The End is Nigh!

Much like the lovely and gracious Badger, I had a near-death experience with this blog, having almost been forced to switch to the "new" Blogger. Those unfortunates who know me well enough will attest to how pathologically averse I am to change, especially change I see as unnecessary and arbitrary.

Which is a complete bite, because I was intending to blog on my triumph in plumbing. As a PT SAHD, I often get stuck doing more housework-y stuff like laundering and ironing and cooking. Which is fine, because I do those things exceptionally well and since I eat and wear apparel (quite often simultaneously) I don't mind.

But this morning, upon my return from the gym I went to shower and I discovered the drain wasn't, uh, draining. I was midway through the hygienic procedure and it seemed more like I was in a submarine that had been struck than in the shower. I went for the plunger; plunging was useless because there was this secret little chrome thingy -- a technical term we use in the plumber's guild -- which LOOKS like it's the lever that works the stopper in the drain....but NO! It's also a secret overflow valve. So all my plunging was merely circulating soapy water and not doing anything.

I leapt into action, and damned near brained myself because I was soapy and wet and the floor is slick. I tossed on a robe, sped to the garage and took the toolbox. Assiduous readers will note this is the first time I blog about something as stereotypically manly as tools, but it had to happen at some point. I blew the downy layer of fine dust off the toolbox, peeled off a stray cobweb or two and started in.

The trick was to remove the chrome thingy, which I did with two sorta medium Phil(l)ips head screwdrivers (I know many of you are taking notes, so I wish to be thorough.) Care had to be exercised to keep the screws from falling down the drain, but I managed. Then -- and pay close attention here -- I applied the "auxiliary" plunger to the hole previously covered by the chrome thingy. No plunging needed, just needed to seal the hole. THEN, holding as stated, I took the primary plunger and plunged freely. Something made a sickening gurgle somewhere down the line and flow was restored.

I am now basking in the glow of my manly prowess and wondering about going shopping as a reward.



Carolyn said…
I loved this post.

I can't fix anything so I am highly impressed.
MsCellania said…
Well, I'll definitely give you at Atta Boy for this one. I would not have remembered about the overflow being yet another drain - therefore, no suction. Do you KNOW how many plumbers you are going to put out of the business with this post?!

I invested in a MoFo plunger. Our main floor bath has a crook in the waste pipe from the commode. I don't know what rocket scientist designed it, but there it is. And you know how much toilette paper little boys can use -

I think the Iberian Hair is what's ailing your tub plumbing - that stuff stretches 2 miles before breaking...
daysgoby said…
*stands and applauds*
Badger said…
Well, that is swell. I would have snaked the bastard and probably broken something.
Stomper Girl said…
I'm with daysgoby, standing and applauding. Probably also shouting "Bravo".

Not just because of your prowess in the Mr-Fixit-Department, but because you were rewarding yourself with shopping. Genius.
Joke said…
I'm just happy I can still use the old Blogger.

MsCellania said…
Hey, dammit; I also posted "I advise periodic prophylactic plunging due to the Hair' but blogger didn't post that part. I'm telling you; Blogger has it out for you. Look out!
velcro said…
Well done there old boy and all that.
Sarah O. said…
This is all very impressive.

The most impressive part is that you have an "auxiliary" plunger.

So what did you buy as your reward?

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