Construction, House and Acreage Restoration

Plumbing 101

Tyler drilling a hole for the piping that will lead to the kitchen sink.
Tyler drilling a hole for the piping that will lead to the kitchen sink.

Actually I have no intention on sharing any plumbing information whatsoever on this blog. Because I don’t know a damn thing about plumbing. What I do know is that plumbing is skilled labor and good plumbers are in-demand. If you have even the most remote bit of accountability, I highly recommend you consider a career in plumbing.

Here is what I do know about plumbing. First, you can get pretty decent money for copper pipe. My role in our plumbing was to haul the old copper pipe thirty miles away to a salvage yard. I filled the back of my little Prius will copper pipe (I later made a second trip with copper wire) and waited in line with a bunch of gigantic semi-trucks to be weighed for scrap. The best part? When I pulled the Prius onto the scale, the lady working in the office asked through the speaker, “What company are you with?”

I had to lean far out of the rolled down window of my Prius because the speaker was at semi-cab height; I replied, “No company. I’m just here as me.”

“And who are YOU?” She asked back. It was a little bit of an Alice In Wonderland moment.

(The book title should be underlined. But did you know wordpress doesn’t allow me an underline option in my text format? What’s up with that, wordpress? Do you folks not care about proper grammar?)

New Piping for Plumbing
New Piping for Plumbing

 

Pipes for the kitchen sink!
Pipes for the kitchen sink!

Anyway, that was back in July. Let’s move ahead. Tyler ran all new piping for the plumbing. Instead of copper pipe, he used this red and blue pipe. The great part about this is there are no cuts in the pipe, or connections. This makes leaks less likely. Obviously the colors signify the type of water (red for hot and blue for cold).

Fan? I can't remember why I took this picture…I believe it was meant for the plumbing post…?
Fan? I can’t remember why I took this picture…I believe it was meant for the plumbing post…?

 

Shower Head, at it's most bare.
Shower Head, at it’s most bare.

He also put in a switch panel for the water. This will eventually be hooked up to the water heater.

Goodness gracious, I took some horrible pictures here. But this one I blame on the basement lighting (or lack of lighting).
Goodness gracious, I took some horrible pictures here. But this one I blame on the basement lighting (or lack of lighting). This is the panel that will be hooked up to the water heater.

 

There is still a little bit of copper in the plumbing (as you can tell from this photo), but this copper is all new.
There is still a little bit of copper in the plumbing (as you can tell from this photo), but this copper is all new.

And after months of plumber issues (see first paragraph above), he began studying the internet and talking to people about how to make the vents and drains himself. (The vents and drains were meant to be done by a certified plumber).

Hole for shower drain.
Hole for shower drain.

 

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Toilet drain.

While the plumbing isn’t done, It’s far closer than it was. The day we have a functioning bathroom, I will be walking around with tears in my eyes. But thank God when that day comes, we’ll have some drains to wash away my tears.

2 thoughts on “Plumbing 101”

  1. Glad you are back to updating. Bless you both for your perseverance and fortitude. Here us hoping that 2016 only brings the best

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