Knowing Myself Drip By Drip

Lorraine looking puzzled holding drainpipe sectionSadly, the plumbing woes did not end with fixing the leaky drain pipe.

But the experience of not rushing to solutions came in handy upon discovering the kitchen sink is leaking.

Well, not the sink actually. And thankfully.

The undermount sink is failing, as in falling down.

There’s a space now between the sink and countertop, and the silicone bead between the two isn’t enough to keep water from dripping through.


A quick search on Google isn’t promising.


#1 The proper solution

Most results indicate the only solution is to

remove the drain pipes and water supply lines,

drop the sink (in that cramped little space),

scrape the silicone off the sink and underside of the counter,

reapply the silicone,

raise the sink back up,

tighten the clamps to form a good seal between sink and countertop (being sure not to crack the countertop)

reattach drain pipes and supply lines,

wait for the silicone to cure,

and say a little prayer nothing leaks when you test it’s all working again.


#2 Not as good solution

See if the clamps have loosened and can be retightened.

This is iffy.

Water will still seep through the seam if the silicone has been compromised.


#3 Let’s not do this again solution

The functional-not-fashionable solution is dropping the sink in on top (overmount) if the sink needs to be lowered anyway.


Suffice it to say, while options are weighed, and being open to new ones, a big chamois sits atop the drain pipes catching any drips until a decision is made.


Oh, and you might laugh as hard as I did when fixing the original leaky drain pipe.

I was so elated with finding the wiggle room to apply the ABS cement.

This was going to be a quick fix.

So quick, in fact, we decided to do it before doing the dishes and putting the dishwasher on.

In, out and move on.


As I was gently wiggling the unglued pipe apart, the whole section came off in my hand.

There was a second unglued joint!


Missing section of drainpipe

Now we faced an entirely different decision to make – cement the section back in place or redo it properly.

Which meant a few more hours instead of a quick fix.

But we would know all the joints were cut and fitted properly, and (sheepishly admitting) it would look much cleaner without all the unnecessary joints and sloppy glue.

A job done well trumped a job done quickly.

And time it did take.


With the local the hardware stores closed, a trip to the next town over was required to get the three parts we didn’t have on hand.

That was a two-hour jaunt.

Plan, cut, dry fit, cement and test to complete the repair was another three hours.

The cats were not very impressed their suppertime was delayed by doing the morning dishes in the late late afternoon.

Old drainpipe section beside new replacement section

Not surprisingly, there was more afoot than fixing leaks.

My obserflections of the whole day revealed confirmed a few things about who I am.



Speed is not of the essence.

Or part of my essence.

I’ll trade time for quality and thoughtfulness.

Suppose that’s influenced by not being a speedy person to begin with.

Even in my dreams I can’t run fast enough or get the key in the door to escape from danger.

There’s a saying about as emotions go up, intelligence goes down.

Speed takes me out of my natural way of being so it becomes more difficult to think, observe, consider and explore more deeply.

Taking the time to think out the problem and how pieces interact with each other reduces the need for rework.

In the trades, a job done well once costs less than having a service department to fix many times.



My creative energy shines with inventiveness.

I’m a farm girl at heart.

There is nothing more fun and energizing than fixing a problem or creating something out of what’s on hand.

Square cut pipes are important to well-fitted, not leaky joints.

When there’s a lot of pipe cuts to make we’ll haul out the chop saw.

The dilemma was with so few cuts needed, it would take longer to set up and put away the chop saw than to use the handsaw.

But we still needed to ensure square cuts.

Not knowing where the real mitre box was, one made of 2x4s did the trick.


We needed to figure out where the leak in the sink was coming from.

The drip spot on the cupboard bottom was obvious.

The source of the water drops could be anywhere.

Seeing up into a dark cupboard isn’t easy.

Neither is negotiating a flashlight through the drain pipes and hoses to shine upwards.


A laser light would be perfect.

Put it on top of the drip mark.

Shine upwards.

Look for the red dot.

Of course, that’s one tool we don’t have.





What we do have is The Red Dot.

The cats’ laser toy would be perfect.

But I can’t hold that square to shine directly upwards.




We do have a sturdy, square dishwasher soap box.

And some painter’s tape.


Laser cat toy taped to dishwasher soap box

Spotting the source of the leak was super easy.

And made total sense.


I still smile thinking about how some seemingly unrelated items could come together to be so useful.

And feeling the spark of creative energy never grows old.


When have you solved a problem being yourself that may be different from how others would solve the same problem?


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Lorraine Watson - on rustic porch

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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.

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