Read again, I said the plumber was LICENSED. No licensed plumber pulls a
permit to install a new faucet and thus there are no inspections for minor
work, and therefore there is no incentive for a licensed plumber to do the
job correctly, and therefore they won't. If he saves a few pennies on every
job, he gets that much extra under the guise of doing good work. His license
says his work is good and he is approved by the state as a knowledgeable
professional. What more could a homeowner ask for than someone who is
blessed by a state licensing board? How about an honest job? Never happen.
Sorry for the misread, Bob. When did you find out that the anti-siphon
was required? I've had similar incidents with electricians. For some
reason they love to bury junction boxes. I run into them all of the
time when I open up walls, and I even have my otherwise excellent
electrician make the suggestion to bury them. "Save you some time and
money..." Not happening.
A couple of weeks after installation I got around to reading the little
sheet they have in the box and figured it was no big deal because I could
simply add an external anti-siphon. So I went and bought one and then when I
opened the box it explained that an external anti-siphon cannot be used with
a frostfree sillcock. The anti-siphon feature would be important if I had
irrigation or had any use of pesticide spraying equipment added to the hose,
but I use it only for water so it's not a big deal unless I should ever sell
the house. Just irritates me to pay a licensed person for a job that is
supposed to meet the code and they cut corners to save a dollar or two. He
could have given me the option of paying $10 more for a job that would meet
the code or he could have quoted higher in the first place. I've hired three
different licensed plumbers since I bought the place and they are all the
same. None of them know how to solder so they use compression fittings. They
don't use enough hangers. Schedule 40 pipe ends up being something without a
number on it and after they leave I have to repair the leaks they left
behind. I gave up and am now resigned to doing the work myself.
Just recalled another alternative I've seen for a remote water
shutoff, ought to work for a faucet, too -- if you don't mind
drilling another small hole for a pushrod, you can remotely operate a
quarter-turn ball valve. The pushrod links to the handle on the ball
valve, push to turn it off, pull to turn it on.
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