Thursday, October 11, 2007

Expect The Unexpected

There I was.

Basking in the warm glow of my newly painted & copper encased front door overhang. An ever so slight gloat of a smile while I thought to myself about how much progress I was making on restoring my old house.

The dishes were waiting to be washed in the sink. I ran the water when all of a sudden I heard an unfamiliar woosh and felt soapy water on my feet.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear this house timed these things. Looks like I get to reacquaint myself with my plumber.


Josh @ Bungalow '23 said...

What a great kitchen! (Besides the cracked drain pipe.) That looks like an original sink, faucet and original cabinets. Very cool. (Besides the cracked drain pipe.)

Muskego Jeff said...

You shouldn't need a plumber for replacing the trap, unless you've got a LOT of extra money laying around. Grab a wrench and gently remove the old one. Take it to ACE, Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, etc and match it to a new one to replace it. Probably $5.00 for a chrome plated matching one and you're all done.

Ellen said...


One moment you're doing cool and funky restoration things like painting things haint blue. The next you're shelling out ridiculous sums of money just so you can wash dishes.

Aren't houses fun?

Greg said...

Plumbing - {Grumble, grumble, grumble}

Ranty said...

Awww MAN! That sucks!!!

I'm with Jeff though - I bet you can swap the trap. Worth a try anyway.

I have a leaky trap in my new house too, as well as a dripping copper angle in a different spot.

I second the plumbing grumble.

StuccoHouse said...

Snow...coming...soon. Pressure...pressure...pressure.

Anonymous said...

Trap is an easy fix. My 1927 kitchen pipes behind the floor to the basement were replaced by me last week as it clogged up. Its been clogging up since the 1950s and 60s when grandparents moved in. I work for a plumber so I decided to tackle the replacement myself. Fitting ended up breaking in the floor so I ripped up the basement floor to replace the part of the pipe and fittings which connects to stationary tub when I ended up cracking more 4" cast iron under the floor. I was lucky as the pipe broke off clean so I could install a fernco and then ABS pipe. Now I got a clean draining kitchen sink and laundry tub. BTW you wouldn't believe how the stack to the kitchen and under the floor was filled completely with 80 years of black greasy sludge(stinky sulfur or rotten egg smell to it). Sorry to go on about plumbing but that was my excitement for the week. Good luck with the trap. Andy

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