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    I seem to attract incompetence lately

    So we're going backwards from most people and moving our laundry from the first floor to the basement. Hired a "reputable" plumber to do that, install a laundry sink and a new water heater.

    I get home last night and find a gas leak in my basement, the new sink leaks and -- GET THIS -- they reversed the hot and cold on the faucet.

    Does no one take pride in their work anymore?



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    The only way to discern if he is a true plumber is to check out his "credentials". Any true plumber will proudly display his plumber's crack...
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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    #1 reason to learn how to do this stuff yourself. Not to mention all the cool new tools you get to buy, and its still cheaper than hiring someone to do it for you!



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    #1 reason to learn how to do this stuff yourself. Not to mention all the cool new tools you get to buy, and its still cheaper than hiring someone to do it for you!
    I'm pretty comfortable doing most things myself but plumbing and gas are two that I've just never had a desire to learn how to do.



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    If its gonna happen. It's gonna happen to rux.



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    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    If its gonna happen. It's gonna happen to rux.
    yeah I should have realized after having you for a roommate it was going to be all downhill



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Plumbing and gas are two things I'd rather leave to the professionals, due to the costs involved if you fail (flooding and house obliterating explosions) but if the pros are going to be incompetent, I guess there's no difference.

    By the way, how did you find that this guy/these guys were 'reputable'?



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Hired a "reputable" plumber to do that.....

    What exactly does "reputable" mean? Either you didn't put much effort into checking out his credentials --- or he had an isolated really bad day.



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    What exactly does "reputable" mean? Either you didn't put much effort into checking out his credentials --- or he had an isolated really bad day.
    Yeah, it's my fault the guy was incompetent. Whatever. I guess some people will just look to argue about anything.

    The place I hired has a very good reputation around here, they were recommended to me by multiple sources.



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Yeah, it's my fault the guy was incompetent. Whatever. I guess some people will just look to argue about anything.

    The place I hired has a very good reputation around here, they were recommended to me by multiple sources.
    Call up the company, tell them the guy they sent out did ****** work, and if they truly are a reputable company they'll send someone out to fix it at no cost to you.

    Did you have some form of formal agreement/contract with them?



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    Quote Originally Posted by CONEClone View Post
    Call up the company, tell them the guy they sent out did ****** work, and if they truly are a reputable company they'll send someone out to fix it at no cost to you.

    Did you have some form of formal agreement/contract with them?
    I did that, and the manager is there fixing it right now.



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Yeah, it's my fault the guy was incompetent. Whatever. I guess some people will just look to argue about anything.

    The place I hired has a very good reputation around here, they were recommended to me by multiple sources.

    I said "or." It had to be one or the other.



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    So we're going backwards from most people and moving our laundry from the first floor to the basement. Hired a "reputable" plumber to do that, install a laundry sink and a new water heater.

    I get home last night and find a gas leak in my basement, the new sink leaks and -- GET THIS -- they reversed the hot and cold on the faucet.

    Does no one take pride in their work anymore?
    Wasn't someone home with him during the day who could have checked this out before he left? Who signed off on the work order and approved the job? From reading this, sounds like whoever was there just let the guy leave without checking his work.



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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    It sounds like to me the guy didn't check his own work. Gas leak should have been detected and fixed before they even left. Having the hot and cold water reversed seems like a stupid mistake, but minor. The leaks should have never happened, especially the gas leak because all new gas pipes must be checked with a detector as well as visual. And yes I have done both while working construction in college.

    Just out of curiosity, did they use rigid steal pipes for the gas or a flex pipe? Also was it cooper for the water?


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    Re: I seem to attract incompetence lately

    Quote Originally Posted by Three4Cy View Post
    Wasn't someone home with him during the day who could have checked this out before he left? Who signed off on the work order and approved the job? From reading this, sounds like whoever was there just let the guy leave without checking his work.
    Yeah, gee I should've had my wife the certified home inspector frisk him. Good one.



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