Friday, May 15, 2015


Folks, I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but the best I can figure it there must be some sort of plumbing deity, against whom I have unwittingly committed a grave and unpardonable offense.

Sooo... not long after I finished my last post I opened the cabinet under the kitchen sink an discovered a puddle of water. Noooooooo!

My first thought was that I hadn't tightened something up enough, but it turned out that the water wasn't coming from the newly installed faucet but from the drain pipes. Oy!

My best guess is that I must have bumped the plastic pipes one too many times in the course of doing my Gumby imitation to get to the faucet fittings. Sigh.

Anyhow, I took the pipes apart and re-tightened all of the plastic nuts, but no dice. Turned out one of them had its threads stripped and needed to be replaced. All in all, it wasn't that bad and I fixed the problem for less than $3.

But then...

Later that day I went downstairs to clean litter boxes and discovered to my horror that there was an inch of disgusting standing water in the laundry room sink. Ug!

I guess messing with the drain pipes must have knocked some gunk loose and created a clog. Problem was, the clog was in a fairly inaccessible place. I ended up having to dismantle the pipes to get the snake in, but once I did that the clog was cleared quickly. Except...

Within a few minutes the water was backing up in the laundry room floor. I suppose that's to be expected - I had pushed the clog further down the line but not far enough for it to clear.

Sooo... I got out my handy sewer rod and cleared the line out to the alley, and finally... I think it's all fixed.

I am hoping against hope that we're done now and that I can stop playing plumber... please...

Honestly, I have no idea what I did to offend the gods, but I want to officially ask for forgiveness!

I surrender! I give up! Uncle! Mea Culpa! Jeg gir meg! Me rindo! - That's all the languages I know, but please, oh please gods of the pipes, I humbly bow before thee and beg you to be merciful! I have offered a flesh sacrifice in the form of several skinned knuckles, and I promise to never, ever, EVER take indoor plumbing for granted again!

OK. I'm ready to be done now...


  1. I hope you have nice weather for a bike ride today because you certainly deserve it.!

  2. Oy vey! I don't think I could deal with all that anymore. I'm not even sure I could get up off my hands and knees. My hat is off to you.

    1. Thanks Sue. Perhaps I should have a beet of cheese with my whine?

  3. You have my deepest sympathies! I agree with Sue--you definitely have more fortitude than I do.

  4. Yep, you are one tough chick -I think I would have thrown in the towel and called my plumber.

  5. I'm SO impressed that you have a snake and a sewer rod, and you figured out how to clear everything out and tighten everything and get it all straightened out. May the gods give you many leak- and clog-free years for your patience and perseverance.

  6. I hope your plumbing problems are all in the past now. Your capableness in such situations is very impressive.

    1. Don't know if I'm capable or just pig headed and cheap! Either way, it's nice to have functional pipes again!


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