Saturday, September 22, 2012

Isn't it worth it?

Drip drip drip drip drip drip drip . . . Isn't that annoying?
Let's talk about plumbing.  Trouble first arose when I noticed that the shower doesn't drain quickly, so you have to stand in 3 inches of water while showering.  That's not really a big deal in general, but it's kinda gross because I sit down in the shower when I shave my legs and my yucky leg hairs are getting all over me.  Are you picturing that?
So that was problem #1.

Problem #2 was when the shower started making this high pitched screeching noise whenever the shower is turned on all the way.  So you either have to have weak pressure, or deal with the pipes screaming for mercy.  This is a big deal.  I go crazy when I'm in there and I want to demolish that old piece of crap!

Problem #3:  The kitchen sink.  I briefly addressed this yesterday.  The faucet drips and wastes a TON of water.  It's hard to imagine how much water a tiny drip uses up, but did you know if your faucet leaks it can use more than 10,000 gallons of water per year?  Fact.

And then problem #4, which is that the second sink in the bathroom is not usable because it doesn't drain at all.  At least that's what we've been told.  It's been like that since we moved in.

You might be wondering why nobody has called a plumber, and the answer is:

Larry.

In response to my bringing problem #1 to his attention, he grabbed a gallon of vinegar and some baking soda.  We've seen this suggested on Pinterest and I'm here to tell you - "It doesn't work."  Maybe sometimes, if you're lucky.  But in this case, in my opinion, it made it worse.

In response to problem #2:

Me:  Larry I think you need to call a plumber.  The tub still isn't draining and now there's a high pitched sound coming from the pipes.

Larry:  Oh yeah?  Ok.  I'll see what I can do about that.

Nothing.

In response to problem #3:

Me:  Larry the kitchen sink is dripping and it's using a lot of water.  It's filled big mixing bowls with water just today.

Larry:  Oh yeah?

He walks on over to the sink and jiggles the handle.

Larry:  You've just gotta make sure it's pushed down all the way.

Thanks Larry.  I'm so glad I have you to teach me the simple things.  I'm an idiot, as you know.

Sure, jiggling it stop the dripping for about a minute, but I don't have the time . . . well, I guess I do . . . or the desire to stand around jiggling the handle at every 60 second interval!

And for problem #4, well, Joyce tried to get him to call a plumber about that and he just won't do it.  But with all these problems stacking up, my question once again is:

Isn't it worth it?!

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