Friday, February 08, 2008


It all start with a burst pipe. Have you been in a situation where your pipe burst and water just gone to waste. Did you panic or was it you just stay Cool!!!. I did. It did happen to me sometime ago. I was at the garage and while trying to pull the lever of the faucet, the joint to the PVC pipe snapped. It just broke and water rush out in force. In that moment in times I just did not know what to do. Sort of in a state of panic!!. I did try to stop the flow of water but it just did not works. The only way is to turn off the supply of water to the house. I did that but then it cut the water supply to the whole house. I call the plumber but before they arrived I got the solution to it. If only I had stayed cool, I would have not call the plumber. I drove to the nearest hardware shop and bought a PVC stopper. With that I did some works with the joint that burst and put the PVC stopper and that's it. I then turn on the supply to the house and it works perfect. The pipe that burst is now OK and it does not leak anymore. Hurray Happy Me!!!...

That incident kept me thinking of what to do in a situation like that. One must not panic because fixing a PVC pipe is not that hard. What you need are some simple tools, PVC pipes and sealer/gum for PVC and you are on your way to be a good plumber. One more thing is that you must also have knowledge on plumbing. At an early age I am always curious of how things works and love to watch workers do their jobs. One thing that I learned over times that for a job to be done perfect the worker my first love doing it and have the skill to do a good job. In those days when they were using lead pipe, it is a bit hard but with the proper tools it was just as easy.

One thing that I notice that they are always cool in doing their jobs. They are patience and do not rush in doing the job. They did it with confidence, thus they do not waste unnecessary time. I have been watching plumber works whenever I call them to the house from time to time. But now with all the times in the world, I told myself that why not I do it myself. I think I have learned enough from watching those plumber do their works and I am ready to do that. So from time to time I just did that. As to that burst pipe, after a week I decided to fixed a new faucet there and with a proper planning I got it done perfect. In fact better then it was before. So friends when the plumber next at your home do take the trouble to watch and learn. There would be time where your little knowledge on plumbing would get handy and of course save your pocket as well.

That day before I start to do a little bit of an adventure on plumbing I assembled all the tools and the parts in front of me and decided to take a snap of it. Voila! it turn out great!!. What an images it turn out to be. A reminder that plumbing also has the other side as well. Sort of a works of Art. Friends much as I had enjoyed the plumbing that day, the image above add to that sastification. The whole project did made my day. Do have a nice day as well.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pak Idrus,

Congratulations on your successful plumbing repair.

I am curious as to what that "PVC stopper" is and what it does.

Recently I had to repair my hot water supply line which is in an awkward location between the ceiling and the floor above it. That meant I had to cut away a large portion of the ceiling (made of drywall) and replace the wet insulation stuffed in the space between the ceiling and floor.

I bought a lightweight cordless electric reciprocating saw that reduced my swearing quite a bit as I sawed overhead through the ceiling then for the several cuts to the pipe and its replacement.

I am always on the lookout for new tools and products which can make for a more efficient job.

Nice "still life" photo. A big breakthrough from the traditional fruits in traditional still life paintings!

Pak Idrus said...

louis, thanks for the visit and the kind words on my plumbing adventure. Thanks also for sharing your thoughts on this subject. It looks like folks of our age do went on an adventure from time to time and enjoying doing that.

Would give you some idea of what a stopper look like through the email.

As for that photo, now it has became a sort of a second nature to me to think of taking images of things that I look and do. The digital camera made it much easier. I am glad that you like that image. Have a nice day.

Unknown said...

Hello Pak Idrus,

Congratulations. Clap clap clap! Now that is a serious clap. People on our shores are not much into DIYs. Yes it takes a lot of interest and patience to embark on that. Well done.

Happy hols and thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy.

Pak Idrus said...

ruby, thanks for the visit and the kind words. Well it was a great adventure of sorts and it actually made my day. Have a nice day and take care.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Good for u! Ya nothing like the satisfaction of doing the job urself & not depending on others. Sigh, but me & dear Hubs r never a DIY people!

Pak Idrus said...

sheela, thanks for the visit and the kind words. Well, the time will comes when both of you would have the time to do DIY. Have a nice day.

mutalib saifuddin said...

salam pak,

perhaps what i'm going to say is a bit tangent (astray) from your topic.

perhaps to avoid burst pipes, you should opt for copper pipes. i mean change the whole piping system. really. it is long lasting, and can resist hot water system as well.

unlike pvc ones AND galvanized, it is not. Ours have burst few years back and our water bills went up to unusual 1,200. phew.

btw well done of your DIY job...

Pak Idrus said...

mutalib, thanks for the visit and sharing your knowledge on plumbing.

Do you know that using copper pipe you have to use blow torch to join it. Even in the past when lead pipe was used you have first to tread using special tools and it is not that easy. Using PVC you only use join parts and just glued, voilĂ  you get it done perfect.

Thanks for the comment on my DIY. Have a nice day.