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Saying no to a plumber

My wife and I had a plumber come in to snake the drain in our master bathroom, and he discovered the pipe curves in a way his snake couldn't go. The clogged drain is ultimately due to the galvanized pipes in our 1925 home. What's the best way to tell this company that we're going to go with a different company? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jul 15, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I hire a good tree trimmer, plumber, electrician, etc?

Me and my partner both grew up in families that rented, and we both continued renting into our adulthood. Every time we've had a maintenance problem we've just done what our parents did and called the landlord or maintenance man. But now we own our own home, and though we're lucky that the previous owners maintained the place so well, it's going to start needing additional maintenance soon. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on Mar 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Dishwasher questions -- trying to avoid a portable machine

There is a great spot in my small kitchen next to my refrigerator for a dishwasher. I would like to avoid one of those portable ones with wheels that you have to roll out and hook up to the sink. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Jan 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Ontario plumber hassles

Hired plumber to fix water softener. $357 later I am worse off than I was before I hired the plumber. What remedies are available to me in Ontario...? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Nov 22, 2013 - 2 answers

For career and appropriate tech: Should I be an electrician or plumber?

I'm currently in the application process for the plumbers/pipefitters and electricians unions in my area. I'm trying to decide which one I'd prefer, if I get a choice. I like that both are licensed trades where I could work on big industrial/commercial projects but also have good residential skills. Also, I'm interested in alternative/appropriate/transition technology -- and I'm wondering which trade would give me more versatile skills for that sort of application. Any advice on which trade might give me more skills to make appropriate tech? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me replace a faucet and save $457.50 (plus tax!)

How do I replace a shower faucet? (difficulty - Stripped screw) [more inside]
posted by ramix on Sep 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Hello Mr. Blue Collar, You've Hit a Milestone!

I'm looking for ideas for anniversary gifts for 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 year marks for employees my company. I work in a very blue collar maintenance field. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Aug 14, 2013 - 28 answers

how to find decent plumber/handyman

We have a plumbing emergency, and a backlog of household projects and repairs. [more inside]
posted by Lizzle on Jun 4, 2013 - 13 answers

PlumbingAccidentFilter, UK edition

I let the plumber in to replace the hot water tank this morning, and just got home to find that he'd flooded the floor of the 3rd floor bathroom badly enough that there's water leaking through the *extractor fan opening* of the bathroom immediately below. There's also a small run of water out of a light switch in the 2nd floor wall. The house is full of little pools of water that I don't know if they have been tracked there or have leaked through. How compromised are my electrics and what is the plumber's liability? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Mar 13, 2013 - 6 answers

An Awesome Bay Area Plumber

I'm looking for recommendations of a good plumber in the Bay Area, ideally SF [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi on Jan 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Becoming a Plumber in NYC

I'm interested in becoming a plumber. The local union has told me that its doors are closed for the next two years, so I'm looking for workarounds... [more inside]
posted by incomple on Nov 6, 2012 - 9 answers

DIY Filter: The nuts on my kitchen faucet won't budge. Help me figure out what to do next. Details inside.

DIY Filter: The nuts on my kitchen faucet won't budge. Help me figure out what to do next. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on May 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Witty title

Know a good plumber in seattle? Faucet's pivot-stopper is broke where it connects to drain stopper inside pipe, where i can't reach it. Should be easy for a pro. Know anyone, or have other recommendations? Sorry for the question but I don't want to go in blind here.
posted by uni verse on Feb 20, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I learn to become a handyman?

How do you gain "handyman" skills to the extent that you can manage a rental property? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Aug 16, 2011 - 20 answers

Plumbing filter: are all "one hole" kitchen faucets the same size (diameter)?

Plumbing filter: are all "one hole" kitchen faucets the same size (diameter)? [more inside]
posted by Mid on May 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Gradual leak between second and first floors - any ideas?

Verrrrryyyy slooooowwwwly accruing water damage on our first floor ceiling. What gives? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Jul 27, 2010 - 16 answers

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on May 19, 2010 - 14 answers

What can I Expect From A Plumber

What should I expect when I calling a plumber in to fix a (possible) leak? [more inside]
posted by alan on Mar 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Roofers, plumbers, carpenters in Portland Oregon

I'm looking for some referrals for a few good skilled trades-people in Portland, Oregon. I just bought my first home and I want to be prepared when issues come up (as they already have), so I'd like to find Metafilter's favorite roofers, plumbers, carpenters, general contractors, etc in the PDX metro area. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Mar 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Who is Joe?

