Common Household Remedies Request
[I'm going to sticky this because I'm still looking for an answer. --lambert]
So, modified rapture on the hot water heater! The plumber came and installed it, and the electrician came and wired it up. However, the plumber did not "stub down the PT valve":
During times of considerable use, the water heater has a great deal of steam and moisture inside. This amount of steam increases the amount of pressurization in the heater. You may find that it rumbles or shakes, and this is a sign that it is near its pressure overload point. When it reaches this amount of pressure, the relief valve opens, allowing steam and moisture to escape, thereby relieving the pressure inside the heater.
So, the valve is there (as it should be) but the pipe that should allow the steam and moisture to escape is not. The question:
The plumber's guy is coming tomorrow, but how bad is this? Minor fuck-up, utter cluelessness? Criminal incompetence?
UPDATE The plumber's guy came, and "stubbed down the PT valve." There is now a nice copper pipe angling angling out from the pressure valve on top of the heat and then down to within a few inches of the ground. So at least they're responsive! But again, how bad is the error?