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Old 10-29-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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This weekend I had a couple of failures---------

One member wanted to fix a simple leak---followed my advice---and is now waiting for a plumber to fix the job.Water Is Leaking From This And Into My Licing Room - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom


Another with a backed up drain threw in the towel and called a plumber---
Slop Sink Backing Up... Help! - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom

That's enough to make a person loose confidence----

At least nobody was hurt or burned down a house----

If this stuff was easy --this site wouldn't be needed----

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:12 AM   #2
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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They ain't failures, they are success stories. They hired a professional for a job way over their head. You just proved it was over their head.

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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I agree with Hammer, but just remember this, if you had been there, chances are you could have seen exactly the situation and known exactly what to do and what not to do. It is very difficult to see exactly what is really going on by the descriptions some give.

What some see and how some describe what they see can be two different things sometimes, simply because some people don't know the correct name of somethings. This is not a slam on our friends who come here for help because if you haven't worked in that field you more than likely wouldn't know what to call certain things.

There is no way anyone can be 100%, especially trying to guess what the person needing help actually is talking about. I too have lost confidence at times when trying to guess what the complete picture is. Just get back up dust yourself off and go on, you are very competent and I for one appreciate all the advice and things you have helped me with.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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oh, oh'mike you didn't fail. both of them called in pro B4 giving you another chance. Seems both jobs were beyond their experience and tools any way. And both had the storm coming and couldn't take a leisurely approach.

And the one was leaking into a "licing" room. I dunno what letter was left out, if that's a licking room or a liceing room. I don't wanta know what goes on in either one, but sounds like they could both use a good washing out.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:11 PM   #6
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The last time I visited my parents, my mother mentioned the toilet. It's old, too low, and doesn't flush very well. I've replaced both of ours, so I know, in theory, how it should go.
I also know these things never go as planned.
I'm dragging my feet because I know if I pull the old one out I'll find a messed up flange, damaged subfloor, or something that will snowball this into a major project.

It's just the way these things go.....
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" something that will snowball this into a major project." But if you're real lucky, snowball will necessitate, I mean provide opportunity, to buy a new tool.
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Don't be hard on yourself. It is hard to assess projects mentioned on this site, especially when expressed in DIYer terms, and know for sure how to help sometimes. How old is the pipe? What kind of pipe is it?

And then there is know way of knowing skill level or how people handle tools.

Things can fly south in a hurry if the wrong quality tool is used. Or if the person is heavy handed with a weighty pipe wrench taken to old pipes.
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Your advice has always been right on for me Mike. Maybe they just followed your instructions wrong.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:03 AM   #10
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Thanks---I do try---

I felt bad about the member without water ----Those were old crusty looking pipes---perhaps she is better off with the plumber---the valve below that regulator needed changing---

The fellow with the stuck cleanout plug---he did the right thing----by the time he rented an auger and removed the old cap--an entire day would be used up----a plumber would be in and out in a hurry------

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