Monday, Oct. 10, 2005 - 9:02 p.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Showering in a Sigh of Relief
The plumber guy came and was funny as all heck. He kept making straightboy jokes, but since he is small and kind of geeky, and kind and my age, he was funny not annoying... jokes like 'oo if you keep bending over like that you will be the first plumbing client I proposition" and "well, his shower seems not to be blocked, why don't we have a shower together and try it?" and he bought us a beer to share, so it was pretty funny. I know he sounds macho and annoying but it didn't send off the kill alarm.
Anyways. ooooo! the 'crack' in the wall of the shower near the bottom that appeared to be where the water leaks when the shower gets too full?? We pulled off the calking and .... IT WAS A PERFECTLY GOOD SHOWER STALL WALL! there was NO crack, just a mess of calking that they must have made by accident and left there. It was like one of those halloween fake latex facial scars. jeesh. So there is NOTHING wrong with the shower stall and I don't have to replace it. I will cancel the insurance people tomorrow.
AND there is NO problem with the drain... the plumber ran water from the shower into my bucket, and it took over 20 seconds to fill up. He poured the same water DOWN the drain in less than ten seconds and it just, um, went down the drain. He says he has no idea what the tenant is doing if he says the drain doesn't work. Standing on it perhaps? Anyways to be nice he plunged it with the plunger, which he calls 'un pompe a merde' which is a shit pump. hehe. And he will run his long drain drill thing through it tomorrow just to be sure.
What we DID discover is that the calking in the shower is not actual plumbing calking, but rather that Zip stuff you put around windows to stop drafts in winter, and then pull up in one piece without damaging the surface or scraping in the spring. Pulled one edge of the calking and it all came up in one long string. Cripey, it costs the same price as the real calking, available on the same shelf at the same store. gack. And we discovered that the drain IS already new pvc pipe, BUT that they had not fit it properly into the drain hole in the shower base so there was a several millimeter gap, and that the seal that comes with the shower is so cheap that it is not even the same thickness everywhere. Gack.
so tomorrow he will reseat it with proper calking filling up all the gaps, route out the drain, calk the shower sides and that will be it. Less than $150 (my insurance deductable is $500). We are NOT going to take the shower out, NOT going to remove my ceiling plaster (said ceiling is all bumpy, cracked and been repatched multiple times previous to my ownership... probably cuz of the shower problem!!) .. I'll change the ceiling when I renovate the bathroom if that ever happens.
So there ya have it. Probably every single time he took a shower the drain seal leaked. And the ceiling plaster absorbed it like a big tampax. But when he took two showers the same day, like Wed when he had a job interview, the plaster is saturated, so the 2nd shower's leaking soaks through and lands on my head. Yikes.
And so, yay! Nice plumber guy, funny, the tenant is happy, I am happy, and it is only $150.
Yay! Now I must walk doggies and TRY to get some work done. dang.
ps, I will get him to show me what he fixes, and then change the calking and drain seating in the other two showers so that my other tenants don,t have this problem too. yay.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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