How to clear hairy tub drains

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Hair has a tendency to get trapped within the strainer mount, and can get treacherously tangled while accumulating waxy, soap residue. A pair of needlenose pliers can remove the gruesome hairball quick and easily.

1) Remove strainer. Insert the pliers into the obstruction while grasping a section of the tangled hair.

2) Twist the pliers around in one direction until the bulk of the hairball wraps around the tool.

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes a secondary set of pliers can be used to grab the remaining blob- if the primary tool fails to grab it all.

After the clog has been removed, the drain should be gravity flushed with warm water. (5 gallon bucket works fine.)

Be sure not to lose the strainer mounting screw; if it does manage to disappear, replace only with brass or galvanized. (A ordinary steel screw will rust and become very difficult to remove in the future. )

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Sell out sell out

Sell out, sell out

 

Sell out, sell out, on the hill

Sniffing coke through a hundred dollar bill

Puppet of a puppet of an ancient slave master

-the covert order of everlasting disaster

Pariah, imposter, mercenary, shill

Isn’t it a bitter pill

 

They scribe the numbers of hell ‘cross the sky

You claim indifference, yet you have two good eyes

The humanoid drones which serve the dark forces

Have had their DNA severely altered

 

With usery and skumbaggery, they have brought

The world to its knees

Destroyers of joy, a cancer to creation

There’s nothing left but a living damnation

 

The children of the twilight have been poisoned since birth,

Prodded, shackled, branded and labeled

Sent off to study the doctrines of hate

And fostered to worship material things

 

Shyster, deceiver, molester and bankster

A false messiah for a new world gangster

The rascals they gather beneath the tower but,

You know they would rather search for new worlds to devour

 

Sell out, sell out, on the hill

Sniffing coke through a twenty dollar bill

‘oh my poor misguided brother,

Why would you wish to be

A traitor to humanity

How will thou fare for the harvest of souls

Will Heaven have you even still,

Sell out, sell out, on the hill

 

Sell out sell out

DIY Drywall plugs

 Easy Repair for Small Holes in Drywall

 

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Small holes in sheetrock like the one shown above can simply be repaired with a scrap piece of sheetrock so long as it’s greater than the size of the hole. Judging by the shape of the hole, it seems that it was caused by a poor system of anger management. I am not qualified to advice on such issues, but I will say this: If you are prone to anger and have a history of punching walls, it’s best to avoid impact with the studs in order to avoid damage to the hand. It would also be prudent to mark the location of the studs prior to the next fit of anger.

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A small piece of sheetrock was cut from the front side. The back was then cut to fit the dimensions of the hole. The desired result is to achieve a professional finish by using the paper as regular paper tape is used to cover seams. After a snug fit was assured, the paper was dampened with the spray bottle.

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If I had scissors at the time, I would’ve rounded the corners of the paper nice and neat, but I didn’t so I ripped them by hand. It should have no adverse effect on the repair, but the photo did come out ugly. The wall was skimmed thoroughly with joint compound and the home made drywall plug was put in place. It took about a day to dry because of the added moisture.

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After givin it a second pass on the following day, evidence of the hole had completely vanished.

DIY Drywall plugs

Lattice Wall Overlay

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The plaster wall in the tenement apartment was cracked across the center and had separated from the wood lattice which it had been applied to many decades ago. This was an occupied apartment, and management sought to install an “overlay”, rather than demolishing the wall and kicking up a storm of dust. We simply “sandwiched” the original wall with wire lathe and a strong plaster/ powdered J. compound mix. (When mixing plaster with J. compound, it’s always better to use powdered JC, as it results in a more even mix.)

A small piece of the original plaster was removed and repaired with Structolite. Full lengths of wire mesh were fastened horizontally with galvinized screws and washers. It was made taut by temporaraly positioning the screws diagonaly to give it a slight stretch. This method was used to working from the center outward, much like the stretching of a canvas.

The beams were actual 4x4s spaced at 16” apart. I made certain that we hit every stud with tight spacing from top to bottom.

