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Old 03-01-2010, 06:41 AM   #16
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4 month old Delta Bellini kitchen faucet... My wife pulls the vegetable sprayer out of the holder to fill up a pot. The cheap plastic quick connect kitchen on the quick connect assembly broke, spraying water all over the base cabinet. She quickly turned the water off. We both end up mopping up a bunch of water.

We were unable to use our faucet because the vegetable sprayer broke and is required for the faucet to work.... unless we had a plug - which mine didn't come with.

Called Delta for warranty. They DEFINITELY took their time getting it out to me: they didn't ship it for 4 days and it took an additional 5 days to get here. So for nine days we were washing dishes in the bathtub (no dishwasher).

Here is a pic. The one on the left is the old (exploded) one. The one on the right is the new one....

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I would say your household is real lucky that she knows where the shut off is and how to use it
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Mine is a different kind of plumbing mishap, and is one of the worst I've ever experienced, we were making a "manifold" to connect 8 new units to an existing city sewer. The city sewer was the best part of 50 years old, and the old 6ft stubs of concrete pipe. We make this manifold as per city code while the operator is digging 15' down to the sewer. We had 2 larger track-hoes both 320 series, one digging and the other moving the dirt away for the other operator to keep piling it up. We finally get to the sewer pipe about noon in July, and it's about 90 degrees. So we proceed to cut the pipe with a hot saw. As soon as the first cut makes it through, water just comes pouring out, and when the second cut is made and the old pipe is pulled out, the sewage comes pouring out next sewer rats(tampons), poops, pee, food, EVERYTHING that has gone through about 120 houses on the upside of this sewer poured into this hole, because the old city sewer main was clogged. Well, a job is a job and we still had to do ours. The cut was made to the exact length of our manifold, and the pipe was 12"pvc, connecting to 12" concrete(really about 16" thick) so the only way to connect these was a Fernco which takes EXTREME wrestling and fighting to fit 2 of these on "underwater" when they are made to be a super tight fit, needless to say, the 3 guys in the hole really were waist deep in crap, and having to play in it, while the sun is baking it. After about 45 minutes of fighting to get these on around the concrete pipe, because they run tight, we finish up and start heading out of the hole, about 2 steps up, Larry, falls backwards into the swamp. I spent about an hour and a half in the shower that night, and I'm sure Larry spent all night in there. Days like these I don't bring a camera because it obviously would have been ruined, but you could definitely see poop, tp chunks, food chunks, and tampons floating in this hole. Bloody ones.

But once the manifold was successfully installed, we had a pump truck come out and snake out the main, to get rid of this clog.
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Garage Door Cente(r); (Poster #18) Wonderful story. I used my imagination to make it 3D. I vote for you. Unless something more dramatic comes up.!
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haha thanks it doesn't take much imagining on that one. it was gross
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:47 PM   #21
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This isn't a major disaster but it was my second plumbing job ever.

I have a 50 year old house and I decided to renovate my upstairs bathroom. I ripped out the old vinyl flooring and sub floor. I put new ply and cement board to get ready for tiles. Then I re-drywalled most of the walls and skim coated the ceiling to look nice and fresh and new. Got everything sanded and looking sweet. Now it was time for some plumbing. My shutoff for my toilet looked about 100 years old and needed to be changed. So I check it out and its not soldered but a threaded shutoff...sweet...so I grab a wrench and start turning, nothing? I try harder still nothing? so i take a closer look at the threaded area and just below that the pipe looks sort of mangled like it has been hammered or welded to the shutoff. I finnaly realize that the pipe is galvanized and not copper pipe....and I'm not sure what to do yet...so I decide to go deeper...so i cut into the floory to make the hole bigger so i can see more....I see copper pipe...so I call a plumber friend of mine and he says just cut the pipe and put a new copper threaded nipple...ok no problem. So I try soldering the new shutoff on and try it out...it leeks....I try soldering more..still leeks...try soldering again...still leeks. By this time I have about ten blisters from my torch and from feeling the hot pipe. So I consult my buddy again...he says make the hole in the work area bigger...ok so i do. Now 1 hour later I still can't get this thing to solder properly...my plumber buddy finaly says "hay you have an old house right? The copper pipe is probably thicker gage pipe and needs to be heated longer in order to get hot enough..try heating up longer."

