Everyone has heard the story of the little hero, Hans Brinker, and how he saved the people of Holland by sticking his finger in the leaking dike (and we think New Orleans has problems). One thing I didn't know was that the story was a "made-up" story that is part of the book, The Silver Skates, by American author Mary Mapes Dodge, published in 1865. At any rate, sitting all night long with his finger in the dike---holding back the salty North Sea----must have resulted in a wicked case of prune finger. If you haven't read the book I strongly encourage it. It is all about how sometimes the things we are "forced to do" (due to things beyond our control) prepare us more for what we "want to do" than if we had been able to do what we "wanted to do" all along.
At a recent inspection, I found a wooden plug driven into a hole in the cast iron drain and I got to thinking about poor Hans and how lucky he was that Mary Mapes Dodge wasn't a plumber----or he might have had something less pleasant to stick his finger in. Even so, for Han's sake, I wish Ms. Dodge knew a little bit more about hypothermia and just how cold the North Sea actually is-----no matter what time of year it is.
I gave the little wooden plug a tug only to have it break off due to its being rotten. I have no clue how the hole got to be in the pipe. I do know that a wooden stick is not the proper fix. We will have to see what the plumber says about what it will take to fix it properly----I'm not going to play the part of Hans Brinker though.
PS, for those of you that are new to my blog (or for some other "unexplained" reason have never noticed)all pictures and smiley-face inserts (emoticons) (when I use them) have messages that show up when you point at them with your cursor.