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Old 01-02-2008, 12:37 AM  
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After 25+ years in the trades there are some things I've learned to leave to the professionals - they're in, they're out, and it's done. I'll rod out a sink drain occasionally, and reluctanly clear a stopped toilet. But beyond that I figure my time plus the cost of renting a larger snake, is more valuble that the cost of hiring a plumber.

I'm guessing you probably could have done it yourself, eventually. I'm also guessing there are a lot of other home repairs and improvements you'd much rather do, and that you would be really good at. I think you're one of us.



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Old 01-02-2008, 03:35 PM  
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ok... so heres the scoop for the day... plumbers came this morning and tried to snake... then I mentioned the old septic tank... well guess what..... instead of the sewer district totally connecting homes to sewers... the left the septic tanks and connected to the end of them.... so basically, I am paying 30 bucks a month for them to treat just water... and not take away sewage...... so anyways.. the baffle was clogged for with a 'harems' amount of feminine products and the septic tank was full to just the bottom of the line.... So, I am guessing that with all the rain, it was just too much all at once.... I dont know. so for 175, I got the clog out and the sewer district came while I was out buying an electric heater (that story in a sec) and pumped just some of the goo out of the septic tank (my mother was there).... so. for now, no more problems......

the other story, woke up this morning with 3 inches of snow, no use of the bathroom (because of the septic), and low and behold, the heatpump finally quit working.... I was a little panicked.... but.. .my loan officer called about 11 this morning to let me know I could come and pick up the check.... so.... this week, I will be getting a new 2.5 ton heatpump and new return air vents under the house..... Now, if the house will just behave for a few months and let me catch my breathe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really appreciate you guys alot........... you are the best..... Too bad noone lives close, we could be repair buddies.... lol

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Old 01-02-2008, 05:11 PM  
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Hey Shan:
The plumber wasn't as hard on you as I predicted. My plumbing students at the prison used to tell me "a straight flush beats a full house anytime". I don't know about cards but that certainly makes sense to me.
You also got a good deal on the heat-pump. My geotheramal heat-pump has been running constantly since yesterday and lost about 3* overnight. It is supposed to be extremely cold again tonight but break for more pleasant temps by Friday.
Repair buddies, you do the negotiating and I will do the advising. It looks like you know where to find the best price.
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