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basement plumbing has been done for a while...water has been on for weeks...all that's left is fixtures

so i show up, turn the water off, open the basement laundry tub to drain it and then start installing fixtures

mid morning i cut into the cold water line on the kitchen to put the valve on....THE WATER IS LIVE!!!!.....luckily i only cut 1/2 way through the Pex and was able to hold it together and stop the spray.....i yelled to the nearest Mexican and luckily he spoke some English.....i had him hold the line while i ran downstairs to shut it off again

15 years as a plumber and no one has ever turned the water back on while i was working....from now on i may remove the handle from the ball valve

there were painters and drywallers in the house....no one would admit to turning the water back on....who ever did it also turned off the laundry tub...so it was most likely a painter cleaning his brushes

kitchen had hardwood floors and a finished basement below...if i would have been alone i would have had no choice but to let the water spray while i ran to the basement...it would have most likey trashed the basement ceiling and caused some buckling of the wood floor

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Guess you will check next time...:whistling
 

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Good save! I think its always a good idea to lockout or tag any service being worked on when there is multiple trades on the job.

One job our plumber had the cleanout open in the basement and we had a spanish guy that was just cleaning up... guess he thought it was okay to flush the toilet.... good thing it was a low flow! :thumbup:

Some people have no common sense. :no:
 

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Had you been alone the water would have still been off.:thumbsup:
I meant if they had left already....1 hour later all the other subs left and I was alone

I was working my way through all the baths....so checking before I cut each stubout wouldn't have made sense

removing the handle is the best idea I think....I could leave a note on the ball valve, but id have to write it in Mexican
 

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Nothing like having 10 trades all working in the same space.
For a HO who wants it done yesterday.

Good thing your not an electrician. I've heard of that :eek:
Guy turns on the circuit that poor Sparky was working on.
 

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Well.... hope I'm not the only one that's done it... but maybe so.... taking apart the drainage plumbing under the sink (maybe a disposal replacement or whatever) I've dumped the p trap in a bucket..... and proceeded to then dump the bucket back into the sink.


(Sometimes things are so auto-pilot, that I'm thinking about something entirely different)
 

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Well.... hope I'm not the only one that's done it... but maybe so.... taking apart the drainage plumbing under the sink (maybe a disposal replacement or whatever) I've dumped the p trap in a bucket..... and proceeded to then dump the bucket back into the sink.


(Sometimes things are so auto-pilot, that I'm thinking about something entirely different)
Done it, too. Use the toilet.

I was trimming some door bottoms for some very thick rugs yesterday. The HO was in chatty mode..and then I nearly took an extra inch off the bottom (my mark + the existing inch). Actually did that about 10 years ago.
 

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This happens to electricians all the time. Latest one is a rough in 2 weeks ago, and when I go to hook up a 50 amp double oven yesterday, power is on. I almost didn't check because I was already curled up inside the oven cabinet. Lucky for me I did.

Could have been really bad.
 

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Well.... hope I'm not the only one that's done it... but maybe so.... taking apart the drainage plumbing under the sink (maybe a disposal replacement or whatever) I've dumped the p trap in a bucket..... and proceeded to then dump the bucket back into the sink.


(Sometimes things are so auto-pilot, that I'm thinking about something entirely different)

I do that all the time :censored:
 

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Good practice to tag or lockout a valve when others are on the same job....even a bit of red plastic wrapped around the valve would have caused someone to think twice about turning the water back on without asking.
 
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