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Finally got a plumber to come in a finish the plumbing stuff that I didn't (couldn't) do myself.

I've got a waterline to the fridge so now I have ice. I also won't get yelled at for forgetting to fill the ice trays. Woo Hoo!

I've got plumbing lines for my washer. I love my washer. It's a washer dryer combo which is soooooo cool. And it's so quiet. Wow!

And I've got gas going to the stove! I baked a cake in celebration of the stove being hooked up. I can cook on more than one burner! I can bake! I can I can I can, I'm so excited that cooking words fail me. It's been so long since I've had an actual stove and oven. I've been singing Kool and the Gang's "Celebrate" as I cook. This is sick that I can be this happy over something so minor.

The other celebration is the working dishwasher. I've got really clean glasses again!

We also solved the counter dilemma beside the stove. We've basically built our own counter over the furnace in the kitchen. And I forgot about finally getting the pictures we bought in Paris framed. Some went into the bathroom and the chocolate print went into the dining room. RTL had also bought two other prints for the kitchen both old advertisements which have been put on the wall.

RTL laid the floor for the entryway this weekend. Beautiful slate tiles that we picked up for a song. I love when you look for the perfect thing and can't find it, then the light shines down from heaven onto THE perfect thing and it's on sale.

We've been busy this past weeks so I'm sure that I've overlooked lots of things we've accomplished, but most importantly I have a working stove!!!!!!!!
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Gosh, It's a special day to get two new episodes. I'm also changing the name on advice from a friend who said that adding the "as" made it sound more soap opera-y.

The faucet in the butler's pantry was successfully installed. The crisis was getting the old faucet off - of course. RTl came in and helped with the final removal step. Thank goodness because I was about to give in and pay the plumber to do it. I didn't have to go to OSH during the replacement process. I did have to turn the water off three times to fix the leak.

The first leak was because I forgot to put the washers in the faucet. Doh! The second leak was the "Oh No! what's wrong" kind of leak. After reseating the faucet again and turning on the water I figured out that I could tighten the nuts until the faucet stopped leaking. Perfect. No leaks. Now I just need to give the sink a good scrubbing.

And so no one will be disappointed, I did go to OSH before dinner to buy the new kitchen faucet that I'm going to install tonight before going to bed. You can call me Plumber Dana.
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With only one trip to OSH today, I have successfully replaced the p traps on the bathroom sink and the sink in the butler's pantry.

YEE HAW!!!!!


The butler's pantry p trap was a piece of cake. The p trap in the bathroom . . .
well let me tell you.

I had to saw off one inch on both the tail pipe (the pipe that goes into the main waste line) and the extension pipe on the sink drain. Since I can't find the actual hack saw, I ended up wrapping work gloves around a hack saw blade and sawing away. Yes it worked, but it was not the most efficient method. I've got to find the hack saw.

Since the first p trap was so easy, I thought to myself "no problemo". HAH!
I put everything together as it should go, teflon tape in all the right places, washers in the right places, all connectors tight and secure and the *ugly word* p trap leaked! I took the thing apart and readjusted everything about five times, then decided to get on the internet to find troubleshooting tips. I couldn't find any suggestions that I hadn't already tried, so I went back to and took everything back apart. I thought that maybe I was just a wee bit off, so the seal wasn't as tight as it should be. I put everything back together and it still leaked! Seeing as how I hurt my hand on this go-round, I said some ugly words and went to go sit on the couch for a bit.

RTL was working from home today and although normally she probably wouldn't bother me, today she kept asking "how's it going" approximately every 5 minutes or when she wasn't on a conference call. So as soon as I flopped on the couch . . .how's it going. My answer - the part that shouldn't be leaking is leaking. OK, yeah it was a snotty teenager answer, but I was frustrated and asking me "how's it going" didn't help diddly.

So I called my Daddy. He always has the answers. And with only one OSH trip today, my sink is fully functioning and no longer leaks where it shouldn't be leaking.

Next task is the faucet in the butler's pantry. Tune in later for the next episode of The Toilet Flushes.
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Today's task was to install the new bathroom faucet. Not really sure what good the old one was doing except for kind of directing water into the sink.

Let me just point out that the new faucet has been sitting in the floor of the living room since March. Frankly, I've been a little afraid to tempt the plumbing gods and have walked around the box for way too long. After my success with the toilets, I gained enough courage and confidence to tackle the faucet.

Like the toilet, removing the old faucet and all the plumbing bits was the most difficult and disgusting part. Yep, I had to use my trusty can of WD-40, but I got everything off and cleaned up. I don't think the sink was this clean when it was brand new. How easy was it to install the faucet? Way too easy. I did think about switching the hot and cold water supply lines as a joke on RTL. I don't think it would have been appreciated. I was getting too big for my britches. Alas, there is always something to put you back in your place. For me, it was replacing the drain.

Elbow grease and WD-40 later, I had the drain removed. However, the directions on installing the new drain sucked. I ended up installing and removing the first step twice before I decided to just follow my instinct in installing the stupid thing. SUCCESS!!!!!

Oh, so you are wondering how many trips I've made to OSH so far? None, zip, zero, zilch. Yet, we knew the happiness would end soon enough. As I connected the last pipe to the drain that would connect into the p trap, it was too short by about 2 inches. Merde! Seeing as how it was around 9:30 when I realized this, I'll be going to OSH in the morning to get a new p trap. Probably is a good thing because I'm sure that the one on there now hasn't seen the light of day since probably 1967.

My current plumbing confidence level is high so since I'm fixing the drain in the bathroom, I'm now going to fix the drain in the butler's pantry. Wish me luck. And if all goes well tomorrow, I'll be replacing the faucet in the butler's pantry so that I can use my new dishwasher!
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I finished filling the plant bin. Woo Hoo!
I feel like I've accomplished a lot so far this week and it's only Tuesday.
This week's scores in Battle of the Yard.
Creepy crawling/buzzing flying things - 0
Spiders - 0
Juniper - 3
Grass - 1
Weedeater - 1
Dana - 27
Flying debris, dust and other miscellaneous plant material - 102

Clearly this is unscientific and based solely on my own biased opinion. But I feel a win.

Despite what I've accomplished I didn't get a nap, never figured out what's for dinner and I'm starving.
Woe is me.
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