Whatever happened to Joe the Plumber? Is he, or rather the representation espoused by him, relevent anymore to American politics?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 30, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I help my elderly father continue to live alone in a giant house?

How can I help my elderly father continue to live alone in a giant house? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing on Dec 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Looking for a Plumber in Berkeley

Looking for a plumber in the East Bay (California). [more inside]
posted by lore on Oct 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Home repair referrals in Minneapolis please.

I need a referral to a plumber in Minneapolis who can do a good job replacing my 1930 toilet. Also need a roof repair, sidewalk, and tree removal. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious on Sep 20, 2009 - 9 answers

The plumber broke what the plumber is fixing

If the plumber comes and causes more damage, can we be expected to pay for it? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Sep 14, 2009 - 8 answers

How do you find a good plumber?

How does one go about finding a good plumber anyway? [more inside]
posted by Teira on Aug 5, 2009 - 13 answers

said yes to bad quote; screwed?

Got overcharged by a shady plumber, paid the ridiculous cost. Do we have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Jun 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Shaka, When the Walls Fell

Leaking something in an upstairs bathroom leads to ceiling falling in. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anti social order on Jun 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Sudden drop in water pressure on second floor

What can I do to investigate a sudden drop in water pressure (or flow) in the second floor only of my house before I call a plumber this Monday? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Apr 11, 2009 - 9 answers

"A famous Joe? Joe Mamma" is not a good answer.

Who are some famous LIVING people, in America, who are named Joe, who are not fictional and, very important, who are NOT plumbers? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 12, 2008 - 29 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Helpful people/info in Woburn, we needs it!

We are moving to Woburn, MA and need helping finding a variety of services there. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack on Jun 30, 2008 - 5 answers

What should I try before I take the plunge and bring in a plumber?

My toilet blocks repeatedly, what to do? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jun 11, 2008 - 20 answers

Maintenance for Dummies

What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on May 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Glass down the garbage disposal?

We broke a glass in the kitchen sink and cleaned it up as best as we could, but now the garbage disposal is jammed. Do we have to call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Oct 17, 2007 - 13 answers

Sump pump plumber.

Please recommend a plumber in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by CMichaelCook on Jan 5, 2007 - 1 answer

Clothes Dryer -- installing 220 voltage or gas line?

DryerFilter -- In an early 20th century apartment in San Francisco, which is cheaper to achieve a dryer (i.e., the appliance that accompanies a washer): hiring an electrician to install 220 voltage, or hiring a plumber to run a gas line from the stove? Which is ultimately more energy efficient? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Nov 14, 2006 - 14 answers

What costumes ideas involve a large wrench?

My friend recently received a large orange wrench is his "Bag of Crap" purchased from Woot.com. What impromptu Halloween costumes could stem from using this wrench as a prop-piece.... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 on Oct 26, 2006 - 23 answers

Kitchen faucet and disposal just mutinied. Help!

My kitchen is systematically going on strike. Last week, my kitchen faucet stopped working. The sprayer thingee still works when the water is on. All other water appliances still work. Just no water from the kitchen sink. The next day, my roommate tells me that the garbage disposal isn't running. Everything else on that circuit is running fine. What to do? How do I fix this? Do I call an electrician, a plumber?
posted by donmayo on Oct 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Flush, you bastard!

Weekend (emergency) plumber needed in Seattle! [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Dec 2, 2005 - 7 answers

Where can I find good help these days?

Where can I find good electricians, plumbers, handymen, and whatnot in Baltimore? Is there a centralized resource where people can find out who's good, who's cheap, whose repair work is going to need repairing by another contractor, etc etc? Must one rely on word-of-mouth or blindly picking a name from the phonebook?
posted by schroedinger on Aug 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Paying the Plumber

How much should I pay for a plumber? [mi] [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Nov 3, 2004 - 5 answers

How do I fix my toilet without a plunger?

My toilet is plugged, and I don't have a plunger. Sweet Zombie Jesus. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 30, 2004 - 20 answers

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