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Plumbing Battle and Gardening at the Urban Ranch

A photo of Nebraska DaveI left you with a cliff hanger last post as to whether Old Nebraska Dave was going to go down for the count with the new faucet installation or was he going to rise to the occasion and wrangle that old plumbing into the trash can.  As Paul Harvey would say, "Here's the rest of the story."

As we left the story last time the installed faucet was dangling from a piece of wire wrapped around a mirror cabinet and the wall pipe from the sink P-trap was stuck in the wall.  The whole thing kind of looked like a display in a red neck faucet shop.  The score at this point in time was faucet 2 and old Dave 0.  So let's continue and see what happens next.

  Stuck pipe is free 
With very delicate instruments the surgery to remove the drain pipe from the wall was performed.   An amputation was made with a sawsall and the end of the pipe removed.  Next a ball peen hammer and a chisel performed the actual splitting of the pipe and rolling the sides in on themselves.  An hour into the surgery the final extraction was made with the ever so versatile vise grips and the surgery was declared a success.  Score a point for old Dave.  Now the score is faucet 2 and Old Dave 1.  Could he be making a come back after being flung to the mat by the stubborn plumbing? I don't know. Flat box furniture comes next.  Everyone knows how much he likes flat box furniture.

  Dave assembling cabinet 

I don't see a smile on old Dave's face but he is diligently working on the sink cabinet and I'm sure before the day's end it will be standing in good shape.  What do you think?Cabinet is assembled 

You can't see the sink too well because of the bright sunshine but I think we can chalk up another point for old Dave and make the score faucet 2 and Old Dave 2.  The old geezer is rising up isn't he?  So the sink is set in place and the final assembly begins.  Supply lines for the water are too long.  A trip to the home repair store nets the shortest supply lines they have which is 9 inches.  It's still to long and exerts too much pressure on the bottom of the sink when connected.  So as this day closes the score is faucet 3 and Old Dave 2.  It's a neck and neck battle.  Who will be the winner.  Will the faucet repair be too much for old Dave or will he be able to recover and continue the fight for long flowing plumbing at sunrise?

Modified cabinet 

Ah, one more thing before the day shuts down.  Old Dave always has to improve on the design of flat box furniture and this time is no different.  You can see that he has reinforced the back side of the cabinet to give it more stability  Ah, yes, it's just a thing with him and flat box furniture.  It's been a long day so Old Dave toddled off to a hot shower, a hot coffee, and a hot sandwich before settling down for late night TV viewing.

Wake up!!  The suns up and the coffee's on.  Old Dave is revived and ready to go toe to toe with that old plumbing. Another trip to the home improvement store was first on the agenda for very long flexible supply lines.  Huh!  If short is too long then really long is going to work?  This time the plan was to buy the longest supply lines available and circle them around in a loop right into the fitting on the bottom which would give downward pressure to sink  and help hold it in place.  The supply lines were attached to the sink, a bead of construction adhesive laid around the top of the cabinet and the sink with faucet and supply lines installed was set in place.  A small wait of about an hour for adhesive to set some found old Dave rolling on the floor attaching the supply lines to the wall supply lines.  A few minutes of close quarter combat and Dave rises hands in victory.  So now the score is 3 to 3 with the faucet working and Old Dave is gaining momentum.

 Sink totally installed 

Next day Old Dave made a few jabs with a hand saw on the PVC plumbing pipes to fit things together and this fight was over.  Final score Old Dave 4 and Sink faucet repair 3.  Now Old Dave can get to his real passion .... gardening.

Planting the fall garden 

The GRIT Garden Planner says that this 4 X 8 bed will only hold 8 broccoli plants.  I haven't planted or grown broccoli before and didn't know that a broccoli plant got that big.  So eight tiny little seeds were planted in the big prepared bed.  The other bed behind me is a different story.  The left side is lettuce which has even smaller seeds than the broccoli seeds.  In this case an 8 plant by 10 plant grid nets a total of 80 plants.  The other side of this bed is planted with carrots which has even smaller seeds than lettuce.  A good health sneeze would blow them all away.  It was the same grid story through which again was an 8 X 10 giving 80 carrots if they all grow.  So
far the only thing up is the lettuce.

So as the sun sets on the Urban Ranch all is well with the plumbing once again.  Until that old monster creeps up out of the deep dark depths of the drain pipe life will remain good.

I leave with one more tidbit of information which is pretty self explanatory.  I just had to try my newly acquired toy which is the flip video camera that I won right here on the GRIT web blog site.  Thanks go to Purina and also Samatha Biggers for hosting the give away on her GRIT blog.  I hope for you to enjoy many more videos as time rolls on in the life and times of Old Dave and the Urban Ranch.


