Blog Transfer #17: DIY Plumbing
Originally posted on March 11, 2012
Just a friendly disclaimer… I am NOT a plumber… I just try to fix things if I can do so without causing any harm. I would probably just skip any information I provide actually, and go read the links that I’m providing to better resources because I’ve made some frightening mistakes in my past, trying to fix or clean things. But maybe this will be helpful to someone else anyways… I did not get electrocuted during either of these projects so that’s a good sign.
Bathtub Drain DeClog
- Remove all drain pieces… screwdriver required.
- Plug up the other part of the drain (the excess water drain thingy)
- Run hot water to fill the tub just enough to cover the plunger.
- Plunge like crazy. Do it more. Add some water here and there so that your plunger isn’t dry.
- Run hot water down the drain again, adding a generous amount of baking soda after turning the water off…. some of the baking soda washed down the drain and some stayed at the top.
- Added white vinegar to the drain… this is SO COOL! I never got to do those fun volcanos in school so this was a great fun science experiment for me. Get the kids involved!
- Leave this to sit.
- In the meantime, boil some water. After 15-20 min of the drain sitting, pour this down the drain.
- At this point, your drain should hopefully be feeling better. I’d probably repeat it a couple times before calling the plumber if it doesn’t work though…
Cost of Hiring a Professional · My Hourly Wage = Number of hours I invest before paying someone
|Baking Soda going down the drain|
|Some baking soda still sitting on top of drain|
|Pouring vinegar down drain|
This was something simple that I figured out last year. My toilet handle needed to be held down to flush completely and it got to be frustrating, especially seeing that guests didn’t always realize that. If you take off the top of the toilet tank and look in, you’ll notice that there is a chain that attaches from the handle to the drain itself. I believe all of these parts can be replaced pretty easily with pieces from the hardware store, but for this project all I needed to do was shorten the chain. I adjusted the chain to be the correct length and then experimented with each length to find the perfect fix. This took me 15 minutes max and my toilet has been doing great since then. I was a little disgusted with myself afterwards because it was so easy and I’d been putting up with that little annoyance for the past few years. Make sure that you test it thoroughly before considering yourself finished though- you want to make sure that the chain is the appropriate length so the toilet isn’t always running all of the time.