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Plumb Crazy

Two of my readers sent me e-mails in recent weeks with pictures of some atrocities committed mostly by plumbers. Those pictures, added to some in my files, had all the makings of a blog post.

I'll start off with a picture where it's hard to know whether to fault the plumber or the electrician.

Plumber of Year 19

In the next one, it's clearly the plumber's fault.

Plumber of Year 02

The plumber who did the following modification found an interesting way of turning a Turkish toilet into a more "conventional" toilet.

Plumber of Year 05

The oak seat is such a nice touch on such a strange contraption, don't you think?

Here's another creative modification, this time for draining a sink. Unfortunately it seems to make the toilet mostly unusable.

Plumber of Year 13

The next several pictures make the "throne" seem more like a throne.

Plumber of Year 09

Plumber of Year 10

You often hear "Measure twice and cut once." You have to wonder if anyone measured at all in the next several pictures. The first one adds a whole new meaning to "a half bath."

Plumber of Year 08

Plumber of Year 03

There was obviously a skilled woodworker involved in the next picture.

Plumber of Year 11

Doors and dividers are meant to give people privacy in the bathroom. Here are some epic fails.

Plumber of Year 04

Plumber of Year 06

Plumber of Year 17

Plumber of Year 18

The next couple of pictures are just plain awkward. Oh, for even an ineffective divider!

Plumber of Year 10

Plumber of Year 16

Plumber of Year 14

The final pictures in this post are probably not the fault of the plumbers. These pictures make me think of how many times I've had to deal with badly placed toilet paper dispensers.

Plumber of Year 07

Plumber of Year 15

You must have to remove the TP each time someone takes a shower.

And finally, almost worse than too far away is too close.

Plumber of Year 01

I hope this will inspire do-it-yourself readers to put sufficient time into the planning phase of those summer projects.

Do any of you have your own "plumb crazy" stories to tell? Comment away!


"I think God calls us to small things, to faithfulness right where we are, to just do the next thing." — Ann Voskamp


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8 Comments on “Plumb Crazy”

  1. #1 Sharon (aka Jacqueline)
    on May 13th, 2015 at 8:48 am

    On a trip to Israel nearly 20 years ago, our group noticed how small the bathrooms were in all our hotel rooms. In one public restroom, we had stalls with the cut-away door slots so that the door could open past the toilet seats. International travel is always an adventure!

  2. #2 Rob
    on May 13th, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Oh yes! We Americans are totally spoiled when it comes to bathrooms. You should read about the plumbing in our apartment our first summer in China.


  3. #3 Jonathan
    on May 13th, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Saw a portapotty being transported down the road while TP was unravelling at high speed.

  4. #4 Rob
    on May 13th, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Pictures, Jonathan?

  5. #5 Ray
    on May 13th, 2015 at 9:26 am

    One of my all time favorite plumber (Far Side) cartoons.


    picture of not cheap plumber

  6. #6 Rob
    on May 13th, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Love it, Ray!

  7. #7 Glenn
    on May 14th, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Several years ago our family lived in Santiago, Chile. At the time most public restrooms did not provide TP. You were expected to bring your own. When the Chilenos were done with the TP, they would dispose of it in a trash can. We ignored that cultural practice and flushed it.

  8. #8 Rob
    on May 14th, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Glenn, when we have traveled overseas – both to France and to China, we saved up the last 1/4″ of TP on rolls in the weeks preceding our trip, flattened them, and put them in ziplock bags. They can easily be slipped into daypacks, etc. and have come in handy quite often in public restrooms.