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Question DetailsAsked on 5/28/2011

Let contractors use bathroom?

Im sort of taking an informal poll to find out how other homeowners handle the issue of contractors asking for things while on-site, including asking to use the homeowner's bathroom. My friends and I were discussing the issue and did not reach consensus; each of us seems to have a different set of house rules. Among the women especially, there is reluctance to permit contractors in any area of the home that does not pertain to their job. That means that a contractor working in the basement would not be given permission to access upstairs floors to, say, use an upstairs bathroom. More and more of us are receiving this request; some feel strongly that it is distasteful for a contractor to infringe on a homeowner. Others feel it's a common courtesy. How do you all handle this type of request?

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    I realize this has been posted for a while, but my wife and I were talking about this very subject a couple of days ago. She works for a state agency, and told me that she had heard there was a scam going on in this area (not verified) where a contractor or worker would use the rest room and unlock the window, so that entry could be gained through that window.

    Answered 7 years ago by falcontracker

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    If they are there for longer than 4 hours, I offer a specific bathroom near where they are working. e.g. basement or near kitchen. NEVER our personal one.

    Answered 7 years ago by zara

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    I have a relative with an addiction to prescription drugs. She would often go to Realtor Open Houses. During the tour, she would ask to use the bathroom and go through the medicine cabinet. It wouldn't surprise me if others do the same. Say yes, but put away your pills.

    Answered 7 years ago by stretch

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    I have a windowless powder room, and I keep no medicines there. T.P. and soap only. I let them use that room and that's it.

    Answered 7 years ago by junebug

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    I am a plumber and by using your bathroom, I'm actually performing a diagnostic evaluation of its performance level. Service comes in all forms, ha ha. But seriously, it all comes down to trust. If you don't trust someone in your bathroom, they should not even be in your house. To feel it is distasteful to allow a workman to use the facilities is just anal retentive on the home owners part. How would you feel if you needed to use a bathroom and you were told no? I remember when bathrooms were racially segregated and this is how I feel about being treated as a second class citizen. If I were told that I could not use the bathroom by a homeowner, I would cancel the contract and leave the self absorbed homeowner to repair their own plumbing.

    Answered 7 years ago by PLUMBER DAN

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    [quote user="PLUMBER DAN"]I am a plumber and by using your bathroom, I'm actually performing a diagnostic evaluation of its performance level. Service comes in all forms, ha ha. But seriously, it all comes down to trust...snip... If I were told that I could not use the bathroom by a homeowner, I would cancel the contract and leave the self absorbed homeowner to repair their own plumbing.
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    Judging by your attitude, you don't get too many jobs, do you?

    Answered 7 years ago by KNY2010

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    maybe you should learn to check your windows frequently but the dept of health and dept of labor would have an issue with you having workers in your home and not providing a rest room .portable restrooms ie.."porta poddy""and" johnny on the spot" units are availablke for cheap daily lease for those people who find that a tradesperson the one who sweats and bleeds to provide you with a leak proof roof a kitchen to cook in and and place to put your children to bed so distastefully repulsive you should consider moving to pakistan or iran. Jesus was a carpenter

    Answered 7 years ago by ahrextreme

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    umm these people are human beings and if you dont trust them to use your bathroom i honestly dont think they should trust you to pay them. I cant believe anyone would actually even have the nerve to suggest not allowing someone working to improve your quality of life often for much less compensation than deserved and anyone could deny such a request.. luckily the US dept of labor and internal revenue service actually covers this and many other topics determining a workers rights and the obligation of a customer to comply .. watch yourselves next time you mistreat a contracter or you may end up legally considered his or her employer based on your actions you can be fined and even imprisoned .my god as if using your toilet is infringing on you. One might consider it an infringement if you were planing on preparing a meal for your children from its contents. It is very distasteful for a homeowner to not allow their contractor the use of a bathroom . Though you may feel that you are of such a higher class than some these people dedicate their lives to some of the last honorable professions, blood sweat and tears to provide others with safe shelter a place to raise your children feed them clean them put them to bed. remember..Jesus was a carpenter.

    Answered 7 years ago by ahrextreme




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