An Aggravating Change Of Plans For My New Year's Eve!

@pyewacket (44031)
United States
December 31, 2007 3:09am CST
Okay this is nothing life threatening or anything, actually I can sit back and see the humor (I think). As I write this it's 4:05 a.m. I still haven't been to sleep yet ..the night owl in me. I was originally planning to stay home all day and night New Year's Eve..chill out a bit, relax, and maybe just get caught up with some fun things to do before I prepared all my goodies for my New Year's eve munchies for later.. Ah...nope looks like I have something really EXCITING to do instead. Hope you hear the sarcasm there. Earlier on Sunday I took my bath. No big deal until I pulled the stopper up and....nothing happened..no water was going down..Yup, my bathtub decided to get instantly somehow clogged up. Now I admit to filling my tub fairly full. Now try to imagine, the water isn't going down, which means I have to bail all that water out. My back is killing me now. So yes, I could ask the super to unclog it, but he makes things worse by using a pressurized pump gizmo and when he uses it, it shoots up this god-awful black glop that looks like it came from the sewer and literally goes all over the place--so uh, no thanks. I practically have to paint my bathroom every time then. So that means I have to schlep out and get some drano type stuff and keep my fingers crossed that it'll work. On top of that, the leaking water from the kitchen sink is backing up into the bathtub...all the pipes are interconnected...even though I have the drain down. Just hope when I wake up the tub isn't overflowing..but will still have to bail out whatever water IS in the tub. So dear friends.....has this ever happened to you? You were originally planning a nice, calm, relaxing day of maybe not doing much, and then wham...had some kind of plumbing problem, or repair need..anything to screw up your plans? What a way to end/start the New Year...grrrrrr
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
31 Dec 07
lol Poor pye. I see the humor in it but only cause I can totally relate to it. I'd say it was about 13-14 yrs. ago back when hubby and I were dating, we went to my bro's land in northern WI where he had a small mobile that was primarily used as a hunting cabin. It was supposed to be a week vacation. We ended up replacing all the water pipes cause my bro failed to blow em out b4 the temps. dropped up there and every friggin' pipe burst. We didn't know it, of course, till AFTER we turned the water on and it was flooding the whole place. Ughhhhh!! Fix one pipe only to find it had burst in another part of the mobile. It was a total mess and took most of our vacation to replace the piping and clean everything up. That was our first experience ever working with piping. lol Let's just say we are now experts when it comes to replacing water pipes/drains. See if any of your friends or neighbors have a 'drain snake' you could borrow. If not, see if you have a rental place near you that you can rent one from. They aren't hard to use and do a better job/less messy than drain cleaners/unstoppers. You also don't have to bail any water b4 using the drain snakes. (roto-rooters)
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
OMG--that's terrible--hey you want to come over and replace some of my pipes? Hehee I actually do have my own snake and plunger thingamagig, nope, whenever I get these real stubborn clogs, the only thing that will work is drano..did get today and the tub unclogged finally...yayyyy
• United States
1 Jan 08
Glad to hear you got the drain unclogged. Least your new years isn't totally ruined now. We don't use drano cause it never worked for us and always made more of a mess than the snake does. Hubby says "Are you nuts?!?!" in response to replacing your piping. lol We know how but guess I forgot to mention we certainly wouldn't want to make a living doing that. lol
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
31 Dec 07
You are not the only one. I just get back home with car problem, so I have to stay home. I was planing to be with my friends, instead I am going to be at home watching movies. Not a big deal, but I will have to go to repair shop on the 2nd.... Always something.. Happy New Year!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Oh, that sucks pola. Well good news...did get that drain unclogged today..yipeeee. So now I can just veg out tonight and all day tomorrow
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Jan 08
did you see 'The Butterfly Effect' movie? I think things happen for good. It was huge snow storm in Chicago right after I change my plans. If I didn't noticed my car malfunction, I could drive 25 miles in snow, who knows what could happen... Plus, I am so happy camper with my pets and I am taking advance training with Photoshop....I will probably sleep like a baby right after Midnight...hmmm, only 30 minutes to midnight in NY... Happy New Year!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Guess that proves that saying, there are no accidents in life. Your car was meant to have a problem
• United States
31 Dec 07
Aw Pye, I'm so sorry..that just stinks!...another one of life's stupid aggravating problems. This did happen to me once also at Christmas/New Year, snowing and blizzarding outside, when I lived in an apartment...came home from work at 10:30pm, and my apartment door was wide open with all these maintenance men walking in and out, hoses, mops, everywhere. My first words were and I tell you I screamed it "WHERE ARE MY CATS!??"........This was when I had Kash and her sister Tyler.....I totally freaked out because they didn't even know I had cats. I didn't even ask what was going on at that moment, just wanted to know my cats were still in the house somewhere and not lost outside in the snow. I was fit to be tied! Both cats, still very young, were crouched down hiding under the Christmas tree where they felt safe, Thank Goodness! My bathroom was a disaster, the hallway, and the rug was partially wet....what a mess. If I remember correctly (many years ago), it was because of the tree roots blocking the sewer or something like that, and it all backed up. I have to say though, that they cleaned every bit of it up so it was spotless when they were done. I hope yours clears up as soon as possible so you can enjoy your day and the start of your New Year.....I'll send some good vibes your way quickly!!!!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
What the heck were maintenance people doing there so late anyway??? How did they get in?? I've never, ever given a spare set of keys to my super or anyone cause I don't want someone coming into my apt. unexpectedly either...I have to think of my kitties too. I can only imagine the panic attack you must have had wondering where your "babies" were. Yup, got the drano stuff and did unclog...thank goodness!!
