Now I heard it all........

Although I have been out of the handyman business for years, I still have a few people that call me, and on occasion I still do a few small repairs. Yesterday I got one of the stupidest calls ever. I have never worked for this guy, but someone gave him my phone number.
The guy said he recently moved into a home that has water problems in the basement. Due to recent rains, he had 2 inches of water in the basement, and said he had already rented an industrial 12 gallon wet and dry vacuum cleaner. He said it worked fine until it got full, and then it took 4 men to lift it up the stairs and carry it outside. He said they had carried out ten or more tank fulls and barely noticed any drop in the water level in the basement.
I told him that the vacuum is great for final cleanup, but he needed to rent or buy a sump pump, and flex hose, and just pump it out a window, and I went on to explain that it would be much easier than carrying a heavy canister full of 12 gallons of water.
That's when the shocking news was explained to me. The guy said he has a sump pump, but because it's under the floor, and the cord was in the water, he unplugged it. I explained to him that it's intended to be used that way and told him to plug it back in. Then he told me the pump is small and could never pump all that water. I asked him if it's a regular sump pump, but he could not answer me because he said he never saw one before and said his old house did not have one.
That's when I decided to drive over and take a look. The guy had a standard sump pit, and a fairly good sized submercible sump pump in it. He continued to insist that the pump was too small for all that water, and having the cord in the water was dangerous. He also told me he unplugged the pump right after they moved in, last summer when there was water seeping into the basement, and said the basement has flooded with a few inches of water several times since then.
I explained to him that the purpose of the pump is to remove that water, but he continuued to insist that the pump was too small for all taht water, and was dangerous. I finally told him to go outside and watch the pipe on the side of the house and I would test the pump, and he should tell me if he sees water coming out.
As soon as the water came out he got all excited and said it was pouring out of the pipe and would ruin his lawn. I grabbed a downspout extension off the house and placed it on the sump pump pipe outside. Then I told him to come in the basement and watch the water go down. He was amazed....... He kept insisting that the pump should be much larger for that much water. 20 minutes later, he was completely amazed that the basement no longer had standing water on the floor. I explained (again), that the pump is there to get rid of the water BEFORE the water is on top of the floor.
He paid me and must have told me 5 more times how he was amazed that such a small pump could remove all that water...... Of course he had to ask several more times about that cord in the water.
Now I heard it all........
Times like this, makes me believe there are some people who should just not own a home....
(By the way, before I left, I told to go to the hardware store and buy a sump pump extension hose. I really hope he can figure out how to tighten the hose clamp).
Mark
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On Sat 13 May 2006 01:06:06a, Thus Spake Zarathustra, or was it ?

Some people are inherently stupid.
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I fix office machines for a living....
endless funny stories:(
The fill in secretary who called reporting her copier wasnt working. I stopped it was school dismassal time, the office a zoo.
the copier had no toner in it, developer unit completely empty.
i wondered what happened, filled it with toner and left. staff to busy to talk to.
first thing the next morning the lady caled again, copier doing same thing:(
140 copies since I filled it with toner it was EMPTY AGAIN, wierd and when the toner gets low its designed to put up a error message and eventually shut down
I report no toner:( Secretary asks whats toner? It goes in this hopper here....
Oh you mean that black dirt? I dont like dirt I cleaned it for you:(
I filled the copier again explained toner made the black and left...
a month later the lady called, reporting machine was using too much toner. no you tossed enough for 30,000 copies. she wanted it covered under warranty, no way to do that.....
I bumped into her and her husband one nite. She introduced me. I told her hubby you MUST have the cleanest hoiuse in the world he agreed.
Honestly I fix more people than machines:(
idiots are everywhere
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Hello all, First time post for this guy... I am in need of some advice. I live in the Northeast and am pondering the idea of re-tooling the mechanicals in the house. I now have an oil fired furnace for hot-water base board heat and domestic hot water. I go through roughly 1,200 gallons of heating oil in a 12 month period (2,600 sq ft home). I have done some research on the "point of use" HW heaters and am considering an electric type. I'd need to upgrade the electric service to 200 amp in order to do this ($1,500 - $2,000) plus the cost of the unit (approx. $650 for one sized to accommodate the whole house). Or should I switch to propane across the board? I have ample room for a couple of gas tanks/bottles in the back yard and it would be nice to cook with gas again. Does anyone have any experience with a switch from oil to propane? Am I headed in the wrong direction $$-wise? I've heard that some propane suppliers in the area will subsidize the cost of the equipment in order to get the gas sales - has anyone else heard of such a thing? Thank you all for any help you can give frank.orlando
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I like your statement on stupidity. Have you given thought as to the reason. This is the results of taking decipline away from the teacher several years ago. Streamlining our schools to where there is little pupil, teacher relationship. Advancing students who fail the grade. Plus many more reasons. What may be considered progress is not always so in the long run. Call it "Unintended consequenses." We now have a generation of humans that, a great majority, are as you rated them, "STUPID" The irony is that they are and will be the ones who are respnsible for Running the Country!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you or your children in this group?????????? There is an old proverb, "You reap that which you sow." Jack
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as people get more specialized or make more money common sense is no longer need for survival...........
some of the most educated people are completely clueless out of their speciality...
of cours laziness contribuites to this....
just hire someone and have no idea how stuff works.
my wife would be happy in a apartment for a lifetime, where someone else fixes and cares for everything...
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Yes, common sense is no longer very common.....<G>

To give the devils their due, we live in a far more technologically complex world than we did 75 years ago, and it's impossible now for anyone to be a "renaissance man" and understand everything. We're all ignorant in more subjects than we're knowledgable in, but ignorance is no excuse for stupidity.
But, not being able to comprehend that not ALL screw threads in existance are "righty tighty lefty loosey" shouldn't take a rocket scientist.
We're all ignorant of more subjects than we're knowledgable about, but ignorance is no excuse for stupidity.

Mine too, but I sure wouldn't have enjoyed doing all the the housekeeping, people stuff, and mothering things she's devoted much of her life too. God bless her, and happy Mother's Day Honey!
Jeff
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On Sat 13 May 2006 06:16:37a, Thus Spake Zarathustra, or was it ?

I couldn't agree more with what you wrote. Fortunately, I was from a generation where this wasn't the case in any school. Perhaps, luckily, I have no children.
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All three my service calls today were neglect. Two lock outs, and one lady who messed up her refrigerator while trying to clean under it. Well, I get paid to solve problems. Regardless of hwo the problem came into existance.
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snip, snip
A true story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal
(paraphrased)
Over the weekend at Lake Mead, a boat motored to the fuel dock. The lady driving told the attendant to fill it up. She asked for him to look at the boat, as it seemed slow and sluggish.
When the attendant looked, he saw that the boat trailer was still attached to the boat.
True story.
Steve
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On Sat, 13 May 2006 08:57:17 -0700, "Steve B"

scrape your boat on the bottom of the lake. Lake Mead especially has been known to have rocks that rip a boat's hull open. Keeping the trailer underneath prevents this.
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