Plumbing is scary. We’ve all heard the stories. A guy wants to remodel his bathroom, so he goes to shut off the water, and the valve breaks off in his hand. As if that’s not enough, it also springs a major leak. Oh, and it’s 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday and none of the plumbers in town are available.
This did actually happen to a friend of mine.
Six months ago I was so afraid of plumbing that if I had a leak, I wouldn’t dare even touch a pipe, I just called a plumber. But these days I wouldn’t call a plumber for any plumbing problem unless I was really in a bind. What happened? Did I suddenly become a plumbing expert?
No, I’m just not afraid anymore. In trying to plan Gypsy’s plumbing I’ve been to the hardware store countless times, toting bits and pieces with me and asking, “I need to connect this to this. How do I do that?” And since this is a very atypical van conversion, the bits and pieces that I’m bringing in are atypical as well. They usually ask me, “What are these things? Why on Earth do you need to connect them?”
And more often than not, there isn’t an immediately apparent solution. We end up experimenting with various fittings in the plumbing aisle until we find a hack that works.
I quickly learned two things: a) even plumbing experts don’t always have the answers, and b) plumbing is often some kind of hack.
With this knowledge, standard house plumbing suddenly didn’t seem so intimidating, and atypical van conversion plumbing seemed more like a game than a stumbling block. So I proceeded to plan Gypsy’s plumbing with little more plumbing experience than having changed a few hoses and valves under my mom’s sinks.
There is one major, crazy hack. It involves a saw, generous amounts of silicone, and probably some duct tape for good measure. Stay tuned to watch the craziness unfold in the coming weeks.