Hubby had the day off work for Good Friday; I did not. So I left him with drain-duty. He walked into town (we have one car), to learn that our town’s hardware store also had the day off. So, no caustic soda to be had locally at all. He did get some ‘kitchen blockage’ Mr Muscle stuff. It did nothing.
At 3:30 I rang the closest hardware shop to where I work, thinking for sure they were closed, too. Not for another 30 minutes! Luckily my work is awesome and let me have 10 minutes or so to drive up there and get some lovely, grease-eating poison. They had two bottles and I bought them both.
‘Course, I don’t get off until half six, so by the time I got home it was nearly dark and pouring rain. I put the soda in, waited the prescribed 20 minutes, and poured in boiling water. Managed to fit in nearly a kettle’s worth as himself had bailed the muck down to make room (yay).
Did it drain?
It did not. And it was, and is, way too miserable out there to try the snake again. Even the dog doesn’t want to go out to wee.
So…washing the cutlery in the bathroom sink was my only option! No forks left, as you can see. That’s my dish soap in the cut-glass cruet. I use that for dish soap as it looks nicer than a big plastic bottle.
Not that it matters when your dish soap is now in your bathroom.
Breaking update, even before I hit publish! I remembered that I have a bucket that will fit in the sink. So now I just have to carry that upstairs to dump out, instead. Hoarding tendencies for the win!
Ah, bollocks… These things never work as they promise on the packet. And the problem always, always happens just when it’s least convenient and calling a plumber out will be a case of quadruple time and a half. I have no suggestions for you, apart from maybe getting a plastic washing up bowl, which you can at least use in the kitchen once you’ve filled it with your bucket…
Using the bucket as the washing up bowl! I have a LOT of buckets, but most are too tall. This one is actually the commode pan from a medical device (work thing) that was thrown out. My brain said, ‘nothing wrong with that, might come in handy!’ and so I made hubby’s cooking dinner easier, at least!
I’ll sort it out myself, tomorrow, when I can see and hopefully the rain eases off.
Good luck, and nothing wrong with doing the washing up in a potty…
Commode pan. I love it.
Yesssss – no photos. Yet. Day three might have to go there!
It’s always something, isn’t it?
Hi hon! You are so right, it never ends. This one is funny to me, and mostly time and weather keeping it an ‘issue’. The furry ones just think I’m nuts tromping up and downstairs with drippy items in hand!
Glad to see you! 💚
You are nothing if not creative and adaptable. Good luck.
All fixed as of 9 am! The snake did it, finally.
Such a joy to be able to do dishes again. Sigh.
Props to the title!! Have you tried a metal hanger (it’s super gross tho so I make husband do it)?
Oh it was wayyyyy beyond a hanger. It was the outside drain. It’s weird here, but you have access to all the drains outside.
And yeah, super gross but it’s fixed now! Trust me, it’s not as bad as the time I got the great idea to put the dog poop down the big access point. A clog of dog shit about 15 feet from anything I could reach with the snake! I attached an old shower hose as an extension to the snake and worked at it for days. Fuckin awful.
Ewww! I’d figured you’d had it all sorted out, but one always wants to be helpful, even across the pond!
Yes- remember those drains. And how much we miss Ireland. Seriously thinking about heading back soon!
Sweet! Well, you know where I live! Sorta. Lol
I’m pretty sure once I land I can just ask for directions to your house!
Depends on who you ask! I guarantee if I gave you a guard’s name, another guard could find him and he’d give you directions 🙂
Yep. I’d just say, “Point me to the American’s house in front of the big top, with the boss shoe collection.”
I’m pretty sure I could get a ride too.
That’s why I love Ireland!
Oh, you’d get a ride!
Never ever, ask a man for a ride over here! It doesn’t have anything to do with a car! Wink wink.
Big top is gone, thankfully!
Bahahahahaha! Didn’t even think of that. But if I asked for a lift, would they give me an elevator?
Nope! But it is a lift. And the second floor is the first floor. Whatever.
Soda crystals are my best friend, I’m not sure they actually do anything but it makes me feel better to try something lol
My sink in the wash house blocks every time I drain mince go figure, the water can come up, courtesy of the dishwasher, but it won’t go down. I gave up in the end, I just let it do it’s own thing now lol