Sunday Morning House Horror Stories

Shower Horror Scene

I just realized my upstairs shower is leaking onto the fisrt floor ceiling, and judging by the damage, has been for some time.

Arrrrrgghhhh!!!!!!!!!

Open thread.

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59 Responses to Sunday Morning House Horror Stories

    • DandyTIger says:

      Leaks are horrible. Good luck with the plumbing work to fix that.

    • leslie says:

      These leaks are bad news. I hope yours is simple and easily repaired.

    • Constance says:

      Damn I hate those kind of house problems! Between the mold and the rot it is enough to make me feel like being a renter and never owning property again. At least this is an opportunity to remodel the bathroom. The money part is devastating though! You have my sympathy votermom.

      • votermom says:

        The bathroom WAS remodeled, sorta, by bath fitter several years ago. I left a vm with their service dept asking them to call me.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think I’m in my last “owned” property. While it’s my lakefront dream house and almost paid off, I know we’ve put a lot more into it than it’s worth now. And it still doesn’t have my HGTV Dream Kitchen and Baths ! 😉

    • votermom says:

      Does anyone think angie’s list is worth joining? I’ve seen a lot of negative feedback on it…

      • Constance says:

        NO! You get annoying “daily deals” in your in box. It is like paying for advertising to be sent to you.

        • Klown says:

          I’ve been on angie’s list before and take it from me – you don’t want to be on it.

          Uh, don’t tell angie I said that.

        • angienc says:

          Too late clown.

          As for the real Angie’s List — I don’t think the money you pay to read the reviews is worth it, especially with free tools like yelp available these days.

        • votermom says:

          Thank you very much – I was this close to joining!

      • leslie says:

        I joined it because I was planning to redo the kitchen. It has been a good resource for me.

      • Constance says:

        I get my best references for handymen, contractors, professional estate sale persons, etc from real estate agents. Also if you have a large senior center near by, some of them keep lists of seniors who want some work but not a lot of work and I have hired a great electrician, and brick layer from there. If you have a small job and they know you do not offer the prospect of future business it is hard to get trades men to show up.

        • angienc says:

          This. ^^^
          I prefer talking to a person I can trust (such as a real estate agent or other handyman, etc) to get recommendations.

      • helenk3 says:

        is there any kind of a group in your area that rates plumbers handymen, contractors etc? where I live you can call and they give you 5 names you pick and they follow up to see if you are happy with the work done

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I have two neighbors who use angies and have been very satisfied but one does not have email except at work so they may not be getting the same level of pester I have heard from others. I have always been leery because I here a lot of negatives from both users and contractors.

        I am in a condo so you do need someone who is familiar with multi-unit.I have had to have electricians and others come to right wrongs done by DYI people in the two units below me. I tend to go with other peoples recommendations and recommendations from our management company combined with Consumer Checkbook for metro DC. Not sure they have one in your area.

    • Of course you could look at it another way. Maybe it’s time to get that bathroom remodel you’ve been thinking of?

  1. helenk3 says:

    dealing with insurance companies is a horror story of its own

    • leslie says:

      Yup,
      Friday, the helicopters were flying low overhead and were very loud and scary. My daughter – who does not scare easily – and I had to go online to find out wth was going on. It felt as if we were under siege.

  2. Damn, forgot I was on morning shift and slept in. My apologies, VM, Myiq, etc. Thanks for throwing this up, VM, and sorry to hear about your shower. Here’s to hoping it’s a cheap fix.

  3. Lulu says:

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/exclusive-4-5-us-face-near-poverty-no-work-0
    “Sometimes termed “the invisible poor” by demographers, lower-income whites are generally dispersed in suburbs as well as small rural towns, where more than 60 percent of the poor are white. Concentrated in Appalachia in the East, they are also numerous in the industrial Midwest and spread across America’s heartland, from Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma up through the Great Plains.”

    “More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation’s destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.”

    “”They don’t trust big government, but it doesn’t mean they want no government,” says Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who agrees that working-class whites will remain an important electoral group. “They feel that politicians are giving attention to other people and not them.”

    This article should have been named “What Happens When Your Own Government Hates You”.

    • 49erDweet says:

      JJ justifiably had harsh words for Leon Panetta, who in the last six years has trashed his reputation to everyone except low-information Obots. Well brace yourselves. Lo and behold, today;s Menterey Herald has everything but an endorsement for son Jimmy, a local prosecutor, who intends to run for congress when his father’s old seat becomes vacant again. A chip off the old block. What could possibly go wrong?

