Saturday, March 12, 2016
On a brighter (ha!) note, after one of my trips to Home Depot, I noticed my ATM card was missing. They have the new style readers where you have to insert the card and I was sure I had left it in the reader at the self-checkout. So I raced back (I hadn't left the shopping center parking lot yet) and went to the checkout lane I was last at. Someone else was checking out - with their own card. The attendant said she hadn't seen my card but another worker said someone just turned an ATM card in to the service desk. (The person said they found it in the parking lot.) So I went there and sure enough - there it was! Whew. God bless that soul.
Posted by Shawn H at 12:45 PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I blogged the other day about flushing the hot water heater. This was the last sentence: My only fear is some of the sediment might have been holding the thing together and now it will fall apart. Time will tell I guess.
Guess what…? Ever since I flushed the hot water heater, I heard water trickling near it but I thought it was probably always there and I just never noticed. Yesterday I noticed that the sump pump had pumped – it RARELY does. So I grabbed a flashlight and went down and looked over the water heater really good. The top pressure valve is hooked to a copper pipe that runs across the top and down the back side of the heater to the French drain. Sure enough, it was trickling right out in a pretty steady stream. Fortunately it says online that the valve is pretty cheap and easy to replace. It also said if it hasn’t been opened in a while (I had to open it to vent the tank to drain it), sometimes dirt or corrosion gets in there and prevents it from completely closing. So I rapped it a few times with a hammer, opened and closed it and finally opened the bottom drain for a few seconds. That seemed to “bleed” it – air wooshed out before the water. I closed the bottom drain and the drip immediately stopped. Just checked it now after the morning showers (and all night) – no drips, drain dry, and the sump pump had not pumped all nights. Whew!
Posted by Shawn H at 7:51 AM