Friday, August 15, 2014

The Wood Chips (cont.)

Sometimes I annoy the Pres. But when something is wrong and needs to be looked at, it needs to be looked at, right? Oh, he loves to build and make things and will jump all over that task or suggestion without batting an eye. But ask him to fix something....YIKES! It's like you're asking for a million bucks!!

Well, I figured that if he was going to get annoyed, I might as well tackle it myself. The downstairs toilet hadn't been flushing right which I told him about. He'd taken off the lid cover and adjusted the float, but it didn't resolve the issue. So....

I shut off the incoming water, got a big bucket and disconnected the flex hose from the tank. Watching it drain slowly into the bucket, I then turned on the incoming water. The toilet had been taking forever to fill after flushing it and I hoped that I could perhaps clear the line.

The water was flowing so slowly, I knew I was on to something. Shutting off the incoming water valve again, I unscrewed the flex line at that joint. However, in removing the hose, I noticed something protruding from the flex hose. Using tweezers to pull it out...first one, then a second, and then a third.  I reattached the flex hose to the incoming valve then to the tank of the toilet and turned on the water.

Hitting the handle to flush, it was like music to my ears...a nice strong, powerful
SWISH

My problem was solved! What was taking three minutes to fill now took less than one!
Here's what was in the line...three stray wood chips!  When I showed and told the Pres, he said, "Honey you were right.  There was something wrong.  They have probably been in the pipe since they built the house...maybe from when they laid the pipe."



Did you guess where I found the strays?


Sharing wood chips with you and those at
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18 comments:

MorningAJ said...

Never would have guessed that! I'm proud of you for managing to do the fix-it yourself. You go girl!

Beth, ...".E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

now that is WEIRD??! glad you were determined to figure it all out. ( :

Sandra said...

amazing story, the amazing part is you fixed it yourself. i am terrifed to touch the commode and would have no clue what to do even after reading this... no i did not guess where you found them. good job JP

Delores said...

I would never have guessed that in a million years.....you're a real Mrs. FixIt.

Monkeywrangler said...

Good job fixing the toilet! I find I too, am the family plumber. DH is the family electrician.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Well, isn't that strange to find wood chips in the plumbing works. I would never had guessed you found them there JP. I'm impressed that you took everything apart yourself to solve the problem.

TexWisGirl said...

guessing if there was a break in the line, you'd know it, so i'm guessing they've been there a long while, too. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, that's amazing! You are a smart cookie to figure that out. ;)

Linda said...

Actually, I am not surprised at all. In our renos, remodelings, and buildings, our contractors have neglected to clear all kinds of pipes. One even sealed up an exhaust vent pipe! Glad you were able to fix your problem. And, no, I never would have guessed where you found the wood chips. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Ginny said...

Holy Cow!!! I never in the world would have guessed!! You could be a professional plumber! Around here, the plumbers come and have to go out back to the lines, they usually find feminine pads in other people's drains!!! Don't look at me, I have passed menopause for years!!

augcott said...

Who would have thought????
That's funny ... thanks for giving me a good laugh.

diane @ thoughts and shots

Nina said...

That's incredible ... Fixing the plumbing - and detecting the accidental "relocation" of the wooden chips! ;.)

Grantham Lynn said...

That is weird. How could they have gotten there? Wow that you could manage to fix it. I might have tried in my younger days but not sure! Your a brave woman!
Thanks for coming by and see my fences at the FW Stock Yards. And yes I am counting the days till Labor Day.

eileeninmd said...

NO, I would have never guessed the toilet.. You are handy, glad it is fixed now.. Enjoy your weekend!

Barb said...

I'm calling you next time I have a plumbing problem. My husband is good at fixing, but for plumbing, I usually call the plumber.

Betty said...

You're a pretty good detective! Mystery solved.

Rose said...

I would never have guessed that...

Ann said...

I never would have guessed where you found those. I know what it's like trying to get a man to do a job he doesn't want to do though....lol
Good for you getting the problem solved.

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