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• United States
1 Jan 08
Oh geez, duh, I should have mentioned that my husband (ex now of course) called them. I knew most of the guys as I lived there for 8 years, and the Resident Manager (who I knew quite well) always has a key for emergency purposes anyway. This is a huge apartment complex. But, I always considered them MY cats, and of course, my idiot ex had know idea where they were, nor did he even think about them. Talk about a 5'1" walking, talking time bomb, haha, that be me. But all turned out well. Happy New Year Pye!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
2 Jan 08
Hehe--you're only 5'1" too. Yup, get us shorties angered and we more than make up for our lack of height..LOL
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I can't top that kind of excitement. And your timing is perfect, being it is the holidays. You might be able to fix this yourself. If the problem might just be a hair clog, I use a length of metal wire, like from a coat hanger, put a small hook on the end and dig out the hair. The problem might be in the trap and if you have a small snake ($10-15) you might be able to clear it. I have also used my vacuumm, as I can switch it to blowing air. So, I take the hose and wrap an old rag around it when I put it over the drain. I have had success with the air pressure blowing the clog out of the pipes. The black gunk spitting all over the bathroom would be the last alternative. Seems like he could wrap something around it where it goes into the drain to keep the gunk from flying out. At least someone will be having fun today!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
I have a drain snake, and heavy duty plunger..nope that never seems to work..just good old drano..got some today, and it worked...yipee. Gee, I must have an exciting life when one gets excited over a clogged drain getting unclogged, right?? LOL Oh, yes, the other plumber that sometimes comes over is so much better than my super. Every time the super uses that air pressurized thing he's using it for over an hour, and gets that glop all over the place,,...the other guy..once he just happened to be around when I had this problem before and he used the same pump thing...five minutes..unclogged..nope, my super is just a jerk who doesn't know how to do anything
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
1 Jan 08
I am happy to hear you have solved the problem. Sounds like you are an old pro at this drain fixing thing. Still, your brand of excitement is better than mine.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
31 Dec 07
well hopefully ya get it unplugged and dont have to call super in and aint that a b***h to happen this time of the year sorry it has happened and ya get it fixed so you can relax later in the evening Hapy New Year!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Oh yes, thank goodness..went out and got the drano, and let it work for over an hour..just in case, now it's nicely unclogged..and yes, vegging out now...LOL. And tomorrow can relax all day.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Jan 08
SO glad ya got it unclogged and hope you did some relaxing today . I think dancing last night even tho it wasnt much wore me out for the kids had to wake me up out of my nap it lasted 2 hours no matter what sounds I could hear in the background. I slept! Before that tho I had made about 2 dozen home made rolls.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
31 Dec 07
Oh my dear friend, i fee3l for you. Let me tell you my strory and you will see why. Way back in the early 1990s We moved in to a beautiful 17th century cottage in the middle of the village we now live near. It was perfect, full of atmosphere and 17th century charm. NOW the thing i noticed about the 17th century is no matter how charming the house was its sewage disposal system had been added later, around about 1950 I estimated. However all was well until the first heavy rains of winter. The gravel on the lane we lived on was not designed to be driven over but even the 100 yards or so was far too much to walk so it was driven over 3 to 4 times a day (not by us it needs to be understood) this had the impact of blocking the sewer. All sewers were inter-related and the lowest point was just outside our front door. Well, at first it looked like a small flood in the garden, until we noticed it did not drasin away. Also, it seemed to have things floating in it, maze or sweetcorn was very popular. You guessed it, what I now had was an open sewer threatening to flood my home. It was getting worse. At first, i started bailing it out, but it seemed to be filling up from somewhere, ewwwww the thought of it now. I decided the only way to get the water out was to suck it out through a platic tube. well, i must confess, a mouthfull came into my mouth. Now I immediately spat it out, but didnt feel well. Dont know if it was pschological or not, but at some level i knew something was wrong. After a couple of weeks we were getting ready for christmas, the flood long forgotten, when i was struck down with the most incredable pain in my side. I had to sit down. Anyway after a while i went to have a pee and had to stop half-way through I was in agony. A trip to the Dr was quickly arainged and she said one word, hospital, now. I was all ready for going by bus but was whisked away by ambulence. I was well on the way to kidney and liver failure, began as you can imagine by the ingestion of raw sewage. I was in hospital, oblivious from november 93 until july 1994. Talk about changing your plasns lol blessed be
