A “pool” in the basement….
Yesterday morning at 6 am I was awakened by my bride with the statement “I can hear water running in the basement”. Now that’s enough to bring terror to a normal man, but after owning this place for 15 years, broken pipes and leaking water are not a catastrophe, well not a major one at least. So I don a pair of britches and charge into the basement…. Yea there’s water running – a broken fitting in the main water line feeding the house, 4 inches in the basement is quite a mess. Being half asleep I try to shut off the water to the cottages (same well) and then figure out it’s another valve… Well let’s just say I won’t need a shower this morning!..
After figuring out what’s needed I head off into Frankfort – had to wait till the stores open – they don’t have that size hose. So I head for Roger Mix’s Plumbing and Heating, our saviors last Sunday from the non stop drip in cottage 2 and ask my friend Roger for help. I leave there with a handful of parts, go back again when one of them isn’t quite right, go back to the store cause I can’t find my PVC Pipe Glue, cut and push and get it all together…. Not sure if that one fitting is in far enough, but we’ll give it a try – second shower of the day….. a couple of “licks” with a wrench drive the fitting together and Eureka – not a drop coming out of any of the multiple fittings that I had to put together.
So we can “flush” again, and the customers never noticed that they were without water for the 30 seconds or so that I had shut them off. What a wonderful way to start the day.
Mike Jones Contributor at Large
Roger, then a short guy, and then Mike (Roger and Mike = plumbers ;)
What our roving reporter failed to mention here is the fact that I could have been made a widow yesterday morning, because my sweet husband stood in 4 inches of water as he pulled the string on the overhead lamp to illuminate the situation, hmmm….
I fixed a toilet today – all by myself. And you thought that innkeeping is glamorous