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It's going to be a bad day

Still no water.  It takes time to drain the system through a pinhole - it pretty much only just stopped dribbling.  So no shower for me.  Crap.  Also, just from the anxiety (I presume) I haven't slept at all, and now it's time to get up.

Today is going to suck.


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Mar. 9th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)

As part of this entire project, at the low point in the house water supply, you need to add a hose attachment point. Cottages use these to drain out the whole house water supply, so the pipes do not freeze in the winter.

Normally, if you look near your water heater there should already be one on or after the tank. draining there should speed the process.
Mar. 9th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
We used to be able to drain the entire system from the sediment filter attachment site. The the filter had it's little... accident, and we plumbed it out of the system so that we could have water while we worked on replacing it and plumbing it in correctly. That hasn't happened yet - it'll be part of the package when we replace the well pump a little later in the spring. Grela will plumb it in for no labor charge since they're there anyhow.

Water heater? Oh, how I would love to have a water heater. We've got one of those late '70's sidewinder units on the boiler. Eventually there will be a big, wonderful, insulated water heater, but that will come when we replace the boiler. Since THAT is a four figure operation, it's a few years out.

Bob was at Home Depot at 7:00am this morning to pick up a saddle, and the water was back by the time I dropped Charlotte at daycare. It didn't get me a shower, but it'll be waiting for me when I get home.

Copper pipe and fittings is now on the list of things that I should have hanging around the house for just in case...
Mar. 9th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Many valves have small drain cocks that you can open to help drain the system. Just remember to close them before you turn the system back on or you'll get an unexpected shower rather then the one you're waiting for. Over all this sounds like a quick fix once you have the supplies in hand. Good luck with it all.
Mar. 9th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
As I mentioned to jdtiii, when the sediment filter had it's accident and was temporarily removed, we lost our low-point valve. But Bob installed a saddle once the hardware store opened, and that'll hold us until the weekend when the pipe can be properly swapped out.
Mar. 9th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)

My night really SUCKED too...and this morning as well! So much so that I had to combat it with retail therapy and chocolate and I'm still feeling shaky. Will post pictures in LJ later, hopefully not at all conveying the contentious attitude the internet seems to be spewing out lately.

Hope your day doesn't actually suck, in the end. I'm fighting mine with tooth and nail. *die, bad day, die!*
Mar. 9th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
LOL! Your attack on my bad day seems to have worked. Despite having gotten about 20 minutes of sleep, I'm still going and have gotten quite a bit done at work. It may end up being okay.

Of course, the fact that I took possession of the second half of my girl scout cookie order helped.

The sticks are *gorgeous* by the way. Now that it's getting warm enough to stop wearing a hat, I'll be wearing them all to work more often, and I can't wait to wear my new ones.
Mar. 9th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
That's great; I'm glad you were happy with what you got :) I can't remember...do you have any plain topper sticks (meaning no dangle of any sort)? I assume you must like the ones with dangles better...

Thank goodness your day did not continue at the same level of suckage. Even a mild improvement is heartening. :)
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
I don't have any of the plain topper sticks. I really like them, you just keep tempting me with dangles. ;-)
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
How did this saga end?
Here's hoping all's well at last...
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
The End
See above "But Bob installed a saddle once the hardware store opened, and that'll hold us until the weekend when the pipe can be properly swapped out."

Saddle Patch took fifteen minutes to install including finding my tools and taking off my coat.

Saturday I drained the system (again), cut out the old pipe, and soldered in a new piece. It didn't leak, nothing caught fire, and for my first time soldering with a torch there was no drama.

Mar. 24th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: The End
Let's hear it for hot water!
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