Plumbing 101

You may ask yourself, “Self, why is there water currently running in a large stream out of the faucet in this Hootchie’s bathtub”? The answer is simple; the same reason I couldn’t flush the toilet this morning. Oh, why is that? Again, simple… because Richy replaced the bathroom sink faucet. 

Yes, you read that right. The bathtub is broken and the toilet can’t be flushed because the sink was worked on. 

I’m not sure how this happened. What I do know is this: a few weeks ago, Richy changed the shower head to a lovely push-button adjustable shower head with several settings. It is brushed copper, a lovely dark color, and I have enjoyed it. Well, a few days ago, Richy sent me a text asking only “Brushed Tuscan copper, or brass, or stainless steel?” Well, having absolutely no other information, I chose brushed Tuscan copper. Richy said that was the right answer, and came home with a bathroom sink fixture that is the same color of the showerhead. It is a nice brand, and looks great in the bathroom. The only drawback is that changing the faucet somehow initiated a leak in the sink pipes. There is now a plastic garbage can under the sink collecting the drainage.

 

That was okay, really, the leak. Richy just needed one little seal or nut or some kind of doodad, so no big deal.  Well, the bathroom was looking pretty good, so why not make all of the knobs and faucet fixtures match? It must have seemed like a good idea to Richy, so he brought home a bathtub handle to match the showerhead and leaky sink. He also brought home a shower head water filter and needed to install that. He managed to install the filter fairly easily and he showed me how much softer the water felt. I made many impressed faces and went back to whatever I was doing. 

Then I heard it.  Suddenly, he seemed to be running the bathtub wide open. I mean, it sounded like a waterfall in the bathroom, but I just kept to myself. Above the roar of whatever hell was breaking loose in the bathroom, I heard “Hey baby?” “Thereeeeeesa”.  Why would he want me in there? I soon found out. 

I walked into the bathroom and he had the shower curtain stretched as far across the tub as possible and the roar of the water sounded like I was under a waterfall. He yelled over the din “Baby! Hold the curtain like this! I gotta shut the water off!”  I held the curtain, all the while making sure he didn’t feel I doubted his ability to do plumbing work. He left the bathroom and went out to turn the water off and I took the tiniest peek behind the curtain.  OH NO! Water was jetting out of a hole in the bathtub where the handle USED to be at. I had no idea why there was just a hole where a handle should be, but the water was coming out at the rate of a firehose! I had no idea that household water pressure would be that intense and I had no idea what to do. The tub was filling faster than it could drain, water was being sprayed out of every available space around the shower, the floor was soaked, and all that stood between me and drowning was a very thin octopus shower curtain.

Finally, he got the water off and the nuclear blast of hot water coming from the new shower hole subsided to a drip and then off. Richy came back and helped me find my way carefully out of the soggy bathroom after which he shut the door and began working again with all of the water in the house shut off. Finally at some point in the night, Richy decided he just didn’t have the right part (a copper ring that blew right off the faucet when that water blasted it’s way out of the hole). He called it a night and went to bed after filling one pitcher of water to flush the toilet if we needed to use it.

I had to use the bathroom once in the night, and then this morning when I woke up, but didn’t dare to flush. I brushed my teeth with bottled water, but couldn’t wash my hands, so I sanitized them and started my day. Richy left for Lowe’s soon after and (finally) bought the ring he needed. He came back after trying to find it unsuccessfully at four stores, and finally found it at the fifth store. Proud of his accomplishment, he came back and quickly fixed the shower hole. He showed me that it was put together. He had to go back to work, so he left and I decided to take my shower. 

It really was a nice shower. The filter did make the water seem somehow softer and it rinsed off better. The shower head is a water conservation kind, so I had plenty of hot water to wash, shave my legs, exfoliate my feet, and luxuriate in the bubbles and pretty soap smells. I took all the time I wanted, rinsed one final time and turned the water off. Well, I tried to turn the water off. The handle wouldn’t go down far enough to turn the water all the way off. A steady stream of warm water about the size of my thumb was happily pouring out of the faucet without a care in the world for my water bill. I quickly got dressed and tried again to turn it off. No luck. 

Eventually, I had to give up and call Richy. He came back home from work and had to take the handle apart to get the water off again. Of course, the water had to be turned off. 

And now I have to pee. Welcome to my life.

DIY Poo Pourri

Let’s face it, most people do not want to talk about bathroom activities. What goes on in and around the porcelain throne is not usually a topic of discussion. I’m not the shy type, so when I saw the video advertisement for Poo Pourri I was all in! However, more often than not when I see articles or blog posts about Poo Pourri the person writing it says something like “I bought this as a gag gift”. Not me, when I saw this product advertised, I was all for what it was promising to do and bought it right away.

About ten days and twenty-two dollars later my order arrived in the mail. My family and I tried it and we have been fans ever since… well,  fans of the product because it works, and it works well. We just weren’t big fans of the price tag and shipping costs. A four oz bottle will set you back around ten dollars and even if you find it in a discount store five bucks is as cheap as I’ve ever found the four oz size, though it’s usually around eight dollars.

I don’t mind paying good money for something that works – but for a household that has five people in it on a regular basis on top of entertaining often, keeping both bathrooms stocked with this spray proved to be costly.

With saving money in mind, I turned to the wonder known as the interwebs and researched  how to make my own.

The recipe ended up being more simple than I thought it would be. I had all of the ingredients right down to the distilled water on hand!

Here’s the recipe I used:

Step 1 – 2 Teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin or Dish Soap.
Step 2 – 2 Teaspoons of Rubbing Alcohol.
Step 3 – 20-30 Drops of a Fragrant Essential Oil. (I used lavender oil)
Step 4 – Fill the remainder of the 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water. (I used an empty Poo Pourri bottle I had under the sink)

After that, it was simply a matter of shaking it up and spraying. That was it.

I was honestly impressed with just how close it was to what I had been buying for a mere fraction of the cost. The results were 8.5 out of 10 – This recipe took a few more sprays for the same effect and still wasn’t quite as strong, yet for a cost difference of about twenty-five cents per bottle for this homemade version versus at least five dollars – if not ten dollars a bottle for the name brand, I’m sold.

Have any of you made a DIY version of something that worked out well (or not lol)? If you’ve blogged about it please leave a link to it in the comments, I’d love to try it!

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