I can't really justify that [dado set|jointer|router|digital camera] with
all this medical debt heading my way, but I decided damn if I was going to
just hand them every dime I have, wind up broke, and still end up owing
them thousands besides. Might as well take care of some household stuff
that needed doing while I could afford to do so. I guess this seed got
planted when my dryer blew up last month.
I replaced our brain damaged thermostat with one of those newfangledy
digital deals, which took care of one big annoyance. Next up, the hot
water heater. I noticed that it had finally turned 30. It was still
working, but after 30 years, I figured it was only a matter of time. The
top has been crusty with rust for years now, and I've been kind of holding
my breath every time I looked at it, hoping the tank wouldn't rust through
before I could do something about it.
So I got a super deluxe ultra floofy top of the line replacement. The
heater had a main shutoff, and one each for hot and cold coming off to feed
the washer. None of these three valves worked, and one of them had a
broken handle, and a horked up handle holding screw. So while I was going
to be knee deep in a mess, I went ahead and re-did the whole works with new
materials and new valves all around.
I spared no expense, and cut no corners. I took measurements, measured
twice (measured twice incorrectly, as it turns out, but that's a different
story), made a detailed drawing and an itemized purchase list. I got
everything I needed, then spent six tedious hours painstakingly cutting and
reaming and deburring and polishing and shining and spiffing and test
fitting the crap out of everything, then I finally had it all together,
hooked up, and pressure tested after the seventh hour. Another half hour
or so, and I had carefully fitted insulation and taped all the joints, and
had done the spiff damn biffiest job of installing a water heater anyone
It was kind of a nice day today, coldish, but above freezing, and sunny. I
wanted to spend some time outside, but I spent my entire Saturday working
on this damn water heater. SWMBO, meanwhile, was with Mom all day,
shopping and playing cards and stuff.
She came home, looked at my work, and had the audacity to bitch about the
mess in the laundry room. I asked her what she thought of my eight hours
of labor, and, for that matter, my $500, and she said, "Hrmph. It's a
water heater. Does it work?"
SHEESH! That's why I say wimminz is ungreatful. She shouldda said "It's
great honey. Nice job. Here, have a beer, then let's go back to the
Instead, she went in the living room after a hard day of playing cards and
shopping, and fell asleep on the couch. My Score Factor is a whopping 0,
and I had to get my own beer. Sniff.
Oh, and I have a headache too. Hrmph.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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