Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pluming Skill increased to 76!

The condo association has some of these thing called "rules." Some rules make sense, "The front desk people will not help you carry in your groceries." Some are stupid, "You cannot leave your laundry unattended in the laundry room." And then there are some that are flawed, "You must use a licenced plumber or electrician for any plumbing or electrical work."

I understand the logic behind the last rule. You don't want any moron messing with those things but, come on, you MUST use a licenced person? What if you' know...not a moron. Maybe I'm being cocky but when you run clustered SQL servers under Network Load Balancing for a living, plastic pipes and water don't seem all that complicated.

When I moved in here, I hired a "licenced" guy to install a washer/dryer and a light right outside the bathroom. There was a vanity there and I really didn't need it. To install it he had to take out the existing sink in the bathroom. For some reason he also had to take the toilet off too. Don't ask me why.

Anyway, the licenced plumber and election MOSTLY finished. He ran the electricity for the light but after 3 months I assumed he wasn't coming back to put the light on. I eventually did it and it looks and works great.

About a year later I flushed the toilet and it flushed out on to the floor! Talk about a frightening experience. It didn't even occur to me to take pictures but the floor flange made of cast iron actually broke. It toke me a week to finish that project. I had to drill into the concrete floor to install a replacement flange. Long story short, I fixed it and its 10 times better then the licenced plumber.

That leads us to today. For the past 5 months or so, the sink in the bathroom has been smelling like sewer gas. I never really bothered to look at how they reinstalled the sink after the washer/dryer but it turns out they didn't use a p-trap. Without that water barrier, the gas comes right up. So today I installed the p-trap. Here is the result:

I needed two of those bendy-straw-like pipes to get it all to fit. The "licenced" plumber just used one of those to go from the sink to the wall. That gray stuff is plumber's putty. Which leads me to my next point...

I've finally found a practical, real-world application for all that clay I played with in kindergarten. That plumber's putty is cool stuff. Its exactly like clay and it makes a water-tight seal.

I put a towel under the sink and then a piece of paper on top of it with the thought that if even 1 drip comes out it will warp the paper for me to see.

I think its good though. And way better then any one who's worked in here prior to me.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Oy vey Blogger!

So, apperently, when you tell Blogger the root path to post your site, you ALSO have to tell it the path to your RSS feed and your archive. It doesn't default to your root directory. So I just figured that out. So now those two things should be working again.

I obviously changed the layout too. Just a blogger template. Maybe I'll just use theirs from now on. It's easier.

Hospital Fun

If you asked me what my favorite part about working in hospital is, I would have to say the Purell dispensers.

These baby's are everywhere! Just turn around and there is one on the wall. I'm not a crazy germ-a-phobe. I actually like germs. Immune systems don't work without em. But when that old person hobbling down the corridor sneezes all over you, its good to knew that there is a Purell dispense right around the corner.