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Sniper
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   Posted 10/20/2008 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
 My wife was washing cloths Sat. and just happened to go into the bathroom when the washer was pumping out. What she found was water overflowing in the toilet and tub. Of course this ment that I got to find and clear a clogged sewer line. That involved a little more than I was expecting. It seems that the plumber had stubed out the clean out about a foot and a half past the house slab. Not a problem if there was not a brick side walk over it. Yep I love to break up sidewalks. After doing all that and digging up the clean out of course the cast iron plug was rusted solid . It looked more like an ancient artifact than a pipe , and required a lot more muscle than I have to break it free. Thats when you get that first knockout sewer smell. Even the neighbors dog took one sniff and hauled tail for home. So whats a few pulled muscles in an elbo and back and a snoot full of stink . Then, of course the clog was almost 40 feet from the clean out. More than I could push a garden hose so here I am, covered in crap, yes literally , shakehead no bathroom , and we had to go visit our second home, Home Dumpo,. I dont know why I dont just have my money transfered right to them. That way I would not have to see it slip through my fingers so often. I bought some rolled pipe and fittings to connect the hose and managed to clean it out, but it appears I have a dip or a root almost to the septic tank. Almost never got through there so now I will have to dig that up and repair, replace it.  Two days of crawling around on my hands and knees in sewer water and now I have a sore throat and aching body and  Im not sure how long the fix will last. Guess thats why I'm up at 3AM @#$ing about it all. The irony is , with crohns I am always dealing with crap and aches and pain inside . This week end I was dealing with crap and aches and pain on the outside. Playing with pooh must have been more fun for Christopher Robin. When I was young we had an out house and we bathed in a #3 tub. Neither ever got clogged.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


gachrons
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper For the good old days eh! I have had some problems with the tub drain and it sure isn't fun you might want to invest in one of them old tubs.The poor dog must have been feeling it was wandering what you were doing .Hope the old go and flow gets working better soon. Take care of the sore body. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 10/20/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope there was not a "rumbly in your tumbly" while you were playing with Pooh!
Seriously, start hiring out some of these things...the cost is worth the aggravation saved. Although I must say I envy your wide range of skills displayed in making repairs yourself.
ps--I think the dog was just jealous he could not compete with the stink!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


lil-momma
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   Posted 10/20/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry that you had such a mess! You will look back at it and most likely get a lot of laughs out of the ordeal. Hope everything gets better!
Dx w/UC in 2001 - controlled by diet.
Mother to 15 yr old daughter dx w/CD 9/07-  she had surgery for abcesses 11/07.  She is taking multi-vit, iron for anemia, bentyl prn, prilosec 20mg-x2, pentasa  500mg-x5, prednisone 10mg-x6, 6 mp 50mg-x3, Flagyl 250mg-x3


Sniper
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Habs, I cant hire this out. Problem is I have what is called a Grandfather system. I have a holding tank and field drain. Its been there 34 years and as long as I can keep it working I'm ok. If I hire a plumber and he has to dig up the line he has to get a permit. The inspector will deny me that permit and give me 90 days to have a new modern septic system installed. The only difference between what I have and the new type is the new one has a pump that blows bubbles in the tank. That and a $6000. price tag. Thats a hefty price . Only Michael Jackson would pay that much for Bubbles. Yeah I know thats his monkey, but they want to monkey with my money and its not for peanuts. What sorta burns me up is I have been paying sewer usage tax here for many years and we will probable never have it here. I keep my system up with bacteria and we dont use detergent that will kill them. I think what happened this time was the flood stayed over the tank long enough to push something up in the house drain. As for my wide range of skills, sometimes I wish I was too dumb to change a light bulb. I would be much poorer but my body would not hurt so bad this morning.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


aoccc
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   Posted 10/20/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
joe the plumber doesn't have a license...look him up :)
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)


Sniper
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks aocc, but people that dont have a license should not run their mouth with their brain in neutral on national TV. But ,,,in his defense , it was a political thing , and when have any of them told the truth. Mostly what they say is the same as what is stopping up my pipes.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Nanners
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper sorry you are having this additional problem. I sure hope you get things straightened out soon, I think I would go into full anxiety mode if my toilet didn't work:)
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Sniper
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners, it is unnerving to have no working plumbing while you work on it, but if I have to go I can, I just have to remember not to flush. Thats hard to do because it a reflex like turning the light switch on when you know the electricity is out. Thanks for posting. I try not to vent too much ...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 10/20/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, I have never heard of that type of grandfather clause. I have heard plenty about the kind where you need to change the system when you sell the house but not when you are having it fixed! 6 grand is a lot of money but honestly I would have expected a whole lot more. Why do you have to pay the tax if you don't use it? Can't you get some kind of exemption. Oh but that would all just be too sensible. I'd find someone you trust to pay under the table to do it in all honesty lol. How is it even legal for you to be digging up the sidewalk! Insane!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Sniper
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   Posted 10/20/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy I am sure ever state has some rules or regulations as dumb as this, but we pay sewer usage tax per gallon of water used from the water works. The premise is each gallon goes back into the system. What a joke. If you wash the car, water the flowers or garden you pay a tax on the water, it never goes into the system. I have a pump at the bayou and thats what I water with. They say they cant keep up with who has sewer and who does not so all pay for it. I'm not paying any more than I must so I use bayou water when I can. Also I can keep my sewer system as long as I dont dump into the bayou but people that dont live near the bayou can dump in the ditches that run to,,you guessed it, the bayous. If I sell my house , or have my electricity turned off for any reason , before I can turn it back on , I have to install a new sewage system.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Keeper
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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper - maybe you have a root growing into your septic tank and it has found its way up the drain pipe? We had one that found its way into an inspection cover where the drain runs into the tank and when I found it, it was a two foot ball of roots. Just lucky that it did not plug up the drain pipe.

Sniper
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   Posted 10/21/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep keeper thats a good possibility. I use a product that kills roots and it works well but there is always that chance. If it keeps clogging up I will have to replace that part of the line with PVC. The old cast iron stuff has joints that can break and let the roots in. Funny, the grass is greener , the tree roots grow toward it, the worms love it, seems the only thing that does not like pooh is ,,,,Us...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


randynoguts
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   Posted 10/21/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
sniper, maybe your toilet plug just moved! i call it "home despot" and a hammer will take care of the cast iron! then reconnect with a new rubber joint. see i solved your problem from way up here! that will be 200 bucks. and i do take checks, no poles or slovaks, but checks....

what a smell that must have been for an animal that sniffs fresh butts to turn tale.. snohare help me out here!

strange rules, we got the same ole crap here, (pun intended). when my mom moved she had to have hers "inspected" cause it was more than 25 years old. the inspection consisted of a pumping , naturally, and a look into the tank...an extra 200 for the look. even though the guys was staring into it while pumping.

we had a white corn snake show up at our water treatment plant last week. the worker thought it was fake and poked it with his radio antenna, needless to say it was alive and so were his bowels! the onwer said it disapeard a month ago down the tub drain while he was feeding it.
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gachrons
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper I say cut the tree down and get rid of the root thing. Speaking of which Randy's having the same problem but it's all in his head I bet he's wishing it was in a tree. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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