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Why Does 2009 Hate Me?

First it was my alternator to the tune of $671.72 plus a new battery.  Now?

Pinhole leak in a water supply pipe in the basement.

Luckily I went down to the basement just before 9:30 to admire all of the clear floor space that my hard work had accomplished, and to plan the next mode of attack.  The relevant phrase here is "what's that noise?"  "What's that noise" NEVER ends well.  Naturally, the leak was over a section of basement that is full of unsorted stuff.  I don't *think* we actually lost anything.  The top edges of one of the boxes of albums got wet, but the bottoms of the boxes hadn't soaked through yet.  No problem there.  A lot of the other stuff was either in plastic or dryable fabric.  Bob turned off the water, I started up the wet/dry vac, and we went for our all-purpose solution to all problems house:

we called dad.

We have drained the house water down to the first floor, and the remaining water in the pipes is dribbling out through the pinhole.  That takes a while.  We have determined that we have copper pipe, but it's too small.  We have hose clamps that are too large, hose clamps that are too small, and a couple that might work.  I'm not sure I'm getting a shower tonight, but Bob is doing his best.

On the bright side, at least I had an urge to go down there.  If that had gone for all day and evening tomorrow...



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Mar. 9th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Ugh. Hope it can be fixed quickly, and glad nothing was especially damaged...
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Sounds like a quick fix once the hardware stores open.
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank god for dads. What do women with inept or un-handy father's DO, I wonder? Do they have to take up plumbing and electrician and mechanic work themselves? I have NOOOOO interest in any of those subjects. Luckily, my dad can fix basically anything.
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
I don't actually know. I think that they may call plumbers and electricians and such. I find the idea to be frightening and somewhat immoral, myself. :-) My dad is the same - he can fix pretty much anything, and has the parts in stock. He also insists that I learn how to do whatever it is, so we're slowly becoming more competent ourselves. That's convenient, since he's 45 minutes away.
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Looks easily fixed, but why did it leak there is the question...
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
A question that can wait a few days. Right now, I want a shower. After the shower philosophical water leak questions can be asked...

Next step is going to be to pull the pipe insulation and do a visual inspection of the rest of the supply pipes for any other possible suprises. In hindsight, we now realize that we had gotten a warning from that pipe a couple of months ago - we had a drip in that vicinity that we chalked up to condensation because all we found was the evidence, not the drip itself. That was foolish.

I've been in denial about the basement because it's *such* a mess down there. But all the major mechanicals are down there, so I really need to just bite the bullet and get it done...
Mar. 9th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Oh dear. :-/ Well, if there can be a bright side, I guess it's good that you found it before too much got damaged. Here's hoping it's a quick fix. *hug*
Mar. 9th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a HUGE bright side. I can clearly visualize what could have happened...
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