Sunday, June 06, 2010

time for a new...HOT WATER HEATER!!!

Why do these things happen in the middle of the night, instead of in the middle of the afternoon? I guess I should say, why do we discover them at night? I discovered this because, walking barefoot across the saltillo tile, I hit a wet spot...which is not a good feeling. So I turned on the lights and thought, there's only one place I can think of that water might be coming from near that I opened the door of the closet that houses the main hot water heater and had an Aha! Oh, crap! moment....


This is not a good thing to see. And then there's this alarming Danger! sign:


It's 11:58 PM on Sunday night as I write this. I have to be up for work in a few hours but instead of going to bed, I'm draining the main hot water heater. I've shut off the gas (at least I hope I have...the valve is very counterintuitive) and I've shut off the least I think I have...following these instructions:


and I've gone into the back yard and detached the garden hose from its rightful place, and dragged it into the house and attached it to the hot water heater, which I've then turned on to drain into the flower beds outside the house, the water being only tepid because the heater has stopped working big time. I'd stay home tomorrow to have it replaced except I didn't bring my laptop home, a few hours I'll drive in to work; I'll call a plumber and make an appointment ASAP to have the old hot water heater removed and a new one installed...and one day later this week I hope I'll be able to telecommute while that happens. The floor that supports it will have to be replaced too; this is just a 30" x 30" piece of plywood, an improvement over the pressboard (!!!) that was used for the original hot water heater that came with the house. When that baby went, the heater fell through the pressboard (of course). Ah, the joys of home ownership...OK, I'm done whining (for NOW)...

more later though.


pam said...

Oh bummer! Not a good way to start the week. Sorry! The good parts: you weren't out of town and you caught it early and you walked barefoot in just the right spot (and didn't slip and fall on your...). At the least, it's a *relatively* easy fix. Oy!

emmapeelDallas said...


You're absolutely right. I'm grateful for all those things, and for the fact that it's a relatively easy fix.