We're on Day 2 of this project, hopefully the last day (excluding having our 14 drywall holes patched and painted over). Dude calls me this morning, and as if we were in the middle of a conversation, he starts with "We won't be able to use the 3/8" pipe so we're going through the ceiling."
Me: "I'm sorry, what's the issue with the 3/8" pipe?"
Him: "I already talked to your husband about it yesterday."
Me: "Okay, well, he and I didn't discuss a 3/8" pipe--what's up?" [basically, DH's and my conversation last night boiled down to "he found the leak and he's coming back tomorrow to fix it"]
Him: "[long explanation], so we're going through the ceiling instead."
Me: "So I'm trying to envision this...is the new pipe going to come down through the wall by the window, or over by the dishwasher?"
Him: "I already talked about it with your husband."
Me: "And now you're talking about it with me, so...?" <-- at this point, I was getting irritated.
DH is not a plumber, and details are not his thing. So I would be impressed if DH retained 10% of their conversation and managed to pass it along to me. And not having much plumbing knowledge myself (though more than I'd like, at this point), I didn't even know what to ask DH--I'm not like "So what happens if the ID of the polybutylene pipe is 1/16" narrower than that of an equivalently sized copper pipe?" So I can kind of see why Plumber thought he'd covered it, but if someone asks you a simple question about a job you're doing for her, is it that burdensome to answer it? Especially if you haven't spoken to her directly.
To top it off, I called DH at work to fill him in, and when I got to the part about window-wall vs. dishwasher-wall, he said, "The last time I talked to Plumber, he said he didn't know which one they'd have to use, he had to get in there and see exactly where the pipes were and what else was nearby." So apparently Plumber really hadn't already addressed the which-wall question. So suck it.
We're up to $2300 for the leak detection and repair, and we'll probably be closing in on $3000 by the time our 14 drywall holes are patched and painted. Yay.