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    Shower not working, landlady not helping

    There's a long, long story behind all this that I won't relate . The immediate situation is that the bathtub faucet works perfectly well but the shower only does once in a while. Plumbers have been here, etc. The whole thing needs to be ditched and replacedm apparently. Like I said, long story, and the landlady is not being very good about this. I'm interested in (temporary?) ideas on how to be able to shower with a working tub faucet. A "camp shower" is not all the useful seeing as there's nowhere high enough to hang it. Nobody say "watering can", please. Anyone???
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    Take a bath? It might be slower and more of a hastle than a shower, but it would work.

    I washed myself in the bathroom sink once when my shower wasn't working. That was interesting...

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    Do what these guys did when the landlady wouldnt help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy
    There's a long, long story behind all this that I won't relate . The immediate situation is that the bathtub faucet works perfectly well but the shower only does once in a while. Plumbers have been here, etc. The whole thing needs to be ditched and replacedm apparently. Like I said, long story, and the landlady is not being very good about this. I'm interested in (temporary?) ideas on how to be able to shower with a working tub faucet. A "camp shower" is not all the useful seeing as there's nowhere high enough to hang it. Nobody say "watering can", please. Anyone???

    Tell her you are going to move out if she doesn't fix the shower....it is her responsibility...

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    Yes, yes, taking a bath, of course, why didn't I think of that????? As for threatening the landlady, like I said, it's a long story. Moving is not something I am going to do, and threatening to move? That doesn't work in NYC, believe me. Still, I appreciate the help.
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    Just tell her your gonna call the health department, landlords hate the health department, they're the new phone police!
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    GEt one of those benches like the ol farts use and then one of the handheld shower deals that clamp over the faucet. that way you'll be a step ahead when the golden years hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis
    GEt one of those benches like the ol farts use and then one of the handheld shower deals that clamp over the faucet. that way you'll be a step ahead when the golden years hit.
    Ah, now we're onto something. Well, minus the bench. Where does one find such a clampy shower thingie?

    And as for the health department... that sort of thing is part of the long story. To put is briefly NYC law in these matters often comes down to staring down the landlord / landlady. If the LL doesn't blink, you're in practice SOL or paying a lawyer a lot and still SOL. Ever heard of the term "slumlord"?
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    While you do whatever else to get your shower working, get one of those things that attach to the faucet & have a cord & shower head attached. You can take your bath, and rinse off with that gizmo.

    (used to live in NYC rent contolled apt w/ tub in kitch - it's a trial!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    While you do whatever else to get your shower working, get one of those things that attach to the faucet & have a cord & shower head attached. You can take your bath, and rinse off with that gizmo.

    (used to live in NYC rent contolled apt w/ tub in kitch - it's a trial!)
    Yeah that sounds great -- where do I get one??
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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy
    Yeah that sounds great -- where do I get one??
    We call them a Water Thief, they have them at Camping World you might find one in a hardware store. To me the other option would be to fix it my self...even if it means leaving a large hole in the wall next door

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    they sell them at home depots, k-marts, etc., - I'm sure you can find one on line, too.
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    Get some plumber's tape, duct tape, a funnel, a wire hanger, a length of garden hose or rubber hose, a soda can and a hammer and nail.

    Punch holes in bottom of can w/ hammer and nail. Widen opening to fit to hose. Wrap w/ plumber's tape and duct tape.

    Use plumbers tape to attach funnel to the faucet and hose to funnel. Secure w/ duct tape. Hang soda can w/ wire hanger from existing shower head. Enjoy your new shower!
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    Is this place rent control? If so, good luck!


    If not, fix it yourself, or pay a plumber to do it right, and take it off the rent. I don't got time to deal with slow land lords.

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    Ouch, that sucks. If I were you, I'd spend some time and fix it yourself, it a bath faucet -> shower diverter shouldn't be too hard to fix.

    And to anyone who thinks he should just threaten her or anything, just remember, this is NYC.

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    Y'all over complicating this. The solution is simple, show up every morning at 0430 in your bathrobe, towel and soap in hand. Explain that you are there to shower before you go to work as she can't be motivated to have yours fixed. I got $20 that says after 3 days of this, your shower will be fixed.

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    This looks like a decent setup. You should be able to swap out the spout without too much trouble.

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    You local WalGreens or largish drug store probably has the shower spray on the end of a rubber pipe that's on the end of a rubber thingie that fits over the end of the bath fawcett (tap), if it's a temporary solution.

    I think even Walmart has them, probably in the section for home nursing aids.

    Maybe you should start looking at cross-training by going swimming every morning ... free showers at the baths!
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    You might check your rental laws. In Texas, if I were to point out an issue or problem with our rental unit, and the landlord doesn't make a good-faith effort to repair it in a reasonable amount of time, we're legally allowed to make the repair ourselves and deduct the cost of the repair from our next month's rent.
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    ^^^^^1. withholding repair costs is perfectly legal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogodo
    You might check your rental laws. In Texas, if I were to point out an issue or problem with our rental unit, and the landlord doesn't make a good-faith effort to repair it in a reasonable amount of time, we're legally allowed to make the repair ourselves and deduct the cost of the repair from our next month's rent.
    Here's the problem, the LL has offered to make the repair... but hasn't done it. She disappears from time to time (there's that long story again) and certainly doesn't live anywhere near the building.

    Edit: and thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to pick-up one of those plug-in-to-faucet shower thingies in the next couple of days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy
    Here's the problem, the LL has offered to make the repair... but hasn't done it. She disappears from time to time (there's that long story again) and certainly doesn't live anywhere near the building.

    Edit: and thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to pick-up one of those plug-in-to-faucet shower thingies in the next couple of days.
    Now I feel bad for complaining to my landlord when she stayed home for a solid week while they desperately tried to fix our central AC system in the summer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy
    Here's the problem, the LL has offered to make the repair... but hasn't done it. She disappears from time to time (there's that long story again) and certainly doesn't live anywhere near the building.

    Edit: and thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to pick-up one of those plug-in-to-faucet shower thingies in the next couple of days.
    That's the key. She has to do it in a reasonable amount of time. If it's been an issue for much more than a week, I'd say that's unreasonable. How long does it take to get a plumber in to work on a bathroom? Were it me, I'd check the legality of withholding rent for repairs, and if it's legal to do so, call a plumber, then inform her that I've scheduled a plumber to make the repair, and the cost will be deducted from my rent. Maybe that's just me.
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