Well, Reader, 2016 started out mean to Chez Bang Bang. Or it tried to, anyway, but it was thwarted. Maybe The Universe – or a Ghost (we’ll get into that sometime later) – was just trying to challenge me, and used Chez Bang Bang as the vessel to see if I could Man Up and deserve the honor of homeownership.
I’ve got news for you, Universe and/or Ghost: I am NOT man enough to own my home.
That’s what husbands are for, of which I have none at present. So stop testing me already. All of us know I lack homeownership skillz, beyond cleaning up cat pee and sweeping up cat hair.
But luckily I have the pleasure of the acquaintance of HNDYDAN and he’s not only man enough to run his own house, his woman’s house, her son’s house, misc. other houses, but Chez Bang Bang as well.
2016 delivered this to my kitchen:
Now, I’m no expert, but I knew this couldn’t be good.
This little treat happened when I ran the dishwasher. My solution was to keep trying the garbage disposal (is it a disposal or a disposer?? I say and type it both ways. Hm.), but that just filled up both sides of the sink. Evidenced above.
We bailed. Literally. And then I made my plea to Almighty Facebook for advice/pity help, and HNDYDAN came to the rescue.
At first we thought maybe, just maybe, I had ground up the little rubber stopper thingie that sits over the garbage disposal side of the sink, because I vaguely recalled hearing a thumping noise in there when I ran the disposer at times, and we couldn’t find the rubber stopper.
So yeah, HNDYDAN was ready to take away the house from me right then and there.
But then? We found it, so I was redeemed!
HNDYDAN brought the flat plunger, which I learned was needed for sink plunging vs. the ones that are made for toilet plunging. I’m like a sponge, absorbing all this knowledge.
The boys plunged.
On a good note, I learned the proper plumbing techniques for sink plunging, which is:
- block off the other side of the sink with towels
- vigorously plunge with both hands firmly on the shaft. HNDYDAN really had this routine down. i don’t know where he got all that practice. i’ll assume a lot of clogged drains. ahem.
- scream when something gross comes out of the drain, which is exactly what happened when I decided to make the most of the HNDYDAN Experience and had him also plunge my slow bathroom sink drain, and a great big black ball of muck that looked like a dead wet mouse, but wasn’t, came up out of the drain and I screamed and ran out of the bathroom, followed by HNDYDAN, who told me, “Uh, you can take it from here!” and then we both took a picture of it and sent it to Joanne, because nothing says “Goodmorning, Sunshine!” like a picture of a gross dead-wet-mouse-looking pile of goop from the drain sent via text. I was going to share it with you here, Reader, and I still can, but only if you comment that you’d like to see it. Then, I will post. Because I’m here for you, Reader, and I’m a giver. Just ask Joanne.
Back to the kitchen sink. HNDYDAN got down on the floor, all nimble-like, and disassembled the pipes, only conking his head once on the cabinets. And oh by the way, he only walked once into the closed patio sliding doors, but hey, it’s not my fault – I maintain very dirty windows so that people know they are closed, to prevent walking into them. Or it should. They are dirty for safety purposes, Reader.
I’ve walked into a sliding door once myself, in Florida at my Dad’s, so who am I to laugh, yet I did, but not too loudly because the drain was still clogged up and well, I’m not one to openly laugh (at the time) when I can do it right here on ol’ Bang Bang’s blog so all the world (er, the dozen) can Read All About It.
I’m like the town cryer of trips, falls and window-walkings-into.
You’re welcome, HNDYDAN.
But nevertheless, he got down to business. During the drain-removing process, HNDYDAN made a most unusual request, asking if I happened to have a flashlight.
Me: “Um, on my phone!”
HNDYDAN: “Move into an apartment. You’re not allowed to own a house.”
But guess what? That iPhone flashlight worked just fine! So ha.
And I did happen to find a proper flashlight, that I believe my brother bought for me, but it needs big fat C batteries which I don’t have, but will get as part of my 2016 Resolutions and for part of my new tv show (see below). Because I guess sometimes you shouldn’t rely on an iPhone light, although I do trust in Steve Jobs.
Anyway, after he conked his head and his face, he pulled out his giant snake drain, which should have done the trick, but didn’t. Chez Bang Bang’s Ghost was still intent on thwarting us.
It was time for the Big Guns, meaning HNDYDAN went and rented an electric snake from the home store the next day.
We got started at the crack of noon on Day 2 of HNDYDAN vs. Drains, much to his
dismay delight. And that’s what you get when you come to my rescue on Facebook – unexpected weekend time with me. You’re welcome again.
The Big Gun finally cleared whatever was down there, which we never really did determine what it was, it just must have pushed it on through, and now Chez Bang Bang has clear-running drains once again.
Me: “Yep, but it’s real slippery. I coated it in Crisco because I couldn’t find the WD-40.”
p.s. For you who may be wondering why My Mister isn’t the Man Of the House, he did help with the plunging, but really, he’s a lover, not a fixer. 🙁