Tuesday, February 8, 2011

bathroom sink update

So I took the new P trap home and the pipe was too long to fit into the existing connection. I brought the pipe to work and Spaghetti Eddie cut it with one of his handy little tools.
SO.... the new pipe is in and connected to the old pipe and dang it if the new pipe doesn't leak in all my connections. I have to take it all apart and see what is happening but I have a feeling that I know the problem and it won't be able to be fixed until we deal with all the bathroom plumbing.
The house we live in is OLD and it was put together by a farmer who used bits and pieces of whatever was available for him to use.
The plumbing has partly been replaced, but the piece under the sink has not been and it is not plumb or square or any of the words people like Holmes on Homes use when they talk about houses. The existing pipe - the one I have to tie the new p trap into - comes into the space under the sink at a downward angle, which means I can't thread the new pipe onto the existing pipe cleanly (if that makes any sense).
Forcing the new one onto the old one pulls the connections on the other new ones and causes leakage.....
What to do, what to do.....
For now the new one is connected and I have a bucket under the sink. The clog is gone so it drains nicely, but we have to deal with a drip for the time being.

4 comments:

feralgeographer said...

Oh my goodness! Well, if it makes you feel any better, when I was at tradeschool the instructors all told us very clearly that H0lmes on H0mes was a load of bull, because *no one* in real life has the budget nor the time for standards as high as the ones he has on his show... Though it sure makes great television. Hopefully, fix-it people like your farmer predecessor are also in the minority! Good luck.

Teena in Toronto said...

I have confidence in you that you'll get the job done :)

Deb said...

I've lived in that house! Actually I've just moved out of one that was a modified shed built by the owner with whatever materials he had, it was fun. And now we're renovating a 70 year old transportable home, one of the stumps is about a cm higher than all the others and we have some *interesting* floors. You're doing well.

boltupright said...

teflon tape? It has made many a dicey plumbing connection leak-proof for me...