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Old 12-31-2016, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Plumber Causes Major Flood In Apartment

Published on Dec 31, 2016
Landlord calls plumber who foolishly tries to repair a leak without first turning the water off. He did not want to pay the $150 water shut-off fee and instead causes over $10,000 in damage to two apartments.


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Old 12-31-2016, 11:03 PM   #2
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This was like a train wreck - I couldn't stop watching. Why was the plumber unwilling to pay the water shut off fee, (why there is one is another question), when he could have simply rolled it into the repair bill to the landlord?

Undocumented plumber, perhaps? I'm guessing because I can't think of a single good reason NOT to shut the water off.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:00 AM   #3
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Not his fault. Manual water shutoff in each apartment should have been designed in each unit. The city water pressure was too high. Nobody gave him any dry ice to freeze the water line. It's Trump fault for putting profit first. There weren't directions printed under the sink written in 6 languages. He didn't have enough money to actually go to plumbers school. Maybe in school they were confused as to male and female pipe fittings.

Poor guy is being blamed for all these oversights.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:15 PM   #4
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Was he a union plumber.🙂
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:27 PM   #5
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Why should the plumber have to pay a shutoff fee, and to whom? Go down to the basement and turn a handle. Or, you know, shut off the water right there under the sink.
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My questions as well. I live in a building built in the early 70s. Shortly after we moved in & after several plumbing issues, each unit had shut off valves installed in the bathrooms & kitchen. That was done so that if one unit needed plumbing, they didn't have to shut the water off for one quarter or more of the tenants - we had 'zoned' shut off valves.
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One of the camera shots showed a close up and it appeared that the pipe might have been broken off before the shut off. I don't understand why there wasn't a shut off near the meter. A $150 shut off fee is probably to shut the water down at the main but that shouldn't have been needed.
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What a nightmare. There is a chance he did everything right - except never got the note about not getting the guy on the phone the day before to shut off the water at 1:00 PM (or something like that). I work on 120/240/480. You can not be wrong about that stuff and live.
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When we lived in older houses (as now) there is a meter key/wrench hanging by the garage door. I can shut the water off in my sleep in about 90 seconds.

Last house we built water came into manifold in mech room and there was a main shut off and separate shut off for each individual sink, tub, shower, etc in the entire house. Took a lot of pipe (40 some odd home runs) but was really nice being able to shut off the cold water to the downstairs laundry only or the outside hydrants when it got really cold and even better to turn two valves and have hot water outside in sub zero temps.
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