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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Plumbing Setbacks. Grrr.

Way back when we had the apartment plumbed, the plumbers orginally put the bathroom sink plumbing in the wrong place.  Well, generally in the right place, but because of the way the vanity is made, the drain pipes were installed too low so they came back and raised them.  By then, we had the vanity so they were able to measure it to make sure they put the pipes in the right place.

The plumber was scheduled to come on Monday to hook up the toilet, the bathroom sinks, put in the valves under the kitchen sink, and install the shower pan (rubber liner), but called to tell us he was sick and would send some other plumber on Tuesday.  Other plumber came around 10:00 in the morning, left at 11:30 for lunch, came back at 1:00 and worked till about 3:30.

As he was leaving, he informed me that he could not install the bathroom sink drains because the pipes that come out of the wall are too high.  I said, "That can't be right.  The plumber had the vanity there and measured it to make sure everything would fit."  He insisted and the guy with him (who was the helper when the pipes were moved the first time) claimed that they installed them to OUR specs.  Uh, no.  The plumber measured it himself and the plumber installed the pipes to HIS specs.  So, it appears that the only fix to this is to pull the vanity out, saw holes in my newly installed, caulked, and painted bead board and through the dry wall so that the pipes can be lowered.  Yay.  I get to have gaping holes in the wall that will be seen through the back of the vanity.  And who knows what else.  Possibly remove the bead board altogether and then replace it?  I feel like crying.

And who will pay for this mistake?

In addition, everything the plumber installed yesterday leaks.  This morning, there was a puddle of water standing in each vanity cabinet and in the kitchen cabinet.

In addition to that, one of the lavatory faucet handles had a manufacturer's defect (or so says the plumber, but I'm wondering what he knows).  I called them yesterday and they said they would ship me a whole new faucet today.  At least one thing is going our way.

Oh, and the toilet that was supposed to arrive on Monday via Federal Express did not arrive until yesterday evening, so it did not get installed.  FedEx refunded our shipping charges for that.

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