Water Problem

@cyrus123 (6364)
United States
September 25, 2009 1:09am CST
I'm a little late getting this discussion started. Some of youall know about the water problem that I had a week ago this past Monday and Tuesday. I also told several of youall that the plumber came late Tuesday afternoon and he had to bypass the timer in order for me to have water. He didn't work on timers, himself. I had to get another plumber out here to replace the valve that lightning struck on the timer last Friday. I just thought some of youall might be wondering if I ever got it all straightened out. Well, I did and everything is back to normal now, I'm happy to say. You never realize how much you take things like this for granted until you have to do without them. I just dread to get the bill!
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
25 Sep 09
hi kathy. i regret to tell you that i probably missed to give my response to your previous discussions regarding this. it might have been caused of the poor connection with my phone this past few days, i think it's over a week now, that i can only login to mylot and post from here, in the office. and as you know, i just pop in to here whenever i have free time. at night time, the problem is there, no good internet connection, so i also have poor performance on the Lot. anyway, it's good to hear that you already fixed your water problem. good work, my friend.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Do you have dial-up? I just wondered because I had dial-up with the first computer I had years ago. It was so slow, too! Now, I have fast access DSL and it's so much better. What happened was, we had a storm here a week ago Monday and lightning struck my house. My power was off for about an hour but it also struck both the transformer and the solenoid valve on the timer on my water heater. I was without water for a day or two and it was really rough. I just had to melt some ice in order for me to have water to wash myself with. It wasn't a very good bath, though. The plumber who came the first time didn't work on timers so he had to bypass the timer in order for me to have water. I had to hire another plumber to come out and work on the valve and the transformer. I got his bill today and it's no laughing matter. They charged me for labor and material to repair a 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. It was high, too! I won't say how much it was, though. I'm just glad to have it all fixed. Kathy.
@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Here is the link to the first discussion I started regarding my water problem if you would like to check it out. Not a referral link: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2132222.aspx. Kathy.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
28 Sep 09
no kathy, it's not dial-up but via 3G or wifi that i connect with my mobile phone. in the office it is also a broadband connection. well, i am happy for you that you already fixed your water problem. i will check about your previous topic. thanks, kathy.
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@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
25 Sep 09
I'm glad that you were able to take care of it. Yes when you call a plumber its scary because they are so expensive. I had a pin hole leak in my underground watering system for my yard. The plumber charged me $251.00 for 10 minute job. Then I had to call a plumber to disconnect my gas line for the dryer. So I called someone else because I shopped around for a good price. Well he said it would be about $75 t0 $80. So he came and took care of the problem and I asked him how much would you have charged for a pin hole in my unground hose. He said about he same amount as this job. I was ripped off big time. The earlier plumber that took care of my pin hole said he would charge 150.00 for disconnecting the gas line. Can you believe the difference. So you really need to shop around for the best buy when it comes to plumbers. I hope your bill won't be so bad. Take care and good luck.
@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I can't believe he charged you $251.00 to fix a little pin hole leak! That is just ridiculous! I had been using the same plumber for years but since he didn't work on timers, I had to call a different one. I got the bill today and it's pretty high! It's pretty close to what the first plumber charged you. He charged me for labor and material to repair a 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. I know it's complicated. Lightning must have struck both the valve and the transformer. These plumbers and all workmen, for that matter, talk so above my head and they tell me so much until it keeps me confused. I'm just glad to have water at least and I hope nothing like this happens again. Kathy.
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
26 Sep 09
Yes he did and when he did that he lost a customer. Sorry the bill was high for you too. All that talk is complicated to me too. Plus I sometimes believe they take advantage of females when it comes to things like that. We don't know about it so they can charge us whatever they want. Take care and have a great weekend.
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@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
29 Sep 09
Thank you for the best response nod. Take care and have a great evening.
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@greenline (14851)
• Canada
25 Sep 09
Hello Cyrus. Nice to see you, and so nice to hear that you fnally have the water problem fixed. Yes, indeed, it must be fixed as fast as you could. Otherwise, it would keep adding to your monthly charges for the water, being wasted. Good that you found a good plumber for it. I had similar problems with water and electricity too off and on. I have th keep the contact information of the service people handy.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. I got my bill today and it's no laughing matter. I won't tell you how much it was, though. They charged me for labor and material to repair a solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. I guess lightning struck both the valve and the transformer. It was a big mess. I'm just glad it's all fixed now, though. Kathy.
@drannhh (15234)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Oh, yuck, the bill! I would dread that too, but at least you can wash clothes and dishes and take a shower again. That is nice.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I got the bill today and it's pretty high! I won't say how much it is, though. They charged me for labor and material to repair a 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. I guess both the valve and the transformer were struck by lightning. It's complicated, I know. These plumbers, or any workmen for that matter, talk so above my head and they tell me so much till it's confusing to me. I'm just glad to have water at least. Kathy.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Glad it is all fixed now . and I would be afaid of the bill . We had plumber here a few months back cost us $187 just for 5 secs. of the snake to unplug the drains outside!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I'm glad it's all fixed, too. Aren't plumbers just ridiculous with their prices, though?! I got the bill today and I won't tell you how much it was. It was higher than yours! According to my bill, they furnished all labor and materials to repair a 1" solenoid vlave and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. Lightning must have struck both the valve and the transformer. It's all confusing to me. Workmen, especially plumbers, always talk so above my head and they tell me so much that it's hard for me to remember it all. At least I don't have to live like "Little House On The Prairie" any more, lol! Kathy.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
26 Sep 09
yes with that reapair I would say it was way above what we had to pay and yes they charge way to much fior the time spent. and you probably could have fixed it yourself alot cheaper if ya knew exatly what parts they were talking about . Usually it is the heating element that goes out and dont take much to replace it.!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
29 Sep 09
I wouldn't know anything about how to fix it, anyway. Kathy.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I'm so glad u got it all fixed. I hate problems like that & u are right we do take things like water, lights etc. for granted & when i don't have them i get all bent out of shape. lol. As for the bill, good luck.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I got the bill today and it was pretty high. I won't tell you how much it was, though. What they did was repair a 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 electrical transformer. I'm just going by what my bill says. Of course, they charged me for the labor and materials, too. I hate dealing with workmen, especially plumbers. I mean, they're always nice to me but they always talk above my head and tell me so much that it's confusing to me. Kathy.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I'm just thankful u got it fixed. I didn't need to know how much it was , that's none of my buisness. I don't think i ask either. Have a good sat., enjoy your water.
