Cleanout resurrectus

We woke to a gray morning, overcast, preoccupied. Was the attack of the Blob ended? Would the showers and toilets drain or plug and overflow?

Events started well — with first-ever showers for Jacquela and Steven in the just-and-finally completed master shower. Yay.

Noah arrived in a Custom Plumbing van about 830 am, with Blake, new to this gig at Emerald Hill. Tim pulled up seconds later in his truck. And they set to work resurrecting the whole-house cleanout that was, for some reason, never searched for, never identified, during seven months of construction.

It’s there, about three feet in front of the house, between the library and Steven’s office, about two feet to the right of the front porch. Found yesterday with a plumber’s camera transmitting signal and a wand to locate the signal.

Today’s assignment — raise the buried cleanout about two feet, into the air, cap it, make it usable, easily findable.

Noah attempts to cut away corrosion from the metal pipe that was buried for some part of nearly 50 years using a cordless reciprocating saw and blade. Tim prepares the new PVC that will be inserted into the buried pipe.
Noah attempts to cut away corrosion from the metal pipe that was buried for some part of nearly 50 years using a cordless reciprocating saw and blade. Tim prepares the new PVC that will be inserted into the buried pipe.
Tim, left, Blake, right, and Noah, hidden, force the new PVC into the old pipe junction. After this, they shoveled dirt back into the excavation, then gravel on top of the dirt, capped the new PVC, and cleaned up everything.
Tim, left, Blake, right, and Noah, hidden, force the new PVC into the old pipe junction. After this, they shoveled dirt back into the excavation, then gravel on top of the dirt, capped the new PVC, and cleaned up everything.
The newly resurrected whole-house cleanout, risen.
The newly resurrected whole-house cleanout, risen.

Later, Barry sent the bill from Custom Plumbing. Four figures. This one hurts. But the toilets flush. The showers and sinks drain.

 

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