Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Accidental Plumber.

So Mom bought a magic tool on one of her forays to those home fix-it places and she decided to try it out in our bathroom on Tuesday. I knew this was trouble right away, since one thing only can't be fixed, it always leads to a squillion more fixes.

The magic tool got the old battered white tub spout off and within minutes, Mom replaced that with the new shiny one I can see myself in. That was pretty fun. But then she said, "Well, William, as long as I'm at it, I might as well try to fix the drain stopper." This is another thing Mom has played with unsuccessfully for eons. Finally she realized this wasn't the sort of thing that would work with the plumbing so she went to that time-sucking store again and got another shiny thing I can not only see myself in but can play with!

But of course, the installation took a lot of my supervision, because as usual, whoever did the stupid repairs everywhere else in our house before we got it did the same sort of stupid thing in the tub drain! They'd used a teeny tiny drain pipe and just packed around it with putty and washers. So Mom had to go back out and get a new pipe and elbow to install the new drain stopper.

Of course, this wasn't easy, either. She was gone forever! I kept checking the hole in the tub to make sure she hadn't secretly fallen in! When she finally got home she told me she had to go to two places, and not only that, but had to buy a kit with a whole lot of parts we didn't need! For a moment I thought she said she had to buy a kitten for the repairs! Thankfully that wasn't it at all. Anyway, the actual work only took about 15 minutes. The new stopper is a fun thing to have, since I can close it by stepping on it, but I didn't appreciate the ten squillion hours of prep time. At least we won't have to do it again.

And you know what's best? When the Black Lagoon came back yesterday, it didn't come into our tub because I had closed the drain! Mom said I was a very good boy to have done that but that the Lagoon was something we'd have to call someone for. So a Roto Rooster came out. Can you believe it? From first call to a customer follow up call, the whole thing only took two hours! I'm so glad that rooster didn't eat away lots of mom time.


Pre-Mom, in attracto green.
(See the ugly white tub spout?)
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Post-Mom (with my help). And
the checkerboard tile is now white.
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The listing agent called this "updated."
Eddie gagged just seeing the photo.
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This is what we call updated. Posted by Picasa

I was about to tell you this last night but Mom didn't feel well and I had to take care of her. She wasn't throwing up on the carpet like my bro does but said if I chased my tail for a whole long time and then stopped I'd know how she felt. So my main job today was to keep a close eye on her.

22 comments:

  1. You did the mostest impurrtant job lookin after your mommy first. You did good soopervisin the plumin and makin sure she didnt fall down the drain too. Yay Wm!
    Purrrs,
    Sanjee

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  2. It's furry bea-u-ti-ful now!! Hope your Momma feels better soon...that spinny feeling is NO FUN!!!

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  3. woweeeee. Your mom didded a fan-ta-stik job on your human litter box room. We hopes that she gets rid of the spins soon too. Good job wif the drain William, and not letting in the black lagoon.

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  4. Nice work! She seems to be working very hard lately!

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  5. You are doing an outstanding job Willy, plumbing and caregiving...do your talents ever seize!!!?????

    You are so smart and gorgeous too...a purrrrrrrrfect tom/10, that's for sure.

    Headbonks and love licks, The Mitz

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  6. whoa. the "before" looks just like our teenagers' dad's bafroom, but he's a renter an can't do anyfing 'bout it. yur momma was furry smart ta know what "updated" really is all about!

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  7. Hope she wasn't sucking nasty fumes from the drain thing! Our bafroom is red like your new one is too. Our dad re-did it this summer. We have a nice faucet on the sink that arches up and now we can get our face under to get a drink very comfortably.

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  8. Your mom can do plumbing??? Do you think she can teach my dad?

    Hope she feels better soon, take good care of her.

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  9. i think your Mom works too much. my Mom does too. it's like, sit down and read a book so i can sit with you!!!

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  10. Your mom is a good plumber! And, of course, under your expert supervision.

    Get well soon to your mom.

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  11. Good work, William. What would your mum have done without you?

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  12. Your mum is furry talented to do all of that stuff on her own. Mum won't do plumbing. Hope the mom is better.

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  13. That's amazin! What kinda beans had the old sinky wif no counter fur the cat?!?! Mom's parents got a house that had lotsa bad fixes frum the preevious owner, too. Maybe it's the same one who messed up yur house?

    You is a good helper.

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  14. Wm., the bathroom looks BEAUTIFUL, but where is all the toilet paper hidden now???

    Lux

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  15. Momma watches a ton of House Hunters on TV and she says yup, that is updated! Nice bafroom.

    Patches

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  16. Good, good job Wm. You're beanmom is did a good job with you too.

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  17. Its a good thing your Mom has you around to supervise and keep track of her. You and she did an excellent job and the results are very nice indeed.

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  18. That's a great job and what a difference it makes! Of course she prolly couldn't have done it wifout your help. Mom says fanks for postin' the pictures acoz she's going to be updatin' our baffroom too now that Sisfur has gone to college. She really likes the sinky top. What time sucking store did she go to, to get it?

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  19. I think your human lady pet did a fantastic job! It's nice and clean now, and it looks very inviting. Terrific work!

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  20. Yoor mom is furry clefurr an that bafroom looks reely good now. It's lucky yoo were theer to stop the black lagoon What wood she do wivout yer help?

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  21. What a lovely job your mother did on that. I am furry impressed

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Wowee meowee.