Nancy Rhodes C
Nancy Rhodes C
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Asked on May 17, 2012

I just had my small guest bathroom remodeled with new fixtures, tile and such.

Plumber26Jamie MKMS Woodworks
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My plumber purchased the pedestal sink for me saving me some money. The sink is too big but the tile man hooked it up sort of askew and glued it to the tile with epoxy or some kind of adhesive. I asked the plumber if there is any way he can get me a smaller sink, since I still have the boxes, material, and instructions, and install it correctly for me but I haven't heard back from him. I was so upset that I went ahead and paid the tile man as I felt he could make the job worse by removing the sink. The sink does not even work properly. What should I do?
7 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 17, 2012

    I would have the tile guy come back and pull it. If he breaks it...he buys it. This might be an object lesson for future sink installs. Then have your plumber install the size you want. When I set pedestal sinks I just use a dash of adhesive caulk at the base. This is plenty strong to hold things in place as the sink top is also "secured" to the wall with screws or anchor bolts. What do you mean the sink does not work properly? Water in and then out are pretty basic.

  • Nancy Rhodes C
    on May 17, 2012

    The water is very slow even though the valves are wide open. When he told me he didn't need to use the screws and anchor bolts, and, had gone ahead to connect the sink improperly, I began to want him out. He should have told me the reason was that the sink was too big instead of rigging it. He told me it would be fine. All I need now is the co operation of my plumber as all he has done was purchase the sink for me which I appreciated. He even brought it to me. He does beautiful work but the tile man told me he could install the sink. This is where I was wrong in letting him do it but the cost was already built into his tile work. I noticed after he left that the sink also tilts backward in order to fit under some fancy trim work. My level proved what I was seeing. The tile man is a friend of someone very special to me so I was very kind in paying him and getting him out ASAP. Thank you very much for letting me know the sink must be anchored with the screws and anchor bolts. I can see now why the tile man was selling me on the idea that they do not have to be used. With the sink too wide it was impossible for him to use them. OMG!!!!!

  • Plumber26
    on May 17, 2012

    signs of shotty tradesmen there! I'm confused as to why a tileman is doing plumbing work? Is business really that slow? Weird! Most pedestal sinks come with these things called ''instructions''........... It's really fairly easy to install properly. I would call a different plumber to remove the one you have had installed and install the proper sized ped that you want. It's kind of an accident waiting to happen if it's not secured to the wall; 1) You could bump it slightly and cause a water leak 2) When cleaning the broken material it's very sharp and you could slice your finger/hand open If the valves are opened, are they the original ones? What type of plumbing (supply piping) material do you have in your house? If they reused the valves, alot of times the rubber washer will flake off and cause pressure problems.... or if you have galvanized steel pipes, they may be almost rusted closed. My guess is the washers have clogged the aerator which is an easy place to start. Just take the aerator off, which can be found at the tip of the spout and clean the debris from it first.

  • Pam
    on May 18, 2012

    That's why they have tile installers for laying tile, and plumbers for plumbing jobs. One cannot always do the others job, nor should they try.You wouldn't have your hairdresser work on your car and vise versa. I found out the hard way a very long time ago to hire the right person for the job. I'm sure plumber26 and KMS Woodworks will agree.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 18, 2012

    Actually... I do plumbing, tile,framing, hardwood, custom furniture, trim, electric...paint, decks, basic landscaping..etc. But i consider myself an exception to the norm...Not every class C contractor has backgrounds and Masters degrees in biology and engineering.

  • Jamie M
    on May 18, 2012

    My deceased husband was a painting and drywall contractor. His theory toward doing a job regarding customer choices, "If you like it I love it." It sounds like this carpenter might lack experience.

  • Plumber26
    on May 19, 2012

    That may be true in your case, KMS. But, I've found that the majority of problems that I find with a one-man remodel job related to plumbing is lack of complete knowledge to do the job right and make it last. Most of those guys know just enough to get the job done but, not enough to make sure things last. The ability to obtain proper permits and insure the customer that things are done properly behind the walls as well as making things work asthetically, in my opinion, can't be done by one person quick enough to suit most customers.

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