The Fun I've Been Having In My Life...NOT. Repair work that is dragging on

@pyewacket (44037)
United States
October 25, 2010 10:53pm CST
Once again I've gotten behind in everything including being here as often as I would like, but then I've been having a lot of fun lately...uh NOT Brace yourself..a long post Okay scenario: For many months my jerk super has been mentioning to me that some kind of leak is coming from my bathroom area, specifically where the toilet is. My bathroom is over the entrance vestibule of my apartment building and yes one could distinctly see some kind of dampness on the vestibule ceiling. So like I said this has been going on for months and whenever I'd bump into the "genius" super he asked if I saw any leaking anywhere. Like how many times does he have to ask--I kept saying NO I don't see anything leaking...I often even said to him that if he wants to come in and check for himself, he could come into my apt and take a look, but despite the numerous times I'd invite him he never wanted to come in. Well the leak kept getting worse, not just a little dampness on the vestibule ceiling, but the whole section of the wall. The super kept refusing to check for leaks until finally a few Saturdays ago my bell rings early in the morning. Now I'm a night owl person and go to bed late and therefore I'm up late, so when my bell rang I was still in bed snoozing. I was going to ignore it feigning being out or something...but then thought okay let me see who it is. Well not only was it the super but two other guys...the plumbers that work for my landlord. So they investigate the bathroom and in their "genius" decide no, the leak wasn't coming from the toilet area, but the sink. Now my bathroom sink was still the original one placed when the building was built, so about 80 years old. So in their "wisdom" they declared I needed a replacement sink and an upgrade on the pipes and said they would be back on the following Tuesday (that Monday was Columbus Day, so a holiday). Okay so this meant Monday night I had to go to bed early to get up early on Tuesday for the plumbers to come. They came and unhooked the old sink, took apart the pipes, blah, blah, blah. Well the one plumber then made a discovery...NO LEAK from the sink area--like duh, I could have told them that since the sink isn't in the same spot where the "obvious" leak was showing...the toilet....so now the plumber said they would have to come back that Friday to check the toilet area and pipes. IN THE MEANTIME...I got a nice new sink with vanity and they even installed a matching new medicine cabinet... So now Friday comes...oy vey! Once again I had to be up earlier than usual and yikes you should have seen what the bathroom looked like when this other plumber takes out the toilet, smashes up the tile floor around the toilet area, and smashed in the wall behind it to get to the pipes...the place looked like a train had wrecked into the bathroom....uh, and oh, it was a miracle I didn't HAVE to actually go to the bathroom..thank goodness I didn't drink too much coffee is all I can say..LOL Well yes, they found the leak..changed all the pipes, then cemented the gaping hole where the toilet was and after many hours rehook the toilet only to discover that my toilet wasn't working right....NOW they deem that I needed a new toilet. So since it was still early enough in the day, the one plumber goes back to the hardware store that supplies everything needed to make repairs for the apts. in my building..and viola a new toilet was installed. Oh but the fun doesn't end...oh no, of course not. During the times the invasion of plumbers were here, they also declared that I could stand a replacement kitchen sink since mine was about 40 years old...okie dokie--fine by me---they were to come back the next Monday. Well guess what? They didn't show up...grrrr. They somehow got their signals crossed and thought they were to come Tuesday instead--was not a happy camper about that believe me. Anyway they did come on Tuesday...they yanked out the old decrepit 40 year old kitchen sink that was very corroded and made a god-awful mess with "rust dust" all over the place. The super who was there also, said "Oh you're going to clean up everything right?" Yeah, sure...I just looked at him like he had lobsters crawling out of his ears...like why the heck should I CLEAN the mess when you people are making it? The super did clean a bit and so did the plumber installing the sink...could tell the super was happy to clean the mess..NOT (my super is the laziest person alive and doesn't want to do anything) Well folks the saga hasn't ended. The one repairman was to come back last Friday to plaster up the still gaping hole in the bathroom wall behind the toilet...AND HE WAS A NO SHOW..He didn't come Saturday and didn't come today.....ALSO---they need to do some more work under the kitchen sink area. The flow of the hot water isn't too keen, not exactly a trickle but slow. Now on the back wall under the kitchen sink are the two main water valves that regulate the water for the whole apartment...one for the cold, one for hot. Well the way the jerk plumber installed the sink cabinet, it not only blocks the hot water valve, but by looking at the valve I noticed the valve is bent out of shape...in other words one can't turn on the flow of the water to make it faster--lovely...NOT When will my delightful repairs be finished? Mmmmm....at this rate maybe next year..and oh, it was also suggested I get a replacement stove/oven as it too is very old So these are the lovely events that have been going on in my life.... Okay folks...bring it on. Tell me of any of your experiences with repairs that have dragged on and on and on...and if the repairmen made stupid mistakes or decisions (like in my case, declaring the leak was from the sink and not the toilet when it was the toilet pipe all along) Did you also have to completely rearrange your schedule just to accommodate repair work done?
