Monday, May 21, 2012

Mr. Plumber Boy

We had to call the plumber last week.   We had three plugged drains.   Three.   Mr. Plumber Boy came and he unplugged the first and second drains, no problem.   Ten minutes.   The third drain, the kitchen drain, was a different story.   I wasn't there when he came.   Fortunately, I was at work.  I can't think of too many scenarios where I would rather be at work than at home.   But this was one of them.   It took Mr. Plumber Boy three hours to NOT fix the kitchen drain.   Yes.  You heard me right.  Three hours to NOT fix the drain.   I guess he worked pretty hard . . . at not fixing the drain.   Nothing he did worked.   He snaked, he cranked, he ughed, he did just about everything he could think of.  So, he called his boss, the owner.   And Mr. Plumber Boy was told to bring out the big gun . . . yup - the acid.   

Big Mistake.   Mr. Plumber Boy had never used the acid before.  

This was my kitchen sink before - - 



 When we moved into our home 11 years ago, the kitchen was U.G.L.Y.  A throwaway from the 50s.   Some 50s stuff can be really cool and retro.  Our 50s kitchen was just plain ugly.  It wasn't until 8 years later when we were finally able to redo our kitchen - - and only because our dishwasher was kind enough to flood the kitchen and ruin everything, thereby homeowners insurance (and dishwasher manufacturer insurer) TO THE RESCUE!    And I got my new kitchen.   Still a small kitchen, but not an UGLY small kitchen anymore.   

Then enters Mr. Plumber Boy - - and acid.   

Now my kitchen (or at least a small portion of it) looks like this - - 

    
Yes, Mr. Plumber Boy splashed acid and ruined my sink and countertop. 

Enter Mr. Plumber Boy's boss and insurer . . . TO THE RESCUE.

41 comments:

  1. I should hope so. It looked so nice....

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    1. Compared to what we had, I thought it was beautiful!! haha

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  2. At least they are getting your sink fixed up.
    Your sink still looks better than mine.

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  3. They'd better be fixing it! I'd freak! My uncle is a plumber/HVAC man, and he fixes our problems for little-to-no cost . . . usually, he's satisfied with a pan of my lasagna, LOL! I hope everything goes smoothly!

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    1. It's so helpful to have relatives with skill!! Lasagna sounds really good to me right now!

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  4. OMG What an idiot!!!! I'm glad their insurance is fixing it b/c that is unacceptable. But did the acid at least work to unclog the drain?

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    1. That's the thing, JoJo - - the drain is still clogged!

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  5. Oh.. boy ... glad they're taking care of it though. (:

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    1. They were going to have to take care of it - - I'm just glad they're doing it willingly :)

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  6. I would be livid! Thank goodness their insurance will take care of it.

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    1. That's why I was happy to be at work - - less stress there :)

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  7. I certainly hope they will fix it! That would tick me off, too!

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    1. They seem to be quite willing to make it right, which is refreshing :)

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  8. Yikes! Today is the first day of my first ever kitchen remodel! Lets hope it'll be a while before I have to have plumber boy at my house!

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    1. Lucy! Exciting - hope you'll post pics!

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  9. in your comments you say "refreshing" .. that is just too funny !.

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  10. I'm stalling on our kitchen redo, but it really needs it. Your kitchen looks lovely.

    I'm pretty sure there would be swearing and stress tears if that happened to me. Hope they fix it quickly.

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    1. No swearing, no tears - - I was uncharacteristically calm :) But, yes, they better fix it quickly!!

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  11. Well, I think I had my question answered up above...still clogged? That is crazy! Is there a pair of sweat socks down there?!

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    1. I'm sure there's not a pair of socks down there, Andrea, as we seem to have only 'single' socks :)

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  12. Aw, shucks. Hope they make it right for you. One of my bathroom sinks is running slow, and I dread calling the plumber. Maybe I'll try the wire coat hanger first after your experience!

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    1. My husband called the plumber and didn't tell me cuz he knows I freak about those extra costs :)

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  13. PS the new blog design is fabulous!

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  14. Oh Noooooooooooooooo! Thank goodness for peeps that are bonded and insured!

    I am really sorry this happened but hopefully they will make it right!

    Happy Week!
    LuLu~*xoxo

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  15. oh oh!! I'm thinking young plumber boy is going to be in a heap of trouble over this!! But rightfully so glad that it will be handled by their insurance. Looked good before and hope it looks good again!! I tell you, its messy work but plumbers sure make a lot of money.......(especially if they are good ones)

    betty

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    1. plumber boy was really sweet, and I hope he doesn't get in too much trouble :(

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  16. next time .. draino ... i'd say trust me but i live in nyc ;)

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    1. tried draino - - daryl, you are one funny nyc chick! I'd totally trust you not to push me onto the subway train track :)

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  17. Oh no! That sucks! At least there is rescue on the way....

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    1. I expect our countertop to be fixed by a man in tights and a cape :)

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  18. I am visibly shaken and fighting the urge to vomit. That SUCKS!! I'm so sorry!

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    1. It does suck, but it would suck worse if I had to hire an attorney :)

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  19. I'm glad they are fixing it willingly. They should, but you never know. I think I would find a different plumber to find out why it's still clogged. Good luck.

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  20. awwww they should have sent someone with him if he wasn't ready--and it looks like he was not---hope you get it all fixed---lovely by the way!

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  21. Oh boy. Poor sink! And poor Plumber Boy who didn't know what he was doing. The question is, did it work? Is the kitchen sink drain working now?

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    1. It works but is very very slow :(

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  22. Acid...really. How in the world do you get acid off a counter top? I mean without replacing it? I hope to hear what the outcome of this is!

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