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Man Things I Cannot Do: Pipe Repair

I
often have trouble with basic motor skills. For example: I am
completely unable to perform even the simplest of household repair
tasks without nearly destroying (or at least unintentionally
vandalizing) the thing which I am attempting to “fix”.

I blame
most of this on my brain: “You have already spent more than three
minutes performing this boring task,” it seems to say to me, “Rush and
get it done in a haphazard fashion so we can go watch COPS.” Of course I always listen, because my brain always seems so smart (and also I really like COPS). But I suppose the bottom line is this: Keep reading if you want to see how pathetic I am.

I
often have trouble with basic motor skills. For example: I am
completely unable to perform even the simplest of household repair
tasks without nearly destroying (or at least unintentionally
vandalizing) the thing which I am attempting to “fix”.

I blame
most of this on my brain: “You have already spent more than three
minutes performing this boring task,” it seems to say to me, “Rush and
get it done in a haphazard fashion so we can go watch COPS.” Of course I always listen, because my brain always seems so smart (and also I really like COPS). But I suppose the bottom line is this: Keep reading if you want to see how pathetic I am.

TASK: REPAIR LEAKY PIPE

The Problem

FloodAt
some point an old pipe under my bathroom sink started leaking. I didn’t
really pay too much attention to it; I pushed
everything under there out of the way of the water and sort of let it
drip.

But eventually the wood started to get kind of, you know, rotten. So I figured I had better do
something. I am a man of action.

The Solution

I
went to the store, bought a new piece of the same pipe, and fitted it
in where the old one used to be. Unfortunately it still leaked. At this
point I had already spent at least ten minutes trying to fix it, which
I felt was already far too long.

I
wasn’t about to go back to
the store to get a new piece of pipe, that would’ve just been a hassle.
I mean, not only would I have to drive 1/32 of a mile back to the
hardware store, but I would also have to figure out why the pipe I had
bought wouldn’t work properly. No thanks. So
instead of going through all this trouble I just decided I would make
it work. So here’s what I did:

Pipe

As you can see,
the ingenious “shortcut” I’d come up with was to slather the pipe with
absurd amounts of silicone caulk. As I didn’t know where the leak was
coming from (and certainly I couldn’t have bothered to go in the other
room to get the flashlight. That’s almost fourteen steps! One way!) I
just squirted it wherever it looked like water might be able to get out
and rubbed it around a little. Then I let it dry. Of course it still
leaked, so I repeated this process (yes, recaulking the caulk I had
just caulked) about six times until the leaks stopped.

HardwareBut
maybe something good will come out of this yet. It’ll at least be a
story to tell. Yes, maybe some day someone who reads this
story will head down to Wrigley’s Hardware store on 25th and Grove, and
relate my story as their own to some of the Good Ol’ Boys who hang
around outside. “Now I ‘ve squeezed a lot of caulk in my day,” this person
might say, finishing up the story, “and that, my friend, was a hell of
a lot of caulk for one man to handle.” Hmm. Well maybe that might not
be the best
way to phrase that. Sort of comes across a little differently when you say it out loud.

Time Saved

Cops

I
estimate that this fix saved me negative forty-five minutes. Also I
didn’t really feel like taking all the rolls of toilet paper out from
under the sink while I was working on it either, so most of that got
ruined from the water.

So if you factor in the cost to replace that, I
also saved approximately negative six dollars as
well. I know for a fact that it’s going to start leaking again pretty
soon too, so eventually I’ll have to really fix it. For now though, I
think I’ll go see if COPS is on.

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