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
26 Oct 10
So I was living in this house run by one of the slum lords in Austin at the time - A.L. Moyer. I had told him that the range wasn't right, so he finally sends over a guy to look at it. From the GAS COMPANY!!! Well, he tags the range, and the hot water heater (meaning they can't be turned on until they are fixed or replaced) and was going to check the main gas line and our 2 little heaters... I call up Moyer and get his secretary "He's not in right now," she says. "Look, the Gas company just tagged the oven and the water heater, and he's checking the rest of the house! You are talking to a desperate WOMAN!" I told her. Believe it or not, he had a plumber out THAT DAY (and it WASN'T MOYER!) He fixed what got the hot water heater tagged, told them the range was going to have to be replaced ASAP - and told me that he didn't see any rodent sign in the attic or under the house! (I was far more concerned for the attic.) Moyer was such a cheap sake he fixed anything he could himself!
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
LOL--if I didn't know better and you hadn't given me your landlord's name I'd swear you're talking about the same person. My landlord is a slum lord as well. And tell me this. When my mother, grandmother and I moved into this apt. building, the now landlord was merely the painter for the buildings that the then landlady owned. He now owns at least 60 apt buildings, has casino/resort hotels in Greece and earns a minimum of $800,000 a year (amazing what one can find on the internet...LOL)---HOW THE HECK DID HE MANAGE ALL THAT?
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
My landlord manage his properties??....you got to be kidding...LOL
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Hi Pye, Wow, you sure have been having a time of things. I can't think of anything that I've gone through like that. At least not for a long long time. The maintanence men where I live are very good and speedy. It is good that you are getting all new things but the dragging out of this project would drive me insane. Just knowing that they could come back at anytime and not knowing when. Actually all I could picture while I was reading this story was you sitting on the toilet and it falling through down into the vestible.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
LOL---as I was writing my description of what I've been going through I kind of saw the humor in it since it sounds like something from a comedy show, doesn't it?
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
27 Oct 10
Oh it definitely does! Can you just picture the water building up and rotting out the floor and ceiling below and then there you are....Pye the door lady!
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
27 Oct 10
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Man pye, I feel for you, but not exactly the same. We own our home and so for a repair man we'd have to pay out of pocket. So, it is either my husband fixes it or we make a deal with a friend to help. The worse was when we had a water leak under the house many years ago and we didn't catch it until we noticed the bathroom/laundry room floor was getting soft. And since it took forever for the insurance to send a check, we barely got help as the washing machine started falling through the floor. Unfortunately I learned a lesson I was told before but didn't believe, "NEVER HIRE A RELATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" It was my brother in law, (now ex)who needed work so we hired him. Not only did he talk us into taking out a loan to do more work, but he left our home after taking off the shake shingles, leaving our home exposed to the elements as well as the attic opened..(My sister and never did have a great communication skills, yet they had kids, so I didn't want to sue because of them) We did finally get the home sided, after all we got a complaint, but it was hard and we had to do it ourselves..Fortunately a neighbor volunteered to supervise us while we finished because he was retired home constructor.
