A couple of things I’m pretty chuffed about this week–
First, I fixed a bathtub leak. Well, not exactly the tub. For the past year, there’s been a little leakage coming down from the bathroom into the kitchen ceiling anytime anyone takes a shower of more than a moment’s duration. A plumber came out and charged us $300 to cut holes in two walls and tell us nothing was leaking. He thought the problem must be water slopping out past the curtain.
T was convinced there was a problem with the seal between the tub and the tile around it that was letting water through. Even had the plumber “seal” it (OK, this was included in the $300). Still leaked.
Then I noticed something. Our tub is some kind of fiberglass, which means it’s light, and it’s well-supported beneath by wooden beams. I suspected that when it was full of water or a person, it was moving–just a little–enough to cause problems.
So one day I climbed into the shower with my clothes and glasses on and looked, and noticed that, in fact, I could see small gaps form in the grout when my weight was in the tub. They disappeared when I got out.
Last weekend, I bought some fast-setting grout and a large storage tub of the type used for spare junk in workshops. I put the latter into the bathtub and filled it with water and, sure enough, the gaps appeared. I applied new grout and let the weighted tub sit overnight.
In the morning, I dumped the water out of the storage tub (yay! I have another place to keep bike junk!) and had a shower. No leaks.
So that was good.
This morning I had to drive, since I have to pick up my son after work. Just for the heck of it, I checked the George-the-alleged-car’s log book. Since March, I’ve averaged less than one gas station stop per month. Not too bad–I’m sure I could do better (and have done) but it’s satisfying to know that the alleged car is not contributing too much to climate change.
That is all.