There is a constant debate going on in our house, which I have probably mentioned before—when to hire out work, or can it be a DIY project. Except for electrical work or plumbing, I believe I can do anything. I will go forward with or without help, far too over confident, but I soldier on.
You know why? People just don’t take pride in their craftsmanship. Or, they know a little, but not enough to really help or do a good job. Well, I can do that. I know a little, but I will make sure it’s right and not stand back after a patch/crappy job and say, “that’s good enough”.
Oh and that Angie lady? The one with the list? Her list is not really that reliable. Either that, or we end up choosing the professional that is far too suave and are mesmerized by what they will do for us. Months of waiting for things to be repaired, filled with lies about the delays and no-shows, is not worthy of a list like that.
…and the new story begins….
She and he have had an ongoing problem with the drain in the tiled, walk-in shower. She pulls the hair from the drain which they believe is the source of the water back up. He pours Drano in the drain several times. She pours Drano in the drain a couple of times. He and she continue standing in water while showering.
She gave him three names with A ratings from the list of Angie. He called in the professional plumber.
While the plumber was snaking the drain, she asked him about the discoloration of the tiles around the bottom of the shower. The plumber’s response was that sometimes the installer will choose from a different box of tiles, which will create a mismatch. She asked, “are you sure it’s not water between the tile and the wall”? The plumber assures her that it is not.
Hmmm….it wasn’t that way for years, but he, the husband, believes it was.
Who scrubs that shower? She does.
However she scrubs it with her glasses on. The glasses that are of absolutely no use to see things up close–even through the bifocal part. So, for years, she scrubs away….until one day, she takes her glasses off and inspects the nooks and crannies of the shower.
The debate ensues. She says she will fix it, he says a contractor should be called just to see if they can tell if moisture is between the tile and the wall.
She breaks a couple of tiles off the wall. Yes, moisture is trapped between the tile and the wall. Many unsavory words went through her mind, but the excitement of a new DIY project began to build. He says that they need to call in a professional. Ahem, a professional installed it in the first place.
She will re-tile the shower, and it will be perfect, or she will tear it down and do it over, until it is perfect.
He rolls his eyes and gets out of her way.
Until he has to call a professional.