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
That's probably the reason repairs don't get done too speedily here. My landlord is real cheap even though he has more than enough funds to hire an army of people to work for him and do repairs instead of the handful he has, and yes, most I believe are relatives of his so he probably pays them next to nothing--oh I was able to find out how much my landlord rakes in ....about $800,000 a year. Amazing what one can find out via the internet, right?
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• United States
27 Oct 10
Wow, that's scary that you were able to find that out..lol Though I don't think I have anything to worry about, someone finds out how much we get they'd know we are not worth anything..lol I hope that they fix it correctly soon, maybe offer to help....
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@celticeagle (117647)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Oct 10
I think communication in all relationships, be it business or romance, is very important. I don't think your super was listening when you said:"No, nothing is leaking." As apposed to "not yet". I think if you didn't take it real seriously then why should he? If he wasn't smart enough to look ahead and think that if there was moisture then it is going be getting worse. Maybe you need to call a meeting and set down a list of things you feel still need to be done. Make sure they understand and get a time set down. That way you know they know and you have a time set down of when they plan to have it done regardless of when they are coming back. Then you can work on that!
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
My super still could have come into the apartment to check for himself...one thing with my super he's real lazy and doesn't exert himself much to begin with--also I think he's a tad bit afraid of me since he knows I follow the pagan/wicca path while he and his family are bible thumper types--he probably envisions me hunched over a bubbling cauldron casting spells all the time Calling a meeting wouldn't work...my landlord owns about 50 or 60 apt buildings and only has a few hired hands to do any work in apts--believe me with the money he gets yearly total from his tenants (about $800,000) he could hire an army
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@celticeagle (117647)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct 10
Ya, Bible thumpers are something else.I live in Mormon territory. Ikes!! I did a fake hex on a situation once and the poor bible thumper nearly had a coronary. Too funny. Maybe you should do one on him. Kidding! Funny to think about though. Some people just need a wake-up call. Is the $800,000 before or after taxes? Hehe I am a firm believer in Karma. If I wasn't I would be in a nut ward somewhere. My advise is just to keep plugging away and keep on him. That's about all you can do. And if you need some possitive vibes for a hex just let me know.
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@anniepa (27241)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Gee, Pye, I'm very sorry to say I can't quite match your experiences...NOT! My worst stories all seem to have to do with the cable company, just like Kramer on Seinfeld! There WAS one time with the telephone company years ago. It's always been the same thing - you make an "appointment" for a repair, the only problem is the appointment is just for the day - ALL DAY. As in they can come anytime between 9 and 5. Like you, I'm a night-owl so of course I'd have to get up earlier than usual so I'd be dressed and have the house straightened just in case they'd show up early, but OF COURSE, they never come until the last minute. The last time, they hadn't come yet at about quarter till five so I called and was told they were running quite late because there had been a storm the night before so there were some emergency calls. Fine, that part was true. Six o'clock, still no cable guy. Seven o'clock, I decide I'd better call again and guess what? All the repairmen were gone for the day and they'd be here the next day. They did show up the next day but not until after noon; I wasted a day and a half because they couldn't give me an approximate time of when they'd be here. GRRR!! Annie
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Deliveries are the same way with something like UPS--they say they deliver between 9 to 7 and of course they come around a quarter to seven, so a whole day wasted. One time in July I had to have my refrigerator replaced..they were supposed to come around 3 p.m.....they came 3 and a half hours later I guess our time is considered valuable, right?
