The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Fuck.

    There's water leaking from the bottom join where my shower wall meets the floor. A tiny thin wet streak. Shower pipes are to the left so not that. On the floor above I have a pot filler and a piped water for the ice machine, but a check under the cabinets show no water. Neighbouring apt has no water along that wall but for the built-in sprinkler system.

    Super thinks that due to bad caulking water has gotten into the tiles and is working it's way down. The caulking is a little shity, but I haven't showered there for 30 hours and there's no way that much water is behind the tiles.

    Fuck.

    lefty
     
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  2. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Good luck with that one lefty. A friend recently had something like a $5000 quote to redo a shower pan. 'Course it was for a lawsuit so there's no telling how much it actually costs to have it done.
     


  3. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    I don't think the shower pan is faulty. The water is coming from inside the tiles and exiting at the join of the shower wall and floor. There's no leaking into the apt below.

    Water has now stopped. I will observe for a few days and if there is no more, I have to assume that the super was correct and it was faulty caulking and water reached saturation point. With any luck the drywall hasn't been damaged and it is simply replacing tiles and recaulking entire shower area.

    Of course, this being NY...

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    lefty
     


  4. texas_jack

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    The hot water circulator pump doesn't work which results in long waits for hot water. Thankfully we have a home warranty that will pay to fix it. Unfortunately he has to bring it up to code first and that, of course, isn't covered. So I have to pay $500 just for some stupid valves and expansion tank.
     


  5. Ataturk

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    It'd probably be much cheaper to replace the recirculator yourself.
     


  6. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    lol, when i saw ataturk had a post in this thread on the main subscriptions page, I thought "I bet he's telling someone to fix it himself."
     


  7. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Those things are about as hard to replace as a light bulb. Home warranties usually have high copays, deductibles, whatever you want to call them, anyway. He's probably paying a hundred bucks to the insurance company, plus $500 to the plumber for bullshit, to replace a $100 part he could have done himself in an hour. So, yeah.
     


  8. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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  9. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    I do recommend selecting health insurance with a decent emergency room copay...
     


  10. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    One of my first big home projects had a credit card bill that read:

    Home Depot
    Home Depot
    Al's Plumbing
    Westbrooke Emergency Room
    Home Depot


    Had a GC over and he agreed that it looks like faulty caulking. We found some movement in one tile. And now looking at removing glass door and wall, removing two runs of glass tiles (hoping like hell I can reuse some of them as I have only five in reserve and they don't make these any longer), and redoing all the caulking.

    Estimate to come tomorrow. Best guesses on price? I'm thinking $1200.

    lefty
     


  11. texas_jack

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    Deductible is $75. He's charging the insurance company $500 for the pump and $300 for the labor and pipe. I don't have a torch so I can't really repipe the thing which is necessary since it's all corroded. Plus it's hard wired so I definitely ain't messing with that. My $500 is strictly for the code bullshit.
     


  12. i10casual

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    I have a positive story. My new little house was spared a lot of expense by the builder. This past rain season killed my porch roofing and water came into the house.
    The adjuster decided we needed a new carpet (potty training a 2 yr old is no joke) and issued us enough money for the fix, paint and a new laminate floor.
     


  13. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Honestly I don't know how much the pumps cost before the plumber marks them up, but the torch would be about $15 and hardwired power is really nothing, like changing a light fixture. There's just two wires and a ground, and with the power off they can't hurt you. Hell, you could easily do it with the power on, just use insulated tools and cap the wires with wire nuts as you take them off. I'm not saying you should do it that way, but if you know what you're doing it's not really dangerous. It's not that much to learn and once you know it you're set for life. A good investment if you're young...
     


  14. RedLantern

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    ^ +1. Also, youtube is a boon in this regard. I might not trust any particular video telling me how to install a light fixture, but I am confident that if I draw from many sources I can get a good idea of what I should be doing. For instance, when we put our kitchen in downstairs (already roughed in), I'm planning on plumbing the sink/dishwasher.
     


  15. Ataturk

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    Apparently Uncle Sam tightened the restrictions on dishwashers' electricity and water usages again, and the new standard is being implemented now. So if you plan to replace your dishwasher and want one that's designed to get dishes clean instead of rationing electricity and water as if everyone lived in a desert with a third-world power grid (i.e., California), get it now. This time of year is when they clear out the old models, IIRC.
     
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