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(Boston Globe)   Plumbers bracing themselves for the onslaught that follows Thanksgiving   ( divider line
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5294 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Nov 2003 at 5:41 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-11-28 12:47:06 PM  
That was disappointing.
2003-11-28 04:45:09 PM  
One year I had a roommate's stepmother stuff several yams down the garbage disposal to get rid of them. The sink was never the same.
2003-11-28 05:48:02 PM  
I was thinking more about all the clogged toilets caused by humongous dumps from the massive Thanksgiving meal. Guess not.
2003-11-28 05:48:55 PM  

Got that right... Since it was a major newspaper, I was looking forward to seeing them very circuitously and politically correctly say "people taking huge craps".
2003-11-28 05:49:46 PM  
I doubt that it's people's sinks giving them problems...if you know what I mean.
2003-11-28 05:49:51 PM  
Hey, I'm STILL bailing out. Stupid tofurkeys...
2003-11-28 05:51:22 PM  

I too was thinking toilets :)
2003-11-28 05:53:10 PM  
This is Fark so I think we were all thinking the toilets.
2003-11-28 05:53:52 PM  
"They're called garbage disposals, so people think they can stuff anything in the whole world down there," said Chris McIlrath, owner of AA Plumbing, "but they're not made for that

Then what ARE they made for? If not to put miscellaneous scraps down, that just makes it a regular drain then.

/ has never had a garbage disposal
2003-11-28 05:54:34 PM  
need more fiber
2003-11-28 05:56:07 PM  
"Brown Friday"
2003-11-28 06:00:09 PM  
2003-11-28 05:48:02 PM Forsythe P. Jones, I was thinking the same thing.

They recommend scraping food into the trash, but if we did that, then the neighborhood dogs will tear the trash bags apart overnight. So we do a combination of shoving food down the garbage disposal and freezing it for later disposal at the corner store's trash bin. Needless to say, our freezer is full of some scary shiat. 70% unidentifiable meat-oriented trash and 30% edible food.
2003-11-28 06:07:34 PM  
i worked midnight shift for a hotel...the day after Thanksgiving..and all night i was running like Pac-Man..with a plunger in my hand.Because of heavy loads clogging up small Hotel toilet passage ways.Get this, In a hotel people expect you!! to unclog their big ass bisket.
feel free to ask me any further questions..Happy crap day.
2003-11-28 06:12:05 PM  
2003-11-28 05:53:10 PM DownSouth

This is Fark so I think we were all thinking the toilets.

What's a toilet?
2003-11-28 06:12:10 PM  
2003-11-28 06:00:09 PM msubizkit4
They recommend scraping food into the trash, but if we did that, then the neighborhood dogs will tear the trash bags apart overnight. So we do a combination of shoving food down the garbage disposal and freezing it..

i know a solution for you, shoots, stab, trap dogs, then send the dogs down the in-sinkerator

as for the story, i too though we were gonna hear about houses covered in 3' of crap water because visiting relatives take 100% bigger craps than you do.
2003-11-28 06:20:07 PM  
My brother once put a whole grocery bag full of spoiled lemons down the In-Sink-Erator. Killed the disposal. Dead.

And yeah, I too was hoping this was going to be a toilet story. I mean, hey, all that food everybody ate has to go somewhere...
2003-11-28 06:31:00 PM  
2003-11-28 06:36:25 PM  
What's the friggin point of a GARBAGE DISPOSAL if it doesn't dispose garbage? It's like a dishwasher requring you to pre-wash the damn dishes. Why friggin bother if it's just a sham?
2003-11-28 06:47:10 PM  
That's right! We need to have a garbage disposal that will grind up ANYTHING!

Potato chunks? No problem! Chicken bones? Down the pipe!
Murder evidence? Washed away!
2003-11-28 06:48:03 PM  
What? No references to Triump the Insult Comic Dog yet?

2003-11-28 06:48:04 PM  
Hey. A garbage disposal is good for *little* table scraps and things like potato peels. It's not for the whole frikkin' turkey carcass! Nor is it for cans, bottles, bones, shoes, pets (cats excepted), sports equipment, VHS tapes of your grandma doing something naughty that damaged you forever, or other solid objects.

Read the instructions. Stay calm. Be brave. Wait for the Signs.
2003-11-28 06:53:21 PM  
My ass lips are singed.
2003-11-28 06:54:11 PM  
mr cranky

This story was good...for me to poop on!!!!!

2003-11-28 06:58:56 PM  
Please people, use T.P.
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Not kittens.

Pubic Service Annoucement
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2003-11-28 07:14:00 PM  
Hey DarkJohnson! That's my ex-girlfriend's cat!

You're my [image from too old to be available]
2003-11-28 07:23:24 PM  
In the Trade these are known as "two-coilers"
2003-11-28 07:25:50 PM  
dark johnson... i laughed out loud.... thanks
2003-11-28 07:44:21 PM  
I got off easy. Hadda snake out one drain today, but no sewers.
2003-11-28 09:25:08 PM  
If it's brown flush it down,
If it's yellow let it mellow,
If it gobbles .... (fill in the blank)
2003-11-28 09:30:01 PM  
I expect the toilets to clog. WTF is a Thanksgiving feeder without some pain. Make sure the stuffing has plenty of Dave's Insanity. Make sure the turkey is deep fried. Lots of Lipton's onion dip oven-fried potatoes. Real conversation starter.
2003-11-28 10:01:25 PM  
Beans, Deviled Eggs and Beer. Meal of kings.
2003-11-28 10:21:53 PM  
DarkJohnson Upon seeing a cutaway pic of a shiatter your first thought is to pS a cat into it,God bless you mr.Johnson,now I have to wipe pepsi off my monitor.
2003-11-28 10:46:16 PM  

A big no on the potato peels. Wife put a bunch down the disposer yesterday, so I spent part of Thanksgiving pulling apart the drain and cleaning them out. The of course one of those pipes decided that the corrosion would break through, so then I had a leak....

/love sweated copper fittings, hate sink drain plumbing.
2003-11-28 11:48:49 PM  
A one-pound bag of bad baby carrots will fark up the damn disposal really well. You don't expect a whole lot of trouble from mild-mannered carrots.
2003-11-29 02:45:32 AM  
Big no also on anything fibrous.
1) Wife pushed 3 lbs of spinach stems down disposal.
2) Clogged.
3) I tried small snake. No go.
4) One bottle Drano. No go.
5) One bottle of the stronger stuff. They made me sign for it. No go.
6) Nothing happening. Afraid of the acid in the pipes, I added 1 lb baking soda.
7) Green acid bubbles started oozing from drain.
8) Green acid bubbles filled sink. Overflowed.
9) "Yes, now you can panic."
10) Called plumber. $85 later he says no meat, no grease, no solids, and pour 5 gallons of boiling water down once a month.

Words to live by.
2003-11-29 06:15:39 AM  
BarnacleBill Not to bust your chops, but aren't drano and the like (as well as baking soda) bases as opposed to acids?
2003-11-29 09:40:56 AM  
It wasn't about toilets but here's an idea for all you toilet blockers:fit a garbage disposal unit.
2003-11-29 03:33:54 PM  
mixedbizz Could very well be. C in Chem 30 yrs ago. Apologize for inexactitude. All I know for sure is that spinach + Drano + super Drano + Baking soda = kitchen full of green bubbles that take the color off the lineoleum and smooth out your fingerprints. Bad Juju. Thanks for correction.
2003-12-01 03:34:32 PM  
My fiancee works for a plumbing company, and he has been saying this alllllllllll through the week. I thought he was just whining!
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