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Old 02-13-2011, 01:46 PM   #1
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Advice is not always correct!

Ok Please be careful giving advice on here... Need to share a call from yesterday.

I got a call from a gentleman that explained that his toilet was clogged in the basement and he tried a plunger with no success. He then said he went on a DIY board and someone told him a snake from HD was easy to use and would save him a ton of money camopared to a Plumber on the weekend. So this guy who has a black and decker cordless screw driver as his only power tool went and rented a machine that I have seen take off a guys finger... because it will "save a ton of money and is easy to use" He said he went in about 2-3 feet and hit a stoppage turned it on and heard something "breaking" and now his snake is stuck.

I get up and head out to help him out. I get there and he is upset because he already paid for the machine and I said "If I can use the machine I will consider discounting it a little BUT LET'S SEE WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS FIRST"

I go down stairs and look at the bathroom toilet and see a pipe coming straight out the back and going in the wall... I go in the room next to it and see "the grinder Pump" It is in quotes because I should say "what was left of the grinder pump" and of course... Tampons! So I think to myself and go back and look at the toilet and it is chipped and scratched.

So the job that would have cost him nothing to DIY or $135 for me to do is costing him about $1000 because someone took so bad advice...

Moral of the story
Be careful giving and receiving advice on here... If someone ask for more info try to give it... They may be having an idea that could save you money
And oh yeah--- Dont flush the Tamps into a grinder... the strings are a killer

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Old 02-13-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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I think this covers what you said pretty well:

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Old 02-13-2011, 02:41 PM   #3
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Well said,Doc----However, this site does do one heck of a job pointing people in the right direction--

It is common to see someone step in with a correction if misinformation is given.

An frankly,some people should not be allowed tools.

Good directions---fine written instructions all mean nothing if the person
receiving them lacks common sense and some small degree of mechanical ability.

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some people aren't very mechanically inclined and tend to cause more damage than good trying to do things themselves. your example was an extreme case of things gone bad.

however, almost any DIY'er has at one point spent extra time and money fixing things they screwed up. the idea is that you learn and over time you save a lot of money. with things like plumbing and HVAC, there are so many simple DIY jobs that are no brainers and huge money savers.
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you pays your money and takes your chances....edumacation ain't cheap
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Unfortunely, common sense is a novelty to some......
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Always use common sense.
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Common sense----those are the Lincoln pennies? Can Canadian Maple leafs be substituted if the Home Depot is out of the Lincoln ones?
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Common sense..... is that like fanning the wiring harness hanging from the ceiling trying to get the smoke detector (that's actually beeping on a shelf in front of her) to stop beeping?

hmmmm...... common sense does seem to be necessary sometimes, huh?

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I think with the high level of unemployment people are attempting to repair things that they otherwise would never attempt.


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