The view from my perch on the mountain

DOH!

Lesson learned: Hex tubing is white; CPVC is yellow.

The outside diameter of 1/2” Hex tubing, for example, is smaller than that of 1/2” CPVC. Maybe that’s why they’re different colors. No wonder the repair kept blowing out as soon as I turned the water back on! The white tubing I was using is not supposed to work with the yellow fittings I was using!

I thought I had forgotten how to use primer and glue to make a watertight joint. I also thought it might have been caused by my inability to display a proper plumber’s butt crack because I was wearing bib overalls.

Many thanks to my brother in law, Fish Hook, for setting me straight and helping me make the repair for the 6th, and final time. Thanks also to my darling daughter, Laura, for spending the afternoon handing Daddy tools, helping me cut and glue water line, fetching tools I threw across the yard when the repair blew out……again, making numerous trips to Lowe’s for more parts when the repair blew out……again and being there in case I got my crippled old butt stuck under the house and needed help ……….rescue squad………. fire department……… tow truck to drag me out from under the house……….etc.

Did I mention the leak was in the hot water line coming out of the water heater and turning off the main water supply didn’t make the water stop draining out of the tank until it was empty…….and it emptied itself in the exact spot I had to occupy while wresting pipe?

Did I mention that I had turned the power to the water heater off when I first heard the leak to prevent burning the coils out as the tank emptied so the water leaking all over me was no longer warm?

You know, it’s amazing how dirty you can get laying in a puddle of COLD water all afternoon! The water heater should be full by now. I sure hope the water gets warm soon!

Anywho, our annual “Cold weather’s here, time for a plumbing leak!” episode is over and it’s time to move on to other mischief!

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4 responses

  1. Puddle of cold water dose not sound fun, glad you got it fix,
    Hope by now you got hot water??
    Take care
    Sue

    December 12, 2011 at 10:04 PM

  2. – hope you have had the nice hot bath tube, you so fully deserved. (don’t mind, but must giggle!)

    December 13, 2011 at 3:42 AM

  3. RM you will catch a cold!! And it’s snowing all over your blog! I like the new theme btw 🙂 Glad it’s that sort of plumbing you’re having trouble with this time around!!!! 😉

    December 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

  4. I am wishing you a wonderful New Year and have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger! http://www.pcphotoblog.wordpress.com
    The Versatile Blogger Award rules are:
    – Thank the person who nominates you and link back to them.
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    December 30, 2011 at 11:52 AM

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