Apr. 24th, 2009

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Thank God this happened LAST night and not tonight or later.

Elliott makes one of those "sounds" that immediately wakes me up, so I go check him.  On the way to his bedroom, I pass the bathroom and I hear running water, "Huh, the toilet is running.  Fix that in a second."  Taking care of him (pat on the head  and a passy), I go back to the bathroom and realize it's not in there it's downstairs, "Downstairs toilet?" I think and grab the flashlight.  Downstairs I find it is NOT the toilet.

The bathroom has about 1/2" of warm water on the floor and it is starting to seep into the hall.  I frantically look for where it is coming from; under the sink the hot water feed line (that flexible one from the cutoff valve to the faucet) has burst.  Water spraying me in the face, I try and turn it off, but can't get a grip on it.  I run back to the washroom, where the stack of toolkits/bags are sitting after I organized everything so Barb could find it after I left.  Grab the channellocks, I manage to get a grip on the handle and close it.  It dribbles a bit, but it's off.  For good measure, I close the coldwater one and open both faucets.

Back upstairs, I tell Barb what happened and head back down to vacuum it all up with the wet/dry vac (which I also used earlier to clean pollen off the deck furniture's cushions.  I sense a theme here...).  About 9 gallons later (W/D vac holds 6), it was essentially cleaned up.  I put some fans around it to dry the carpet and the rest of the room.

Move forward to 11am, I went down to check it and there was more water on the floor.  Not much, but the leak was still leaking.  Grab the appropriate tools and I pulled the offending line out.  It had burst dead center of the hose and pushed through the metal outer mesh.

A small interlude here.

If you don't have these and have a home, go get them NOW.
1 - Wet Dry vac, $40 from Home Depot for mine.
1 - Pair of channellocks pliers, $10.
1 - Faucet wrench, $10.

If I hadn't had these, I was fucked, period.  There is no way on God's Green Earth to unscrew the fitting from the bottom of the faucet with a regular wrench.  It takes a bit of fiddling to use them, but it's far faster and cheaper to have them on hand, otherwise that's $150 to the plumber who DOES have them.  The other two are just simply gotta haves in your toolkit.

Back to our story.

Fortunately, the original tag was on the hose so I knew exactly what to get; 1/2" FIP to 1/2" compression.  Off to Home Depot where all the other lines EXCEPT mine came in either 1/2" or 3/8" FIP to compression or FIP to FIP.  I was going to gamble on just using the 16" one, but I took the 30" lines too.  Just in case.
Back at the house, take the old ones out (remove one, replace one, test, THEN do the other), put the new ones in, and a nice stream into the sink then nothing.  Fuck.  Take one off, blast it into the bucket, so no problem there.  Must be in the faucet.  Take off the aereator and a pile of gunk falls out.  Water pressure!

The truly strange thing about all this is the way things just HAPPENED.  In getting ready for NJ, I went through the tools and segregated my fine tools from the heavier ones, so the wrenches I needed were easily found.  The W/D vac was in the basment with all it's accessories because I cleaned off the deck cushions and used it to clean the mud room up.  Finally, Elliott made a noise that caused me to get up to see what was wrong so I heard the running water.  If those three things hadn't happened, we would have a flooded basement the day before I had to leave.


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