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@anniepa (27241)
• United States
27 Oct 10
I think our time is what's the least valuable. I love the excuse, "Well, we got busy," as if WE'RE never busy! Annie
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@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Oct 10
oh poor pyewacket what a mess but at least you did not end up like we did getting evicted because the owner was teed off that we went to housing authority after the manager refused over and over to get plumber to stop the leak from the upstairs bathroom over our bathroom. water was trickling down all the time and stank too. finally we did go to housing authority who took one look at the mess and got their own plumber to repair after fixing the leak. they did a great job but when they sent the bill to the owner the old miser blew his top. the last place we rented and the rent was hideous 1200 dollars for two bedroom cruddy apt with a wall gas heater that the gas man refused to repair and just shut it off as he said it should have been replaced with a modern heater. Complaining to the manager was an utter waste of time; well the louse that laid myh son off fixed our lives u ntil just lately my son finally does have a job but I am still stuck here in this retirement center but at least we now have some hope.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Urgh--I had typed out a reply and it disappeared...love glitches don't you? With my landlord I keep a low profile and don't complain. I've lived here a long time and because of that I pay low rent, so I never make waves
@BarBaraPrz (19590)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
26 Oct 10
And you didn't even mention that your email addy still spits out the occasional spam... How did Kissy fare through all this?
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Oct 10
That's weird. How can you be getting those emails? I deleted all my contact info so if my account was hacked again they couldn't lift my address book of contacts. Kissy's been smart and hiding whenever the repairmen come
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@BarBaraPrz (19590)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Oct 10
Maybe the spam's just free-floating out there in the ether and comes down to land every once in a while.
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• United States
27 Oct 10
I just had two of those emails over the last couple of weeks. One came to my email and the other went into my spam folder...really weird stuff.
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
28 Oct 10
Hey pye! I unfortunately can identify with your nightmare! I also live in a very old building with lousy plumbing and a bunch of morons who don't ever know what they're doing. Everything they do either makes things worse or has to be done over and over again! I'm sorry that you're going through this because I know how upsetting it is to live in a place that is "under repair" and a mess! The only "good" part is that at least you will be getting "new stuff" and maybe in the end it will be worth it?
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
30 Oct 10
Sounds you might have a super like mine. He's the type that can't put a light bulb in right...LOL. And yes when he does "repairs" he usually makes it worse--like the times he use a pressurized pump to de-clog my bathtub...what shot up was this sludge that looked like it was from the sewer...it went all over the place..walls, ceiling, floor...did he clean it? OF COURSE NOT--Took me three hours to clean it all up
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
30 Oct 10
Sorry for laughing, but I had the "guys" here last week doing the same thing in my kitchen sink and tub so I know exactly what you mean! They "blew out" that stuff that looked like thick black sludge and left it for me to clean also off the walls, floor, and I had just cleaned the tub earlier that day! They are so pathetic
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Last spring (at least it was kind of warm) someone hit my gas meter. They were delivering something to my neighbors and hit the meter backing up. My gas meter is up by my mailbox 175 feet away. My neighbor came and told me about it and said he smelled gas and gave me the name of the company. I called them and they said they would have a plumber come out and fix it and call me. I didn't hear from the plumber, so I called them. The gas company had to come out and turn the gas off. The plumbers finally did come out and do the work. It turned out they weren't accredited with my gas company so they wouldn't come out and turn it back on until the plumbers sent the proper paperwork. They did and the gas company came out and said that the work wasn't done to their specifications and wouldn't turn it back on. I had to have the plumbers come back out and fix it again and they left some tools here. The gas company came back and turned it on finally. Then I had to call the plumbers and tell them that they had left stuff here, in case they were looking for it, but at least the gas was back on. In all the gas was off for a week, and during that time I had no hot water or heat. It was spring so I didn't really need the heat, but taking a shower with cold water was out of the question. I just washed off, but with cold water, I did it as quickly as I could. I had to heat water to do the dishes, so I didn't do them as often as I usually do! It was a nightmare experience and none of it was my fault at all! At least I didn't have to pay for any repairs or anything, but it was a nightmare all the same.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
27 Oct 10
That's horrible with your mix up there and then not to have hot water...what about gas...do you have a gas stove or electric??
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• United States
27 Oct 10
I have a gas stove and water heater! I don't cook that much anyway and I have a microwave so I had to heat water in it to do the dishes. The dryer is electric so I could still do laundry, but I didn't have hot water, so there were some loads I couldn't do.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Oct 10
WOW what a mess and ordeal. yup always have o turn your schedule around to please them and they do usually come in the mornng but then I get the thing will be there between this hour and that hour. Had a plumber here once for some reason he had to cut a hole in my bathroom above the sink to get to pipes that was affecting my daughters bath room put scews in it to put the dry wall back up and left it like that didnt tape it and fix it to look nice I hade ot buy something to put over it. and of couce they have always left a mess. Now my SOn in law does most of work and he cleans up the mess!
