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Plumbing Emergency

Monday night about 8:30 pm I discovered to my annoyance that the outside faucet leaks. And not just a little bit either. And of course being it was at the farm it's not like I could run up to a 24 hour hardware store and get parts. So I went to the basement to see if it had an inside shut off. Of course it didn't unless Iwanted to shut off all the water to the house. And I really wanted to shower, flush the toilet and wash some laundry so that was a no-go. So I fished around and found a bunch of plumbing parts, borrowed a soldering tip for my propane torch and proceeded to try and instal a shut off valve in the line.

It should be notd here that the sum of my copper pipe soldering experience consists of watching my dad do it when we installed a new hot water heater a few years ago. But being the do-it-yourselfer kind of male I am and not wanting to ask instructions from anyone, I dove right in.

Three hours later, my boots covered with splattered silver solder and flux, I finally had a good working shut off valve in place. It actually looked like a real plumber might have done it rather than a moron with a torch. I do have all the right tools for the job but having all the right tools doesn't mean you know how to fix something. I gritted my teeth and turned the water supply back on and guess what? The damned valve on he shut off leaked. Maybe that's why the valve was in the miscelaneous parts pile in the first place, I don't know. But I don't have anotehr valve or parts to fix the first one so I end up shuting the water off and cutting the pipe yet again, so I can screw a normal faucet into the supply pipe. Then at least I could shut off the water at that point even if I no longer have water to the outside faucet. Not like I'm there during the week anyway.

There are two things that could go majorly bad at the farm house being that it was built over 100 years ago. Those are plumbing and electrical. Now I'll do things like putting in new switches or installing ceiling fans. And I'll take a shot at doing plumbing because the worst that will happen with either of the mentioned things is A) It won't work or B) I'll get very wet. But I won't touch the serious electrical stuff like taking 220 power to the barn because, worst case scenario, you end up dead.

Tuesday at lunch I went to Lowes and bought a new frost free outside faucet and an interior shut offf valve adn a couple 1/2" couplings so I can do the job right this weekend. Oh the joys of home ownership. And I don't even own it yet.



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Jul. 8th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
My Leaky Faucet Story
A couple of weeks ago, the water bill for my apartment building was aroudn $700. The landlady sent the maintenance guys to check it out and they discovered the outside spigot next to the back door to my quad is leaking. Which it has been doing for the last two years.

So they decide to "fix" it. This consists of ripping off the knob to the spigot, sticking a few branches from a boxwood into the hole, and letting the faucet pour water overnight. A slippery sidewalk is not something that is fun at 3 in the morning. My cat could have done a better job at fixing that faucet, and he doesn't have opposable thumbs!

I called up the landlady and pointed out the incompetencies of the mainenance staff and it finally got fixed. Fortunately it didn't flood the marigolds, although one of the buffoons stepped on one of my aloe plants. Bastard.

Moral of the story: next time the plumbing breaks around here, Peter is fixing it.
Jul. 8th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
Re: My Leaky Faucet Story
Cats can do a fair job at plumbing I've found if you tape the tools to their paws.

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