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Yes, so much for the picturesque quaint cottage...LOL. Yuk, to suck up that gloop and you certainly paid the price literally with your life. I guess you won't be doing that again!
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
1 Jan 08
hey, thankyou so much for best response, much appreciated blessed be
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@irishmist (3819)
• United States
1 Jan 08
I can't say off the top of my head ever having anything like that happen. Last night though around 6;30 I was only going to rest my eyes. And I slept thru New Years Eve. I woke up at 12:17 am. So I said to heak with it and went back to sleep. All I wanted to do is chill and have a nice night, as I have to work New Years day.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
2 Jan 08
I think that's why I never take naps nowadays no matter how tired I am...I just don't want to chance over -napping thinking, "oh, I'll only snooze a half hour or hour
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
1 Jan 08
Hi pyewacket :) Yep,often too,lol.I was home with our daughter on a saturday and my boyfriend was woking,so we decided to watch movies and make the couch potatoes,haha.I put in a movie and smelled a burning smell.Got up off the couch and went in the kitchen and there was the smell again.Opened the cupboard door to the sink underneath and the tap hose had leaked into the outlet(plug)for the hot water automatic dispenser.There were sparks coming out of it and smoke.Boyfriends phone does not work in the woods because hes far away in the deep forest,haha.I dont know what to do,called his friend and his friend came and shut off the power to it and also blew up one main circut breaker,no power in the house.Had to call my boyfriends brother who had to come fix the pipe and also the neighbour who is an electrician and had just came home with his girlfriend,this is on a saturday mind you,lol.WOW,pay,pay!Electrician came,fixed the problem after a bit,then his borther worked on the pipe and hose.After they had left it was too late then for watching movies because i had to prepare supper then,GRRR!!!Totaly screwed up my afternoon,because my boyfriend was toooooo lazy to fix the flippin outlet and pipe in the first place when i told him about a week before. Peanutjar:)Happy New Year!:)
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Yeesh. Good thing nothing more serious happened though..that could have caused a REAL major fire problem. Geez, you had to experience this plus the passing of your grandmother not too long ago too...wouldn't it be nice if life was completely stress free..but then I guess we'd be complaining how boring our lives are.
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@GardenGerty (115169)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Our plumbing has been communicating, but ours is not that bad yet. We even rented a commercial snake for the outside drain, but it did not fix the problem. Next stop plumber, but I was trying to avoid it until I have my root canal and get it paid for. We shot one of those things out several places, to no avail. I think what happened to our lines is that we went out of town, left the toilet seat up, and the kitty cats and the wind in the window knocked some stuff in. We must have missed something when we cleaned it out. Hubby refused to do the power shooter down the toilet.I guess I am glad about that.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Well I did get the drano stuff and thankfully it worked and now it's nice an declogged. Do you have a heavy-duty style plunger, the kind for toilets??...that seems to work well
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• United States
31 Dec 07
If I started to list my problems with the plumbing in this house, and all that plans I've had to change because of them... like having to hand flush my toilet or fill my washing machine with a bucket from the bathtub (talk about a sore back!), or having to carry water from the bathroom to the kitchen in order to wash dishes, you'd have to butt in after a few hours and tell me to shut up already.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Thankfully the drano crap worked..yeahhhhh! Our plumbing in the building plain sucks....all the pipes should really be changed, in the walls too, not just the pipes you can see. I only went through this same shat Dec. 19th!!