  4. helenk3 says:

    http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Mr.-Obama-s-Dangerous-Oldies

    backtrack’s dangerous oldies. or poor johnny one note

    • Lulu says:

      It is also a lie. He doesn’t know more. He just says he knows more. He knows just enough to go around it but that is thanks to his advisers. Debate Cruz or shut up Obama.

  5. helenk3 says:
  6. DandyTIger says:

    Hahaha. Obama’s promise to protect whistleblowers has been removed from the change website: http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/tikkundaily/obamas-promise-protect-whistleblowers-has-disappeared-changegov

    Suckers.

  7. helenk3 says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/07/the-democrats-hate-campaign-continues.php

    I am not sure if the democratic party was always like this, and i just did not see it or if the ugly came out into the open in 2008
    today’s democratic party makes me ashamed I was ever a democrat

  8. helenk3 says:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/l

    Iconic ground zero photo almost excluded from museum as too rah rah.American

    will I am proud to be a rah rah American and will be to the day I die

  9. Klown says:

    Don’t let anyone tell you I slept until noon.

    It’s 11:53 in California.

  10. Klown says:

    RD is still living in a paranoid world:

    ** What is with the conservatives’ hatred of public transportation and trains?? I don’t get it. 30 years ago, I got around Pittsburgh without a car because the bus system was excellent. In the past few years, funding for the PAT bus system has been cut, as have many routes. This is a real problem for the studdabuppas who never learned to drive and now find themselves stranded in their neighborhoods without the buses they used to rely on. In my case, the bus will stop close to my house at 7:04am and I will have to transfer closer to town. I used to be able to take the bus directly to my destination but someone decided that people in the east suburbs didn’t need as many buses so they cut back and changed the route.

    Maybe they cut those routes because nobody was riding the bus?

    • 1539days says:

      But that’s when people need it most!

      There’s a fight brewing in New York state because Verizon wants to scrap all the copper phone lines in Fire Island and put everyone on a phone line that runs off the cell towers. People are pissed because Sandy knocked out phones since October and now the phone company is disbanding DSL and the cellular home phone service doesn’t connect to old-style alarm systems and medical monitoring equipment.

      The state has told Verizon that they either have to fix the phone lines or sell them to another company. This is fair, since NY traded exclusivity for an agreement by the telco to give reduced bills to poor people. The problem is that people will copper landlines is shrinking and the revenue per mile of wire is dropping. I’m sure the people who still have wired phones like them, but there’s a certain point where the inevitable is inevitable.

      Do we keep miles of bus line and miles of copper wire so 3 people can live like it’s 1965?

      • Klown says:

        Not to mention that the price of copper is sky-high and copper wire is a target of thieves.

      • Klown says:

        My neighborhood is not well served by public transit. That’s because most people around here don’t use it. If you look at the main transit lines they connect poor neighborhoods to schools, government services and shopping areas.

    • mothy67 says:

      Wow. Buses eliminated, cut back largely due to pensions , overtime and other benefits. 10 per cent added to all liquor to fund writing on wall there for some time. Heard those that went private are doing well. The poor might actually get service if go permanent got completely out of it.

    • Carmelo Clandestine says:

      Maybe you’re not over her yet? 😈

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Poor dear. RD seems to have conveniently forgotten. Pittsburgh/Allegheny county were/are staunch Circle D. It is from the bitter clinger areas surrounding the no longer even mid sized city that you find any conservatives.

      Did she pay no attention on any trip back to birth town over the past the decades? The buses were cut years ago when the steel industry collapsed in on itself. You know, about 30 years ago. Not to mention that Pittsburgh (city) population is now about half what it was when she grew up in that area. No jobs, no people, no buses.

      .

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    But she can’t blame those evil Republicans that way. 😆

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    Good luck VM. 🙂

  13. John Denney says:

    Mexican galvanized nipples!
    Had the same problem here a while back. Turning the showerhead back and forth (away from the door before stepping in until the water runs hot, then back to the center) had caused a stress crack in the pipe the shower head was screwed onto, but behind the wall where I couldn’t see it. A short pipe like that is called a nipple at the hardware store.
    As a software engineer, I was analyzing a hardware store’s backup that was failing to restore, and found there was data corruption in their inventory file for “nipples, galvanized, Mexican”.

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