Plumbing Installation - Plumbing Questions
1.10 Should a contractor pay for re-painting after having to re-open a wall?

Q. Our contract specifies that we are to hire our own painter. The painter came and painted when requested to do so. After this our contractor had to re-open the wall to install a shower valve that was missed during installation. The contractor now expects the painter to repaint for no additional charge, and claims this is completely "normal". No mural, just prime & one color of paint.

A. I am a 37 year experienced painter and we call this "extras"...The builder subcontracted the work out to the painter, and the painter did his job..we usually allow one free touch up after a job is completed and the owner does a ":walk through"..however this is simply a touch up..any new patches, possibly new door or window replacement or moving them, or any other structural damge to the drywall etcetera is considered an "extra" and the contractor should pay the paint sub the extra monies torepair something the builder overlooked..the same as any leaks in the plumbing etcetera, if the drywall is cut out to repair the leak, or for any reason in that manner..the contractor has to pay for it... We do not continiously repair other peoples mistakes for free..Our one time free touch up is a touch up from a few marks, handprints on thewal etcetera..but does not include free patching and repairs...The contractor created the problem so he is responsible to pay the painter....

1.00 Why would running a gas line from the meter to a gas fireplace cost $365?

Q. I got a fireplace installation estimate. One of the items was running gas line to the fireplace. The gas is about 30 feet from the fireplace with the gas meter inside the basement and the fireplace on the next floor. The ceiling is partially open like an unfinished basement for 15 feet and then a drop ceiling on the finished part for the last 15 feet. A possibly tricky part would be drilling a hole through a brick wall where the fireplace goes in a wood frame room addition added on to a brick house. I know I need a person who is certified to work on gas lines for safety reasons but this one part of the bid seems high and this is ONLY for the gas line installation, not anything else as those things are listed separately (and by the way are also high). This guy is the only dealer of the brand I want in my area and if you don't buy locally they aren't obligated to service your fireplace. Who else is qualified to install gas line?

A. Thats actually a pretty good price. You have to consider, ESPECIALLY, with installation of a gas line, the liability they are taking on doing the work. Not to mention the cost of materials, permits, inspections, and overhead to run the business. You are much better off to pay a little more now than to look for a cheap altenative. If any thing goes wrong who would you rather blame? Yourself for saving a few bucks or the guys with the insurance? Think wisely here!!!

1.00 2002 volkswagen passat starting problem?

Q. I have a 2002 volkswagen passat with 120k miles on it. I have had the 100k mile service done during the winter and it drove ok then. Well one day it just stopped in traffic. I took it to a shop and they said that it was because of an inproper installation of the aftermarket radio. They fixed it and the epc light doesn't come on anymore. Now my car won't start in the mornings without me reving up the engine a bunch. The car will start fine the rest of the day. I also noticed that the floor in the back of the passenger side was wet, and I cleaned out the sunroof drains that are where the door open. There are no error codes coming from my car, but it still has a lot of trouble starting in the morning. Any help?


1.00 Can coaxial cable send HD signals?

Q. Please read this short story: my dad subscribed for HD service. We had it installed, and unfortunately, I was not there to witness the installation. Here is what the guy did: he took the coaxial cable from the wall and plugged it into our new HD converter box. He then took an HDMI cable out from the box and left it on the floor (thinking we wouldn't notice?). He then took another coaxial cable, and connected it to the coaxial cable out from the box and plugged it into the VHF/UHF input on our DVI-HDTV (hence why he had no where to plug in the HDMI). So my question is, am I watching HDTV? I believe I am just watching standard TV with the current hookup. If I am not mistaken, I'd like to solve the problem obviously. The box has component video out. Would you recommend I get a component cable out from the box and into the HDTV, or get a female HDMI adapter with male DVI (more expensive)? If it does not matter, I will buy the component which is extremely cheaper. Thanks for your time.

A. You are not watching HD. For HD you either need a component cable or HDMI/DVI cable hookup between the converter box and the TV.

