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Seattle Home Inspector’s “Loose Screw Video!”

    A few days ago I did a post called Don’t blow a gasket---just change it!  about how inspectors don’t typically change the gasket in tub overflows.  I got a comment from someone named Patty. 

Smiley the Tub Overflow     Here is what she said:  Charles, you say that the gasket can be changed from inside the tub easily.  Would you mind elaborating on how that can be done.  I am not very handy and do not have access to the overflow pipe from the back of my tub.  If it can be done from the front as you say I would love to know how.  Thanks.”

      I decided to make a video of how to change it.  The 49 second video  is short and sweet----and you won’t have to endure me speaking.  Just like in the old days of silent movies there is nothing but music----and miscellaneous clinking and clanking.  The start of the video leaves out removing the first of the two screws that hold the overflow in place and leaves out putting the screws back in place when I am done---hence the “screws on the loose.”

     If you did turn up the sound----that music you could hear in the background is my daughter Lena's band, The Lickets.” I hope you will check them out----I am pretty proud of her.

Charles Buell

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCharles Buell • August 19 2009 08:06AM

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Charles, you make it look so easy.  But it looks a little different than over here at my house.

Can I get you to remake that video, only using a "new" gasket and "my" tub? (I'll, of course, pay for the gasket!)

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 9 years ago

Any time Alan---just send me the ticket:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charles, I love the idea of the video.  I'm a very visual person and find it so much easier to learn from a demonstration than walls of words.  Now how do you fix a leaky faucet?

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 9 years ago

Geri, THAT is a lot more complicated----don't have time to do a movie:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

. . . but, which way did you turn that screw?   Maybe a new video that goes into more depth would be in order.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) about 9 years ago
Nice Charles, and I want you to know that I did turn on the sound just for you. I'll check them out when I'm done commenting here.
Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) about 9 years ago

Tom----lefty loosie, righty tighty:)

Suesan---cool---let me know what you think:)

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Thanks Charles!  I do actually feel like an idiot now - that was the easiest home repair I have ever seen.  I hope mine is that easy when I try it.  I can see my overflow pipe from my unfinshed basement but cannot reach it.  It really looked like the gasket was sandwiched between the tub and pipe and you would certainly need to be able to reach behind the tub to get the gasket to fit in and keep the pipe tight against the tub.  I have lived in my house for 10 years and I am sure it has been MUCH longer than that since the gasket was changed.  I am not convinced I will even be able to get the screws out which have probably been in place for 25-30 years!  Thanks again, Patty

Posted by Patty about 9 years ago

Patty, the video makes it LOOK easy:)  Actually it usually is pretty easy.  The screws usually don't rust in place or anything so they usually come out even if they have been in a long time.  Remember too that this is a new gasket I am taking out and putting back in for sake of the video.  Cleaning up the old one and removing the stopper linkage can make for a considerably longer video:)  Good luck with it.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago
Hey Charles is this what you listen to when creating your posts? I think I might be hooked ... it's different but sooo good. Or maybe that's part of what makes it so good. There will be some downloading tonight ... oh, and the set your own price is both as cool as it is smart.
Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) about 9 years ago

Thanks Suesan, obviously I am a little biased but I really do think the three of them are VERY talented and their classical backgrounds and professionalism shine through. 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

The boss and I have done that a few times. Once I accidentally fell through the hole and, had it not been for that metal thingee that I clutched to, I would have seen my life go down the drain.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Better luck next time Nutsy

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

That was no joking matter -- seriously.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charlie - great video. You just inspired me to open up mine to determine the cause of why the stopper won't work. I'm guessing there is a lime deposit.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 9 years ago

Carol---watch out for the "hair-rat":)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

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