One small project that's been needing to be done but kept being put off (because I was dreading doing it and I managed to put it off because I was working on big projects) was the re-plumbing of the drains for our kitchen sink. The garbage disposal was completely locked up and useless, and was constantly causing clogs on the right side of the sink. We have a dual basin sink. We decided to rip out and not replace the disposal, as we have a septic system and figured it'd be better for it in the long run if we didn't. At the start of the project I thought I could remove the disposal and plumb the drain to tie into the existing plumbing. Yeah...that didn't happen. The J bend wasn't your typical removable J bend. It was glued PVC, and it was leaking. Still, I thought I could salvage some of the original work. After more than a few false starts and trips to the hardware store, I wound up cutting out all of the old work and re-plumbing it all the way back to the stack, including new drain/basket assemblies in both sides of the sink. Didn't I say that I was dreading this project?! I did learn (re-learn) a valuable lesson. Though it might seem cost effective up front, plumbing to tie into existing fittings isn't worth the time and effort. Once I decided to go all of the way back to the stack this project immediately simplified itself. We also now have the added benefit of all new plumbing and no old headaches.
Another small project we ticked off our list of to-do's was organizing our linen closet. We have a pretty darn small linen closet, at about 36" wide x 16" deep. We had hanging organizers in there, but they didn't give us the ability to use the entire depth of the closet. It worked fairly well for a while, but that was back when we were just coming up here once a month. Now that we're living here, it is definitely time for an upgrade.
We're going on our first outing of the season this coming weekend, meeting up with friends from the camping club. So, that means that not a darn thing will get done around here next weekend. I think we're okay with that. :)
Until next time!