Re: Am I too picky?
Posted by e-plumber on February 16, 2004 at 09:09:21:
In response to Re: Am I too picky?
: We are in the process of having a bathroom remodeled. I have noticed some problems. We had a whirpool installed and the "faucet" (It is a one piece unit)is located so high that I will not be able to add hot water while seated in the tub. I am mobillity impaired by arthritis, so having to stand up to do this is literally a pain. Also, this is a bath/shower combination, and there is a unit that contains massage jets for the shower. They are placed at a height where, to put it as delicately as I can, a massage with any vigor would be quite painful if I were facing the water supply. Also, I will not be able to reach the shower head to adjust it.

: Also, we had a half bath installed and whenever the toilet is flushed, a big air bubble comes up.
: There are other problems, too, but they are carpentry rather than plumbing related. The mirror is much too high, and we asked them to install sconces in addition to the bar light and the sconces are almost the same height as the bar, negating the whole purpose of cross-lighting. (I am 5'3" which I think is about average for a woman.) Also, the floor tile was not centered in the room and the door on the half bath doesn't close properly. The vanity top was ordered with an offset sink -- I think that was a misunderstanding, but the result is that when standing at the sink you are at the edge of the mirror (the vanity top is 42" and the mirror is 30") The swanstone was finished with white caulk, rather than matching, and the lines are quite thick in spots, making the look not even as good as fiberglass,which would have been much cheaper.

: I will be speaking with the contractor this week and want to know in advance if I am being unreasonable to want these things fixed. Which of these things should I be expected to pay for to make these things right?

: Thanks for any guidance you can give me.


A reputable contractor will work with you to straighten out your problems, at least the ones that can be at this point in the construction process. Most of your complaints are legit. I always install tub faucets (even if there is a shower) at 12" from the tub lip, most manufacturers suggest this height. The body sprayers should be adjustable to direct the spray where ever you want. The other items sound like poor planning. There is no telling if there will be any extra charge to correct some of the things you mentioned, it depends on what was discussed and exactly what is written in the Contract/Proposal.
Good Luck. e-plumber

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