Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Wanted: Plumber

What does a plumber have to do with adoption? More than even I would have guessed. I'll spare you the details but let's just say the many plumbing contractors we've met have either been 1) a touch on the shady side, 2) not completely honest with their job schedules or 3) unreliable to show up or even give a bid.

"Okay, you're in a pickle. But I still don't understand what this has to do with adoption."

The home visit! The next step is a home visit. Which means the home must be in some semblance of order. And all work is on hold waiting for the plumbing. Let me map out the timeline:

  • Plumbing +1 days - drywall bathroom
  • Plumbing +2 days - install cabinets
  • Plumbing +3 days - template counter tops (14 days for fabrication)
  • Plumbing +4 days - start flooring, tile, trim, etc & install tub
  • Plumbing +16 days - finish flooring, tile, trim, etc
  • Plumbing +17 days - install counter tops
  • Plumbing +18 days - install sinks, faucets
  • Plumbing +19 days - final electrical connections
  • Plumbing +20 days - finish details (install knobs, paint, decorate...)

So if we work like dogs, it will take 20 days after the plumbing is complete before we would be ready for a home visit. And that's if I can get the other contractors (cabinets, counter tops, electrical) back out on the appropriate dates. Right now we have a plumber scheduled to start on August 24th and end on August 28th. Add the 20 days and that puts completion at September 18th. 8 days after our scheduled home visit.

Now I could push out the home visit. I could be patient. Stop laughing, I know I'm not patient but I could be. C'mon, doesn't it seem ridiculous to have the remodel and the adoption on hold waiting for a PLUMBER? So I thought I'd put out the call for help and see if anyone knows of a good plumber looking for some immediate work. I know it's a long shot...but what have I got to lose?


Lori August 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM  

As I was posting this, my cabinet contractor called with the name of a plumber! And that plumber referred another guy in case he couldn't do it quickly enough. Still, if you've got a name, send it my way.

Just wanted to point out that even though I'm not praying for help with this plumbing situation (seems a little small in the grand scheme of things), God is working to facilitate this adoption.

Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 5:48 PM  

Wish I knew a plumber for you. Unfortunately our plumber is here on the east coast with me and not coming back for the visit. If he was coming back I would have him do it :) Okay, maybe I don't have that much control over him. Hopefully some of your new contacts will be able to take care of you. God does have a plan! Beth

The Tucson Gang August 7, 2007 at 6:39 PM  

Yippee...let's hope one of those guys just happens to be GREAT...and just finished a job and isn't starting another one until Sept! :-) That would be awesome...you may have to enlist the help of friends and family as crunch time approaches. Desperate times call for desperate measures! :-)

Jennifer August 7, 2007 at 10:23 PM  

We use Anctil Plumbing and REALLY like them. They're honest and fast.

We're praying that everything starts to fall into place with this remodel and, more importantly, for the adoption process

Anonymous August 9, 2007 at 7:43 AM  

Oh how I wish I knew a plumber that could help you out! Sounds like things are falling into place and I hope one of the two that have come your way work out! How come plumbers are always so busy? Thanks for stopping in and reading my knew blog, I was inspired by you! I thought what a great way to get things out....and I am going to layer on the next hot steamy day here! What a great idea! Abra

Brooklyn plumber June 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

To ensure that you only have the best plumber in your area, you can always ask around first about whose service would they recommend for some plumbing job.

Chris Pia December 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

So i dont know how i ran acros this article, however it is interesting. I am not sure the last time i needed a plumber but im sure others will find this article interesting as well.

chris pia December 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

This is an interesting article. Im not sure how I ended up on a plumbing article, but it was interesting to read.

plumbing January 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM  

I totally agree, plumbing is very important part of housekeeping.

Long island plumber March 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM  

Interesting article. Plumbing is a very important aspect in all phases of housekeeping.

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