@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Oh no! That toally sucks Pye, your plans went down the drain... well kinda. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the drain-o stuff will work for you and you can get back to just relaxing.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Thank goodness...yup, the drano stuff worked...I plan to give it a unclogging weekly now...some here suggested a combo of baking soda and white vinegar...rather use that then the draino crap....I get a tad nervous with harsh chemicals around the kitties
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I guess I generally have medical emergencies rather than plumbing ones! The time the roomie broke the pipe under the kitchen sink wasn't on a holiday, but it was late on a Weds afternoon. Our plumber did get out right away & fixed it tho. And the medical emergencies are not even usuerally mine!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Well you're sure lucky you were able to get a plumber as soon as you did. I would have to wait a week for his royal highness, my super came up...oh, but did manage to unclog the tub...the draino worked :)
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
2 Jan 08
LOL! You have to see the humor in your situation, pyewacket. It has happened to me before, so I can very well relate. I won't even go into how bad my day was yesterday, and just when I thought I had finally gotten everything under control-I try to log onto the internet and everything is frozen. After trying every trick I could think of to gain access, I finally give up and call good old Yahoo seeking tech support. Wrong move! They were no help at all-just referred me to the manufacturer of my laptop, who wanted to charge me for tech support. I hastily told them, "No thanks," and finally solved the problem myself a short time later. I discovered that I was afflicted with more viruses than you can shake a stick at. Of course this whole process took up so much time that I finally gave up and shut the darned thing down for the night. Thankfully, today has been much less eventful-as I hope yours was also.
@BarBaraPrz (24642)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 Dec 07
No, can't say as I have... If you have baking soda and vinegar in the house, you don't have to go out and buy toxic Draino.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Well I did go out and get the drano...it worked, but do plan to give a weekly declogging thing using baking soda and vinegar for now on.
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@BarBaraPrz (24642)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Jan 08
Did you put a hex on me for being a smarty pants? Last flush of 2007 clogged and water spilled all over the floor. Luckily, there were three towels within reach to sop it up and none seems to have gone down to the kitchen below.
• United States
31 Dec 07
I never make plans for anything because something will invariably happen to mess things up. Today is an at home day for me because of the weather, that won't change at least. So I have New Years Eve off and I can go back to bed and sleep for a couple of hours which is fine by me...lol.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Thankfully that drano stuff did work...ah, now unless any other disasters occur I can RELAX tomorrow!!
• United States
3 Jan 08
Oh wow that sucks! I've had those kinds of days too. That's what sucks about living in an older place!! It seems like there is always SOMETHING! I get the tub from stop leaking (well if only for a few months) then a whole is formed in the kitchen sink pipe, get that fixed then the washing machine drain overflows (due to upside down plumbing and cat hair), then get that under control to find another hole in the other kitchen sink pipe - still haven't fixed that one yet. My dad is suppose to come up and fix it for us so we don't have to pay a plumber. By the time he gets if fixed though I bet the bath tub will be leaking again LOL.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I hear you loud and clear! About a year ago, I know it happened when my brother was visiting here from New Jersey at the time, we heard a noise that sounded like the toilet was running in our downstairs bathroom which is off our closed in back porch. I opened the door and saw it was flooded all over and you could hear water coming from somewhere, we just couldn't figure out where. OF COURSE it was on a Saturday evening, which meant there was no way we were going to get a plumber to come until Monday. My mom's 90, I' completely worthless when it comes to anything like that and my brother is extremely book smart but he's never repaired anything in his life so I called my husband at about midnight who was 20 miles away at our house and he told us what to do to shut the water off because that was the only way to stop if from spurting out into the bathroom. We pay for our water here so not only would we have had a completely flooded bathroom, back porch and who know what else but we'd have had an enormous water bill. We'd had plans that weekend to have a really nice dinner prepared by my brother who makes some bad-a** dishes if you like hot and spicy stuff but now we had no running water. Our regular plumber/heating guy who does all our work like that was there - bless him - bright and early Monday morning and he had it fixed within about 3 hours, which was pretty good considering he had to cut out part of the wall by the shower to replace a pipe that had broken but what a pain in the drain that was. But for you, Pye, look at it this way - your troubles went down the drain to finish out the year so now you can start 2008 nice and clean and fresh! Annie