How do I repair a groaning pipe and dripping shower head?
In early December, a plumber fixed a drip coming from the hot water knob on my shower. He removed the small part that needed to be replaced, went to Lowe's which is 5 minutes away, came back in about an HOUR, saying he had to walk all around the store looking for the part. I think he had lunch because a plumber wouldn't have to do that. Then he "fixed" it and after that the hot water turned on in the opposite direction but I can live with that. He charged what I thought was a whopping $165 for that tiny job! But now, for a few days, when I turn off the hot water, I hear a groaning sound from a pipe. And today, the shower head has a drip from the hot water. People told me after the aforementioned repair that I should have called a handyman and not a plumber and that I was ripped off. Can anyone tell me what I should do about this groaning pipe and brand new, bothersome drip?Can a good handyman do this repair -- and for a reasonable price? And what IS a reasonable price?