Saw this in another thread and got me thinking how things snowball and sometimes avalanche into much bigger projects and $ than originally intended......
My example this week was self inflicted for the most part - Renter calls to say there is a leak in the basement from one of the sewer pipes! Headed right over and found I had to replace the last section of copper sewer pipe coming down from the toilet to the new PVC due to a leak in a split in the pipe.....No big deal, I have the 3" PVC and elbow & wax seal in the shop, I just need the PVC closet flange.... first trip was to get the new flange.
Project wasn't far along when my hand slipped after lifting off the toilet and dropped it breaking the base ....second trip buying the new toilet $$.
While I'm gone the spot on the wall behind the tank that never gets re-painted because the roller doesn't fit in there gets noticed by the 'supervisor' who stopped by for some yet unknown reason. Extra time (minor mission creep), but no extra trip since I have the left over paint stored in the basement and an old brush in the truck box. I paint first so it has time to dry while doing the pipe replacement so I can slap on a second coat before re-setting the toilet.
Cut to length and glued up the replacement PVC. New flange screwed in place, ready to connect the drop to the existing PVC and realize I forgot to get the new fernco coupling since the existing fernco was sized for the smaller diameter 3" copper on one side.....third trip.....paint has lots o' time to dry now.
While there I thought I should pick up a new supply line to go from the angle valve because I noticed it was sorta stiff & seemed brittle and didn't want a slow drip when I reconnected it. Couldn't remember exact measurement so I got the 20". Good planning because the new toilet is an ADA height which means the bottom of the tank is higher which means the existing supply line was too short to reach it. So I saved myself a 4th trip without realizing it! And it is a good thing the new toilet comes with a seat because the old one would not have fit on the new oval shape!
My initial 1 hour and $10 estimate is a little short by 4 hours longer and $200 more but the project is done!
Any Mission Creep experience out there?