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Oct 19, 2013 8:22AM

Our house was 37 years old when we bought it. There were renters living in it at the time. We paid for an inspection, which we got. But, when the inspector came to do his work, the renters didn't leave. They made some excuse about not knowing we were coming and spent the whole time "cooking" in the kitchen some very strong smelling food and sort of blocking  the sink, dishwasher, stove area...


Our inspector and us were not bold enough to force them out of the kitchen while they were in there, but we all just assumed that everything in there worked OK, and big surprise...when we moved in found out the sink was totally clogged, dishwasher couldn't run because of the sink issue, and garbage disposal was ruined from all the rot sitting in there. Also, the stove was half broken and gas leaking-which we couldn't smell at the time because of their food smell.


So, had to replace it all and have plumber come in and fix plumbing problems. Thank goodness we had a one year warranty from our realtor, because it ended up to be about $2000 in new equipment, pipes and labor.


So, even with an inspection, you sometimes don't know what you are getting into.

Jul 1, 2013 8:29PM
That's it, show a female doing plumbing work. Everything is so ****centric these days.
Jul 1, 2013 6:21PM
Well i have been in the trades for many years. One thing I don't understand is why some one that is going to purchase a house with their hard earned money does not have the home inspected.  I know I hear that the home has been inspected all the time. There are people that inspect homes prior to purchase that will tell you most if not all  of the problems you will encounter when you take possession.  it will also give you the power to negotiate price or budget for repairs.  Some finance companies will tell you it has been inspected and all they found was a small plumbing problem. Easy fix. Well that may be galvanized pipe and that little problem may be a big problem due to the pipes are all the same age. That one little leak can turn into a can of worms. By the way the inspector was some guy that was a friend of a friend. Just get a licensed home inspection and save a lot of headaches. There are home inspectors that will not only tell you what the problem is but how to fix it yourself or at least let you know what all will have to be done to do it right. You get photos to see places that you will probably never see as long as you own your house.  I do agree with yakyak on a lot of things. Pipe wrenches and channel locks are used on chrome when you don't have the proper tool. Just put a cloth over the teeth. You just need to be creative.
Jul 1, 2013 6:16PM

Will regard to water hammer, your best bet is to install an expansion tank on the inlet pipe to the water heater. A 2.5 gallon expansion tank for water heaters up to 40 gal. and 5 gal for 50 gal. and above. These act as a shock absorber for your entire house water supply and extend the life of the water heater. They are required for new installations in most places, but can be added as a retrofit in existing systems.

A plumbing inspector once told me that localized water hammer arrestors ultimately aren't that effective because they eventually saturate. I have a feeling that's why they came up with the expansion tank.

Jul 1, 2013 4:29PM

Please! We just bought a home last month and I WISH these were my problems! We had to replace all 3 exterior doors because the wood in the frames was so rotten, it wouldn't even hold the screws for the new locks we were trying to put in.


We've had to have an electrician friend of our rewire half the house. He said he's surprised the place hasn't caught fire yet as jerry-rigged as the wiring was in there.


We have to snake out the drains from the roof. (That one's not a big deal. Just a pain.)


We have to tent the house to spray for dry wood termites, big-headed ants, and German roaches.


And this is just the stuff to make the house SAFE. We haven't even started working on making the house look nice. My floor is covered with sawdust and sand.


And believe it or not... this is the house we looked at with the LEAST amount of work to be done. The others were far more damaged!

Jul 1, 2013 3:58PM
stains in your ceiling, spray bleach on it. it works very well on water stains.it may take a couple of times but it beats repainting the whole ceiling
Jul 1, 2013 3:42PM
I like the woman under the sink.  I likey.
Jul 1, 2013 3:35PM
Woman under the sink???  That is sooo MSN.
Jul 1, 2013 1:02PM
Not that it has anything to do with the article.  I had to kind of chuckle when I saw the picture.  I remembered back in the late 70s when I was going to college and I had a pretty good summer house painting biz going for myself.  This lady came out one day from a house next to one I was doing some scraping on, and she asked if I did any odd jobs.  She had on the big leather tool belt, t-shirt, work boots.. entire get up.  Went over and she was trying to renovate this house by herself because she was a woman on a mission... every room was torn apart and just a mess.  She had me take a look at a bathroom she was trying to do (the picture) all the plumbing was wrong, the toilet wasn't set right, the drains were leaking the shower head was flooding behind the dry wall and the tile all looked like it was cut with a sledge hammer.  But she was proud of it.  I told her she should probably find a good contractor.  Sorry for rambling, just thinking back 40 years for fun.
Jul 1, 2013 12:14PM
Slide#2... Most homes since about 1990 use construction adhesive between the decking and the joist. as It aids the nails and acts as a rubbery cushion. They are not using it in the slide. Amateurs :) Use 8d coated common nails. Screws are better but more expensive.

Slide#3... Never use channel locks or a pipe wrench on chrome fittings unless you like looking at teeth marks all over it. The make a strap wrench just for them fittings.

Slide#4... Slim chance the hinge screws backed out if it was installed correctly. Most tight doors is they shimmed it out tight when it was first installed then winter weather tightens it up the rest of the way. The easiest fix is to use a hand planer on the doors edge. It takes less than 5 minutes plus paint/stain time.

Slide#6 ....When balancing a fan I always measure each blade tip from the ceiling as one might have a bent bracket. Then proceed with the balance kit. You just have to play with the slide clip on each blade sliding it in and out. Then when you are happy install the permanent weight.

Slide#7... Pipe knock is when the pipe jumps and hits the wood or even the clamp. A shock arrestor is your best bet. Old timers would install a "T" fitting like behind the shower or water heater and add another foot of so of pipe and cap it off. It acts as an air cushion similar to a shock absorber. Almost the same thing as an expensive modern shock arrestor.

Slide #8... When cutting a patch, cut the patch first and then use it as a pattern to draw a line on the wall, then cut the wall. You'll have a much better fit that way. Hold blocks of wood half way behind the wall and leave half out for the patch to screw to. Use sheetrock screws.

Slide#9... Stain Kilz works just as good and is made just for that.

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