Made it sucessfully through Round 1 of the Contractor Contest. The plumbers caught on quick: they arrived around 8:45 yesterday and were finished within the hour. Upshot? We need a new floor in the bathroom. No surprises there. They also said exactly the same thing they said two years ago: "Maybe this fix will last forever." But we know better, and will begin arrangements to replace the floor.
We had an excellent carpenter a few years back who replaced the porch decking. But Husband RJ says he was getting up in years, and is probably retired. But... But... He didn't look any older than RJ. Besides, I thought he was a cutie: not somebody old like us! RJ answered that if we were doing carpentry, maybe we would be about ready to pack it in, too.
Oh, well. There are other cuties out there. I already have a list of three phone numbers, all local people. We want someone who not only will handle the carpentry, but also replace the fixture. Put in something newer, and (we hope) not so low-flow. Apparently we don't need any work on the vent pipe. So nice not to smell the damned swamp gas!
Ready for Round 2: DING!!
Update: 10:15 AM:
Lovely. Freaking Maytag just quit, leaking water all over, while I was making the calls. So naturally, I had a noisy touch of asthma and accidentally disconnected the phone. Back on the phone, only this time to Fix-Rite. Getting to be like Grand Central Station around here. Good recovery, though, if I do say so myself.