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?

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.

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