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Forum topic by mmh posted 11-28-2009 06:52 PM 1637 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2009 06:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: thanks on thanksgiving plumbing trauma

Well, my journey of “Thanks” started the week before Thanksgiving. While cleaning up in the kitchen I flicked on and off the garbage disposal to make the water drain out, as there’s usually an air pocket that prevents the water from flowing quickly. If I do this just right it doesn’t back up into the adjoining sink and readily flows out. Well, I flicked OFF the switch but the disposal kept running. ON/OFF, On/OFF, ON/OFF, it’s still running ON! I run downstairs to turn off the circuit, as a heavy up was our first renovation projects, I’m familiar with the circuit board and it’s labled “disposal”!

I hire an electrician to come and figure out/fix the problem. He says the switch is fine, it’s the disposal unit that has burned out.

Okay, gotta’ go shopping. I research a bit and find the unit we installed 6 yrs. ago for the kitchen renovation that my husband and I both did ourselves, is a Badger 5 (5/8 hp, 3yr. warranty) is on the lower scale of price/quality. So, the more super duper quality unit is 50% more but more efficient and quieter, so I upgrade.

But WAIT! The shopping part happens AFTER the kitchen faucet spout decides to do a trick. As I’m cooking lunch for my parents who are due any moment, it decides to RISE from it’s base like a Houdini trick or a seance’ participant when I turn on the water. The long neck spout rises until it falls off and the water starts bubbling out from the brass fixture like “Bubblin’ Brew, Texas style”. Water is collecting all over the backsplash and counter. Fortunately the handle still works and it turns off. Okay, we installed this 6 yrs. ago too. Is it our DIY installation or are there really Gremlins around? I still turn off the water from underneath just in case.

NOTE: Husband is out of town in Arizona. So, he only has to hear my ranting and raving. But he is feeling guilty that is’ probably all his fault. (Isn’t he wonderful?)

Okay, now I have a dead disposal and a bubbling faucet. Dad helps me by replacing the “O” rings on the brass fixture found at a local plumbing store (Of course HD doesn’t carry this size.) This doesn’t help, the spout still rises for the occassion. We can’t figure out what broke, no stray pieces or parts. I look up the faucet online and call the manufacturer and the woman I spoke to says it’s the white plastic collar that needs replacing and she’ll send me a kit to fix it. She’ll also send the parts for the leaky handle (single swivel type). GREAT! Progress! That’s Thursday, week before Thanksgiving. So meanwhile I go to HD and buy a new disposal.

Husband returns on Saturday. Sink is totally out of order, BUT it does drain, so I can wash dishes by hauling jugs of hot water from the bathroom. We’re only half rural, third world here. Exit water plumbing is precious.

Monday comes, no parts. Tuesday morning I call the faucet people just to check on the status. A different woman answers and says that the requests usually take 10-15 days. WHAT! But wait, my order went out Monday via regular mail. Should be here in a week . . . HUH? Didn’t the other person understand that a kitchen sink not working is a MAJOR mal-function and this coming Thursday is THANKSGIVING DAY, when many people need to COOK? Guess, not. Parts are in the mail. Sorry, thank you for calling.

Now, with the part numbers in hand, I call the local plumbing store before they close. They do not carry these parts, but they can order them. I inform the fellow I have them “In the mail” and he admits I am ahead of what they can get in. I’m invited to bring in the piece to see if something can be done.

At the Plumbing Parts Plus store, where I am waited on by a dilligent young fellow and show & tell him my saga. They happen to have one of the same faucets on display, as they also install fancy sinks. I am asking the guys there if there’s anything I can do to make a temporary fix so I can cook Thanksgiving dinner. One of the more senior guys, Bob, says he can loan me the piece from their display unit and I can bring it back once I get my part in place. LOAN me the piece? Unheard of! I am given the MIRACLE piece of plastic and exchange information and salutations and I’m off to see my Wizard! (NOTE: I have not spent any $$ on this trip, but Dad bought the “O” rings from them earlier, but they don’t know this.)

