My brother-in-law and I decided to help his father remodel his bathroom. Being pretty handy, we thought it would be a snap. When it came time to set the tub, we hooked up the water supply and the PVC waste lines, then took a break for dinner to let the glue dry. When we finished eating, we turned on the water to try it out. After a few seconds, my brother-in-law said he could hear water dripping. Then it turned into a gusher. After investigating the problem, we found we'd used rubber cement instead of PVC glue. The containers were similar and were right next to each other on the shelf. After a couple of hours of redoing our mistake, we were ready for a hot shower!
Shower in a Tub
My handy husband was tearing out our old fiberglass tub/shower combination to remodel our bathroom. He proudly brought out his trusty reciprocating saw and went to work.
All of a sudden, the steady buzz of the blade cutting through fiberglass was replaced by his favorite naughty word, followed by a cry for help. He'd sawed straight through a water pipe and water was spraying everywhere.
Our remodeled bathroom is extra deluxe now that it has some brand new pipes.
Can You Hear Me Now?
I was going to install a faucet in our upstairs bathroom and had brought home some slick new quarter-turn ball valves to replace the old shutoffs under the sink. My wife's task was to choose and bring home the new faucet while I got started on the valves. When it was time to turn the main water line back on, I had my 15-year-old son stand in the bathroom with his cell phone to watch for leaks. Out at the street I called him on my cell phone and said, 'OK, here we go' as I turned on the water.
Then my phone went dead. What a time for a dropped call! I quickly redialed but the call rolled to my son's voice mail. I hung up and my phone rang immediately. 'Dad, shut the water off!!!' I did and raced inside and up the stairs to find the entire bathroom and hallway carpet completely soaked. Turns out I'd left my slick new ball valves in the open position when I installed them.