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Me, in the bathroom, with a clogged pipe

4 Oct

The sound of water running into a sink where water had backed up greeted me in the opening seconds of the YouTube DIY video. A very ordinary voice began speaking.

“Today we’re gonna take a look at unclogging a drain,” the narrator began, then proceeded to describe my problem perfectly, “ So if you have a bathroom sink drain that the water is backing up, it can be a pretty easy thing to fix.” 

After watching his clear explanation and demonstration, I felt reassured, but still skeptical. So many what ifs swirled in my head.  What if it’s a bigger problem than this? What if i get things apart, but can’t out them back together? What if my little hands are too weak? I decided to sleep on it and make a decision Saturday morning.

After taking RIchard for his morning constitutional, I decided to take a peak at the pipes to ensure they looked the same as those in the video. Well, looking turned to touching, then it became a full on grab the bull by the horns moment. 

I laid out some towels and containers, then I followed his instructions to loosen the rings on the goose neck and it came off just like he said it would. Yeah me!

Then, I disconnected the rod that held the stopper in place so I could pull out the stopper and see down the pipe. With the stopper out I was shocked to realize I could not see down the pipe at all. It was thoroughly plugged. Again, the video explained how to get the goo out. The narrator suggested an extra long screwdriver that would reach all the way through the pipe. Of course I didn’t have one, but I had the perfect knitting needle, more that long enough to reach all the way down and come out the other end. A couple of passes with some paper towel and I could see the towels and pan below.

Reassembling was even quicker than disassembling. A quick run of the tap assured me that I had tightened everything sufficiently and no leaks were imminent. I cleaned up the bathroom and washed my hands. Three times. 

On my next walk with Richard, I wanted to turn to every neighbor I saw and tell them,”I fixed my own plumbing!” Of course, I didn’t, but my heart swelled with pride in my accomplishment as I walked past them.

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