I heat then solder and bam it looks like the solder took. I sit there saying to myself finally I think it worked...now mind you I can't see the soldering job all the way around its under my floor...this is why I had all the problems.

Now its time to test...I go to the basement and turn on the water....I come up the stairs to the bathroom and I hear something like a waterfall...WTF!!! I run into the room and low and behold I left the shutoff in the open position..water is shooting up to my ceiling and all over my floor. It ruined my skim coat and I had to do it all over again.


That was one rookie mistake I wont make again.

Did i mention I hate sanding drywall.
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Limit 54;Poster 21! Nice. But I was expecting more drama! (Besides the empathy about the water damage and having to redo the work) But I had ONE Electrical disaster (Survived it. No major damage. The bark was worse than the bite.) And one heating system disaster??!!
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This plumbing "disaster" wasn't even supposed to have involved any plumbing, but such are the tales of home renovation projects.

I owned a smalled 60+ year old home in Oakland, Ca. I was determined to do some renovations - simple stuff. One project was to be removing the tile from the kitchen backsplash area and replacing it. My first mistake was deceiding to begin this project on a long holiday weekend. Well it sounded good at the time!

My first surprise came when I removed the old tile to discover that the plaster walls came away with the tile. So far away, that I was now staring that the lath and backside of my exterior siding! But I persisted. No problem rebuilding walls with the ready mix stuff later, right?

So on I went until I got to the faucet area of the sink. I needed to remove the faucet structure to get to the tile behind it. It was an old house, so to work on the faucet I had to turn-off the water to the entire house. The hot and cold pipes ran up through the wall vertically, emerging at 90 degree angles about 5-inches above the sink, and were joined in common by a horizontal pipe (interior to the wall) off of which came the faucet. A big "U" with the faucet in the middle. I dutifully got out my pipe wrench, and disconnected the hot and cold fittings so that I could remove the horizonal pipe and get to the tiled area behind it. But as I removed the cold water fitting, I discovered to my horror that the nipple, a very, very old nipple, that joined the piping from the wall to the horizontal pipe, disintigrated as I removed the fittings. Oh, did I mention that only half of it disintigrated? I was able to remove the nipple from the hot water side but not the cold. So now, not only was I looking at exposed siding, but the water to the entire house was shut off and I couldn't turn it back on because I could not remove the cold water nipple, nor could I plug the nipple since the exposed threads were the ones that disintegrated!!! I was stuck and it was a holiday weekend.

No choice but to call a plumber and pay the cost. I couldn't be without any water to the house for 3 days!! So I opened the yellow pages (this was way, pre-internet), and found a plumber who could come out within a few hours. And sure enough he showed on time. A big, burly man, well over 6-feet and well over 225 pounds. First he applies his pipe wrench to the frozen nipple - no movement. Then he adds a cheater bar... Still no movement. Then he gets up on my countertop, places his foot on the cheater bar and STOMPS!! Not once, not twice, but three times. The entire house shook. Sure enough though, the nipple moved and a few minutes later it was replaced and the faucet reconnected.

Feeling relieved, we turned on the water and tried the faucet. The hot water flowed smoothly. The cold water only trickled! What gives, I asked. The big, burly plumber poked about a bit and then concluded that some of the mineral build-up in my 60+ year old pipes must have become disloged during his "pipe dance" and was now partially plugging the water line.

I lived with this situation for a few weeks, getting cold water from the bathroom, until I could stand it no longer and the problem hadn't solved itself. So this time, on a non-holiday weekend, I scheduled a different plumber who had to run a new cold water line through half the house. Remember, all I started out to do was to replace the tile on the backsplash area?????