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
27 Oct 10
I think was also aggravates me no end is when repairmen tell you they'll be at a certain time and then are hours late. This happened when I got my replacement refrigerator and they showed up 3-1/2 hours later
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Oct 10
yup that would be madding for sure!
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
3 Nov 10
Sorry Pye, i don't have a story to relate but I just cannot get the picture out of my head of you, sitting to the vestibule due to the leak weakening everything.
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
4 Nov 10
LOL--good thing it never got that bad...yes the image of me landing down in the vestibule while sitting on the throne is hysterical
• United States
1 Nov 10
don't feel bad pye..some of my sinks are so old (140) they have no shut off's..straight line in,line out.repairs you have to turn off the building. it is how it was first added in 18godknowswhat. um..probably the newest furnace.we found out the whole chimney had to be redone. so add three months before they even showed.by that time it's november,and it's like hey jerkwads..i'd like some heat this year!?
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
4 Nov 10
You have sinks 140 years old....???? Hope you get heat soon. Our super hasn't exactly been very generous with heat coming up--ever since the system was switched to "automatic" settings heat comes up only a trickle and for a short time
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 10
Well there we have one of R's good qualities. He does most of that stuff himself, and he cleans up after it too. So I have no horror stories to tell. I hope it is all fixed now and you have nice new stuff and don't have to deal with this again for a long, long time...
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
30 Oct 10
Nope--the repair saga isn't quite over yet
• United States
28 Oct 10
What a nightmare! I don't have any repair horror stories to share, and hope I never do for sure. It's nice that you got the new stuff, but the gaping hole and low pressure hot water are irksome and need to be fixed! I hope the super gets on the ball and arranges to have those issues resolved.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
28 Oct 10
Well it wouldn't be the super to arrange things or repair..heck, he can't put a light bulb in right
@AmbiePam (48652)
• United States
27 Oct 10
I'm flashing back to the pipes under my kitchen sink a couple of years ago when I lived in the bottom apartment. You have my utmust sympathy during this very difficult time.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
28 Oct 10
Believe it or not I remember you mentioning about all your fun in a discussion
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
27 Oct 10
What an annoying mess! I hate cleaning up after work men have been! It reminds me of when we did our extension to our house around five years ago. The trade’s people who were booked by the building company would usually be a no-show or turn up unexpectedly generally if I happened to be on my way out! The mess was unbelievable especially the one left by the plasterers! The builder was supposed to organise someone to clean up which he did but the guy barely did anything when he finally showed up. The worst experience was when they had to move a window from one wall to another in one of the bedrooms. They promised me they would use a wet saw so there would not be any mess. Well they didn’t use a wet saw and there was very fine white dust everywhere including inside my wardrobe which was full of clothing and shoes; everything was covered in white and had to be washed or cleaned and it turned out to be a hellish job! It took weeks to get the place clean again after they finished everything! Hope you get all your repairs finished in not too long.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
28 Oct 10
Well here I am sitting and waiting for the repairmen to come today...he was a no-show on last Friday, nothing on Sat. Mon or Tues. Then guess what? I went out just yesterday, Wed and yup...while I was out he came. The only way I knew this is that my jerk super called and left a message for me..so it was understood that the repairman would come today...oh yeah? STILL WAITING
26 Oct 10
Hi Pye, Gosh!!! you are having fun aren't you, LOL!!, well with me its the gas people, when we ring them out for anything, they say they'll be there in the morning but never turn up till late afternoon and them they don't finish their job and have to come back the next day, well there are three of them too and I always calls them the "Three Stooges, one to look, one to decide what to do and there other to actually do the darn job!!!. Bright Blessings Tamara
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
27 Oct 10
Maybe that's what I should call my super and the repairmen...the Three Stooges