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@xmapril (75)
• China
27 Sep 09
we need water almost at any time, what can life be if there is no water? so a plumber is very very useful. there are other things that trouble:what if your window breaks? what if your cell phone does not work? life can be so difficult, so if time flies, then, thank godness!
@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
29 Sep 09
This is very true but sometimes plumbers are not very dependable. That's what irks me. I live alone, too, and it's hard to be here to wait on the plumber when you have other places to go and other things to do. I got the bill the other day and it's no laughing matter! Yes, it would be bad if my window breaks. That would be worse when there is so much crime in this day and age! As far as a cell phone not working, I can think of a lot worse things in that case. I'm just glad that my water is fixed now. I dread to get my water bill this month, though. Kathy.
• Malaysia
26 Sep 09
I am not too sure what you mean by "timer"? I thought it is just the normal water interruption problem by the authorities. This could easily be resolved by any plumber worth his salt. anyway,thank God, the water supply has been restored and you are back to civilization!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Hi gracefuldove! I had a timer put on my water heater a few years ago to help me save on my water bill. It cuts off my water at night about 11:00 P.M. and cuts it back on again around 9:30 in the morning. I hope that better explains it. I got the bill today and what they did was repair the 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. It was either the transformer or the valve or both that was struck by lightning a week ago Monday. It's complicated, I know. These plumbers tell me so much that it's hard for me to remember what they say exactly. I think it's funny the way you put it, lol. The water supply has been restored and I'm back in civilization. I'm no longer having to live like they did on "Little House On The Prairie", in other words, lol! Kathy.
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Hey cyrus! I'm happy to hear that things are finally back to normal again! I know how horrible it was to have things in such disarry! I hope that now things will be alright again and there won't be any more problems! I also hope that the bills won't be too terrible either! I know how those kind of things go when you aren't prepared for things like that happening! I hope that you will be able to relax a little more now!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Hi Opal26! It's good to hear from you. Yes, I'm back to normal now and I hope there won't be any more problems like this again, either. You just never know, though. I got the bill today and I won't tell you how much it was. It was pretty high, though. What they did was repair the 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. Evidently, lightning struck both the valve and the transformer. These plumbers, or anybody who comes to do any work on the house for that matter,, always tell me so much until it's confusing to me. I'm just so glad to have water now, though. Kathy.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
25 Sep 09
I am so happy that you got it straightened pout. I've always found that dealing with workmen - especially plumbers is a huge pain in the rear end. I hate dealing with them. They are another race of people. I had a drama earlier this year just rying to get a new bath installed. He went through the Wall OF THE BEDROOM/. i TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I know what you mean. Workmen, especially plumbers, are usually nice to me but at the same time, they talk a little above my head and they tell me so much that it confuses me. It's hard for me to remember it all, in other words. I don't like dealing with them, either. I got the bill today and I won't tell you how much it was. It was pretty high. What they did was repair a 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. I'm just going by what my bill says. Lightning must have struck both of them. They charged me for labor, too, of course. I don't understand why the plumber who installed your bath would go through the wall of your bedroom,! That would freak me out, too! I hope you haven't had any problems with it. Kathy.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
I am glad that you have them fixed already. It is hard not to have water. It is one of the basic necessities we have. We will also have the same problem. It is just that the water supply will be lost this evening until the whole day tomorrow. I hope it gets back soon.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I'm glad I got it all fixed, too. I hope I don't have any more problems like this for a long time. I sure hope your water supply won't be lost. Like you said, it's hard to do without it. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
@pergammano (7690)
• Canada
25 Sep 09
LOL....and I know it's not funny, but that bill "is something, you can take for granted, is coming~~~~and something you could do WITHOUT!" Here, where I live, even tho' it is a very small community...tradespeople do not leave your premises without pay in hand, they don't give you time to digest the contents, they catch you whilst you are still in shock, over the amount! LOL! Glad all is back to normal (except your bank account.} Have a great weekend, cyrus123! Cheers!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I got my bill today and it sure wasn't anything to laugh about. They charged me for all labor and material to repair a 1" solenoid valve and replace one 110/24 V. electrical transformer. I won't tell you how much it was but it was high. I guess lightning struck both the valve and the transformer. These plumbers talk so above my head most of the time and it keeps me confused.In other words, they tell me so much that it's hard for me to remember it all. I guess, in your case, you would have to make sure you have the money before you can call the plumber. It would be bad if you didn't have it and you really needed water, wouldn't it? I'm just so glad to have water now, though. I just hope nothing like this happens again for a long time. Kathy.