I’ve discussed the joys of having a 60+ year-old house before. The latest saga…
Son is home for a visit. And when I was standing in the kitchen yesterday, I heard the hot water heater running. Which, to be honest, I’d heard before over the past couple of weeks, but attributed it to normal use. Except…
No one was using any hot water at the time yesterday, and no one had recently used any.
So I dragged my butt outside to take a look and found a lake under the house…
Cue a panicked call to my dad. We have a well, and there is a shut-off valve by the house in addition to by the well. When I turned off the valve at the house, the leak stopped.
Okay, so that was good, it meant it was past that valve. (I should take a moment to add that the well isn’t 60+ years old, the plumbing from the well is around 35 or so, but the house plumbing is 60+.
As you can see in the above pic, it wasn’t a pretty sight once I got it dug out. The leak was between that T on the right going down into the elbow below it. The pipe coming up from that T is actually another spigot that we don’t need, because there’s another one RIGHT NEXT TO IT, piped directly out of the supply line before the shut-off valve. My Grandaddy’s motto, as I’m discovering, was apparently, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
So my dad came over. I should note, I can’t do copper or galvanized plumbing. PVC and CPVC, yes. Not to mention I didn’t have the physical strength to break the connections apart. #ihatefibromyalgia
My grandfather was totally a DIY kind of guy. I have NO idea why he used a HUGE pipe like that instead of 3/8″ to service two outdoor yard spigots. Eventually, I’ll end up replacing all that. #nottodaysatan
Of course, the fitting sizes, lengthwise, were different than the originals. (Not the threads/openings, the physical dimensions of the new T and new elbow.) So I had to make a second trip to Ace Hardware for different length nipples to see if we could get the gap closed up. (We were lacking about 1/4″ to make the new connections fit up to the old one at the supply valve.
I asked my dad to just leave the spigot pipe off that had come up there. No reason for it, to be honest. Not with the other one literally right there. #overkill
I still haven’t filled in the dirt yet. #paranoid I wanted to make sure it was all good before we do, since he had to jiggle some of the other connections there, too. If any others start leaking, I wanted to be able to see it before another problem cropped up.
And of course, today I can barely move. *head/desk* But at least I don’t have a lake under my house anymore.
What’s the best/worst home improvement hell story you have?
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