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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fun in the Bath Tub

Devin normally updated the blog but today I have a fun story to tell. In the master bath room we have a bath tub. I know that is a little bit of a stretch but yes we have a tub in there. Since we moved in the drain slowly leaks. One of Devin's favorite things to do is take a bath. Since the tub slowly drains Devin was getting very frustrated.

One day Devin and I went out and got some ice cream. Any one who knows Devin will be very surprised to know Devin got Reese's peanut butter cups in hers. I had pumpkin spice something or another. I love trying new things. When we were leaving I convinced Devin to go with me to Home Depot. Luckily it was in the same parking lot. I have a weird obsession with hardware stores. I like to look at things like light bulbs. While we were there I told Devin I could fix the bathtub drain. So we got a kit and went home to start the project.

It was amazingly easy to get the old drain out. I was excited things where going good. I then tried to put the new drain in. There was a rubber seal on the top that just would not seal up. I tried again and again to get the drain down far enough and tight enough to get the seal properly. I tried so hard that I broke the the drain while it was it was screwed in very tightly. I then had a broken piece in the tub with no way to get it out.

The next day I went back to home depot and got a new kit and some tap screws to get a hold of the drain. I worked for 3 hours and finally got the broken drain out of the tub. I thought I would be smart and use a part of the new drain that I was not going to use and get the drain out. I screwed in a piece as a tried to turn out the old drain. The drain did not budge but I did break the piece from the drain. I then got some screws drilled in and used some other screws. I was eventually able to get the drain out with about 3 hours of work. I then tried to put in the second drain but there was a problem. It was to short to reach the drain in the tub. No matter what I did I could not reach the drain. At this time I was very frustrated.

A few days later I went to a plumbing supply store that is near my house and they got me hooked up with a third drain. I also asked them what else I would need. They said plumbers putty. I was excited to hear that I was missing something. So I got some plumbers putty and went home, and for the first time the drain sealed up. I was very excited to share my accomplishment. Unfortunately Devin was working at a health fair for school and I was unable to show her so I put in some green die in the tub and sent her a picture text message.

I am a little embarrassed to tell how I was being a goober and not asking for help earlier. It would have saved me lots of time and money. You always learn either from someone experienced or the school of hard knocks. I learned from the second in this instance. I was laughing later after everything calmed down. I also hope you laughed while reading this as well.

1 comment:

Stacy said...

I was a little nervous to read this post when I saw the title ;) Steve just installed a new toilet in one of our bathrooms. Thankfully it went pretty smoothly, but it seems like things are always harder than you think they'll be. Glad you got it all worked out!