So the morals of this story are: 1) Never start a diy project unless you have funds set-aside to call in the experts - and on holidays! 2) There is no such thing as an easy job - unless you're watching a TV show on home repairs, 3) NEVER start a job on a holiday weekend!!
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AndieK....that was awesome...hahaha...last and final rule is don't start a project you are unsure of until you consult the DIY forum.

man backsplash turns into new cold water line..I love it.
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Of course consult the diy forum!! Only wish this type of resource had been available in the late 80's when my adventure took place!
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I've been laughing about your story all day. You have my vote Andiek
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As a plumber I deal with nasty stuff all the time, but only once did I just about drown in it!

I was called to a two story building where the drains on the 2nd floor were backing up. I soon found out there was a separate sewer service for the 2nd floor. I found this line in the basement which was only half as big as the building. The pipe came into the building on the side that didn't have the basement! The only access to the line was through a hole in the concrete wall which i could just fit through, about 5 feel up on the wall. Someone had dug this out to service this line a one time. There were several fittings that were improper and I was told that the plug had been there before. To set this up properly you should understand that this drain ran 60' along the "basement/crawl space" and then up to the second story about another 15'. I cut the drain to replace these fittings and install a cleanout. I figured it would be kinda messy so i had some rags to help with the mess. I cut the drain in the horizontal and again in the vertical where it came through the floor. After removing the piece of drain line I noticed on the up stream side that it was a solid plug! Then the plug started to move! I was mesmerized as this plug slowly came out the end of the pipe and held its shape like a playdogh in a press. It stayed intact until it was almost 2' out of the pipe! It then started to break off and move faster. I realized that I was in great danger of getting seriously gooped in this tight spot. I chucked my tools out the hole and dove through the hole scraping my shoulders on the jagged edges of the concrete and fell headfirst the 5' to the floor below. As I exiting the hole the line had let loose all 75' worth of raw sewage and filled the spot I was in and overflowed out of the hole I had made my escape through. To tell you how close I was to being engulfed the bottoms of my boots were coated with black nastiness.

And that is the day I almost drowned in poo.
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This is only sort of plumbing and it did not happen to me but to a next door neighbor well over 20 - 30 years ago. In rural Maine there were /are still septic tanks that were poured in place ( you can see on mine where the boards formed the walls) his concrete cover was apparently weak. He was a good sized man and the cover broke up and in he went There was no one around and he struggled valiantly thinking that there was no way that he wanted to die this way, and finally managed to pull himself out with a good deal of scrapes and bruises. Yuck!
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After removing the piece of drain line I noticed on the up stream side that it was a solid plug! Then the plug started to move! I was mesmerized as this plug slowly came out the end of the pipe and held its shape like a playdogh in a press. It stayed intact until it was almost 2' out of the pipe! It then started to break off and move faster. I realized that I was in great danger of getting seriously gooped in this tight spot. I chucked my tools out the hole and dove through the hole scraping my shoulders on the jagged edges of the concrete and fell headfirst the 5' to the floor below. As I exiting the hole the line had let loose all 75' worth of raw sewage and filled the spot I was in and overflowed out of the hole I had made my escape through. To tell you how close I was to being engulfed the bottoms of my boots were coated with black nastiness.

And that is the day I almost drowned in poo.
That story had everything. Action, adventure, poo... I'd like to buy the movie rights.
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No pictures to show but my story relates to a client (I'm the attorney). Client is 83 year old widow who wanted to find a home in the country for her and her son. The day after they moved in they noticed a little mud in the downstairs bathtub. No big deal right? Later, they take showers after a hard day of unpacking boxes and the water starts backing up from the floor drain. A few days after that and the toilet backs up with feces and the entire downstairs carpet is soaked. A few weeks go by before the issue is rectified and now we've got mold inspector and remediation project. Long story short, more than 25,000 to remediate, tear out old wallboard and rebuild. Who needs that kind of grief?

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