Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Attitude



Bad Things May Be A Blessing

7am - When bad, tough or challenging things happen to me, very often I find that they are a blessing.

My attitude toward these things is one of delight. Because my brain just loves to search for solutions! I am an inveterate tweaker. 😎

One example of this blessing thing, is the destruction of Scampy's shower mechanism. Do you recall that? The destroyed mechanism was designed for pumping shower water from the shower's basin to Scampy's grey water tank.

Something hanging down

Looking up from the pavement at the broken part 
that got shoved thru Scampy's floor



Poor Scampy's floor!!

Intrigued!
When I first saw what had happened [See "Something hanging down" pic above], I was intrigued! First off, I was very curious how such an accident as this could have happened.

Next morning, I emailed Scamp Trailer and sent the three pics above asking for an explanation of what had occurred? The Scamp person who responded, was extremely curt and a bit hostile. I guess that he figured that I was going to be angry and give him a lot of grief. And also ask that the damage be repaired at Scamp Trailer's expense.

Wow! That was the very last thing on my mind. No way would I give up the blessing of figuring this thing out.

Tweaking!
Since that accident, I kept thinking about what should be done to fix this thing. The Scamp guy that I talked with told me that if somebody would take a shower now, the shower water would drain from the basin to the ground.

When I heard him tell me that all that would happen if that mechanism was not repaired is that the water would flow to the ground, I knew that I would NEVER repair that mechanism.

Wow! I only use a couple of gallons when taking a shower. Why be concerned about a couple gallons draining to the ground??


What to do?
Without repairing that mechanism, that left only the damage in the "Poor Scampy's floor" pic [above]. Repair of that floor damage has been running around in my brain ever since. I have been stalling about doing that repair. Because I just love going over a repair like this one in my brain. I don't want to let it go so easily.



7pm - Damaged floor pics
Removing the "shoved-up" flooring was pretty easy to do. Mostly using a needle-nose pliers to do the removing.

Next, is to talk to some experienced hardware store guys to get an idea of what to use to prepare the substrate for adhering the broken vinyl to the floor.

PS: I'm leaning toward using sheet metal over the busted substrate to be a base for the repaired vinyl.







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22 comments:

  1. That's 2 less gallons toy have to worry about putting into your holding tank. Sounds good to me.

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    1. Hi W3,

      Actually, I have to admit to you that I've never used the shower. Except to clean the toilet/shower room.

      I take all of my showers at 24 Hour Fitness!

      Tioga George

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  2. It looks like you will have a open line of sort coming from the grey tank that will need attention. But, then if left open you may never need to dump your grey tank.

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    1. Hi Wayne,

      The line that you refer to in your comment has a one-way valve that does not permit back flow.

      The grey water tank cannot flow thru this line.

      Tioga George

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  3. Dumping polluted water on the ground is not only discourteous to others who might have to step in, or around it, and environmentally wrong, but illegal in most jurisdictions.
    Ed

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    1. Ed, have you ever washed your hands under an outside tap without collecting and "properly" disposing of the water! How about when you wash your car? Do collect all the water as it drips off the car? How about Gopher the dog? Does he pee into a plastic bag? If not, that is worse than anything coming out of my or George's shower stall. "Polluted water"! Sheesh!

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    2. Very interesting comment but doesn't really makes sense with shower water. I think Croft is on the right track.

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  4. I'm with you George. Many homes now have recycling systems where grey water is used for gardening. What about tent campers who wash their dishes at a campground and the water is thrown on the ground?

    The key here is that your grey water will not have time to stagnate in a tank like in an rv grey water tank so that bacterias and odors won't have time to flourish.

    I say, carry on!

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  5. I love this post! The tweakings and the blessings.

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    1. Hi Joan!

      Thank you sooooooooooooooo much!! 😍

      George

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    2. You are soooooo welcome George!
      You lift my spirits and I thank you!

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  6. Shower water is different than washing dishes. Washing your most intimate areas of your body is going to have bacteria. That is why you have to shower before swimming in a public pool and/or spa pool.

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    1. PS shower water is hazardous & unclean.

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    2. Hi Rita,

      Did you read my reply to commenter "W3JDR?"

      Here is that reply, republished here:

      "Hi W3,

      Actually, I have to admit to you that I've never used the shower. Except to clean the toilet/shower room.

      I take all of my showers at 24 Hour Fitness!"


      Tioga George

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  7. Regarding your floor repair - it might be an opportunity to install more attractive flooring. The job should be very cheap, and simple.

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    1. Hi John,

      Interesting comment/suggestion!

      How about me buying the "attractive flooring." And when I return to your neck-of-the-woods, you supervise me on the install?

      George

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  8. I can't tell, is that Vinyl flooring sticking up? If so, I would try and put in some sort of filler, or maybe a piece of sheet metal, push the vinyl down, then apply some vinyl weld compound. I had some sheet vinyl installed, and he used this on the seam, and you could not tell where it was when it had dried.

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Just a few minutes ago [It's 6:45pm now], I took some pics of the vinyl area in question.

      Those pics should clear up your questions nicely.

      Check it out.

      Tioga George


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  9. I"m betting that you are not the 1st owner to have this bad design have these results..That may be why the "grump" responded the way he did..
    I've followed you and am confident George will figure out a good solution...
    Upriver

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    1. Thank you, David!

      Your comment is a very nice compliment!

      Tioga George


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    2. Yes George will figure this out.
      He is a blessing.

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  10. Here's a better idea. Cut out the center flat part of a lid for cool whip or cottage cheese. Cut one edge straight, then slip under your vinyl. No chance of rust, just a spot that is slightly thicker than the rest of the floor.

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