Ever try to cut a corner to try to save some time and money but have it blow up in your face? Ever realize that you messed up after it is too late and all you can do is watch as it gets worse and worse? If not, pat yourself on the back because you are thorough, hard working, and a little bit lucky. The plumber in the video below was not so fortunate. Trying to save some money, he attempted a small repair without shutting off the water. The end result was a soaked plumber, several flooded apartments, and an angry renter. But at least the leak was fixed! I think…
So what happened here? It all began with the renter of this unit noticing a small leak beneath his bathroom sink. Naturally he called his landlord to get it fixed. Looking to save a dollar where they can, the landlord got someone equally cheap to do the job. Was this person just a general handyman or a fully fledged plumber? I’m leaning towards the former, but regardless of how qualified he was he screwed up big time.
In some apartment complexes the water cut off is split by floor. To try to cut down on unnecessary water shut offs there is a fine attached to getting one turned off. Not wanting to pay the $150 fee, this plumber elected to take on the water. He also chose not to, or couldn’t shut off the water at any other junction in the system. He felt as though he could get in and get out without much water getting anywhere and well, you can see how that worked out.
$150 saved and thousands lost. Take a look at the chaos for yourself in the video below. There is some explicit language from the homeowner, but given the circumstances I think we can all understand.
So what do you think? Is this guy a real plumber who took a chance and lost, or is he a handyman who is literally in over his head? Have you ever screwed up this badly before? Let me know in the comments below.
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