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Thursday, August 5, 2010

A plumbers hint

Last week I mentioned we had a leak under the kitchen sink.  It was not actually "under" the sink, as in the cabinet below, in the kitchen.

 It was in the drain pipe, and the drips of water were showing up on the deck below.

 Craig did fix it, but it involved removing a piece of the tongue in grove ceiling and a section of the wood shell of a pillar that encloses the various pipes from above.

All will eventually be restored, but we want to make sure the leak IS fixed, and give the area a good chance to dry out before putting in new insulation.

So what's the hint?

  If you have a small leak and you don't know exactly where is is coming from, or if you think it is fixed and you want to be sure without standing there and watching it forever, put a piece of a brown grocery bag under it.  A drip will show easily.

In this case we were pretty sure the leak was at the top joint of the elbow, but there was also moisture on the straight down pipe.

Both have remained dry, so one of these days Craig will have to close it up again.

A plumber taught me this.

I  just thought it might be helpful if you needed to to track down an elusive leak in an RV or sticks and bricks.

Painting update:  I've been busy, but I have almost run out of places to paint.  There is still much to do, but repairs need to be made first.

Daily countdown:  (Corrected,  somehow it got all wrong)
        Go date is   Nov. 1, 2011
454 days, or 1 year, 2 months, 28 days to go.


  1. I'm glad the leak appears to be fixed. They can be tricky.

  2. Thanks for the hint...I hope I never have an occasion to use it, though. :)

    Nov. 1, next year, it will be here before you know it! You're still walking aren't you?

  3. So glad you traced down that leak and it is fixed...fingers crossed!!
    Thanks for the hint. Like Judy, I hope I never need it but you never know....so thanks!!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  4. Aren't plumbers great. My dad was a plumber. He passed away 4 years ago. I sure do miss him, and not just for his plumbing skills :)

  5. You left me a this comment

    "Property and things tie us all down way to much. Recently I was thinking about my wedding day. I left my mothers house with a few clothes, a few books, some of her cast off kitchen things and two records.

    Now I am buried in things. I wish I could just leave here with as much as I had then."

    I've been thinking about all the stuff we have accumulated again. In 2002 TWJ retired and we emptied what we wanted into our old purple bus, dumped and gave away heaps and stored the 'must keeps' with various family members. We need to do some serious collecting of the stuff that remains stored with one of our sons and clean out the cupboards in this house as well as the bus. I need to purge things that we don't use.

    My attittude to life seems to be 'Empty spaces must be filled.' It's crazy how much stuff I think I need to keep but once 'tidied away' never sees light of day again.

    Oh for the simple life.*smile*


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