Of course, the greater loss occured in the Battle of the Basement Drain ('04). After hours of augering, I've managed to remove a small portion of the disgusting gunk from the drain and evenly distribute it across the floor, my face, and the outside of a bucket. The lye was the most disappointing experiment. It popped and fizzed like Alka Seltzer. Whether it cured the drain's indigestion, I can't say, but it was wholly ineffective at dissolving the clog. When I buy harsh toxins, I expect them to work, dammit!