“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Water, water everywhere!
Friday, October 23, 2009

When we moved into our humble ranch-style house on the end of Coconut Drive in the year 2000, the engineer who inspected the house for us warned that the pipes were all old (1951) and that water pressure wouldn't be great ... and it would get worse as the pipes filled with rust. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I thought. The water works fine.

But then, over the years, it became a problem. Recently, my wife and I realized we were always yelling at each other: "Did someone flush the toilet?!?! I'm trying to do the dishes!" ... "Please do NOT brush your teeth; the dishwasher's running."

The pressure is so weak that a faucet will STOP RUNNING if someone flushes a toilet.

How weak is my pressure? My fancy computerized washing machine stops every time it's filling with water and tells me, "Check water tap."

...SO WEAK that my poor wife can't even wash her hair in the house anymore. She has to go to the gym on hair-wash days.

...SO WEAK that I can't even wash my own hair -- and I'm bald.

At any rate, the boys at Rick Fox Plumbing have saved us. In two days' time they re-plumbed the entire house. We feel like we've won the lottery.

When they first turned the water on, I ran from bathroom to bathroom, turning on faucets and flushing toilets to test the flow: "Look, honey! I can flush two toilets AND wash my hands at the same time!"

I told one of the plumbers, "I went outside and played with my hose for an hour last night." He snickered and said, "Well, I hope it's not sore this morning."

YAHOO! Thar's WATER in them thar pipes!! We got us a gusher!


Blogger Dan said...

Too cool! Plumbing is one of the only things we have left to do on our old house ... you mind me asking for a ballpark figure as to how much it costs?

October 23, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, PapaZook: What I learned in the process was GET AT LEAST THREE BIDS!
Bid #1: $6800
Bid #2: $4700
Bid #3: $7600

I went with the cheapest guys because I had used them before, though not for anything so systemic as a re-plumb...and they were AWESOME.
In the end, because of unforeseen problems, it came to about $5,600.
Some things to consider:
We have four bathrooms
We had a crawl space and/or attic in which plumbers could crawl. Basements are a huge plus, of course, because you have a space in which to run pipe.
Hope this helps. Feel free to call me if you have any questions when the time comes.
Wetly yours,

October 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Apu said...

Hmmm. Why is it that the day after you tell us about wearing pink shirts you tell us about playing with your house outside??

How many times have you asked: "Why didn't we do this sooner?"

October 23, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Apu 2, Electric Bugaloo said...

I meant "hose". Sorry.

October 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Martha Hill said...

It reminds me of my recent trip to Bolivia. I'm home sick.... Martha

October 23, 2009 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Apu: Yeah, wish we would have done it years ago. We actually thought we'd move before it needed to be done.

Martha: LOL!

October 24, 2009 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Thanks Ad - that is really pretty reasonable! We only have 1 1/2 bathrooms, but the crawl space under the kitchen is really nasty and tight. I sure would enjoy a 'full power shower' every morning though ...

October 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

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