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« on: March 18, 2018, 06:24:47 AM »


Dog had us trained not to leave anything within his reach, exspecially trash, or anything edible.  He is fine, while we are at home.  It''s when we are gone that he will get into things.  Most often taking it to his most favorite spot in the house and shredding it, my bed.  A box of Hot Chocolate envelopes, shredded on my bed, no powder, he licked it all up.  I was surprised that he didn't get sick as chocolate is supposed to be very bad for pets.  Packs of gum, crackers, candy, he isn't too picky except he won't take fruit unless you peel and slice it for him.

When he first moved in we quickly learned we could not have a trash bin, so we instead use a plastic grocery bag in one side of the sink.  He isn't tall enough to get into the sink.  So the right side of the sink tends to accumulate grunge in the drain as seldom any water is run into that side.

Rinsing the dishes the other night I noticed the sink a bit messier than usual so naturally I grabbed my scrubby and a bit of soap and went at it.  It looked so nice and clean that I decided it was time to clean that grungy right side, took out the trash even though the bag was nowhere near full, turned on the water and got busy with my scrubby.

The sink bowl cleaned up quick and easy, the drain fitting thing, not so much. I had to break out my heavy stainless wire scrubby and leaned on it.  It still didn't look so bright and shiny but instead looked more like flaked off chrome.  Looking a bit closer I noticed what looked like a couple of small as in less than 1/4 inch, HOLES? ???  Holy Moly, those ARE holes, and water was now leaking below into the cabinet!

Qwap!! 

So today I made a stop at the local Hardware Store/Lumberyard for a nice new drain fitting thingy.  Of course they had three or four of them and I didn't take my reading glasses along so I could see the difference.  I took the two heavier ones to the counter and talked with the Lady there.  Asked which of these are made in America as I couldn't read the packages without my other glasses.  She pointed out the name of the company and the U.S. City  where they are located.  I said I've seen a number of product labeled like that, the BOX may have been American but where was the PART made?  She looked a bit closer and found a spot that  clearly spelled out "Made In China".

She searched the other one, the heaviest one, and found that it was made in Taiwan.  I told her Taiwan has been making imported products far longer than those we have been importing from China, they have already gone through a lot of product improvements, and that fitting is quite a bit heavier than the China one.  Check out and go home.

Since the weather cooled last Fall I haven't been outside much other than to get in my truck to go anywhere.  Never did get around to raking the leaves from our 60 odd trees. I had to trudge through inches of leaves out to the Barn.  My big red toolbox is out there, it won't fit in my cluttered garage.  Retired Mechanic, I have lots and lots of nice shiny chrome 'stuff' so I can take apart most anything.  Two BIG pairs of pliers should be adequate for this job. Oh, and a small flashlight so I can see better under there.

In the kitchen I found out my knees don't want to bend welll, it was difficult to get down on the floor, hard to bend over and get under the sink.  The clamp nut on the drain pipe, plastic, came loose easy enough. Loooking up I learned the old fitting was of some stupid design.  Instead of a clamp nut on the flange it had a separate collar with a couple of push screws.  Qwap, I didn't get a screwdriver and since these are vertical I couldn't even see if they were straight blade or phillips.  Mo matter which screwdriver I get I'm sure it would be the wrong one.  Another trip to the Barn?  Nah, the clamp ring is 'plastic'.  With my BIG pliers I can just break it apart.  Done.  Got  it all apart and a bit more cleaning to get all the old sealant away.  New fitting is gasketed so no messing with sealants.  That's an improvement.

Somehow the new fitting turns out to be an inch SHORTER than the old one.  Seems the vertical pipe doesn't want to stretch out that extra inch to fit.  Qwap!  Another trip to the hardware store.  Oh, and it sort of looks like the horizontal pipe isn't directly under the fitting either, like when I did this about 20 years ago I might not have looked at it quite so straight on.  I better get another one of those as I'm sure that if I don't,  it won't fit so well and the gasket won't seal and I'll have a new leak.

Finally found both pieces at the hardware store.  One was hiding further down the aisle way away from the rest of the pipes. I got all plastic again as I get very irritated when the metal ones corrode.  Generally I HATE Plastic, but when it comes to plumbing areas not in the sunlight, it actually works pretty well. Of course they didn't have the vertical pipe in the length that I needed.  Either way too short, or way too long.  Big empty hook that I figured was the size I needed.  I went with the longer one, figuring I could cut it much easier than trying to stretch the shorter one.

Go home, managed to get back down on the floor with my flashlight and a felt pen.  Gotta figure out just how long to cut this thing.  Mark it and manage to get back up.  Am I going to go out to the Barn again for a small saw?  Nah, this thing is plastic and this serrated steak knife is sharp, sorta saw blade shaped. COOL! Well, it is NOT a saw, but with enough effort, and time, and energy, it will cut plastic.  Maybe not soo perfectly neat straight and clean, but it's plastic,, and it will work, and nobody is ever going to see it unless they take the drain apart.  It fit and screwed together AND most importantly, it doesn't leak. And I didn't have to replace the horizontal pipe, GREAT, as that one has the Reverse Osmosis drain drilled into it.  That one WOULD have made me have to go out to the Barn again for a drill.

So the right side of the sink drain is all nice and shiny again!


Finally.













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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 08:07:14 AM »

I'm very impressed with your tenacity and improvisations Charlie  ;D


Well done.    :clap;


Love, Cas
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 11:09:52 AM »

Good for you Charlie. You got the job done.My hubster can fix anything and I do mean everything. Doing it is another story. As you would say, Qwap!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2018, 01:17:47 PM »

Well done Charlie!

Best wishes from Kristina.

P.S. What does "Quap" actually mean?
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2018, 01:57:21 PM »


Qwap, a Politically Correct method of expression of when things go wrong.  It rhymes with another word, slang for a bodily function. Often an abbreviation for the name of the person that perfected the design of the modern toilet.  Thomas Crapper.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 01:55:23 AM »

Thanks Charlie for explaining in such a politically correct "roundabout" way ...
... and ... sorry for my asking, but English is not my first language  ...  and I am still learning...
Best wishes from Kristina. :grouphug;
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2018, 07:22:09 AM »

I prefer to use an abrasive blade in a chop saw/mitre box to get the ends of the pipe perfectly square.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2018, 05:33:01 AM »


I'm so tired all the time I was trying to avoid walking out to the Barn again so I just chewed the plastic pipe off close enough for the Girls that I'm allowed to go out with. (None).

The two pairs of slip joint pliers can sit in the garage until I have reason to have to make that walk out to the barn to put them away.

Grass is beginning to green, it won't be long I'll have to get on one of the lawn mowers and cut it.  Chew up all those leaves I failed to get after last Fall.  Rain has them soaked right now so they can wait some more.

I am VERY experienced at procrastination.  Just wish it pays.

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2018, 12:13:30 PM »

Can I just say, I wish we had grass.  We had a storm yesterday that pretty much shut everything down.  Not that I'm complaining, cuz I really wanted that snow day.  My March Break (spring break, I guess it's known as in the states) and I'm not due back there till April 4, then it's 3 weeks till end of the year.  Hopefully this will be the last of the storms, cuz we don't really need any more snow days after this
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