Let me do the "run around" for you.

The joys of plumbing.

I was forming a post in my mind and realized I had already used that title.  Ha things have really been crazy lately.  As I said before, it doesn’t stop.  I have had a break from school for 5 weeks.  This is my last week and it has been wonderful, but there has been a lot going on.  I have been dejunking my house and making many trips to the DI- it’s a second-hand store that takes used items.

There have been some good things and some not so great things. And of course lots of cleaning.  There are still issues that come up.  Right now I have a plumbing issue.  A few weeks ago my shower head broke and sprayed all over the bathroom.  I was not happy.  I was in such a grumpy mood by the time I got to work.  But really it was a blessing in many ways.

First I had to buy a new shower head.  The store closest to me is Lowes and I only found one brand with many different prices, single head, double head, 3 functions, 5 functions.  So many choices, but what price did I want to pay?  I ended up with the $40 range 3 function head.  Once it was installed, I realized it was so nice and that I had put up with a shower head that didn’t work for a long time.  I hadn’t gotten a lot of water out of it for awhile and with the new head, it was fabulous!  I have to say it is really awesome and I love it.

All was going well and then one day out of the blue, I had a tub of water while taking a shower.  I didn’t have a clue that it had been draining slow at all, so I decided to fix it.  I talked with some people and one suggested to start with hot boiling water.  So I tried that.  I heard some sizzling and it didn’t release the clog, so I remembered the last time the plumber came, he removed the plate on the side of the tub.  At that point, I decided to watch some videos on Youtube to see if I could do this basic job.  (Some jobs, I don’t even want to attempt, but hey if I can do it and save me some money, then why not try?)

So I found a nice video online and learned about a zip it-.  Its a long plastic stick that is flexible with a hole at the top and edges that cling to gunk in you drain and help you pull it up.  I checked Lowes one day and they didn’t have it, but I bought this cheaper looking thing that had two of them and a thin plastic stick with a hook.  It’s kind of the same, but quite wimpy!  There was two of them so I thought I’d try it.  The first chance it get to use it, and the hook tears.  Great!  I don’t want to lose it down the drain so I have to use the other one.

This one holds up a little better, but I still haven’t gotten a lot off.  So I go back to another Youtube video and found one with a woman taking out the drain of the tub.  She uses a drain remover.  Since I need another zip it and I am now looking for a drain remover, I  head to Home depot.  I do not like to go to some of these stores on Saturday.  They are extremely busy, but I had a small pocket of time before the next event, so I didn’t want to waste it.

So I drive up to Home Depot and I am calling them at the same time to see if they have the zip it product and they don’t.  But I did find another product really similar to it.  The brand was Python drain tool.  This one didn’t have a hole at the end, but some genius realized we wouldn’t want to touch the gunk in our shower drain and rigged it with a bag and a small part to twist into the drain.  It was the thicker plastic and had the grooves in the side to pull out the gunk and hair from your drain.  With the drain pop up plug on, it was really difficult to get the gunk out, so I watched another video and found out how to remove the popup drain.  Then I tried the python and I got more stuff, but not enough to cause a clogged drain.  So of course, I had to take the drain out.  But Home Depot didn’t have it.

I was kind of getting frustrated with all this running to the store bit while I was trying to do a project.   Hence the name of my company Errand. Girl- let me do the run around for you.  This is so that you don’t have to do the running around.

Okay back to my running around, so I went home and did as much as I could and then put everything back, since I would need to use the shower again the following day and I didn’t want anything else rolling down the drain to clog it.

So that was Saturday and the next day I could do anything was Monday and I ran to Lowe’s again to see if they had the drain remover.  They did and I was able to remove the drain.  It was really hard, but with some praying and some help from a screw driver it untwisted and came out, but of course there was another problem.  Nothing is ever easy and this was no exception.  The shower drain washer was not there.  Whoever had put it in had used a putty and it crumbled, so I cleaned that out and then of course I needed to go to the store again which I didn’t do until this morning before work.

As I continued to work on it, talking to it, I took off the side plate and put a clothes hanger down it and then the python again and got a ton more junk out, but still not enough for it to clog.  I then got a phone call and had a conversation with a friend of mine about what to put down the drain.  So I tried that too.  Hot vinegar.  It didn’t do much either except smell up the bathroom.  I was really tired and my back was killing me so I stopped and looked up what disintegrates hair.

Google has all kinds of information about it.  Apparently bleach will disintegrate hair, I just don’t know how good it is on the pipes, but I may try it.  We will see.  Through all this, I have learned a lot.  1. how to waste a lot of time. 2. Just call the plumber, it will be easier and 3. knowledge is power.

Ok I think it really comes down to, trying new things.  If I can’t do it, then I should call the plumber, but I did try.  Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to take care of it, so it really would be easier to call the plumber.  I hope you have have a wonderful week!

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