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Klawman 03-23-2013 04:48 PM

New bath waste line doesn't leak, yet.
 
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As you know I had to fire the orignal "contractor". Disregard all the reasons, but the last straw was that the tub he installed leaked when tested, a test he tried his best not to perform. So I hired a recommened licensed plumber.

My question is whether his work is acceptable. So far it has not leaked but then overflow pipe is way off centger and possibly already slipping down a bid. To mate it to the tub he used a really thick seal that was kind of conically shaped.

I am not postive, but believe the little drain system he cobbled together may have butted up against the underside of the tub. that lip kept the face of the overflow from mating up with the side of the tub. Ergo, the extra thick washer and the pipe had to be forced into position, whcih leaved it under stress. (He had me push up on the bottom of the P-trap from below as hard as I could, why he fastende the single bolt overhead drain cover up above.)

Perhps the two following pictures show you something. A third is an example of the tub that I shot up at the HD to illustrate the recess

framer52 03-23-2013 04:52 PM

That is not acceptable to me.

Klawman 03-23-2013 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by framer52 (Post 1144034)
That is not acceptable to me.

Nor to me but I thought to get some input as I can be hypercritical. I posted a pic on post #1 of the what the bottom of the new tub should look like. That is not mine but one up at HD.

TheEplumber 03-23-2013 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Klawman (Post 1144042)
Nor to me but I thought to get some input as I can be hypercritical. I posted a pic on post #1 of the what the bottom of the new tub should look like. That is not mine but one up at HD.

Yes, you are being hypercritical. This is at least the 3rd thread on your tub.
Did you fill it with water and test as you did the first time? Does it leak? Does the plate cover the hole? That is a solvent weld W&O. It will not slip down.

jaydevries 03-23-2013 06:02 PM

what about the hair line crack

Klawman 03-23-2013 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by jaydevries (Post 1144120)
what about the hair line crack

Is that a joke. Given the mess the first guy left, it isn't funny. If you meant the crack running along where the fresh mortat covers the flange, that isn't the plumber's work. His job was basically to remove the leaking slip joint waste lines "installed" by the first guy and hook the tub up with glued rigid ABS. I am having a tiling guy come in to finish the tile surround and probably finish the floor tiling and drywall. And yes that is F'd up by the first guy's helper but that is not a subject for plumbing.

jaydevries 03-23-2013 06:23 PM

ok is this a tub or shower n ever mind i think i might just bow out since i can see others have tried

Klawman 03-23-2013 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by jaydevries (Post 1144133)
ok is this a tub or shower n ever mind i think i might just bow out since i can see others have tried

Please do bow out. You have no idea how badly I got screwed by the contractor who's other nightmare hit and run jobs I am just learning about. So far Ihave only learned of what he did under the name he used with me and one other alias. But since you mentioned a harline crack, there is one running almost the height of the stringer wall. At least I wasn't one of the suckers who paid him in full before he abandoned the jobs he messed up in their homes.

Anyhow, it is a tub with a bath spout and a shower on left wall.

Klawman 03-23-2013 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 1144056)
Yes, you are being hypercritical. This is at least the 3rd thread on your tub.
Did you fill it with water and test as you did the first time? Does it leak? Does the plate cover the hole? That is a solvent weld W&O. It will not slip down.

It isn't leaking and the plate covers the hole if slight upward pressure is applied while gently tighening it. I think you are spot on and I should relax.

TheEplumber 03-23-2013 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Klawman (Post 1144139)
It isn't leaking and the plate covers the hole if slight upward pressure is applied while gently tighening it. I think you are spot on and I should relax.

I'll concede on the point of it not being centered. However, given the access through the ceiling, no room from the end, etc. it's not bad.
Did you inspect the work before the plumber left? That is when and with who you should of been having this conversation :thumbsup:

djlandkpl 03-23-2013 06:50 PM

Sorry you had so much pain with this. How often does the tub get used for baths where the water level will be high?

Klawman 03-23-2013 07:51 PM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 1144141)
I'll concede on the point of it not being centered. However, given the access through the ceiling, no room from the end, etc. it's not bad.
Did you inspect the work before the plumber left? That is when and with who you should of been having this conversation :thumbsup:

I was unable to inspect as I had to leave for a post surgical appointiment with my cardiologist and I barely made it. I like the guy and even paid him as I was on the way out the door, while he was in the midst of conducting a leak test. Given what you say, and he told me up front that he may have to go in cut a hole in the back of a large built in cabinet on the opposite side of the wet wall (if that is what you call the one with the shower and bath spout) I am inclined to let well enought alone.)

Klawman 03-23-2013 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by djlandkpl (Post 1144148)
Sorry you had so much pain with this. How often does the tub get used for baths where the water level will be high?

Sorry if I bit your head off. The tub will frequently be used for baths where some water will run down the overflow but that isn't my concern. My concern is someone starts to fill the tub and their attention is diverted elswehere. This all started with having to repace sub flooring damaged by water leaking over the sides of the kid's tub.

jagans 03-23-2013 09:27 PM

Damn Klaw, you should have hired Number 3. Dont have an MCI over this. I thought you had it sorted out. Sorry. I have never seen so much trouble in getting a tub drain properly installed. You install the hardware, then plumb to it. Where is the problem?

Klawman 03-23-2013 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1144287)
Damn Klaw, you should have hired Number 3. Dont have an MCI over this. I thought you had it sorted out. Sorry. I have never seen so much trouble in getting a tub drain properly installed. You install the hardware, then plumb to it. Where is the problem?

I don't know what the problem was. Even the original idiots job may have been water tight AFTER I showed him what he did wrong. The problem there was even if it wasn't leaking anymore (and we never ascertained that since all was so wet from the first test) the it was slip joints and it was being installed in a closed wall. After listening to everyone, it looks like the plumber hired to correct that did an acceptable job.


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