Plumber issues ... what would be the best way to handle this

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What makes you think the OP is a renter? Since the story involved hiring a plumber to fix a plumbing problem, it sure sounds like they own the apartment.

An attorney will quickly cost as much or more than this whole thing will likely cost. Small claims would be the next logical step if insurance doesn't fully cover it.

As long as it's not substantially more than the small claims limit, which could be $3-10K depending on location, for a case like this, small claims is the best option, not a lawyer.
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anubis wrote:

Thanks. I understand the story better now. Your original post did start out saying "to replace the main valve", which I took to be the entire valve, "body, stem (and sinker)".
So, it's then possible that the first guy put in an incorrect part and didn't notice that something wasn't fitting correctly, though I would have thought he'd stick around for a minute or two after he opened it to to look at it and notice it was dripping.
(Or maybe he left it closed 'cause you were leaving your place momentarily and when you came back and opened it that's when the dripping started.)
Good luck, I think contacting your homeowner's insurer would be a wise thing to do.
Jeff
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