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    So far we still have the walls to put back up on part of the bathroom, the floor to lay down, the sink to be put in which can't be done until the wall is done, holes to be patched that had to be cut to get to electric lines You know the usual stuff. But the best(?) part: When they turned off the water to the house to do some of the plumbing, the shut off valve broke off, the one inside the house. They were able to turn the water back on using a wrench BUT it needs to be replaced. Since the lines in the ground have been there since the house was built, 50 years ago, I fully expect the main water line to start leaking as this is what happens when people on this street replace the shut off valve inside their houses. Which will result in a very costly repair. We do have insurance on the water line and when I spoke with them a while ago, they will send a plumber to replace the shut off valve as it is under our coverage, and if it starts leaking outside, they will also repair that up to $5000. Not too bad, right? The front of my house is on a hill and the water line is about 10 feet under ground. See where I am going with this? Then to make matters worse, when I was in the basement yesterday, I noticed a spot of water on the floor where there shouldn't be any water. Yep, you guessed it. I looked up and the hotwater line is wearing thin and needs to be replaced. My son looked at everything, and said "Mom, it all needs to be replaced." Luckily, he has about 1,000 hours under a master plumber and can fix that for me. After all that time, he decided he didn't like plumbing. But at least he can fix it!! Gee, I sure hope this bathroom is worth it.
    Betty

    "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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    Oh, my gosh! I hate plumbing! Glad your son can fix it for you otherwise it could cost a fortune to hire a plumber. I wish you luck, though. That may be one reason I rent.
    I used to own a house, course the ex got custody of it. Bad for her, good for me...well, that is till the sheriff came round wanting the back payments. Too bad for her, she lost the house. Too bad for me, she never transferred the title into her name. My credit got hit with the repo. Bummer for me, major bummer....

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    • #3
      Betty - I feel your pain. We had a bathtub that was installed in the 70's, without supports under it. Through use, the bottom cracked and leaked down in the basement & over my computer. We were able to get the tub resealed (cheapest option), but were told that it would only last for about 10 yrs. That was 10 yrs ago, so it is only a matter of time before we have to redo our bathroom.
      Good luck with getting your bathroom finished.
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      • #4
        I feel your pain. All restorations and upgrades in an old house will escalate especially plumbing. Good luck!! I do all of my own plumbing and really respect the profession.
        Our house was built in 48 by a guy that didn’t own a level or measuring tape and certainly knew nothing about plumbing.
        Rolf
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        • #5
          Betty your story brings back painful memories. We moved to this 50yo house just over 4 years ago. The first thing we wanted to do was the bathroom. We got hold of the plumber (a relative - most people are over here), who gave us a list of things he needed done: a trench outside, a smaller one inside in the concrete and then ripped everything out. He then said he'd be back in a week when all the trenches were done and install.

          "Hey fella what about the toilet?"
          "Use the other one for a week."
          "what other one.

          It was a long week, but I got those trenches done in no time.

          Happy days.

          Thinkin of ya
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          • #6
            Guess there is something to say about "outhouses", didn't seem to have many problems except the smell. Hope your troubles get fixed real soon.
            Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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            • #7
              Plumber came today from the insurance company. Since they didn't keep the crumpled shut off valve, not under warranty. Only $175 to fix. Think I will have them still do it so that when, not if, the pipe breaks in the front yard it will be their company that replaced the valve and not my son and they can't deny that claim. I hope. Hubby making progress. I think he's taking tomorrow off. Something about getting a felled Cherry tree from someone's yard and taking it to the saw mill he volunteers at. And so it goes.
              Betty

              "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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              • #8
                Been there, done that. Good luck and keep the outhouse working. I hate doing plumbing work since my efforts always leak but I hate the bills from the plumber almost as much. Rock and a hard place.

                george
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