Well, last night when I went to bed I noticed that it was raining
really, really hard, from the amount of dripping I was hearing. This
morning it was still raining. Then I looked out the window and it was
bright and sunny. Went downstairs and three inches of water in the
So I looked for the source and find it coming out of a hole in the
ceiling with a pipe going through it. Go upstairs and look for the
pipe, and of course it's in a wall. Only thing that can find that's on
the pipe is the toilet--I know it goes up into the attic and is capped
off there. OK, I can deal with that. Had to go to work, so I turned
the water off at the meter and picked up a ball valve and other odds and
ends on the way home.
Cut the pipe, put the ball valve on it, turned the water back on,
nothing dripping. Hallelujah. The water's back on, except for the
toilet. I can flush with a bucket for a while if I need to.
The plan for either later tonight if I have the energy or tomorrow if
not is to run another pipe up through the floor for the toilet and deal
with the one in the wall which is now not connected to anything when I
redo the bathroom, which I don't expect is going to happen in this
Surveying the damage, it's not too bad. Mostly looks like I've lost a
few odds and ends of MDF and a couple of homebrew jigs and may have to
redo several pieces for a toolbox I has in progress. Most of the good
lumber is on a rack.
One thing I did learn--with both valves at the meter off there's still
seepage--had to pull hose to the washing machine off the cold-water tap
to drain the pipe enough to solder--the pipe kept spitting water
otherwise. Need to deal with that at some point but it's not urgent.
Tomorrow I need to find my pump and reduce the water level too.
Annoying, this is the first time since 1982 that there's been water in
Oh, and I got the plumbing stuff at the real hardware store where Larry
the cat sleeps on the scale behind the counter. No made in China crap
there--the ball valve was made in Italy instead. I'm not sure that I
find that reassuring.