"Just stick a cork in it, and wrap it up like a hockey stick!" was the advice of our magic plumber friend. He is coming over on Saturday to replace the trap in this very old piece of pipe in a more professional manner. The absense of this little bit of metal meant no bathing at the domicile. And so, last night, fed up with bathing at friend's places and taking birdbaths at the kitchen sink, we decided to give it a whirl. And the result?!? A nice warm clean tub for each of us. I felt like a satisfied cat when I was done (if cats could be at all satisfied by the prospect of getting really thoroughly wet).
Upon draining out the tub there were some drips, but nothing totally catastrophic. And in fact we may just be crazy and test the old cork method out one or two more times before the weekend. Bathing is just that much fun!
Now all thoughts are on hoping that the trap itself can simply be replaced and that the plumber doesn't need to remove this pipe, which could very well lead to needing to remove the next pipe and so on and so forth until we're looking at a total refit.
With the urgency of the bathtub somewhat taken care of for now, we're back onto more menial tasks. Sanding the mouldings, staining and protecting the new cabinets, and trying to get some flooring before June, who knew the cool Marmoleum colours would take so long?