Wake up at 3AM because you can't sleep.
Notice that the shower has not drained from the day before.
Plunge the tub to force the water through the slow drain.
Eat breakfast and decide that now is as good a time as any.
Start ripping up the floor at 4:30AM.
Stop to go to church (try to recruit help, but fail)
Stop by the home depot and pick up supplies. Ask the guy to cut the pipe in half, so you can fit it on the bus.
Continue working, getting stuck at the getting the brass drain piece off of the tub. Try various techniques, and end up making it worse than before. Call a coworker for advice, and take it.
Use Dremel tool to cut the drain off. Order a new Dremel tool since the batteries always wear out on the cordless tool whenever you go to use it.
Wait for batteries to charge, and finish job.
Glue pipes together, first moving baby and mother away from the fumes.
Put it altogether, see that you mismeasured slightly, but turn the water on anyway.
Notice leak coming from drain due to mistake.
Tighten the drain more to make up for mistake.
Replace floor and toilet.
Done at 11PM.
Easy. (although more than 5 steps)
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Posted by Jon Daley on August 30, 2004, 11:04 am | Read 3948 times
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Sounds like a typical plumbing project to me. Only in our house, the mother and baby would have been removed at an earlier stage to avoid exposure to the kind of language usually evoked by plumbing work....

This website is a great source of stories for the Sursum Corda News. Thanks!

Posted by SursumCorda on August 30, 2004, 5:02 pm

Actually, I thought it was an a-typical plumbing project. There were hardly any glitches and he only had to go to Home Depot once. And the bathroom was usable again in less than 24 hours!

Posted by Joyful on August 31, 2004, 3:07 pm

Our drain has been getting progressively slower over the last month or two, and I was dreading opening up the clean-out, as I was afraid that I would find the pipe clogged up just as much as before, and there wouldn't really be a solution, since the pipe just doesn't have enough vertical drop on it.
However, I finally got around to it this morning, and I discovered the pipe was relatively clean, (still white even...) and the clog was right at the drain. I added a drain stopper when I replaced all the pipes, and this stopper doesn't have a good strainer on it, so there was a lot of gunked up hair in the drain. Once I pulled it out, and cut away the rest of the hair, the drain flowed freely again. Very nice.
Posted by jondaley on April 19, 2005, 3:33 pm
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