After the wire lathe was fastened, small blotches of the plaster compound was applied in choice areas to fortity the shape of the mesh, and not let it “bubble” anywhere.

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The plaster compound was a quick dry formula,  ( approximately 50:50 ratio of plaster with powdered spackle.) I plastered the wall in sections with a 10” flush knife. While it was drying, I prepared the light switch area to accommodate a new bx cable, junction box and switch. I screwed scraps of sheetrock to the sub surface, and applied fibermesh tape over the seams.

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This is the same wall after receiving a finish pass. Regular spackling was used for the final pass and required little sanding. It’s difficult to say how many passes were given because some areas required more attention. If a team of mathameticians were to examine the quality of work they would find some imperfections, but other than that, the finished wall was quite satisfactory. The tenents and the owner were pleased with the results, and I’m confidant that the wire mesh is fastened well and the wall will remain solid for decades.

 

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Water Damaged Ceilings

Repairing Water Damaged Drywall in Bathroom

 

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A leak registered into this bathroom from the apartment above. After running the fixtures upstairs, the culprit turned out to be a breach in the wax toilet seal.

The toilet repair only took about two hours, but the damaged ceilings and walls would consume many more hours of labor.

Fortunately, the sheetrock in the bathroom was built entirely with the water resitent “green-board” type, and incurred no damage except for the paper and the spackling compund.

The joint compound, along with the paper tape had absorbed moisture and remained clammy and damp. It had to be scraped away.

 

 

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I sliced a margin in the latex paint to avoid pulling the rubbery, monolithic semi-gloss paint away from the undamaged sections; thus reducing the workload.

A garbage bag was taped to the wall below the work area – it caught most of the debris, save a few fugitive crumbs.

This section was dry enough to apply the home-made compound without a heat gun.

Since the existing paint was a semi- gloss finish, it was necessary to apply primer to the bordering areas of painted surface – to assure adhesion.

 

 

 

 

 

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I prefer to use a mixture of joint- compound and unsanded grout with acrylic emulsion diluted in the mixing water for this application. The emulsion aids in the adhesion, while the portland cement present in the grout can absorb any residual moisture. I also prefer fiber-mesh to paper tape in bathrooms and other damp locations. In the long run, this repair holds up more adequetly to water damage than paper and straight J. compound.

The mixing tray is a teflon baking pan that someone had discarded. It works well for mixing gypsumite, cleans easy, and won’t rust.

 

 

 

 

 

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A scratch coat of the custom mix was applied, and fibermesh tape was used liberally, thus fortifieng the surface. The second pass of gypsum was slung thicker than the scratch coat. The general idea is to make the entire surface as flush as possible. Small imperfections would be corrected on the finishing passes.

 

 

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A third and final pass of the supermud was applied. Since this was an occupied apartment, I had to achieve a high end finish without sanding – at the occupants request. The fourth coat was a mere feathercoat which dried very quick.

Caulking was used on the inside corner.

A thin coat of drywall primer was applied with a paintbrush- focusing mostly on the edge areas which tend to stand out the most. A heavy coat of primer was applied followed by a coat of semi – gloss. The only way to have it look like a proffesional repair was to paint the entire cealing, and every wall that had been patched.

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the bathroom after it was painted.

Water Damaged Ceilings

Standard Kitched Sink Strainers

Annoying Sink Strainers

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These strainers are the most common type used in standard kitchen sinks. When the handle is rotated, the desired result is to either allow water to drain –  or to use the strainer as a plug stop. A major flaw in this design is that most strainers fail to remain in the drain position due to the gravity pressure from the water above which creates quite a force. There is nothing to retain the stopper in the open position.  The results are usually a sink full of soapy, yucky water with bits of celery floating on top..

Taking initiative to modify the design, I unscrewed the assembly, and discarded the rubber stopper and its zinc weight. I cut a piece of plastic from a joint compound lid, punched a small hole through it, and re-screwed it to the handle. After making this modification the strainer can only function in the drain position, which is suitable…

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Standard Kitched Sink Strainers