A month or so ago my neighbor was having some plumbing problems with her house. Her brother tried to help and things got worse. So, she had our land lady call a plumber to come in and work on it. Well, they tried cleaning things out via the vent pipe on the roof and ended up knocking the pipe loose underground.

They dug up the pipe, saw it was the  incorrect type for today’s code, and stopped all work. Told my land lady that they would charge a ton of money to dig the pipe up and replace it. That they wouldn’t touch it until she agreed to that. Leaving the pipe broken during this decision making process.

The good and the bad with this. Yes, the pipe is the wrong type. It’s old corrugated french drain style pipe and not the correct kind. However, it’s been in the ground working for over 40 years before the  “plumber” broke it loose.

Old Corrugated pipe

Old Corrugated pipe

So I put the pipe back together temporarily, made sure everything still worked okay, then this last weekend I dug up the old pipe and installed the new “proper” modern style sewer lines. Believe me, there was a lot of sweating involved in this procedure. It really felt good to do something helpful though.

Here is the old pipe.

Old Pipe

Old Pipe

And here is the new.

New modern sewer line

New modern sewer line

In the process I ran across this little guy. At first I thought it was a worm, then a snake, then I scratched my head a bit and figured “A legless lizard?”. Really?

A California Legless Lizard

A California Legless Lizard

Turns out, that’s exactly what it was.

California Legless Lizard

California Legless Lizard

Here is a better picture of it and a link to the California Herpetology site for a better description and other pictures. This is the first one I’ve ever seen. Kind of cool really. After taking some pictures of it I put it in with some old wood on the side of the yard. I’m glad it didn’t get hurt when I dug it up.

 

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