Ah, it's been awhile, so here's my latest distraction from cycling--
last tuesday when I got home from work my wife said,"I need to show you something." Downstairs, a "soft-spot" appeared in the ceiling, directly below the kitchen sink and dishwasher. I pulled the soft ceiling down (about 6 x 8 in area) and pulled some wet insulation out to reveal the abs piping that leads to the septic. It had some water on the outside, but not much. It was wet in there. When I ran the kitchen sink, there was a trickle of water coming out. So, I pulled out the dishwasher and there's the drain pipe- about 8 inches had fractured on two sides, 180 degrees apart- when the water came down and hit the joint and started to turn 90 degrees, it was leaking- fortunately, these are drainage, which means no pressure.
So, off to the hardware store- while I was at it I installed a compression valve for the dishwasher so the rest of the house could continue to have use of the hot water. ABS couplings, pipe, cement, silicone tape and off to work-- it took a couple of hours because I had to cut the pipe in tight spots, but wasn't a terribly difficult job, other than working with ABS cement in tight spots (think liquid electric tape on steroids). Left the dishwasher out overnight with a fan running to help dry everything out- and then put it all back in. FIXED- better than new- downstairs I have to find a cover because I want to leave access to that area.
Here's the cycling tie-in--- I told me wife,"If we had to call a plumber it would've cost 300-500 dollars. That MORE than covers the cost of my retul fitting!
I'm telling you- after they find a way to fire all the teachers, I'm going into plumbing so I can make some real money!
Words are like bullets, I let them pass through me.