I have plumbed four new homes, as one of my customers 20 years ago owed me some money and I asked him to give me advice, but not to do any work and we would call it even. I made one mistake on a drain Y connection, and he pressure tested everything and I passed with flying colors. I did the same thing with an electrician, and now my wife and kids all know how to build things. It got so bad, all the women in town were calling my wife to fix electrical problems that their husbands did not know how to fix. It got funny as she almost has her PHD in education and taught for 37 years. I have a great plumber I am working with on the project from a recommendation on this forum, but these are simple no brainer repairs which are just a matter of time. Plus I hate the way plumbers install hot water heaters. They should be designed with shut off valves and extra long flexible tubes which allows anybody to drain them, slip them out, slip the new one in, and put the connection from the flexible on the new hot water heater. Also, In the panhandle I see too much plastic on water lines. I like to solder, use copper, and give strong supports to the pipe. So we are just stuck with an allocation of time which will not let me watch football games today.
I did get somebody to pull out the RV next week, so some things are falling into place. The leaks on the plumbing stack this morning were minimal, almost like a sweating pipe, but I have zero tolerance to a leak.
I was at Gulf Breeze Lowes getting some boards when this guy had a trailer rated for probably 1200 pounds and he had a full skid of treated six foot pickets, a half pallet of treated 2 x4s and about twenty five four by fours. He is driving a truck with a fifth wheel hitch in the back, and had them load the trailer with about three thousand pounds of lumber, as he was leaving lowes to get on 98 I started shaking my head and pointing to his tires which were half full because of the weight. He stops and starts heading back to the store, and I tell him it is better to take two loads with that trailer, he responds that he is going to air up the tires and prays he makes it. I mean all he had to do is have them take the top 2 loads off, and come back and have the forklift put the loads into the trailer, instead he is going out on 98 and putting folks at risk as that overloaded trailer will fail if going over five hundred yards. The funny thing it is just being lazy because he could have loaded the boards in the bed of the truck on both sides of the fifth wheel hitch. I just cannot believe the things I see sometimes.