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Leaky tub, part deux

leaky ceiling
leaky ceiling
Last year, I noticed that the ceiling over our kitchen sink was cracked and a little bit soggy. After some house math, we figured out that the leak was directly below the faucet/drain end of the tub in the kid's bathroom. A quick look through some of the reviews of plumbers in our area from a google search found Kennedy Plumbing. I gave them a call and they sent a man out. He was fast and professional. He replaced the shoe or cracked strainer or something. I don't recall exactly, and even if I did, I am not that intimately familiar with the anatomy of a tub to carry on a conversation about such things. Something was cracked and very broken and he replaced it. The soggy section of ceiling dried up, but still had a little bit of a cracked area in the texture which has been bothering me ever since. But obviously not that much, since I never got around to fixing it.

Yesterday morning, that shower was used for the first time in at least a year. The kids still take baths. I heard a drip, drip, drip in the kitchen and was surprised to see it coming from the ceiling. Grrrrr. I made a quick call to Kennedy Plumbing to have them come out to check to see if the first guy screwed up. It turned out that after an hour of trying to diagnose the problem, he finally found it. When the tub faucet runs, it doesn't leak, but when the shower starts, it drips lots. He took the faucet assembly apart to find a disintegrated O-ring. Ooops. So the first guy did right, and the second guy did too. The only problem is that now, enough water had leaked into our ceiling that I really did have to fix it. The plumber was kind enough to saw out a very rough hole to help him diagnose the problem. Now I get to fix it. Ho hum. I really hate dry-wall work. Maybe it will get done before next year. :)

Consider a pro

The drywall part is pretty easy really, but the texture matching, not so much. You're likely to always see it. especially if you do it yourself or watch the guy who does very closely. I think in this case, unless you really want to learn how to do a small knockdown brocade texture (I'll be happy to help if you do), I'd consider hiring a professional. Folks are looking for work right now, so if you look around you can probably get a decent deal from a reputable drywall/plaster guy.

--dvhart

Drywall

Whenever I've had to do drywall work, it was in the garage. I think it still needs to be painted, but at least it won't have to be textured.

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