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I have:

* a shiny new 32 gallon pressure tank (it actually IS shiny);
* a brand new whole house sediment filter (not shiny.  But new.);
* unclogged inlet filters on my washing machine;
* a new shut off valve for the washer - high enough to be able to pull the washer out;

I need:

* new valve kits for all the toilets;
* a bigger hose clamp for the dryer vent attachment;
* a new shower head for the upstairs bathroom.

None of the things I need are immediately critical.  The crud in the water has done a number on the valves, but they all still function - for the moment.  We'll get a contractor's pack of them, swap them as they need it and still have one on the shelf.  Since I was able to attach the dryer vent with some wiggle room, I realized that the damn clamp is too small - that's why we've had such trouble.  But they're attached - finger tight, and that'll hold us until we can get a better clamp.  The shower head from the downstairs bathroom has migrated to the upstairs bathroom, and that will do until I pick out a new one.

Hopefully tonight will bring that proper shower, with scalding hot water and good pressure.  And no chunks!

Pictures later.



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Feb. 12th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful success story! Good to hear.
Feb. 13th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! Times like this I realize wistfully that other people with more reliable employment can hire plumbers and such. But it's nice to know that we're learning how to do all this stuff by ourselves.

Now I want to clean the basement...
Feb. 13th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. Believe me! There are so many things in our house that need repairs rather urgently and often our approach is "deal with it until Spring and cross your fingers that it doesn't get worse!"
Feb. 14th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I remember in a conversation about artifacts from period and their level of decoration, someone once said "I just cannot believe that no one in period ever said "screw it - that'll do until the crops are in."" It's kind of the same thing.

And you have an old house, so just by definition you have more, and worse, issues than we do.

There are so many times that I really wish I could just hand someone money and walk away while it gets done... Oh well - at least now we know a little more about plumbing.
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