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The Fun Just Never Seems To End


Apparently I am not geared towards home ownership. I guess I have rented too long and I have gotten used to calling the landlord when something breaks so they can send the maintenance people over to fix whatever the problem is. The biggest concern I ever had regarding home repairs was to make sure none of the dogs chewed on the maintenance people. That was fine with me, I could handle that. I'm proud to say that I never had a dog try to eat the maintenance personnel. I have a spotless record in that regard. My record with do it yourself home repair is not quite as successful. For those of you that follow my ramblings here you might remember the fiasco with the air conditioner and the stink bugs. We recovered from that and...just when we thought it was safe to go back into the water...Jaws appeared again.

The problem started a few days ago when I noticed that the metal ring around the drain in the bathtub had come loose. I promptly showed it to my husband and asked him to glue it back into place (glue, putty, caulking...whatever he needed to use). He shot me a look like my face had gone green and said "Yeah, okay". I asked him very nicely if he needed me to go into town and purchase some stuff to glue it back into place. He said "No, we will go tomorrow. You don't know what to look for". I told him that any idiot could walk into a hardware store and ask for some glue (or whatever he needed). He then proceeded to inform me that this was not a simple "glue it back in" job and that the whole thing would have to be replaced. I asked him "What whole thing?". He just shook his head and said "Tomorrow, I'll take care of it tomorrow".

Well, two days went by and today we finally went to the hardware store. He bought some "kit", which included a new ring thingy and some plastic pipes (or what looked like pipes). When we got home I told him that I didn't understand why he bought all that stuff in this kit, all we needed was the ring thingy. He said nothing other than he would take care of it. He proceeded to change into some work overalls. When I asked him what in the Sam Hill he was doing that for he explained to me that since we live in a trailer home he would have to crawl underneath the trailer and take off the connections for the bathtub drain. Whatever...I'm going to eat lunch. Next thing I know the skirting is off the trailer and he is underneath hollering for me. He couldn't find the right connections. I had to run a tape measure down the drain hole (I didn't realize the pipe moved like that until I looked at it). He found the connections and took them off, leaving a gaping hole in the bathtub where the drain used to be. At this point I was sure a snake was going to come crawling through the dang thing as I firmly believe that we have a nest of them underneath the trailer (along with other forms of wildlife that I am terrified of). Now, you know that not a darn thing that we bought in this kit fit the connections...yeah, what a surprise. Back to the store we go to buy another kit. We get home, half of that kit doesn't fit either. My husband said he refused to go buy anything else, he would MAKE it fit.

To make a long story short he did finally get the dumb thing fixed. In the process he used his power drill, a hacksaw, some pliers and a HUGE adjustable wrench. He also went through numerous curse words, threw a number of things and drank a 6 pack of beer. He's sore from crawling around underneath the trailer and hitting his head on the axle. I'm sore from bending over the tub on my sore knees forever holding the top piece while he tried to attach it and make it work. It still leaks a small bit but I don't care. I took a shower tonight but in the morning I am filling up that tub with the hottest water that I can stand and soaking in a good hot bath...which I haven't been able to do since the blasted thing broke a few days ago. I can only hope that this is the end of the home repairs for a while...I don't know if I can take any more of them. If not, well, my car runs good...maybe I can just live in that for a while. And yes...I'm still looking for rogue snakes in the house.

Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles...Dedicated To The Gypsy That Remains

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Paws4Critters Pet Stuff
Paws4Critters Pet Stuff | October 25th 2011 at 1319602267

Jackie, Jackie, Jackie... what I have learned, and I am not the fixer of most stuff in the house like that, is that in a trailer house/manufactured home/mobile home/whatever, is nothing at the hardware store is gonna fit! We have so many of the above mentioned homes in our area... yes, this is tornado alley where everyone has one and no one has a real house attached to the ground... we actually have places dedicated to replacement stuff for them. Seriously! I think even Home Depot & Lowes carries stuff just to compete... LOL! We had to replace out entire tub because somehow the floor cracked. Who knew that could even happen. Well, we can't just replace the tub... no. Cuz someone has a bright idea of well, if we're gonna replace the tub, which of course has the shower walls too, we should get a nice faucet set and shower head. Yeah... guess what... the first tub/shower was bought at clearance as a one piece... we couldn't get it in the door of the bathroom. So, it sat on the deck for almost a year until finally, I said get it out. It finally sat near the shed during a windstorm which blew it over and broke it! We figured, we need a tub with the shower walls separate. OK, back to Lowes. Got one. Now the holes don't match up for the pipes and faucet. The holes are too small for the fancy faucet and shower contraption. Now we need wood to build a support to support the new shower head/faucet get-up and piping to re-route it through the support. It took almost a year to actually get it done. Luckily, we have 2 bathrooms.
LatinaTurk | October 25th 2011 at 1319604793

Your a mess~ I never had a dog try to eat the maintenance personnel. I have a spotless record in that regard.
... showed it to my husband and asked him to glue it back.
Lord have we go...
He proceeded to change into some work overalls. When I asked him what in the Sam Hill he was doing that for ..........oh boy had me rolling all over tha floor laughing......"Sam Hill"...LOL
My birdie seems ill I needed a laugh...and here it friend " Enchanted"..LOL gosh oh my ....bologna and whiskey.....Emma jean jo jenkins!!!
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | October 26th 2011 at 1319671521

Home ownership, such a joy. Duct tape is a constant friend here :-)
Ayuni Gifts of the World
Ayuni Gifts of the World | October 26th 2011 at 1319687287

omg.......... I'd suggest you look into finding a reputable Handman in your area! lol
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | October 26th 2011 at 1319691162 - in reply to paws4critters

You are absolutely correct! Nothing at the hardware store seems to fit. Of course we had to learn that the hard way...
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Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | October 26th 2011 at 1319691256 - in reply to turkishmarket-usa

It is pretty funny now...a few days ago it wasn't so funny, lol...
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Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | October 26th 2011 at 1319691327 - in reply to RoyalPresence

My husband is pretty fond of duct tape also...for everything from sealing windows to fixing upholstery, lol...
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Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | October 26th 2011 at 1319691429 - in reply to ayunigifts

Sadly there seems to be no one around here who has any ability at all to actually show up and get anything done. This is a small town in a very rural area, I can almost hear the banjos playing as I type this... | November 5th 2011 at 1320495087

Oh, what a hoot!!!!!! I love it and chuckled all through reading. I can just picture the 2 of you kneeling, scratching, cussing, etc. I'll bet you even learned a few "new" words.

No, standard pieces sold at Lowes or anywhere else do not fit mobile homes. Even heating units. I never knew until recently that Coleman made a separate unit for mobile homes and ion most cases the whole thing has to be replaced rather than a particular piece replaced.

Oh, yeah, Jackie. Watch out for those snakes too. I found one in my dishwasher . . . not kidding. Had to call my uncle to come and get it out.
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | November 5th 2011 at 1320546587 - in reply to catsmom

Oh my!! Seriously, I ALWAYS look for snakes here...ALWAYS!

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