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07 December 2012 @ 07:18 pm
Not Really?!?!  
We had a plumber coming Wednesday to put in a new hot water heater, but he never showed. Near the end of the day, he called to say he'd gotten held up on another job, but he'd be there Thursday morning. He finally shows up Thursday, mum says to hang on a sec while she locks the cats up, and he says, oh, I'm allergic to cats, I can't do the job. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're a plumber who is so allergic to cats you can't work in a house with them, and you didn't think you should mention that WHEN WE MADE THE APPOINTMENT!?!?!? So now, we have to find another plumber. That's when I remembered I'd been given a free membership to Angie's List, since they're new in the market here, and need to build up reviews. And thankfully, it isn't one of the sites blocked at work. I start texting mum the numbers of well rated plumbers. Unfortunately, most of them are waaaaay more expensive that stupid cat guy, and we'd barely put the money together for his bid. Finally, on plumber number 4, we got a bid that was more, but not so much more it made us faint. He was dumbfounded about cat allergy guy. So, at 8AM this morning, he was here, and we now HAVE HOT WATER!!!
apsisapsis on December 8th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Hot water is one of the top ten inventions of civilization.
Ithithildyn on December 8th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
tpena19tpena19 on December 8th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Seriously! WTF? Bet he was a crappy plumber anway and you're better off w/o him.
Ithithildyn on December 8th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my reaction exactly.
pat: hl merry christmaspat_t on December 8th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Damn, now I feel better about my situation this week. I came home the other afternoon and found my hot water heater busted and my kitchen flooded. Luckily, we've used the same plumber for several years. I called him and he came right over. Very nice guy and since I was an established customer he didn't charge me for coming after hours.

The allergic to cats thing is just ridiculous and I would put in a word to the BBB.
Ithithildyn on December 8th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
We'd never used a plumber here before. Glenn's been able to take care of everything that's come up so far. Glad you got yours fixed so swiftly.

I just don't get why he wouldn't mention that in the beginning!
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Ithithildyn on December 8th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just don't get why he wouldn't mention that in the beginning when we made the appointment - it's stupid !
Amy R.: Winbrightknightie on December 8th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hot Water

My wall heaters were broken for the first three weeks of cold weather this year -- and I accidentally caused a power outage by using a space heater and the microwave at the same time -- until the apartment complex's new maintenance technician moved in and spent an hour with them and me (bless him). (The previous maintenance technician told me to use the space header "instead.")

Aside: I'm pretty allergic to cats, myself, but the pharmaceutical industry is more than happy to sell medicines that let me hang out in the vicinity of cats for hours at a time, and I carry them in my purse at all times, just in case. That plumber was many types of peculiar.
Ithithildyn on December 8th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Hot Water
Gad they got you all fixed up!

I just don't understand why he wouldn't mention that in the beginning when we made the appointment. Baffles me.
layla_aaronluscious_words on December 8th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you have hot water again. Stupid cat guy sounds like he's less than competent. *shakes head*
quicksilverjenquicksilverjen on December 10th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
YAY for hot water! Plumber due #1 sounds like he's more than half a bubble off plumb. If you're that allergic to cats, you mention it UP FRONT. WTH would he have done if your mom hadn't mentioned them, and hadn't locked them up, and he started work and then one wandered over to inspect his work?
red_moon_ on December 11th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Old Cohan would tell you that hot water is one of the three most important things in life (besides a good dentist and soft toilet paper).
I would agree with him if he includes the internet into the list - imagine a fangirl without access to the net, scary.

So, yeah! Hot water! Civilisation!