The Second Great House Flood.
Yesterday morning my sil was beating on my door yelling we have an emergency. I jump up from my chair and hobble out to the kitchen. I see right away what the emergency is. The hot water hose to the washer blew and there was a fountain of hot water going all the way to the ceiling in the utility room. I go in and try to shut the water off at the faucet. As usual in this house nothing works as it should. The faucet is completely frozen so while I’m holding onto the hose trying to slow the water from spewing, I’m yelling at my sil to go to the front lawn and cut off all the water to the house. Some long time later the water finally stops running. This turns out to be the second flood we’ve had in the house this month. The first was from trying to un-stop a stopped up sewer line.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a walking disaster when it comes to home repair. However, I figure this is one easy fix even I can do. Of course this isn’t going to happen here. Now in any normal house, this would be a simple job of unscrewing the hot water hose from the faucet, replace said hot water hose and turn the hot water back on. So I get some tools and no matter how hard I try, I can’t unfreeze the hose from the faucet. I finally figure out that I can cut the hot water off from the hot water heater and we’ll at least have cold water running. My brother calls a friend that is handy with home repair and he looks at it and said we’ll have to replace the entire faucet. At this point in time this is where I relinquish all responsibility for the repair of this little project. So where are we now? The friend left this morning to get another faucet and we haven’t heard from him since. This is the second day in a row that I’ve had to take a cold shower and I’m no fan of cold showers. That’s the thing I really hate about home repair or trying to fix something mechanical. When you look at the project it seems so simple, but there always that one frozen bolt or faucet that make an easy job turn into something monumental. I guess I just don’t have the patience for work like that.
What else is going on? I got all of the 85 staples removed from my leg earlier this week. The doctor told me the wound was healing very well and asked how my walking was now that the surgery was done. I told him in the walking I’ve been doing that I hadn’t noticed any pain like I used to. I told him I hadn’t been walking that much so far because my leg, ankle and foot would swell up to much. He told me that’s normal after this type of surgery and that I would be experiencing that for some months to come. However, he said I should start walking every day and keep increasing the distance. He also said that when the swelling occurs to just take some time and put my leg up above my heart and the swelling would go down after a while. So as far as the surgery and my leg are concerned, it seems everything is going fine.
That’s it for this post. Hopefully I’ll get back into the writing mode and I’ll be posting more often. Hope everyone is fine and take care.