I go home and it works! I have a faucet that runs water, water runs out to the proper sewer pipes. We are GO for a launch to Thanksgiving Dinner.

My heart felt thanks go out to these guys, especially Bob, as who would have thought that I could even get a part and fix this two days before T Day? My thanks are also for having a home that I can have things go Kaputt on me, as not everyone has a home, not everyone has things that can go Kaputt. I don’t have to walk down to the stream to fetch water and walk back uphill with a bucket of water and boil it to heat up to cook with.

And, husband has returned and we installed the new disposal. Despite some DIY mishaps, everything works now. Just hope nothing else falls apart this week. I need to get to the basement and finish some canes!

Oh wait, I forgot to mention that while this is happening, I had a special cane order for a birthday and had to rush the creativity process and sent this Monday via Next Day UPS ($90.) to TN, and thought insurance and signature request were in order. BUT, the signature request is an issue, there’s no one there until late Wednesday night to sign for this, so now the parcel is doomed to stay at the warehouse. Not good. The client is in VA, not going to TN where the rest of the family is gathering. UPS Central gets involved and says that they cannot alter an order once enroute. Only an immediate (next door) neighbor could sign for this. Problem is that this is a remote summer home and may not have many neighbors there this time of year. Finally UPS Central lady agrees to let the UPS driver leave the parcel at the front office of the complex. BUT, this is a “Dead Zone” for telephones and the driver may not get this request today, but should be warned for delivery on Wednesday. Oh $^*%, let’s hope this works. I have a faucet to fix.

Good news. I received word the parcel was left at the front office on Tuesday.

I am thankful for all I have, and have not. I have lots of “stuff” and opportunity to do wonderful things. I have good health and loved ones. I do not have war or famine at my doorstep. I have to share my stories and projects with.

Thank you for listening.

May health and happiness prosper in your realm.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 07:12 PM

Very interesting story Meilie. You saw God face to face in terms of the of the Bob who offered you to loan the faucet.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 07:16 PM

quite the thanksgiving tale .
a real cliff hanger there .

i was very relieved that it all worked out ,
and your appreciation to all those involved ,
is what thanksgiving is all about .

bless you and yours ,
and thanks !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 07:39 PM

Wow, Meilie!! What a time you have had. Hope all the bad things got out of the way all at once and there will be smooth sailing for a while.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 07:44 PM

What at story! LOL.

I thought for sure the rising faucet mystery was going to be traced to Viagra in the water supply. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-28-2009 08:45 PM

reminds me of my faucet saga—saved by the young man at Lowes who gave us a part off the display… saved us from having to buy a brand new faucet.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 11-28-2009 11:43 PM

Charlie, you are too funny! I wonder if that’s why there’s an increase in babies in the neighborhood . . .

My latest woe is that my hairdryer died. Not a big thing unless you have lots of hair that makes it difficult to dry and it’s too cold to air dry.

I better just go down to the basement and work, as I may end up using the gas oven to dry my hair . . .

Maybe next year we can go out to eat.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 12:19 AM

Sharad, I think you are right. Bob was my savior for this trauma. I will be visiting the store this week and will make sure the he and the others get praise for their heroic deed.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 12:30 AM

Hey Millie
I think you next cane needs a wrench and electrical tester built in.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 11-29-2009 12:57 AM

A1Jim: Not a bad idea. I think I’ll had a roll of heavy duty duct tape and some cable ties.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 11-29-2009 01:02 AM

If your going that far you might as well put a holster for a cordless drill and magnetic strip to hold screws on it too Millie.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 11-29-2009 01:31 AM

Okay, the lilthium drill is charged and ready and the magnetic strip is installed.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 11-29-2009 07:29 PM

Sorry Meilie it took so long to answer this post, but through all this you had time to offer to make me a cane. You my dear are an Angel sent from above. Yes, If anybody reads this, she contacted me and offered to make me a cane because I was a Veteren. Meilie, you are a special, special lady. God Bless you, I can see why things worked out for you, the Lord looks after people like you, Bob was the Angel he sent to help you. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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