1.00 Should I caulk the edges of tile kitchen floor?

Q. We're having a new tile floor put into the kitchen. They are about to grout, and a week later they said they would seal it. In the interim we are having the baseboards put in. Is it a good idea to put some caulking on the edge, between the tile and the wall, before putting the baseboards in? Just thinking when we wash the floor, don't want the water going down the edges, between the tile and the wall. I'd done that when I tiled the bathroom floor. Also, is it ok to put the baseboard in BEFORE the grout is sealed? The installer made it sound like he was sealing the tile ... it's the grout, isn't it? Or both? I'd wait for the trim, but we are on a tight schedule because we are finishing up a construction loan (the rate is locked, need to have it inspected to get things done in time). Thanks It's too late to put the baseboard on before the tile. So should I caulk the tile end / wall? Any negative to it?

A. You can top set the base boards for a nice clean look. The grout is what the guy will seal unless you have an unglazed tile of some sort. Then it had better have been sealed before installation,, As far as the caulking goes, you won t hurt a thing by doing so but really isn t needed. You really shouldn t be getting that much water on the floor when mopping to have to worry about it going under the baseboards.. Any questions you can e amil me through my avatar and check my qualifications there, GL

1.00 How do I take up carpet and install hard wood floors in my house?

Q. We've got some old dirty burbur carpet-there's a subfloor but I'm not sure what its made of-what's a good price for real wood hardwood floors? Thanks for any help.

A. For real hardwood, prefinished about $3.99 to Exotic at 18.99 per sqft. For pro installation expect about $3. to $4. Remember its expensive, pro installation makes it perfect. Also cheap berber is less than $2.00 installed with pad complete. Example 12 x 12 room in berber is $288.00 in hardwood cheap is over $1000. to exotic $3100.

1.00 Cost for wood floors install?

Q. I have someone doing my floors and installing wood floors in 2 rooms and my kitchen with stone tiles for $2800 here are the measurements: living room 17 by 15 Dining room 15 by 12 kitchen 20 by 17 with center island is that a good deal? just for labor?

A. $3.50 per square foot is the average price for installation

1.00 Vinyl tiles installation?

Q. I am pulling up the carpet in my kitchen to replace it with vinyl floor tiles for a temporary fix until we redo the kitchen. Under the carpet is pading throughout the whole surface. Under the pading, bare wood. However, the wood is covered with a very thin coat of some tipe of glue or resin, brown stuff, not sure what it is but it isn't sticky or sleek to the touch. The surface is completely flat though. My question: Do I need to scrub the wood before applying the tiles or can I apply the tiles as is. Thank you for your response in advance.

A. You can apply a thin layer of leveling grout over the dried glue to achieve a flat surface...

Plumbing Installation

 Plumbing - Plumbing Installation No matter how many years you've lived in your home, there comes a time when you need to install a plumbing fixture. It could be something as simple as replacing your old faucets with fashionable vintage ones, or installing a new toilet that comes with modern water saving features. Whatever the plumbing installation, you are always best advised to entrust the task to a professional plumber. There are a few plumbing installation tasks that you can undertake yourself, like installing a new faucet. First, shut off the main water supply line, and disconnect the hot and cold water lines to the faucet. Remove your old bottom mounted faucet, from the top, and put the new faucet in its place. Place the washers and valves in the right order, and finish with the mounting nuts. Tighten with a wrench, and seal the base of the faucet with silicon caulking. To replace a top mounted faucet, you will have to get under the sink to unscrew the nuts that are located under. While installing a top mounted faucet, lay down silicon caulking before you place the new faucet into the opening.

 Cleveland plumber in Cleveland, Ohio Installing a faucet is one of the most simple plumbing installation jobs. You need simple tools like locking pliers, a slip joint, an adjustable wrench and some plumber's putty. Bottom mounted faucets are easy to remove and replace, but top mounted faucets are screwed in place by nuts that are positioned under the sink. Once you manage to remove the old faucet, place the new faucet in place (in case of a bottom mounted faucet), and then place the washers and nuts. Finally, tighten with a wrench, and use plumber's putty to seal the base of the faucet.

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