Posts Tagged ‘borked sinks’


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

For a while now, there been some schmutz in the drain of my bathroom sink. I’m convinced that my favourite toothpaste is the culprit – it’s these weird black kind of semi-solid that I in no way wish to touch. Anyway, I got the coat hanger out because drainage was slowing down and I poked around a bit and got some of it out, but some of it clearly went further down.

Because over a week ago, it got really slow. I couldn’t use a drain cleaner because the automatic stopper part rotted off a while ago and I have duct tape around the open hole where it used to be.

Anyway, two days ago, it just stopped draining at all. So tonight I though I’d try freeing the trap and cleaning that out to see if I could fix it.

The first nut came off really easily and I was feeling rather buoyant at my ability to handle small household crises. But when I tried the second nut, the whole thing came off. At the sink. Left half the threads in there where it had rotted out after, I’m guessing, 40 years or so of hard use.

Now this is a bit of a dilemma. My father is coming up in about a month and we’re moving the sink and putting in a new one, and it seems to be that the schmutz has migrated into the pipe that goes into the wall. Doesn’t make much sense to fix it all now.

So if you are coming to visit, you may be asked to wash your hands in the kitchen. I’m all kinds of classy.