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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9270 on: May 29, 2014, 12:36:10 PM »
DH and I recently moved into a house built in 1961 from a brand new house.  We've noticed the kitchen sink stains very easily and frequently.  We never had an issue like that in our other home.  I have no idea if the sink is from 1961 or not.  It is in good shape, no nicks or anything.  I've looked just a little online to see if there is some product we could use on the sink so it wouldn't stain so much.  I found a Rust-Oleum product for glazing a tub or tile.  Is that something we could use?  Has anyone used something else with good results?

I'm not sure that would work that well for sinks, which get a lot more banging around.
   But there are lots of links if you google "refinish a porcelain kitchen sink."

Is your sink porcelain?


I really don't know.  It is white and not stainless steel.  Is that the difference?  (I'm embarrassed by my ignorance.)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9271 on: May 29, 2014, 01:03:28 PM »
This really is a stupid question, but honestly, I need to ask it or it's going to worry at me all night.

My bathtub is the sort that has a stopper operated by a drain lever; you flip the lever and it seals the drain with a hollow plunger. I don't use that (I prefer a rubber plug) and so I took it out and replaced it with a plain faceplate today. My question is this: the tub will still operate just fine without that in place, right? I'm about 99% sure it will, but the worrywart portion of my brain is convinced that I've either permanently blocked the tub drain, or I've left some hole somewhere that will cause all the water to drain into the wall. :-[

You should be just fine as long as you sealed the plain faceplate correctly.

I don't think you even need to seal the faceplate--you probably didn't remove it. You just pulled up on the plug part and it came right out, didn't it? And the silver collar is still in position.  It'll work just fine.

You can even  put the plug back in if you want. I do this all the time.

Yes, it works; my brain was just being ornery. :)

By faceplate, I mean the plate with the lever that you flick to open or close the drain - took that completely out, lever, plug assembly and all, and put a plain faceplate on. I didn't mess with anything in the drain proper. I would like to know why the heck the drain lever stopped working completely though, because nothing was disconnected from it. ??? I guess I just knocked the plug bit out of alignment trying to snake the drain ages ago...
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9272 on: May 29, 2014, 01:11:05 PM »
I just left that little lever plate on there. I only pull the plug mechanism out; it's not connected to anything, it's bottom part just slides into a hole in the lever mechanism, so it pulls right out.

I find that when I want to put the plug back in, I have to flip the lever around a little so that the hole lines up properly. Of course I can't *see* that hole, so I just flip the lever one way and try it, and then flip it the other way and try it.

Maybe yours was designed differently than mine. Or maybe something rusted out.

This is how mine is made:
http://0.tqn.com/d/np/home-fix-it/9781593370466_ocr_0275_001.jpg


 http://www.netplaces.com/home-fix-it/practical-plumbing/drain-stoppers-and-strainers.htm


But there are different designs:
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,20205070,00.html

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9273 on: May 29, 2014, 02:24:36 PM »
Ours were definitely designed differently - I couldn't get the mechanism out any other way, so I had to remove the entire thing. I actually think it looks better this way, and I was constantly banging into the lever anyway, so I don't mind having it gone. :)

Those links look interesting, I'll definitely take a look! I love seeing how this stuff is made.
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« Reply #9274 on: May 29, 2014, 04:27:46 PM »
I love seeing how this stuff is made.

me too!

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9275 on: May 30, 2014, 03:15:03 PM »
I have a good friend who moved away and now we mainly communicate via social media, occasionally texts and calls. Today, she posted a picture of a new tattoo.

All I can tell is that it is blue, of an amorphous shape, and appears to have black swirly shapes all through it. It could be an amoeba, a heart, kissing whales or something else. It either has a line or a mustache below it.

Is it ever acceptable to ask someone what their tattoo is?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9276 on: May 30, 2014, 03:20:23 PM »
Could you ask for a clearer image, so you can see the awesomeness? Or is it simply a case of a bad tattoo?

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« Reply #9277 on: May 30, 2014, 04:51:22 PM »
For the sink refinisher:

If it's that old, it's probably porceline.  That means that is a glazed finish that is baked on rather than just painted. 

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« Reply #9278 on: May 30, 2014, 04:53:12 PM »
For the sink refinisher:

If it's that old, it's probably porceline.  That means that is a glazed finish that is baked on rather than just painted.

And if it is staining or discoloring easily, then the original glaze has been scrubbed off.

You could try refinishing. Or just bleach it every evening, which is what my mother did. Or save up and replace the sink, which I think would be the long-term solution.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9279 on: May 30, 2014, 05:09:43 PM »
My kitchen sink right now is enamel over what I think is cast iron (it's some sort of black metal, anyway.) It stains and scratches so easily - I'm replacing it with a stainless steel one as soon as I get the base cabinet.
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« Reply #9280 on: May 30, 2014, 05:31:34 PM »
Re the kitchen sink.  I don't have a tip for removing the stains, but I wanted to warn about using a rust removal product on metal surfaces, like stainless steel.  It may erode the metal finish.  Lesson learned the hard way. 
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« Reply #9281 on: May 30, 2014, 05:49:13 PM »
For the sink refinisher:

If it's that old, it's probably porceline.  That means that is a glazed finish that is baked on rather than just painted.

And if it is staining or discoloring easily, then the original glaze has been scrubbed off.

You could try refinishing. Or just bleach it every evening, which is what my mother did. Or save up and replace the sink, which I think would be the long-term solution.

Growing up, we just filled the sink with bleach an water and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.  Usually just every couple weeks.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9282 on: May 30, 2014, 09:48:07 PM »
The tattoo is half of a butterfly.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9283 on: May 31, 2014, 02:25:38 AM »
The tattoo is half of a butterfly.

But....why

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9284 on: May 31, 2014, 07:31:18 AM »
The tattoo is half of a butterfly.

Might it be a not very well done sideways view of a butterfly? Similar to this: