Thursday, February 11, 2010

Is there anything worse than watching paint dry?

I think I have found the answer to this age-old question...A) yes and B) draining a water heater. Hello everyone, all four or five of you. No, this is not Meghan. She and Duncan are currently counting sheep and other critters. I come to you from my the well past my bedtime.

First of all, Bob Vila I am not. Meghan certainly didn't marry me for my handyman skills. I can manage a few things, but I'll probably be finding a different conversation around the water cooler at work than "how I completely gutted an old house and had it on the market in a weekend." We noticed a few weeks ago that we had a leaky water heater. A nice little stream made its way into our garage, so we decided to see what could be done to fix it. We found out that our unit was still covered under its original warranty - a true blessing. It will be replaced with a similar model tomorrow. But before that can take place, we needed to drain the water.

Initially, we didn't really know what to do. Of course, neither of us had really had much dealings with water heaters, well, at least diagnosing issues and trying to get those issues resolved. We researched the internet, as well as contacted individuals more shrewd than us. We figured out what sort of things needed to be done to drain it. Seemed pretty simple...until the water wouldn't drain out of the garden hose. So we resorted to placing buckets under the drain valve and dumping them after the filled. Imagine the sound of rhythmic water dripping from a faucet...that's what I've listened to for the past 2 hours. Never have I been so happy to fold laundry.

I'm certain I could describe this process to someone with more knowledge and I'd get the, "Aww, you didn't have to do that. All you needed to do was................" Yeah, thanks. There probably is a faster, quicker, warmer way, but water is exiting the water heater, and I guess that was my goal. This really wasn't the type of home improvement project we envisioned, but I guess you have to take the good with the bad sometimes.

Well, hopefully this won't last much longer. I'm jealous of those two sleeping beauties up there. Boy, will she be surprised when she goes to make her next post? Until next time (and hopefully, not too long from now)..... --Andy

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