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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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They were Standard Triumph dealers but they had a subsidiary called Mitchell Farm Services. They had a place at Basford and another just the other side of Derby. I’ve just been round our meadow at high speed on the  Honda quad bike I bought from them 30 years ago. It still starts first time.

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Yesterday, I noticed that the bathroom washbasin waste  needed a bit of a clean out. This was made a bit awkward by it being one of those 'flipover' types, which I fitted a couple of years ago in place of one of those pop up ones, which kept failing.  So..naturally, the old tooth brush I was using in cleaning efforts broke off and stuck in the drain.  So, I removed the 'U bend', in order to get the offending bit of brush out.

It was at this point that I discovered that the whole arrangement was absolutely plastered with 'Plumber's Putty/Plumber's Mait'.  This was so extensive as to be all over the join between the 'S' bend' and the chromed sink waste, and was also  filling the actual waste pipe by almost a third.

 

For the uninitiated.. 'Plumber's Putty/Mait' is a bit like old style window putty, but stickier.  It never 'goes off' and..to use the old phrase, 'sticks like **** to a blanket'.  It is not meant for use on plastic pipe.

Thing is.. It wasn't me Guv!  This is how it was left by the 'plumber', who fitted a new main soil pipe for me and had to re-arrange the drains from washbasin and bath/shower.

I found that the plumber had managed to 'cross' the threads from the plastic pipe to the metal drain and had used 'Plumber's Mait' to solve the problem.

So.. I spent much of the day on my back with my head in the cupboard under the washbasin..which did wonders for my vertigo, and my knees.

So..I've replaced the 'S Bend' with a new one.. but I'm still getting a slight leak from the join between chrome waste, and the underneath of the wash basin... no doubt caused by the force I had to use to get the S bend off. So.. small leak for now.. more time upside down under the sink later as I re- make the offending seal.

Who said retirement was boring?

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I used a bit of PTFE on the join between the plastic S Bend and the chromed waste. It seems to have improved things slightly, but there is clearly a leak between the waste and the washbasin itself.  It's slight.. but annoying.  The waste unit is fixed by a collar which needs a large tubular spanner, or a big adjustable wrench.  Tomorrow, I'll just try giving that a tweak.  If no joy I'll have to remove the whole waste, clean off and start again.

 

It gives me a purpose in life...:angry2:

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DJ360 

Morning not very good at DIY but  maybe one pipe is old mesurement and maybe one is metric. 

This is only a thought has we had same problem and after six visit's from maintenance  they fetched a plumber who dianosed it staight away.

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The seal needs to be waterside in the sink, I'd use clear silicone/mait under the chrome waste. The plastic washer under the sink is only a secondary seal. Clearly if the leak is visible under the sink then the seal in the sink has failed...

Silicone is my preference, it sets and has some adhesive properties, mait does not. Messing  with or cleaning the trap runs a greater risk of disturbing the seal if using mait.. If the pipe to waste connection has been crosshobbled the plastic thread will be damaged and needs replacing.

 

Just my three penn'orth...  :victory:

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Chrome to plastic Guv, you’ll be wanting a chrome to rubber adapter to be on the safe side get ‘A Man Who Can’ I’ll not bore you with my slow drip on my washer pipe for god knows how long, new kitchen, floorboards & joists, waiting on new plinths & the painter, thank you Direct line.

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Theres plumbers and plummers. We had a radiator that was cold at the bottom and not knowing how good the local plumbers were we called one.

I was convinced that the radiator was sludged up and needed cleaning but.....Nooooo it just needs bleeding. No No I think and I'm positive it is sludged up. Ok go ahead. Radiator bled, no air. Ok lets try something else....no I cant make it out. I can , its sludged up. No its not, yes it is. Ok lets try this......result,  sludge all over a floor length curtain and wall and oh dear didnt think it was:shout:. We had obviously chosen the wrong plummer. Lesson, dont choose him again. 2nd occasion we had a long radiator fitted in an unused room and it never worked properly. Plummer said pump wasnt strong enough for the whole house so we got a stronger one. Same result. He was called various times with no certain answer. We left it for quite a while until we thought its stupid to have a radiator there and not heat the room, so we called him again to find out exactly what the problem was. He spent a whole day trying to find out. We did have a large old radiator removed before and he took the pipe from that to install the new radiator. Anyway he was down on all fours scraping away and said the pipe was,filled,with calcium and couldnt do anything but suggested to start with copper pipe from the kitchen travelling all through and into the lounge and through into this other room. NO NO NO I said if you cant do anything we'll leave it as it is.  Called another plumber who works for himself and is so small but very strong he looked at radiator and said oh it needs  whatever it was. Fitted but still didnt work. Came back again fitted something else and now it works perfectly. Didnt cost much but made us realise you cant always trust the bigger companies. Not long ago, my son had a new shower fitted and his bathroom is above our lounge. One day the celing looked a bit dark ( its brick). To cut a long story shorter than the rest the syphon for the waste water was faulty, and consequently water was still seeping through but eventually  after coming back daily its slowly drying out. He always available at a moments notice and if not he'll come quickly. We dont have to wait around for him. My daughters just had a new kitchen fitted and the firm who fitted it had made so many mistakes, that although he shouldnt have touched it, put things right.This was finished 2 weeks ago and she is still waiting for the gas jets because the firm sent the wrong ones.

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I could have posted your sludge story from when we first move in here back in 94, eventually got British Gas out power flush & some magnetic filter fitted, few years ago new boiler & moved it all to the loft not much change out of 5 grand :shout:

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The plumbing trade seems to be full of halfwits with the occasional competent one thrown in. I can relate many tales of disaster concerning plumbers both industrially and domestically. Conversely I have usually found qualified electricians to be pretty good. I do my own domestic plumbing, it’s not difficult.

 

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On 9/3/2021 at 10:27 PM, Beekay said:

How long you been at G.Y.,or do you go every other week to a second home? In any case, enjoy the 5th and have a great day. (Still waiting for me Diabetic Candyfloss).  :tanning:

Five cards today BK. Done well.

Mrs V packing get tomorrow & check that forecast ,,!!!!

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