Sunday, 22 March 2015

Murphy's Law in Spades

 
Sore toe on left foot - nasty plastic pipes now used instead of 

copper so fittings don't fit

Long ago my husband put a sink out on the upstairs balcony - before he recently closed in part of it as a laundry room. Thus I've been happily doing my washing with the machine connected to the existing taps (fawcets?) and drain. However this meant we could not use the taps in any other way. So hubby planned to change the plumbing to accommodate both. All was fine until he pointed the big drill at the wall and unfortunately drilled straight into the existing pipe. (Much cursing directed at the original plumber for putting the pipes in the wrong place) Of course, he was drenched, trying to stem the tide, while yelling for me to run down to the sidewalk to turn off the water supply. Naturally, the tap hasn't been turned in years and I couldn't do it. Had to race back upstairs and say he had to do it. Meanwhile, most of the water was pouring out of the tap which he had managed to turn on. As he rushed out of the door, he slipped on some of the water and stubbed his toe so hard on the door frame he is convinced it is broken (toe not frame).  He limped down to the street and turned off the mains. Back again - very slowly up the stairs because of bad knee -  he sat in the puddle to continue the battle and I had to run round the house turning on all the taps to empty the geyser. Thoughtfully, I then took him 3 disprins to help with the pain of the toe. I was met with a reproachful look: had I forgotten he is having the surgery on his knee this week and can't take painkillers or anti-inflammatories for two weeks beforehand?  Oops. One good thing: they have at last got our swimming pool into its hole and filled it with water - so we have been able at least to bring up bucketsful for the toilets.  I also saved enough water for coffee and tea.  It's Sunday today, and after another trip to the hardware store, work continues....  Please hold thumbs for us.

6 comments:

  1. What a comedy of errors, although your husband probably was not so amused at the time.

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    1. I have limited the number of curses.

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  2. At least he drilled into a water line and not an electrical wire. Could have been shocking.

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    1. On the ball with your puns as usual, Sextant. He does have a (cheap) version of those laser thinggies that are supposed to show you where they pipes are inside the wall. (Maybe don't work on plastic?). Anyway, he says it has never worked at all. When the house was built, we cleverly took photos of where pipes were being installed - unfortunately, forgot to do so when this extension was built.

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    2. Good idea on the photos! I have no experience with detectors, but the one I looked at just for interest says that it detects wood, metal pipe, and wire. Nothing about plastic. It seems to me that the water in the pipe would be detectable. What the hell does it detect in wood? This one said it could determine the center of a beam! Cool but I am not sure that I believe that.

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    3. You can believe anything is possible these days.

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