There I was standing in the shower rinsing the shampoo out of my hair and I could feel the water level rising around my ankles. By the time I finished shaving it was halfway up my calf. 30 minutes after showering the tub finally drained and I proceed to pour some Drano down.
Last night, my tub not only rejected the Drano but proceeded to gurgle and vomit up water for the entire night. I tried plunging. I tried scooping the water out in a vain effort to get clean water to stand in while I showered. I tried begging. The pipes were having none of it. So, I did what any rational renter would: frantically called and texted my landlord then headed to work in a bit of a panic.
I arrived home from work and discovered my landlord, his wife and a crotchety plumber who eyed me up and down, then glared at the bottle of Drano and then proceeded to slowly eviscerate me with his eyes.
Here is what I’ve learned today: DON’T USE DRANO!
Drano corrodes pipes and makes them weak, so when the plumper started to use his heavy duty tools to snake our drain he promptly put a hole in the pipe.
(Mom, I promise those stains were not there before! I keep it clean!)
For the frugal find: learn basic handyman skills. Luckily, I’m a renter so my landlord is on the hook for this expense for the plumber and broken pipe, but in the future I would rather know how to be “Ms. Fix It.” Snaking the drain from the start could have prevented the punctured pipe.
As a true millennial, I took to Twitter to find out what handyman tasks should be on my “Fix It Yourself” list. So far I must learn how to:
- Snake a drain
- Tile a floor
- Change oil in a car
- Change burnt out head and tail lights
- Replace a car battery
- Change a tire
- Cabinet replacement
- Basic electric work (admittedly, this one makes me nervous.)
- Change light switches/outlets/toilets
- Change a flat tire
- Know how to unclog a toilet and stop the water from running (I’m sure there is a technical term for “keep the water from running.”)
A lot of basic handyman skills can be learned via YouTube, Google or just asking a friend. I should’ve just watched this “How to snake a drain” video last night instead of getting Drano happy.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to bathing in my kitchen sink.
What else should be on the “Fix it yourself” Guide? Have any DIY fix it horror stories?