Then I came home from working all day and found this:
But did I pay attention? Nooooo. His part of the project took over seven months. Seven months of knowlege I could have soaked up. But I didn't.
And then...a clog.
I'm not afraid of clogs. My sisters and I all have long hair. I've always been the one to pop open the shower drain from time to time to clean out massive hairballs. It's gross. But that's the price you pay for long hair.
Some would be tempted to just pour Drain-o down the sink. But I don't like that idea. One, you're dumping chemicals. Two, Drain-o works by pushing the clog out. I worry it will push the clog to a point in the plumbing that I can't get at...then leave it stuck there forcing me to pay for a repairman. Either, way, I'd rather go au naturale.
Normally I could just pop out the stopper, clean around it and be done with it. But the kind of stopper my sink has is fixed with a loop on the bottom. A metal piece holds it into the rest of the plumbing from underneath.
See the horizontal pin in between the pipe and the vertical metal piece behind it?
(I guess that's there in case someone were to break in my house and try to steal the sink stopper?)
In short, there's no way to unclog the sink without undoing the plumbing. At this point, my dad's voice popped in my head (remember my dad?). His famous advice is, "Ya gotta ask yourself: 'Am I about to do something stupid?' And if the answer is yes...DON'T DO IT!"
But sometimes doing potentially stupid things - like undoing your plumbing when you don't know the first damn thing about plumbing - is how you learn.
First, I emptied out as much of the backed up water as I could:
Then I put my dishpan under the sink to catch any possible deluge of water. (I at least remember Dad doing that). From there, it was just
dumb luck pure genius on my part.
My awesome Dad-of-All-Trades used PVC which is not your grampa's plumbing. I figured I'd have to hammer away with a wrench and a hammer. Turns out, all I had to do was unscrew the U-shaped piece:
- with a mere flick of the wrist, no less - and take it off. Once I did, I saw a few dangly threads from something:
you can see them dangling from the vertical pipe. And I thought, "you mean to tell me this whole clog is from a few stupid threads?" So I stuck my finger up inside there. Uck. Big mistake. I don't know what on earth was decaying inside there but whatever it was, I stuck my whole finger inside it.
Suffice it to say, I definately needed to get the stopper out.
That, too, just took one bit of unscrewing near the horizontal pin to loosen it right up. I futzed with the pin on top that raises and lowers the stopper until I loosened it up enough to pull the pin out of the loop that held the stopper in place and I was finally able to see the clog:
Ew! You can't even see through the pipe at all! What on earth died in there?
After pushing the dead elephant...or whatever it was through the drain and down to the dishpan below, the sink was clear.
All I had to do then was repeat my steps- that is, flick my wrist a few more times, just in reverse- and the job was done.
Into the trash went this:
I don't even have any explaination for this at all.
I didn't break a single nail. I didn't get dirty. I didn't make a mess. Best part of all, the whole job, from start to finish, took less than 10 MINUTES and I was off to toot my horn.