Monday, August 12, 2013

when the plumbing plans your day

“... when the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go …”

Well it wasn’t men on a chessboard telling what to do this morning. It was a sink drain telling me it was broken. Actually my wife did the talking. Plumbing was not scheduled in any of today's plans. Plumbing can be rude and pushy like that though.

Nothing like a broken do-hickey on your drain pipe to mess with your day. The socket holding the pivot lever which makes the stopper move up and down broke off. The remaining drain pipe was left with a hole in it’s side. It’s easier to just say the do-hickey, doodad or thingamabob broke on the pipe.

I searched around for a picture/diagram of the setup. I discovered a new name in the process, clevis strap. Next time I’m at a hardware store I should inquire about their selection of clevis straps.

At least part of my pipes are clean now.

Remember this other Jefferson Airplane song? 
When the drain is found
to be clogged
and all the joy within you dies
don’t you want somebody to fix-it
don’t you need somebody to fix-it
wouldn’t you love somebody to fix-it
you better find somebody to fix-it


Joanne said...

A whole new sink would be in order at my house. Or, it would remain broken--forever.

Cheryl P. said...

Only you would put music to plumbing issues. BUT I am so glad to hear your pipes are clean. Wheww...I worry about that sort of thing ...good to know that your clevis trap is working.

lisleman said...

Hey I'm glad it was not a whole new sink. That would have been much more effort and of course money.

lisleman said...

I think we should start a clevis club. A clean pipe club. thanks

Steve said...

I have to admit, I giggled to myself when i first encountered a clevis strap.

lisleman said...

funny - I wasn't giggling, maybe a few grunts as I wedged myself under the sink. thanks

Dawn Saros-Kirk said...

You had me going for a second with the words on that Jefferson Airplane song! I can be a little gullible sometimes and I was thinking to myself what kind of words are those? Then I saw the name of the song and realized what was going on. Duh! I used to love that song too. My husband hates plumbing stuff. It never seems to go well.

lisleman said...

funny Yeah I should sell my parody version to a plumber. Plumbing is one of the tougher fixes around the house.

Hey thanks for going back to the older posts and sharing your comments.

KevinO'Kane said...

When such unforeseen circumstances happen at my house, I just leave our fate to the reliable plumbers near Sydney. Nobody knows best but them and nobody plans our accident-day but them too. So far, they have proven to be good in their line of work and our accident-days usually last for just a short while only before we are back on our feet to continue with the rest of our initially planned itinerary for the entire family. That is how efficient they are.

lisleman said...

I'll assume you mean Sydney Australia. Welcome to A Few Clowns Short. It's good to know reliable plumbers. We typically have used the same company over many years. I'm not sure I would praise them as much as you do for the one employ. Thanks for browsing by. Hope those wild fires in your country come under control.

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