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
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.
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."