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My plumber's crack, let me show you it - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 29th, 2013

08:51 am - My plumber's crack, let me show you it

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So that plumbing thing? Turns out installing a waste disposal isn't all that hard - as long as you have three hands. A part of me that I sternly tell to shut up on a regular basis was vaguely hoping that someone else would come along and do this job, because I've never done it and so my fear of ballsing it up and flooding the kitchen or causing chopped-up food geysers was niggling away there. However, a much louder voice was going "How hard can it be?"

You may be familiar with that voice. I certainly am. It said the same thing about shearing, pressing to handstand and making scalemail. Anyway, this thing came with instructions and pictures. Peasy!


First, remove your old unit. This involved using a stilson to unscrew the drainage pipe, and a screwdriver to undo the bit where it was attached to the sink plughole. This was actually the grossest part because the old one hadn't been working and I think it's just the nature of the beast that grues will come and live in your waste disposal where all the food scraps are:



Step 2: Put the new sink-attachey thing on. This was the bit that needed three hands, because the order of stacking goes plughole rim --> washer --> sink --> another washer --> fibre washer --> press clamp --> waste disposal holder-onner gizmo --> circlip. And in order to get the circlip on you need to hold all the other gubbins up to the bottom of the sink, hold the circlip in place and pry it with a screwdriver till it slips over the end and locks on. Luckily the YoT has two hands, so we ended up with an extra one. Use a screwdriver to do up the three screws that clamp the whole lot on and job done:



Attach the waste disposal unit (a push and turn locking mechanism that's easy as), and do up all the pipes that attach to it. Which amounts to two - the drainage one and the dishwasher outlet one. I'm told you should make the dishwasher outlet pipe sit higher than where it enters the waste disposal unit because if it backs up, that means it'll back up into the sink instead of into the dishwasher.



Plug it in and give it a test run with a bit of bread. Feel very pleased with yourself. Eat the mintie that came in the packet with the telescopic S-bend and get the YoT to take a photo because CHUFFED.



Oh yeah, and I had to cut a new slot in the shelf with a coping saw to get it to fit back in, because this unit's a bit bigger than the old one. But look! I did plumbing DIY! And nothing blew up! We haven't run the dishwasher yet but I've no reason to believe that'll be a problem. And each time I do something like this I become less afraid of trying to do mechanical things I haven't done before. It's just a bunch of steps, exactly the same as making a dress. Only, grosser and with more dripping. Hmm..

And then there was another first, in which I put some lightning in one of the Grey Warden pics. I used the method suggested by t_c_da, which involved using the magic wand tool to get some good arcs out of a picture of lightning striking, then overlaying them onto my pic and using the history brush to remove everything except the arcs. Then I used an orb lighting effect to make the end of the staff the centre of the light (this was hard because the lighting in the original pic was strong), and then took the pale purple colour from the lightning photo and smeared it around at 15% opacity to give the whole thing a sort of glow.



I reckon not bad for a first attempt. Of course, after I did this I realised that this staff actually does spirit damage, not electricity damage, but I'm going to call artistic license on that one.

*ahem*


And in my peering yesterday at pictures of Cullen, I realised that his shirt has chainmail sleeves. Luckily, I have a few clues about how to make that now. And Dr Wheel apparently dreamed that my next costume was a biker one and I went and bought a motorbike. My response? "Could happen."

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From:meri_sielu
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Well done! I don't think I could do that without making a complete balls up of it! :P
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
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It was surprisingly easy. I've always been a bit afraid of plumbing because of the horror stories you hear, but it was literally four steps, one of which involved eating lollies! ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
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that photo is so very very very cool.. i loves it it, it looks like it came out of the game not cosplay and photo manuiplation.. wheee


i so need a copy of that in a frame for my new abode when i get one.. *nods*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully there'll be a better one by then. That was only my first go, and I have put aside several pics that'll lend themselves to manipulation. I want to try fire next.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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ohhh, you could do the 4 elements.. *coughs*l. such a hippy that polly girl..

*grins*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Trying to remember the kinds of damage staffs do in DA:

electricity
spirit
fire
cold
nature
physical

Hmm..
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From:pombagira
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
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ohhh... that sound elementalish.. or elemental enough.. *grins*

it could be all popculture magic.. tehehe
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From:pombagira
Date:August 28th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
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also can i put that photo on my fb.. with the whole my frind she is epic!!

*grins*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Of course you can. ;-) As long as you remember to credit the photographer.. *grin*
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From:pombagira
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
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also i suspect them minitie was incase you had a moment, which you did a moment of Chuffed..so minitie was required.. *beams*

although i suspect that you won't get much plummers crack with a skirt tho..

:D
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
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The mintie was also hard like toffee because it was probably sitting in the shop for like 2 years or something. ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:August 29th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
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The lightning bolts are very impressive...

Only, grosser and with more dripping

Slightly off topic but vaguely related story:- One of the duty managers at $wife's work was helping clean out a blocked U bend in the deli, and the deli manager remarked that it was pretty gross, to which the duty manger replied that it far better than collecting body parts after a bombing - as she had done in a previous job as a policewoman in South Africa.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 07:57 am (UTC)
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Oy. I will be over here, being thankful for my desk job. Even farming isn't that icky.
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From:kehleyr
Date:August 29th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Well done :-D!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm right chuffed with myself, I am. Plumbing, I did it! ;-DDD
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From:brynhilda
Date:August 30th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for DIY!! I always try to do such stuff on my own too...it feels so great if you succeed.

Well done!!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
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Hell yes. My sense of smug satisfaction is .. a bit frightening in its smugness, actually. ;-)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:August 30th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
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A mint came with your plumbing supplies?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
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Back in the early 90s, there was a very successful advertising campaign for Minties (gooey mints, kind of like toffee but mint), that showed people making mistakes, having problems and things generally not going according to plan. Like this:



So they became known as minties moments here. I'm guessing the manufacturers reckon DIY plumbing is likely to supply a minties moment.

It was tasty! But a bit hard. Probably petrified.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:September 2nd, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Ohhh, twix has a campaign just like that currently.



I am sure the mint was terrified, what with being eaten.

Edited at 2013-09-02 01:43 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
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That's what the mover guy said when he saw me carrying a desk by myself. I reckon I'm just really determined. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 3rd, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Man, candies with your plumbing supplies?! NZ rocks. I might have weird metrics there. And I know I could use a sweet after most of my plumbing jobs lol.

I love that shot! It totally looks like a screenshot. You *are* the game!
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