This won’t end well.

We bought a bathroom sink last night, and already have a newer toilet waiting, thanks to my daughter and son-in-law. This morning we spent some time trying to figure out the maze of plumbing in the basement, which has resolved itself more or less into two different but interrelated systems, installed decades ago in an already standing house by two drunk bakers and their assistant, a trained monkey. (I’m kidding: The monkey wasn’t trained.) Apparently they had a dozen extra valves they didn’t know what to do with, so they just threw them in at random.


The plan: To turn off and drain the hot water heating system, remove the radiator, sink, and toilet from the bathroom, replace the already ripped-up bathroom carpet (seriously, whose idea was that?) with linoleum, then put them all back in again in working order. Then put all the old stuff out for spring cleanup a week from today.


Pray for us. Because we don’t have a prayer.

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10 thoughts on “This won’t end well.”

  1. A hole in the backyard is not only a great back-up plan, it’s a green(ish – if you had veggies the night before) solution in a world where our carbon footprint is expanding. Plus the setup is so easy, even a monkey could do it…trained or not… Good luck!

  2. My estimate is that it will end up being less horribly expensive if you just hire a plumber, although plumbers are pretty horribly expensive on their own.

    1. Emily’s one of those people who insists on do-it-yourself projects. She’s dragging me in kicking and screaming, and I don’t mean that entirely figuratively. Since I’ve never been able to afford for a plumber, I usually break down and ask a relative for help, or wait until stuff starts falling through the floors.

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