Spyder vs. Plumbing

On Thursday, my brother and I went up to the house to do some plumbing work. It should be fairly easy. Replace faucets and some shut off valves. A few other minor things. We should be able to finish the job in a few hours. At least, that’s what we thought.

We spent a few hours just trying to figure out what needed to be done. Once we figure out what we were going to do, my brother, Spyder, removed the shut off valves we were supposed to replace. This is when the horror part of the movie began.

(Warning: Enlarged versions of pictures may cause projectile vomiting. You’ve been warned.)

Did you see those pictures? That’s what we saw when the valves were removed. The pipes are galvanized steel. That shit rusts. RUSTS! Did you throw up? Because when I saw that, I almost did. The thing is, the rest of the pipes (that we could see) are copper. Why would they do this?! How did the water even passed through that gunk?

Anyway. So we took our lovely findings to the hardware store to find out what to do. The helpful worker told us what we needed to do. We ended up driving back to the house so my brother could remove all the valves and pipes under ALL the sinks. We needed to replace everything.

We went with brass because copper needs to be welded and neither of us knows how. Before installing the new pipes and valves, Spyder had to use a steel brush to clean out the ends of all the copper pipes in the wall because the rust from the steel built up where the steel met the copper.

{Pro tip: Flush out the old (copper) pipes before installing new pipes and valves. Start by capping all of them before you turn on your main water. Once you’re done capping them, turn the water on. Then, one by one, place a bucket under each pipe and uncap letting the water rush out into the bucket. Recap once you think the pipe is flushed good and move on to the next. Repeat until you’ve done them all.}

We learned the hard way that it’s best to flush out the pipes first. My brother installed all the new pipes and valves after brushing out all the rust. When he finished, we turned on the faucets and found some of the pipes clogged by all the rust. Removal and flushing was needed.

All of that along with a few other plumbing projects (which I’ll post about later) took us roughly twelve hours and we didn’t get to head back to the rental house until after midnight.

Oh well. We live and learn, right? At least it’s all done. I think.

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