a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Friday, November 14, 2014

Discovered A Leak

that had been leaking a while.  Hubby, not only is not a carpenter, he is also not a plumber so we have to make do.  Beware the uglies...
We are both up in years and not as small as we used to be so a problem like this can be daunting. This is under my bathroom sink I'm ashamed to confess. It was artfully hidden by baskets of supplies until the water had reached the front. The water caused the paint to flake. I removed everything and just sat an ice cream bucket under the drain until I had time and the ability to look at the problem.  

First I had to find the leak.  None of the joints were the problem but I found this funky piece...have no idea what it's called but it was the problem.  When this piece was not in place, it leaked. If I removed it there was a big hole in the drain pipe.
Notice the piece sticking out on the left of the drain contraption.  I thought on that a while.  Then I remembered GORILLA GLUE!
This type of glue expands when it dries.  Not good for some wood projects but maybe, just maybe, it was the solution.
Forgive my poor photography skills.  I was having trouble fitting under the sink, using a flash light, gluing and taking pictures. My brilliant idea was if the glue expands why not try it on the part where the leak is...I'm creative when it comes to an out of the box solution!  Glue applied.  Thingy stuck back in hole.  Problem solved!!! No leak.  Hot dog, I'm on a roll.
Cleaned, sanded, painted and done, done and done.  Donations for a real plumber can be sent to...

20 comments:

Saucy Kodz said...

ha,ha loved it. We do so many home repairs between us it is unreal. The best part is, if a person just puts their mind to it, there is an answer. One of my nephews lives in the City and calls fix it people all the time - I wouldn't want to see his bill, but I would be glad to teach what I know... mostly "Out O The Box Solutions" ha,ha. Never heard of Gorilla Glue, but sounds like a nice bit of stuff to have around. They don't sell that around here. You did fine with the presentation and photos :)

gld said...

Gail,could that be the piece that causes the stopper to go up and down and thus seal the sink to hold water? I have a time with mine, it doesn't leak but it isn't hooked on to the stopper correctly and so doesn't always plug the sink.

I hope this makes sense.

I hate plumbing or roof leaks more than any other household problems!

My hubby is not a handyman so over the years I have become a handywoman of sorts.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clever! I'll have to remember that trick.

Bethany Carson said...

Great job! :D

Lynne said...

GOOD FOR YOU . . . great thinkin and fixin!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Congrats on the creativity and fix. I love it when I can forego an expensive repair by someone else and "git er dun" myself. I toast to you with my morning coffee.

Sandra said...

you are so clever and creative and funny and I laughed at your story not your leak... it looks great. hubby loves gorilla glue and not sure i would have thought about using it like this. so happy it worked.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow - great job!! I will have to call on you next time I have a leak. Have a great weekend my friend!

Farm Girl said...

You are so smart. I wouldn't have ever thought of that but I am going to store that in my mind.
How wonderful you got that fixed.
Plumbing is not a good thing around here either.
Well have a lovely weekend. Oh, did you get that box?

Sandy said...

Gail,

When we had a leak in the pvc U joint.... years ago we called a plumber. He told me to fix this problem it would cost us $800.00. At the time, I didn't have the money to cover the expense. He said, go to home depot and get this tape.....it's a plumbers tape that comes in a sealed pouch. It's wet when you open it, looks something like the material used for a cast if you had broke a bone. Wrap this tape tightly, with no folds around the pipe, and allow it to dry. Once dry the tape will harden, and won't allow anything to leak through. The plumber stated it's what we use, and it will last up to 8 to 10 years with no issues.
I sealed the pipe with 3 sets of this tape, and then closed the hole in the ceiling. The pipe is still fine, no leaks and it's been close to 18 years.

Don't you hate it when you have to work on pipes and the area is inconvenient to get too? We had to cut a 3 foot whole in the ceiling to get up a ladder and through the ceiling.

TexWisGirl said...

whenever i think i can get by with gorilla glue, i'm sadly mistaken. glad it worked for you!

D. Jean Quarles said...

Super job! We've just taken over an older home and have found ourselves in that same position. Good work!

Karen S. said...

Beware uglies, too funny. Bravo on the great, and gigantically clever tips! Onward until the next adventure right?! Enjoy your weekend!

C-ingspots said...

Awesome wonder woman!! We have a leak that's been leaking for some time too. Behind the washer, the damage was behind the wall. I poked my finger through the wall when I noticed the wall looked "funny". Still waiting for hubs to fix it...

Country Gal said...

Hey Gail . Papa here. Click on this link http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_g5zUd7bijOw/TRLIBI9Uf3I/AAAAAAAADTM/1cwXtZ7goDA/s640/StopperControllerOld.jpg
it is for a pull drain stop. you pull the stem up and it closes the drain. push the stop down and the drain releases and will open the drain. I am guessing if you unscrew the side piece there will be a little ball on a stem and on the other side of the ball should be a washer. you probably need to replace the washer..
another link : http://www.handymanhowto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/DSC05649.jpg

this last link has all the part names, (ignore part numbers)

http://www.terrylove.com/images/delta_pop_up.jpg

Country Gal said...

sorry papa again here, not used to this blogging thing...*chuckle..since the links dont work highlight them copy them then past in the address bar..ok enough of my jabbering now, hope that helps..

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hope the glue holds:)

LindaG said...

Awesome. Congratulations, Gail!
I think we should keep some Gorilla glue on hand.
I was going to say I thought it was from an old sort of sink plug, but I don't know.

Glad you got it fixed!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

You guys make a great team! I need to get some of that Gorilla Glue. Seriously. Thanks! Hug.

Michaele said...

Good job girl! You rock! I really appreciated Sandy's comment also and will remember that!

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