whos ready for more fun with the annoying shithead plumber? the kitchen drain pipe from my upstairs neighbors sink has sprung a leak somewhere between apartments (probably in mine) and is leaking inside the wall. so this one wont be an easy fix. not looking forward to it.
they will pull out the old horizontal (probably) lead (possible bronze) pipe put in pvc (if nyc building dept lets them) to connect to cast iron virticle wast pipe. pvc will last almost forever but its noisier (you hear the water sloshing through more than the other heavier stuff. i think it runs in your ceiling horizontal between his floor joists.
no ones involving the building dept.
fugazi...... sorry brother
well building code exists whether they go by it or not. its mentioned in passing here
only two hours late to start but there was "growth." he admitted without prompting during apology that "you know me. i dont respect time." i should have said something about learning to respect others but i wasnt that quick in the moment.
decided before tearing up my wall to snake the drain from upstairs the thinking being that a blockage may have caused an overflow pipe to spill out rather than a pipe bursting. seems like a reasonable likelihood. fingers crossed.
Cast iron pipes are connected using the principle: water mostly just goes down (except when it doesn't.)
all the action took place upstairs. i got really annoyed when my neighbor bought him lunch after he came two plus hours late then disappeared for an hour to get supplies only to come back to say he couldnt find the snake he needed. i tried to shut him out of my mind and watch a movie while i had my sandwich but he wouldnt fucking shut about anything and everything all the while my neighbor was overly solicitous. last straw for me was he took a call on speaker and the guy on the other end asked him to come over in a half hour to help him out with something or other. this before he had done any work while he was eating lunch and watching a movie. fortunately, wife and baby had a couple of friends come over with more food and we (father excluded) all just hid out on the other side of the apartment.
the snaking worked out as hoped but in the process he broke some coupler which required more equipment runs and eventually a torch to loosen and replace it. the whole thing ended up as a 4 1/2 hour endeavor for what should have been an hour or so. but i guess i should be thankful it wasnt what we originally feared and that he didnt come in sledgehammer first for a multi-day headache.