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!
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Here’s where I am headed for Renovation Thursday in the next few weeks:
- Kitchen Backsplash – DONE!
- Patch Office Walls
- Paint Office Walls
- Remove Screws from the Office Ceiling
- Hang Pictures in Office
- Finish Patching Kitchen Ceiling
- Fix Outlet in Kitchen – DONE!
- Fix Fan in Kitchen
- Screw Sink in Laundry Room into Wall – DONE!
- Wood Trim Under Washer
- Replace Island Lights in Kitchen – DONE!
- Patch Kitchen Wall
- Paint Kitchen Ceiling
- Paint Kitchen Walls
- Patch Dining Room Walls
- Paint Dining Room Walls
- Paint Downstairs Vanity
- New Hardware for Downstairs Vanity
- Cubbies for Mudroom
- Bench for Mudroom
- Locker Holders in Mudroom
- Cabinet for Circuit Breakers
- Patch Holes in Living Room
- Paint Touch Up Living Room
- Hang Children’s Picture in Living Room
- Patch Above Front Door
- Put Piece of Wood Under Front Door
- Paint Above Front Door
- Remove Molding in Hallway
- Replace Outlets in Hallway
- Replace Light Switches in Hallway
- Paint Hallway
- Fix Wheelbarrow Wheel – DONE!
- Remove Rocks in Front Yard
- Plant Flowers in Front Yard
- New Weed Barrier in Front Yard
- Replace Rocks in Front Yard
- Pull Weeds and Trim Existing Front Flowers
- Plant Trees in Front Yard
- Paint Touch Up Guest Bath
- Patch Guest Bath Walls
- Paint Touch Up Master Bath
- Fix Vanity Door in Master Bath
- Fix Drain in Master Bath Sink – DONE!
- Fix Shower Heads in Master Bath – DONE!
- Prime Master Bedroom Walls
- Paint Touch Up Master Bedroom
- Fix Fan Wobbling in Master Bedroom
- Lattice for Children’s Artwork in Hallway
- Patch Hole in Wood Floor in Living Room
- Paint Pantry
- Fix Kickplate in Kitchen
- Paint Kickplate in Kitchen
- Fix Doors on Office Bookshelves – DONE!
- Tape All Child Locks
- Clean Tops of Kitchen Cabinets
See you next week as we tackle more home improvement!
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