Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


A couple of weeks ago we discovered that there was a leak in the main bathroom.

The girls had gotten a little crazy: I foolishly said they could use some of the shampoo to make a bubble bath, and they turned the entire bathroom into one big sud party.  In the process, they let a lot of water run over the side of the tub, which in turn revealed the leak when the peeps downstairs called us up.

This is generally one thing I love about Korean bathrooms: the whole thing is tiled with a drain in the floor, which means that you can run water wherever you want.  This does make cleaning of the bathroom simpler among other things, but I digress.

We called in some plumbers.  After a few days, during which they ripped everything out, recocked and replaced all the tiles, we were supposedly ready to go.

Hah!  For some reason, the geniuses decided to put a new drain in the floor that could not be removed.  Usually, there is a trap that will catch excess hair and the like so it doesn't go down the drain.  The intellectual prodigies we had come in actually cemented tiles over the plastic catch, so that the trap could not be removed.  As June sheds like crazy, it took no time at all for the trap to get clogged with hair which could not be removed. 

We called the plumbers back in.  At first they said they didn't need to come as we were simply not using enough force to remove the catch; after they finally did show up, they realized what they had actually done and that I was right.  Durrrrr.

The rub came when they said they could fix it by removing the tiles around the catch again, and that the job wouldn't cost more than a couple of hundred thousand won and take a couple of days.  Wait, what?  You screwed up, then you want us to pay for you to fix your mistake?  Their response was we couldn't expect them to do that much work for free.  I told them to GTFO of my house.  Politely.

So I did a somewhat equally stoopid thing:  I took a hammer and screwdriver to it, and knocked the center plastic cover out and removed the trap.  It was actually quite easy to do.  Everyone was amazed.

Time for coffee.

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