Stopped Up and Leaking

Charlie was all set to take a shower Saturday night but let me hop in for mine first.  I thought the tub was stopped up and sure enough it would not drain.

We tried plunging, liquid plumber and the pressure washer.

Nothing would unstop this finicky drain so I suggested Charlie take his shower in the Cottage.

Bathroom viewed from the doorway, tub and shower on the left, vanity and sink on the right.

Then we remembered we had turned off the water ages ago because of a leak under the sink.

Cottage vanity with leaking sink

Happily I had bought the fixings the previous day at Home Depot. (Hard to believe I would have done that all by myself.)

Leaking pipes on top, new pieces on the bottom.

Charlie taped up the connection where the copper stopped and the CPVC started with teflon tape to deter further leaking.

Teflon tape or sealant in a yellow tube keeps the threads leak tight.

Charlie smeared yellow goop on the CPVC (the kind for drinking water) to fit the elbow and the valve.

The yellow goop is special glue for CPVC pipe.

 The goop drips but Charlie caught it with the valve connection.

The valve is carefully connected to the pipe with the yellow goop.

Try to keep everything tidy.

To keep everything neat wipe off extra goop (preferably not with one of the good towels).

He snugged up the compression nut on the valve and opened the water lines to the Cottage which had been turned off all summer.

The nut needs to be carefully tightened so the glue connections are not compromised.

We have running water in the cottage.  Oh, yeah!

Hot water on the left, cold on the right – ready for action.

And Charlie took his shower with hot and cold running water. (He thought he’d have to bathe under the outdoor hose. Brrrrr.)

Do your plumbing problems always creep up on Saturday night like ours?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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