Don’t eat those chips.

July 3, 2011


So, Lloyd and I are back from a wonderful weekend with his family at Heit’s Point. He didn’t get much sleep all weekend so he’s zonked out now. I’m sure he’ll want to do a recap later this week, so I’ll just tell you a little story about emergency plumbing repair.

Lloyd and I stay with Sam and Rachel in the Gospel Hostel – a building divided into four large bunkrooms. Early Sunday morning, our bunkroom’s toilet was clogged (thankfully with just paper), and there was no plunger to be found.

I am Chief Toilet Unclogger at school, but with no plunger, we were in a pickle. I’m not fond of the coat hanger method, because, well – ew. So, I filled up the small wastebasket several times with water from the shower and dumped it in. It made most of the paper go down, but it was still clogged.

I just needed something to blast some air down the hole. I thought about cutting the top off a bottle, but couldn’t find one that was empty enough. I did have a can of Pringles, though! Chips out, can in (open end down).

A firm squeeze – only bubbles.

Jam it in there, Lauren!

Squeeze! Whoosh! Crisis averted.

That's me in my jammies.

I hope you haven’t been eating breakfast, because this was a really gross story.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Don’t eat those chips.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You went all Macgyver on that toilet!


  2. Kristi Said on:

    You look like you did that in your sleep -- eyes closed and all. What a gal.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Wow Lauren!! That is amazing!

    I seem to remember once Brad unclogged a toilet in the boys bathroom by simple sticking his bare hand down there & pulling out the stuff. Ewwwwwww!!


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