of the bath, or through the tiling if it's not coming from the associated pipework. Usually these are sealed with silicone and so don't leak, but sometimes something gets buggered up. My dad had a problem with sporadic damp on the ceiling under the shower. It only happened every so often. He had to take all the tiling off and completely resilicone the whole thing - there was a split in the sealing that would only occasionally get in the shower spray (and then it would of course show up in the ceiling below).

I bet I can predict Michael's reaction to you telling him all of this :-)

Oh by the way, in your shower, after you shut it off it's interesting to watch it drip (the selector still set to shower rather than bath). Drips drip out from the head just after shut-off. You see multiple drips forming on many of the holes in the nozzle, then one drip will get bigger than the others and start to elongate to drop, and all the other drips get sucked back into the shower head.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 24th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bloody hell!

I think this is too much water to be a caulking issue, but I have a tube, and I might re-seal around the tub just to be sure.

I've had good luck with people. I haven't had anyone be seriously late, or not show up.

It's less wet today. I'm just going to watch it for another 24 hours and see how it does.
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