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    Now, guys tell me what you think of this article.
    Thank you.

    http://biz.yahoo.com/weekend/drain_1.html

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Basically this is pretty good advice. I disagree about the duct tape, WD40, and propping thing up even if it was stated tongue in cheek, there's too much of that kind of DIY repairs being done. I'd summerize this 3 pages to this.

    Know what you can do and what you can't do, and if you've never done it, you'd better get a pro or at least get professional advice before tearing into it. Know that not all advice from the Box Stores is bad or wrong, but it's not always right either. Know that most "repairs in a tube, can, box, roll, or botttle" aren't worth the effort. Have the list of pros that can be called when needed. Do periodic checking to catch problems while they're still small. When something needs repairing/replacing, do it right the first time.

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    Patching a water heater is a new one on me. Maybe like a tire plug.

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    Talking I love that list-- it makes me chuckel

    some ideas are great on that list...

    the one thing that theya re right about is that most people

    usually make decisions when their is an emergency and go to the

    biggest adds in the Yellow Pages and get ripped off big time.....
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    Having a list of people to call is a good idea, but tha t comes only with

    experience .......

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    One thing that will totally INFURIATE ME is when you are about to

    walk out of someones house for your next call in 30 minutes , you have

    even made out the bill , and they come up with a list of things that they

    want you to look at while you are there.... or they forgot that this or

    that was also needing repairs....

    KNOW WHAT YOU WANT DONE AND HAVE
    THE LIST READY....

    read the list to them ---ON THE PHONE--- before they come out
    so they can schedule their day out properly....

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    Maintaince contracts are a complete rip off and are for fools only...

    they areusually sold to customers by the --- rip off artists

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    buying your own parts is not too wise becasue you dont know what is

    JUNK and what is quality.....and if your part fails, they wont warranty it..

    let the plumber put in what he KNOWS will stand the test of time

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    the absolute best thing you can do for your plumber is offer him

    Doughnuts and Coffe-----



    and just forget all the rest of this
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    Quote Originally Posted by master plumber mark

    the absolute best thing you can do for your plumber is offer him

    Doughnuts and Coffe-----



    and just forget all the rest of this


    Mark, since we are going for free food how about a nice Med. Rare T bone and a baked potato.

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    the absolute best thing you can do for your plumber is offer him

    Doughnuts and Coffe-----

    But do not add the time to eat them onto the bill, like one plumber I worked with did one time.

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    That needs to be the 9th thing to say......
    "Glazed or Jelly?"

    I think that's a pretty good article. I look at every repair as if I can do it myself. Given time, I will research it, ask alot of questions (that's how I ended up here BTW) and then try to tackle it. Of course I know my limitations, too. And my time is GOLDEN.

    Recently I had a pipe leak just below the slab, that was discovered on a Wednesday. I worked on it until late Wed nite when I got home from work. I ended up calling a plumber. Had this happened on a Saturday, and I had 2 complete days to mess with it, I would not have called anyone.

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