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QuestionAt what point do you call in the plumber?

AnswerIs it when you're remodeling the bathroom and you've just completed installing the new plumbing, the drywall is up and taped ready for the new tile, and your wife taps you on the shoulder to let you know you've done a great job, honey, and then she shows you the new bathtub fixture she just bought? You know the one I'm talking about—the latest design, a great-looking fixture with two handles finished in white porcelain and gold. Now smile, don't let her see the frustration in your face when you tell her you'll have to redo the plumbing for that two-handle faucet. Is this the point when you call in the plumber?

No, with do-it-yourself pride, you'll attempt to change the plumbing. You'll cut open the wall and again stare at the spider web of pipes to decide which parts you'll need and then you'll run to the nearest hardware store before they close. You'll hurry back to your plumbing job—a weekend project that seems to drag on forever—in order to finish the plumbing before the day ends. You've finally made it, and with great excitement and accomplishment you run to the basement to turn the water back on. You'll stop for a moment and listen to the water filling the lines again—boy, it sounds great! But wait, you still have to inspect the pipes you just finished. So you'll drag yourself back upstairs and peer into the bathroom only to discover that the water is spraying from those newly soldered joints and by now is leaking into the basement. It's late, you're tired, and it's Sunday night, and you have no choice but to turn off the main water supply and go without water until you can fix the plumbing problem.

Is this the point when you call in the plumber? Yes. . . .

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Question answered by Leon A. Frechette.

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