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Down in the Drain and Playing With Cement All

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveThe unseasonably cool weather continues through August and into September here. It makes for great sleeping nights to enjoy with the windows open but the gardens here are still suffering from the lack of heat for the warm weather vegetables. No one has really complained about too many tomatoes this year. My last count for tomatoes from four plants was about 20. They were indeed delicious but there's no more behind this harvest. What a strange year. I've never seen anything like it in all my gardening years. Eggplants are doing well but small, and potatoes are the star again this year. Well, the potato tops look good. I haven't ventured beneath the tops just yet to check out the actual potatoes. I may start scratching around in another couple weeks. Tops are beginning to dry out.

Those of you that have read my blog know that my least favorite thing to work on is plumbing. It seems to be the plague of my life.

Defective drain

Many months ago, I detected a water leak that came from under the washer. Being the person that I am, I decided since there was a drain in the laundry room to take care of the water on the floor, I would do what I always do. What's that you say? I would just use the washer with the leak until the leak was just too big or it just quit washing. Use it until it dies is my motto. Amazingly the leak quit and life was good again.

Buzz buzz buzz (fast forwarding two years). Yes, two years went by without so much as a drop of water. And then it happened. A river flowed out from under the washer. I thought, "This is it. It's dead." Just for grins I wanted to isolate the problem and decide if it was worth fixing. Running through a wash cycle, I determined it wasn't the washer at all but the 49-year-old drain that had rusted out. I was rather excited that it was only plumbing this time.

New drain

Ten bucks worth of parts and a little PVC cement and all fixed. Now comes the floor clean-up. The washer hasn't been moved in about 15 years. There's plenty of yucky on the floor. A Pinesol soak and scrub, and it's good to go for another 15 years. Another maintenance job done.

One of the things that I like doing is to help those in need who can't spend much or anything on repair projects.

Step Repair

This is a set of concrete steps under repair for a friend of mine. This started with an agreement to just repair one step. Well, I did such a good job she wanted to do the rest of the steps and arms. These steps had red indoor/outdoor carpet glued to the stairs. Chunks of steps were missing and the side of the arm had huge holes in it. Window screen was stuffed into the holes and regular concrete was used to cover the screen. Then Cement-All was used to cover the hole side. It turned out pretty well for my first attempt at step repair.

Labor Day found me out on the mighty Platte River in a borrowed kayak.

Nebraska Dave Kayaking

Here I am just taking a break on the river. Four hours of paddling was good for some sore muscles the next day. This little kayak was a little spooky at first. Not only was keeping the kayak heading in the right direction a challenge, but keeping it from rolling and upright was a skill that had to be quickly learned. This was the first time I was in a kayak this small and in moving water. After about an hour, I had mastered control of the vessel. Rarely do you find the Platte River being other than mostly sandbars this time of the year. Because of the unusually wet August, the river was up and kayaking was magnificent. The day was a Top 10 day and the best of all there were no bugs. It really was an awesome way to spend Labor Day.

One last thing about the prostate and then we will never speak of this again. Planting the seeds of death went well with a couple days of just a twinge of nausea and some weakness. By the third day, all systems were functioning again and mowing the grass was done. I could tell the endurance level was not up to par just yet. After two weeks, I'm back to normal as you can see with projects being worked and life is once again on track.

See you out in the garden. I have post holes to dig, fences to build, grass to mow, weeds to pull and gardens to reclaim. Until the next time.

10/1/2014 6:38:49 PM

Hi Dave - You are just too much like my Dad! If baling wire and a salvaged part would fix it, he sure didn't jump into the parts store. Sorry to hear of your health problems, but you are in this farm gal's prayers. Hang in there.

9/13/2014 8:11:47 AM

Robynd, yes, my second garden planting was hailed out as well. The first was frozen by a super late frost. The third planting was plants that I just scrounged up and didn't really do well because of the lousy weather. We are about 14 inches above normal moisture level here. I wish you luck on your hydroponic endeavor. ***** Thanks for leaving a comment and have a great planning day for the garden.

9/13/2014 8:07:25 AM

Maryc, I've been getting a very limited number of tomatoes from my tomato plants. Just enough to keep fresh eating tomatoes on the table. It's not been a good year for tomatoes here. I've yet to see if the potatoes are as good as the tops looked this year. The weeds in the garden have seriously gotten out of control. This whole last week was rain and setting foot in the garden would have been a muddy mess. ***** Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great fall day.

9/9/2014 7:15:03 PM

I got my first tomatoes this past Saturday. They are loaded, but something is eating holes in them. Crazy summer is right. The hot upper 90's hit here a couple of weeks ago. I had 0.40 inches of rain in the last month, and the ground is too hard to pull weeds. My cucs and squash have been killed by borers and stink bugs. So much for the garden.

9/9/2014 2:16:48 PM

Wow! A busy and eventful summer for you. Glad the treatment seems to be working. Your plumbing repair skills are obviously greater than your distaste for using them. Hope you have better luck with next year's garden. Have spent most of the summer in Colorado and my tomatoes were destroyed by hail and my lettuce is very sluggish. Maybe I'll put together a portable hydroponic system this fall.