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Answers to your most pressing questions.

Such as, What does the inside of a wastewater pipe look like?

And, Is that supposed to be there?

What happens when you try to stick your Nikon down into a pipe to take a picture?


Answers: Not much, no, and see above.

Massive water backup in the studio today -- no yarn was harmed, you can sleep easy. But there was a geyser of water all over the floor.

We had to stop working, though.

And we had to call the plumber.

And we had to wait while the plumber left dirt all over my freshly swept floors.


And we had to listen to the plumber call me dear 28 times. If he wasn't so short, he would've patted me on the head while he was saying it.

Then we listened to really loud, tooth-grinding noises from the basement.

Then we held our breath while the plumber said, "Come here, I need you to see this."

I asked, "Are you sure I want to see this?" I was scared of bugs and sewage.

Then he showed me what was inside the large wastewater pipe. A large cylindrical something with a lid and a small flexible hose coming out the top. It took up most of the diameter of the pipe.


Then I tried to take a picture. It didn't work very well, the something was too far down.

Then I tried to take another picture.


So this is what it would look like to live inside a pipe.

Then I tried again.


And then I tried 53 more time to take a picture of the large, round metal object that is blocking my BRAND NEW PLUMBING SYSTEM THAT I SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY ON AND THAT I JUST WANT TO FUNCTION PROPERLY.

And then I made fun of myself for trying to get a different result by repeating the same action.

And then I said a couple of not nice things about the plumber behind his back.

And then I said, "That wasn't very nice of me."

And then I took 28 more pictures of the inside of the pipe, all of which look exactly like this




And this:


My hard drive is not pleased. It does not wish to store high resolution pipe photos.

And then I told the plumber that I would be back tomorrow morning at 8:00 so he could cut the pipe open and get out whatever is in there.

And then I posted the pictures here and answered your questions.

Thank you.

Reader Comments (7)

You are welcome.
I LOVE reading your blog. It always makes me laugh and smile. You need to write a book. I would buy it. Especially if it had yarny pictures in it. Be sure and let us know what the something in your pipe is.

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Dunivin

Oh, and my hard drive has lots of odd high resolution photos on it too. I keep thinking, maybe this one will look different.

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Dunivin

Wow! I am so very sorry you are running into even more problems!! I hope & pray that they all get worked out very very soon!!

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhonnie

The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

Hang in there. It's o.k. to say nasty things about plumbers. There have been plenty of times that I have said to myself that I chose the wrong profession. Truly, there is a reason they call it "plumber butt".

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnyssa

It's frustrating when our cameras don't cooperate... or water pipes. Love these tales of an old building. That's what this chapter can be named, don't ya think?

Tales of an Old Building
1. Pipes
2. Floors
3. Setting up Shop

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoraine

Oh, poor Yarnista!
Hope this April fool day is better than yesterday.
Some plumbers ARE evil.
I had two dimwits tell me that the pipes ran straight out front of house one time. They didn't look under house (too fat for crawl space!) Next plumber company did look under house and proceeded to dig up back yard.... and fixed our majorly blocked pipes. My only issue was my huband not saving the Camilla.

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpj

So what was the blockage? I'd be pretty irritated after spending a mint to set up new plumbing only to have it not work. Hopefully it's all fixed now.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

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