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Nothing is ever simple

We did some more data collection on the water situation last night, which is a terribly fancy description for a process that involves a garden hose,  a tire gauge, and a bucket.  The conclusion we came to?

The pressure tank is shot.

It's vintage 1979 when the house was built, so it owes me nothing.  But it's not really something I wanted to deal with right now.  Bob has a contract, but the sand is running out and I don't feel good about large house expenditures at the moment.  But you have to do what you have to do, and what we have to do right now is replace the pressure tank.

I figure by the time we're done with the pressure tank, sediment filter, copper line, gauges, and all of the assorted fittings, bits and bobs, we'll be around $600.  At least the plumber is free - dad's coming back on Saturday.  He's also said that he's donating a new shut off valve for the washing machine, so I should do whatever it is that I need to do to pull out the washer, and they'll put that in after they're done with the tank.

To do before Saturday:

* Go to Avon Plumbing and buy a new pressure tank and whole house sediment filter;
* Either there or at some random hardware store buy a stick of 3/4" copper, a stick of 1/2" copper, and assorted elbows and compression fittings.  Extras are never bad to have on hand;
* Clean up/clear out the corner where the tank lives, preferably without blocking the toolchest or the workbench.  This will involve moving a few pieces of furniture and a bunch of boxes;
* Clear a place to dump the old tank after it's been removed.  I wonder if bulk pick-up will take that?
* Play Tetrus with the washer and dryer so that we end with the dryer in the kitchen and the washer accessible.  Hey - maybe while it's all out, we can fix the bleach dispenser tube thingy;
* Cut and pre-paint a new piece of dimensional wood for the new valve to mount on, because it's SO much easier to paint it first;
* Fill the bathtub so that we can flush while the house water is off.

Oh - and I got an oil fil yesterday.  So this is going to turn into a $1K week.  Ah - homeownership.



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Feb. 11th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
ODL. Bob told me some of it, but I didn't really process how much is involved.

Don't worry about the roof rake return -- it does not HAVE to be back Monday. If it is, great, if not, when you can.

If you see your camping gear, maybe pull out the solar shower and hang it up near Ziggy so charlotte can wash her hands with warm water??
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, the camping gear is accessible. Unfortunately the solar shower bags are with the camping gear west - they're in storage in Slippery Rock, PA.

We'll only have the water off for a few hours. If I fill the bathtub, that's plenty of water for flushing and washing, and we've got some bottled water for drinking while that's going on.

If mom comes along, I can go play with the roof rake while the guys are playing with the plumbing. Otherwise we can play with it on Sunday. There's only a couple of places I'm concerned about, so it should be back on Monday with no worries.

My biggest concern is getting the accumulated junk shifted tonight so they can get to the tank. I'm telling you, I really need that crew of twelve burly guys to take it outside and spread it all out so that I can see it all at once and put it back neatly.
Feb. 11th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
"I'm telling you, I really need that crew of twelve burly guys to take it outside and spread it all out so that I can see it all at once and put it back neatly."

Sounds like a good topic for TWITOR. ;)
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