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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Belgian Pie » 30 Apr 2012, 16:09

Many landlords just want the profit not the trouble ...
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 01 May 2012, 13:14

Belgian Pie wrote:Many landlords just want the profit not the trouble ...


I will do the work myself. I have experience in working with composites (has to do with high power rocketry back in the US) so this isn't much for me to do.

I see it as an opportunity to fix the place I am at and save a bit of rent in the process. I obviously ask for more rent discount than the cost of the materials I will use, as I still need something for the work. I already installed a wired in doorbell (I don't want to use those wireless ones because the battery always run out right when someone is at the door wondering why the doorbell doesn't work), fixed much of the messy outdoor wiring, and fixed a leaky faucet.

The landlord wouldn't fix the problem otherwise as they still have to pay rent for the land the house is built on (they own the house, but the land is owned by the government), so the government can come and demolish the house if they feel the need to, hence they don't really want to put too much money into the property.

I don't feel like calling contractors because they are still expensive (would cost the landlord more than 1000 for sure to get someone to fix the bathtub) and I don't really trust their quality... they have a knack for making things look good on the surface but under the surface its a mess.
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Belgian Pie » 01 May 2012, 16:37

What I mean is that many are too stingy to even buy a new bathtub ... which is not a large cost but keeps the house in order and not covered in mold and cockroaches ... it's a cultural thing perhaps, or stinginess ... buy but don't maintain.
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 01 May 2012, 16:42

Belgian Pie wrote:What I mean is that many are too stingy to even buy a new bathtub ... which is not a large cost but keeps the house in order and not covered in mold and cockroaches ...


I don't know what are the costs in Taiwan, but I have read in the US a bathtub replacement costs more than $1000 dollars, if its the same here I can understand why they might be stingy about it, considering that this place isn't very new and there isn't too much desire from the landlord to put too much money into this place.

Plus I can always gelcoat the bathtub to make it look new. A can of gelcoat isn't expensive in Taiwan at all...

Remember the landlord's priority is to restore functionality, not replace every old looking things in the house.
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Belgian Pie » 01 May 2012, 16:45

Taiwan Luthiers wrote:
Belgian Pie wrote:What I mean is that many are too stingy to even buy a new bathtub ... which is not a large cost but keeps the house in order and not covered in mold and cockroaches ...


I don't know what are the costs in Taiwan, but I have read in the US a bathtub replacement costs more than $1000 dollars, if its the same here I can understand why they might be stingy about it, considering that this place isn't very new and there isn't too much desire from the landlord to put too much money into this place.

Plus I can always gelcoat the bathtub to make it look new. A can of gelcoat isn't expensive in Taiwan at all...

Remember the landlord's priority is to restore functionality, not replace every old looking things in the house.


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Re: bathtub repair

Postby ichbinjenny » 01 May 2012, 16:45

Where do you get gelcoat? Hah, Taiwan Luthiers, can I hire you to come fix my tub if the landlady objects to a new one?
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 01 May 2012, 16:50

ichbinjenny wrote:Where do you get gelcoat? Hah, Taiwan Luthiers, can I hire you to come fix my tub if the landlady objects to a new one?


I am a Taiwanese American, but the landlord is Taiwanese.

Sure you can hire me to do bathtub repairs, but you'll have to give me a moment to figure this out and come up with a fair price for this... there are Taiwanese contractors who will do this too.

The chemical stores at Tienshui st. sells gel coat, 200nt a can, but its only in white. You can tint it to turn it into whatever color you want (and they sell the tints/pigments too). Or else you can buy some unsaturated polyester resin and add some titanium dioxide to it to turn it white, then tints to turn it into whatever color you want.
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Belgian Pie » 01 May 2012, 16:55

I am a Taiwanese American, but the landlord is Taiwanese.


That explains a lot ...
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Belgian Pie » 01 May 2012, 16:57

In fact when fixing a bathtub is what you want you should break it out and fix from the under side, doing a professional job and than looking into the support, because a well supported bathtub is rarely going to split ...
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Re: bathtub repair

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 01 May 2012, 16:58

Belgian Pie wrote:
I am a Taiwanese American, but the landlord is Taiwanese.


That explains a lot ...


You seem to have something against Taiwanese?
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