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Joe the plumber is outsourcing

So, the response from Lowe's was pretty much telling me this is my fault, not theirs. While the communication really sucked for all this, I did not pay to have the sink disconnected/reconnected and Apex is not responsible either. So, I'm obligated to reconnect drain plumbing to new sinks. Before they ripped out that other stuff, there was little to do.

I just went home to take another look and I've decided to call a plumber in on this one. There are just too many pieces to cement, a vent to add, space is tight and I don't know the codes to deal with this problem. Brown Brothers will be coming out tomorrow morning and fix it all up again. While I don't want to pay for this, it will be well worth it at this point.

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bjarvis
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a mess. Yeah, I'd write a check to make the entire problem go away too.

Bet you can't wait for the entire renovation project to be over!
snowboardjoe
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think it will cost that much. A professional plumber should be able to knock this out in no time and will have all of the parts.

There is more work to do, but these are the big pieces I'm trying to complete that really make your kitchen useless until it all gets put back together again. After this the kitchen will be fully functional followed by little projects here and there.
rbsmith77
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Don't beat yourself up too much over it. In this case with everything that happened, it's better just to have it done professionally. PVC can start looking like a Rube Goldberg machine after awhile. In this case, you will be paying for the plumber's experience to make it look clean and be efficient.
snowboardjoe
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
The space is tight so it would have been quite difficult getting all of the pieces to fit and work correctly. I trust a plumber more than me to put all of this together and they'll do it in a fraction of the time. I just don't have hours to spend on this.
sctmpls
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sometimes being a great handyman means knowing when to call in the pros. Seriously you have done 90% of this yourself and saved yourslef a ton of money in the process. Don't beat yourslef up about getting a pro in to reconnect the plumbing. Besides, you'll save yourslef at LEAST 5 trips to Lowe's for that "one more thing"
snowboardjoe
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
That was one of my primary fears. I can just see myself not having the right connector for some section and doing that multiple times. Just looking at what was removed there are about 10-20 pieces. There is no way I'll get that right on the first try (or second).
sctmpls
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Exactly and PVC cement is pretty unforgiving stuff ;-)
snowboardjoe
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
This is where my brother can in handy a few weeks ago when I first had to disconnect this and put it back together. He works with various chemicals in his drysuit repair business and has really nice, full-face respirators that provide complete protection. Regardless, it's still nasty stuff. I would have needed to cement at least 5 connections.
spatts5
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
It takes a real man to admit when he needs help, and with plumbing, it's best to call in the "experts". It might be a little extra money spent, but well worth not having all the aggrevation of trying to deal with it yourself. You've done more yourself than I EVER could. You should be proud of yourself.
snowboardjoe
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
It was somewhat of a close call on doing it myself or calling a pro. I just hate spending money on something I can do myself. Since it was close to the border line and it made it that much harder to cave in and call the plumber, but glad I did. You have to know when to say when. Gotta keep supporting the economy too. ;)
spatts5
Dec. 4th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
when the plumber comes, open up a cold beer, put your feet up and enjoy the fact someone else is working to make your kitchen a showplace.
rwgill
Dec. 5th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
I think you made the right call Joe.

And maybe the plumber will be hot. :-)
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