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Old 07-24-2009, 11:55 PM   #1
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So, when we moved in we discovered that all the bathroom fixtures have a problem. It was apparently DIY jobs, since the homeowner before had a ton of tools (we only know because every hook, corner, and shelf in the storage room was labeled). I'll list our problems, and I'd really like to know what is wrong and whether we can fix it ourselves. Our spare change is quickly draining (no pun intended) into this house.

Hall bathroom:
  • sink pull to close the stopper is immovable, so we can't close the plug for the drain.
  • bathtub switch that stops the drain from draining moves slightly, but doesn't flip up or down without tremendous force. Even if we force it into the "close" position, the drain doesn't stop. It's not a plug, just a regular drain that should have some kind of internal stopper.
Bedroom bathroom:
  • same problem, sink pull doesn't move.
  • Shower faucets have a gap between the knobs and the fiberglass walls, so when we turn them or bump into them, they bounce back and forth and make clanky noises. Very annoying
  • COLD shower knob is extremely hard to turn, and is very sensitive. I don't have to turn much to get the amount of cold water I want, but I have to turn HARD. I have to use both hands, and when I'm in the shower with wet soapy hands, that's near impossible. The HOT knob is fine.
I have no idea how old these fixtures are, or even how to find that out. My husband could care less, he's happy with anything better than an outhouse. Can someone please help me??


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If these are the biggest problems with the 'new to you' house I'd say your lucky and owe your friend a big thank you.

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:17 AM   #3
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Oh, we paid him the higher end of the going rate. He wasn't just doing us a favor. We didnt know until after we bought the house that he wasn't qualified to be an inspector. These definitely aren't the biggest problems. Structural, mold, rot... the more we try to fix things up, the more we find out. And since we're total beginners, it's ALL big to us.
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These definitely aren't the biggest problems. Structural, mold, rot...
ouch... that's not good. I'm a pretty hands on guy and big into the DIY but a person has to know their limits and when to call in a pro.

Those three words (structural, mold, rot...) would be my signal to get the pros involved.

Good luck, Rod
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Your described plumbing problems are usually easy fixes. The vanity sink stopper assemblies are easy to repair or replace. They're probably just "frozen" up with mineral deposits from lack of use. If you take them apart (under the sink) and clean them out, that may just fix them. The cold water faucet can be repaired or replaced.
The structural, mold and rot issues need professional attention. I would get a licensed General Contractor (with recommendations and references that you check out) to inspect what you're dealing with. There are specialists who can deal with mold abatement problems, and any good General Contractor can take care of structural and rot problems.
It may take a while and some improvement investment, but the sooner that you take care of it, the better off you will be.
Get three quotes on all work from reputable licensed people.
Good Luck!
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