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Toan Nguyen

Agent

6 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Real Estate Professional, California Department of Real Estate (19 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Foreclosure,
Short-Sale

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Defective installation of piping

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Does anyone have any advice on what steps to take to try and claim against the plumber who initially installed the piping?I would contact the plumbing company and inform them of the plumbing situation and give them an opportunity to fix it.Does anyone know if we have a case ? If you have a case, is it worth the rewards?  What would the cost involved be?  How much time would it take?  You may find that the plumbing company that is still around would like to stay around and would love to fix any problems that they may have created. 

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Has the home at Channing Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301 had plumbing update if so what year?

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If work done on your home was permitted, then the information is found at the Building Department of the city you live in.  If it was not permitted, then that information could be obtained by the existing owners if they themselves performed the upgrade/update.  To determine what city has jurisdiction of your area, use a Thomas Guide.  In San Diego, you either live in the City of San Diego, The County of San Diego or Incorporated cities within San Diego.   

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can you install a double sink vanity with only one main water source for that vanity?

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Your double vanity faucet dilemma should be resolved by now.  The easiest way of resolving this issue minus the use of a plumber is to purchase a double outlet angle stop for both the hot and the cold.  These valves are either compression or iron pipe type.  If the pipes sticking out of your wall is a 1/2inch copper tube, then purchase the compression type valves.  If the pipes sticking out of your wall is 1/2inch threaded pipe, then purchase the iron pipe type valves.  Here in San Diego, track homes built post the 1980's, uses the compression type valves.  Homes built pre 1980's used the iron pipe valves. 

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Water Heater

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You should be enjoying that water heater by now without worry about who to believe.  In your case the manufacturer comments are most correct.  If your natural gas burning water heater is being replaced by a similar product then there is no need to install new venting.  You may need to lengthen the existing vent in which case there is no need for replacement of any venting within the walls.  The venting system of your heating unit will only be replaced if you decide to install a tank-less type water heating system. 

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Rerplace sink

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You may have thrown them all out by now since May of last year, however I would have saved the faucet if it was in good condition.  The other components do not always disassemble well and are not worth saving. 

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Don?t Let That Faucet Waste another Drop ? We Provide You a Plumber in San Francisco

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One single household, with two faucets each dripping at a rate of 10 drops a minute works out to 694 gallons of water wasted annually.  If your water authority charges $3.00 a unit of water usage and one unit of water usage is 748 gallons, then your annual cost is no more than $3.00.  I do not think this is going to financially harm anyone, however collectively this is just plain and simple-very wasteful.  On another note, most water authorities charge water on a tier system.  The more amounts of water used, the higher the cost will be.  Even the water authorities discourages excessive water consumption. 

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will cpvc pipe be ok in running for hot water have to relace the gav pipe

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You are probably replacing piping that looks like thisYou may have resolved this issue since August.  However, yes CPVC pipe is ok for usage in hot and cold potable water distribution systems.  Running CPVC pipes at lengths mentioned in your question should have horizontal supports at every 4 feet.  Metallic pipes ran at those lengths, then it would need support at every 6 feet.  Here is a little more information with Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) that affects the residents of San Diego.  CPVC was not popular in San Diego because at the state level, California did not allow for it's usage until 2007.  Some of the benefits of CPVC include a lower material cost compared to metallic pipes, a lower labor cost to install the product, a higher heat retention, a much quieter system, will not allow for scale build-up and does not corrode.  This product fastens together much like the PVC uses for outdoor sprinkler systems in which a primer cleans the pipes and  a solvent cement makes the bond.  The pressure rating of this piping system is 100psi, anything in excess could potentially fatigue the joints.  In San Diego, pressures in some areas can exceed 100psi and do so very often.  To combat this a pressure reducing valve is installed usually right above the shut off valve to the home.  The sole purpose of this valve is to reduce the pressure down to a comfortable setting of 65psi, Uniform Plumbing Code will allow up to 80psi.   

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Water leaking

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Of all the times I have seen this happen, I have also witness condo units below and adjacent to the unit causing the issue to get restored in the process.  Field adjusters will be sent out to assess the extent of the water damage and will then draft up a repair work order.  That repair work order will usually include all the units damaged by the water leakage. 

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Water leaking

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Of all the times I have seen this happen, I have also witness condo units below and adjacent to the unit causing the issue to get restored in the process.  Field adjusters will be sent out to assess the extent of the water damage and will then draft up a repair work order.  That repair work order will usually include all the units damaged by the water leakage. 

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no ground wire

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Install a GFCI receptacle in the location you want to plug in the chest. The GFCI doesn't require a ground wire to function correctly. Just mark it "NO EQUIPTMENT GROUND" with one of the stickers in the box. In fact if you can locate the first outlet of the branch circuit and install the GFCI there it can protect the outlet circuit against ground fault. This is especially good in older homes when you want ground fault protection on an ungrounded circuit and don't have a ground wire.

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