Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workbench and plumbing exploits

We got into the bad habit of chucking our tools all over our garage...not nice for the tools and it made for treacherous walking.  I found a simple plan for a work bench online and acquired the supplies.  The result is below!  The previous homeowner had nailed peg board flat to the wall in the garage.  I pried it off and mounted it on some scrap 2 x 4's and threw some pegs in it for the tools.  Boom!

There is a slop sink in the laundry room that the washing machine drains has been notoriously slow to the point of stagnancy.  The standing water in the slop sink has been getting sucked back into the washing machine - not good.  I've used chemicals and taken the trap apart to no avail.  We also have a toilet upstairs that is unresponsive to plunging, but will drain slowly.  I charged into the plumbing aisle of Home Depot and got advice of buying a) 25' hand crank drain snake and b) 6' toilet auger.  The toilet auger worked great and I think the problem is solved.  We read the instructions for the drain snake and struggled with prying the grate off of the drain.  As soon as we got the grate off, the water drained and we no longer had a problem.  I shouted "you have got to be kidding me!".  The washing machine is running now, we'll see how it drains.  Matt and I high-fived at our successful evening of plumbing.

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