Thursday, December 22, 2016
Old Plumbing repairs ain't no fun.
Of all the trades I am intimately familiar, plumbing is the most unpredictable. Installing new plumbing, even repairing new plumbing 1-5 yrs old is okay, and usually a cake walk.
Some plumbers get a laugh
Anyone who has repaired ‘ancient plumbing’ 20-30 yrs old knows you cannot give a reasonable estimate on repairs if you are charging for time and parts. Over half the time when you change or ‘fix’ one thing, in the process, something else will go bad. Just moving drain lines a fraction of an inch when replacing a simple trap under your sink can create a leak in old pipes. I have actually ‘touched’ one of the old metal traps and it broke. The only thing left was the paper thin chrome coating, the metal was gone.
The old galvanized water line does the same thing, but they usually just have calcium and rust build up so you are only getting a very small hole to feed your drinking water through. Finally it just stops.
Plumbers did not accept the plastic or PVC plumbing at first, but today most realize it will outlast the older metal plumbing.
Our motor home is a 2000 model, so the plumbing is 16-17 years old. Also as Jerry Lee Lewis sang, “A whole lot of Shaking going on.” Over the 100,000+ miles. Last night It started with a sink that refused to drain. I spent approx. 12 hours before I was through with the simple job. LOL
I really don’t mind, but for many years I haven't been able to lift my hand above my shoulder with a tool in my hand that weighs over a pound. I have to figure ways to assist myself, and cheat. I have used both hands to put a drill on a latter, then propped my arm on a plank to drill over my head. LOL I exercise my arms when we get groceries. Sherry stands in the motor home and I try to left the lighter bags up to her.
Even in the UK, they want a laugh!
That is not complaining, we all do what we have to do to extend our limitations. Sometimes I come up with some dillies.
Anyway the job is done, no drips, new traps and some new PVC pipes added.
That plumbers crack is a fact, especially in the last 10 years
Life is good. I look forward to tomorrow.
There has always been the plumber's truck.