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A Cowboy’s Faith: Old way still best

buchmanhead“Which is worst: bathtub won’t hold water, or drain won’t let the dirty water out?”

Don’t seem questions one would consider, and insignificant most likely contend.

That’s not the case when such predicaments occur.

There’d never been any problems if the tub had a plug like common everywhere half century ago.

Nowadays, every new sink and bathtub is equipped with a spring loaded gizmo. That’s supposed to keep the water in and then let it out when finished.

A “mechanical device” is going to malfunction sometime, that’s certain.

Every one of six such water-retainer devices new when the home was built decades ago has gone caput.

Major overhaul of the bathtub’s water system gave confidence that new would be better than the old.

Yet, as soon as the plumber had the project completed, it became apparent trouble was still ahead. The thingamajig was hard to shut, and often nearly impossible to open.

Fighting with the drain opening daily for months, finally the clamped down apparatus would not allow the water out.

Despite pounding, kicking, prying, hollering, the dumb thing was locked tight.

Finally gave into mechanics tools to get the supposedly-sophisticated mechanism “unglued.” No hammer, but pliers and screwdriver combined gave enough force to unlatch the water hole stopper.

Well, relief soon became a burden when water ran out as fast as it ran in the next day.

Obvious with any mechanical rigmarole, the mangled spring-apparatus wasn’t going to work after receiving all that abuse.

No, the washrag was not twisted up as makeshift plug as has been done before and should have again. Rather just bellyached and chilled as water ran in and out making a lick and promise, kind of a spit bath version, actually.

Simple solution now, just get a “real plug” from the hardware store.

Wrong. Who would believe every business handling anything related to bathtubs, plumbing, water systems wouldn’t have a sink plug? Well, they didn’t.

“Surely, there’s one someplace around here.” Fortunately, there was.

That flat rubber-suction drain cover pitched in the cubbyhole under the kitchen sink came out of retirement.

Probably cost 50 cents new, worth way more now than all those expensive modern bathtub plugs.

Reminds of Romans 1:32: “They keep inventing new ways of wrecking what works.” Thus, Ecclesiastes 5:18: “The reliable old way is still best.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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