Down in the Drain and Playing With Cement All


| 9/8/2014 9:13:00 AM


Tags: Plumbing, Step Repair, Kayaking, Nebraska Dave,

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

JoanPritchard
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.


NebraskaDave
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.


NebraskaDave
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.


MARYC
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.


ROBYND
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.





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