Last night I came home and my downstairs neighbour grabbed me to tell me I had a leak. He showed me to his kitchen where a fair-sized chunk of plaster had come down and made a dreadful mess. The lath in the ceiling was pretty wet. There was no water dripping, so a slow leak at least.
With a little trepidation I started looking for the leak in my bathroom, hoping it wasn't going to be sewage leaking from the back of the toilet. (That's another disaster-in-waiting but not today it seems). Thank goodness the WC seemed to be alright.
However, when looking in the cupboard under the washbasin, I saw that that the bottle trap was extremely corroded. Upon dusting the corrosion with my fingers, it fell away to reveal quite a big hole. How does basin water corrode this? Anyway. the source if the leak, I hope. The bathroom basin was put out of commission last night until I could set about fixing it this afternoon.
The first bit was the hardest. The cowboys who installed everything when I had my bathroom refurbished had made everything inaccessible by putting it behind badly made wooden panels which they nailed into place in such a way that it's impossible to selectively disassemble things to get at the problem pipework.
As I plan to install a new bathroom elsewhere in the house later this year, I set about the plywood panelling with a hacksaw. When I finally got traction I just ripped the panelling away. A quick check behind and I couldn't see anything else leaking. So off the the hardware shop with the intention of buying some duct tape and taping the hell out of everything. Once there I decided I ought to try and do a proper job otherwise I'm no better than they are, so some new, universal plastic plumbing parts were purchased and quite quickly installed. It all works. Doesn't look very pretty but it's hidden anyway and, as I said, won't be needed forever. I love that plastic plumbing. An idiot could put it together, which makes me ask why the fuckity-fuck the builders who bodged my bathroom didn't use it in the first place?
So, I finally got round to buying the vents for the cooker extractor hood as well, because they couldn't be bothered to even attempt that, let alone bodge it. That's my next job around the house. Followed by my rear passenger window in the car. For some reason it decided to detach from it's mechanism and slide into the door when I went over a bump. Now it won't wind up, electrically or manually. It's been that kind of day. Oh yes, and I'll have to get my neighbour's ceiling repaired too.