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I'm plumb out of subject lines... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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I'm plumb out of subject lines...
Sunday, I came home from grocery shopping and cleaned out the fridge. This always results in the inevitable stack of expired leftovers to go down the garbage disposal, and Sunday was no exception.

Halfway through the expired chili, water started shooting out the other side of the sink.

This has happened before, and the last time it resulted in a $150 plumber's bill. I was determined to fix it myself this time. Plunging didn't work. I initially thought the 2 bottles of Drano improved things to the point of water draining very slowly, until I realized it was just draining backwards into the dishwasher. Somewhere in there I badly sprained my ankle carrying bowls of water from the sink to the bathroom across the wood floor.

I mentioned this to a coworker of mine yesterday, telling her I was going to go buy a snake. She kindly offered to loan me hers, and she brought it in today. Never having done this before, I dropped "using plumbing snake" into google, read the first half-dozen results, and emerged with a pretty good idea of how this was going to work.
An aside: 50 years ago, if you had to unplug a drain, you didn't have many options for information. You could ask your friends, you could ask the guy at the hardware store, or you could go get a book from the library. Google really has changed the way we get information. Yes, sometimes it's wrong, but sometimes so was the guy at the hardware store.
Anyway, I came home, I took out the p-trap, and fed in the snake until it stopped, then twisted it, and repeated until the entire length of the snake was in the pipe. I put things back together, and while it didn't initially appear to have fixed the problem, a quick cycle of the garbage disposal (recommended by one of those websites) cleared the blockage.

I was proud of myself. It wasn't a huge accomplishment, but it was one of those things that I now know I can do myself.

I suspect the large number of these experiences lately have something to do with my lack of a need to fly. I thrive on learning things, and trying things, and pushing the boundaries of my envelopes. Until the last year or so, I was mostly in a rut - I was doing the same thing at work, I was in the same unchallenging relationship, and the only envelopes I were pushing were related to flying and airplane maintenance. Then I bought the Buell, bought the house, left Michael, and moved in with Mike, all in the last 18 months. Each one of those things involved at least a few new skills (well, maybe not leaving Michael), and I've tackled most of them with a reasonable amount of success (except for the ceiling fan, but that's a post for another day). Maybe I'm being challenged enough in the rest of my life that I don't feel the need to push my flying limits, and if I'm not pushing my limits, what's the point?

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: February 15th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you want to challenge yourself, start reading Mike's copy of Horowitz and Hill :-) I have a few spare NMOS Z80 processors if you need one...
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: February 15th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
(and then instead of a boring old plumbing snake, you can build a robot that attacks the blockage with a tungsten carbide drill)
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