Now where's that dang bottle of Aleve.  I know it's around here some where.  Oh, yeah, there it is.  Right by the coffee maker.  See ya next time and the only rule to remember when working on plumbing is that it all rolls down hill. 

nebraska dave
9/13/2011 9:13:51 PM

Cindy, one of the things I like about Nebraska is the distinct seasons. Fall is a good two months and lasts well into November and Sping starts in March and lasts sometimes into June. Summer and Winter are great seasons too. They all last just long enough to be ready for the next season to arrive. It's the reason I'll never move away from here. I know you are a Winter person, but I really like all four seasons in moderation. It's way too early to be in the thirties. Our frost date here is October 15th but usually after the first frost we have what we call an Indian Summer. It warms up sometimes into the 80s but usually upper 70s for a couple more weeks and once in a while all the way to Thanksgiving before starting to move into the much cooler fidget weather. I'm not into cross country skiing like you but the grandson and I have been eyeing the school yard hill and waxing up the toboggan. We are going to start on the smaller hill and work our way up to the big hill this year. Until then we will just have to continue to learn how to ride a bike. He's doing good with the training wheels so maybe by next year, he'll be a full fledged two wheeler. The lettuce is up and growing strong. I think I see a couple broccoli spouts but I've never grown broccoli before so I'm not quite sure what they look like just coming up out of the ground. Of course the carrots are the slackers and may not make it at all. My experiment with the tomato cutting shriveled up and died. I think it was because it didn't get enough sunlight .... ah, well, no sunlight. I now know that a sprouting a cutting is not the same as sprouting a seed. Duh!! The season should be winding down for you at the nursery. Over all I had a good garden this summer. It was a little different the other years but it turned out ok. Have a great Michigan Day

cindy murphy
9/13/2011 5:31:02 AM

Hi, Dave. Now that you've handily won the plumbing battle, what's next on tap? Knowing you, I've bet you already have something lined up. Hope the fall garden does well for you. I've heard the best tasting broccoli comes from a fall harvest - I've never tried growing it, though; here, we'd have to plant the seeds in mid-summer for a fall harvest, and I just don't have the space to plant anything new mid-summer. About mid-August I planted my fall garden: spinach, mustard, and kale. Everything sprouted, but I can't say it's doing well. We've had a dry, windy period that's been rough on the tender seedlings. I also think I waited too late to plant kale; it takes something like 60 days to reach maturity, and I don't think we have that many fall days left. It's supposed to get down to the thirties this week! It's unfair, I think, fall is way too short! Ah well, that's why you gotta enjoy it while it lasts. Hope you're enjoying yours.

nebraska dave
9/10/2011 8:45:47 AM

Suzanne, I'm glad to hear that you have received your much needed rain. Texas just can't seem to break their drought condition. We have had rain here all year at just the right times. Our flooding along the Missouri river was caused by snow in the Rockie Mountains and extra rain in the spring. The flood waters are starting to recede but all the submerged roads will have to be totally rebuilt. I was out looking at the fall garden just yesterday and the lettuce is definitely growing nicely. I think I see broccoli but since I haven't grown broccoli before, I'm not quite sure what little broccoli sprouts look like. There's no sign of carrots yet. I think they take a while longer to germinate. The weather sure has cooled down and it feels nice again to be outside. Morning coffee on the front patio in the cool of the morning has become a joy again. Soon it will be too cold and winter activities will be upon us here in Nebraska. The Farmer's Almanac says we in for a wet winter which to me means lots of snow. I better get Stormie the snow blower checked out and read for the occasion. Have a great apple preservation day.

suzanne cox
9/9/2011 11:07:30 PM

Congratulations on winning the faucet war Dave! I knew you could do it. And good luck on your fall garden. We got rained out before being able to plant ours last week. Had it all plowed and tilled nicely, and then.. RAIN. Not just a little, but for 5 straight days with no stop. Can't complain to much though, we went 4 weeks with no rain so really needed it. Hoping things dry out this weekend and we can get some fall crops planted early this coming week. Can't wait to see pictures of all your garden veggies. I'm sure they'll all poke their heads up soon!

nebraska dave
9/8/2011 10:54:39 PM

Mary, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm actually impressed by how easy and the quality of the video that the camera takes. I just remember the days of old when a video camera weighed several pounds and set on the shoulder with an eye piece to look through. The litte digital camera is a great recording device for a guy like me just starting to accept the video recording era. I hope you continue to have fun recording your birds. Have a great video recording day.

mary carton
9/8/2011 10:17:23 PM

Glad you got the plumbing done and had time to play with the camera. I have mine charging up right now. The hummingbirds have started to migrate and just ignore you when feeding. I hope to get some good videos of them.