Renovation Thursday – Plumbing 101

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This week on Renovation Thursday I fixed the plumbing on the master bathroom sink.  Despite having thrown many different things down the drain in an attempt at getting the water running better, nothing worked.  So, it was time to take apart the plumbing, give it a good thorough cleaning and put it all back together again.

I had been procrastinating on this one on purpose, because the thought of cleaning out the pipes did not appeal to me.  In fact, I saved this project for the day before we left on a trip – and then I decided to do it.  It’s amazing how much we get done before we leave on vacation, isn’t it?

Not that it was ideal timing, and unfortunately it took longer than I had planned, because I had planned on replacing the pipes completely, and just throwing the others out (therefore, no cleaning involved).  But, once I had the pipes all undone, I could see that the new replacement pieces were too big and not the right configuration.  So, I decided to just clean out the old ones and put them back.  Which was a fine idea until the old ones started leaking when I put them back!

A few more tricks and a little plumbers putty later, and we have a nice clean drain where the water goes down as it should.  I will spare you the pictures and description of the nastiness that came out of the pipes and just show you the before and after pictures under the sink, which, by the way, look the same.  But, the real proof is how the water actually went down the drain!

And just for kicks, I decided to finish up plumbing 101 by cleaning out the shower heads as well.  Both of our shower heads were a bit clogged because of buildup on the openings where the water goes out.  They are supposed to be those waterfall like shower heads, but the waterfall had been spraying in random directions for a while.

So I first cleaned the shower head with a good descaler and toothbrush to remove the mineral deposits.  Then, I took a small screwdriver and poked it in each hole to dislodge an other deposits in there too.  And, viola…a working waterfall shower head that does not spray in random directions!

**Note: There will no longer be a Renovation Thursday Linky, but feel free to share what you are doing in the comments!**

Here’s where I am headed for Renovation Thursday in the next few weeks:

  1. Kitchen Backsplash – DONE!
  2. Patch Office Walls
  3. Paint Office Walls
  4. Remove Screws from the Office Ceiling
  5. Hang Pictures in Office
  6. Finish Patching Kitchen Ceiling
  7. Fix Outlet in Kitchen – DONE!
  8. Fix Fan in Kitchen
  9. Screw Sink in Laundry Room into Wall – DONE!
  10. Wood Trim Under Washer
  11. Replace Island Lights in Kitchen – DONE!
  12. Patch Kitchen Wall
  13. Paint Kitchen Ceiling
  14. Paint Kitchen Walls
  15. Patch Dining Room Walls
  16. Paint Dining Room Walls
  17. Paint Downstairs Vanity
  18. New Hardware for Downstairs Vanity
  19. Cubbies for Mudroom
  20. Bench for Mudroom
  21. Locker Holders in Mudroom
  22. Cabinet for Circuit Breakers
  23. Patch Holes in Living Room
  24. Paint Touch Up Living Room
  25. Hang Children’s Picture in Living Room
  26. Patch Above Front Door
  27. Put Piece of Wood Under Front Door
  28. Paint Above Front Door
  29. Remove Molding in Hallway
  30. Replace Outlets in Hallway
  31. Replace Light Switches in Hallway
  32. Paint Hallway
  33. Fix Wheelbarrow Wheel – DONE!
  34. Remove Rocks in Front Yard
  35. Plant Flowers in Front Yard
  36. New Weed Barrier in Front Yard
  37. Replace Rocks in Front Yard
  38. Pull Weeds and Trim Existing Front Flowers
  39. Plant Trees in Front Yard
  40. Paint Touch Up Guest Bath
  41. Patch Guest Bath Walls
  42. Paint Touch Up Master Bath
  43. Fix Vanity Door in Master Bath
  44. Fix Drain in Master Bath Sink – DONE!
  45. Fix Shower Heads in Master Bath – DONE!
  46. Prime Master Bedroom Walls
  47. Paint Touch Up Master Bedroom
  48. Fix Fan Wobbling in Master Bedroom
  49. Lattice for Children’s Artwork in Hallway
  50. Patch Hole in Wood Floor in Living Room
  51. Paint Pantry
  52. Fix Kickplate in Kitchen
  53. Paint Kickplate in Kitchen
  54. Fix Doors on Office Bookshelves – DONE!
  55. Tape All Child Locks
  56. Clean Tops of Kitchen Cabinets

See you next week as we tackle more home improvement!

Dr. Laura

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