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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
10 days ago

Good morning and happy President’s Day.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
10 days ago

Power off -- see you guys later. Stay safe.

dv8
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dv8
10 days ago
Reply to  Just Mac

Wow, Mac! I didn’t know they had snow in anywhere in Texas except in the “Texas Alps.”

dv8
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dv8
10 days ago
Reply to  Just Mac

We have only had one snow, so far, maybe about 8 or 10 inches. And it never got down below about 25 degrees.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
10 days ago

Happy Problematic Dead Old White Men Day, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven, and Mac!

Sven -- have fun pioneering at the Mt. Redoubt.

Mac -- glad you were able to get the pipes cleared. You have PEX, don’t you? It’s got some expansion capabilities, unlike copper. Tell everyone you know to stay off the roads until the ice melts. Nobody needs to get involved in an impromptu demolition derby.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
9 days ago

Power is back on -- looks like they replaced two out of five poles -- next goaround is this Friday. Tomorrow is no water day.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
9 days ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Of course the two utilities couldn’t coordinate their work to minimize the impact on their customers.

dv8
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dv8
10 days ago

So I had the bright idea to try the plumbing again this morning which, as it turned out had still been leaking a bit into the tub I left under the faucets in the bathroom. The shutoff valves have an older style fitting that needs plumber’s putty or lots of Teflon tape on the fitting that keeps the nut from sliding off the pipes.

I wasn’t sure what on earth I was looking at at first, so I decided to wait until my friend could come by just in case we needed to do any pipe sweating, which I don’t have the tools for, and have never done before.

If I had a torch, and the right solder and flux, I might be able to do it, because I watched a real plumber do it a couple of times, but I have low confidence in my ability there.

Anyway, as it turned out, it was the kind of fitting that is not a compression fitting, but kind of looks like one, but there is just a ring attached to the end of the pipe that a nut tightens over. That kind of thing uses putty, I guess. That’s what was on there before. But my friend said using Teflon as though it were putty would be better, so that’s what we did.

It doesn’t appear to be leaking. I’ll leave the cabinet empty for a few days just to make sure it isn’t leaking. But so far, it looks okay.

Now… My toilet keeps running every so often. It doesn’t appear to be the flapper, which I’ve changed a couple of times, nor the ring, which I’ve sanded a bit with fine grit just to make sure (I’ve had that work before.) So… I guess it’s the whole fitting that attaches the tank to the bowl. It must be leaking around there somewhere, so I guess I need that whole assembly with the ring seal and everything. I did that in Portland a long time ago, and… it wasn’t all that hard. I can’t remember what happened, but somehow, the old tank cracked when I was putting it back on, so I went to the “field of toilets” and found a new tank and put it on. Anyway, it’s not leaking that bad, so I’ll save that for another time.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
9 days ago
Reply to  Just Mac

It looks beautiful, Mac. Stay safe!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
9 days ago

It does indeed look beautiful -- stay safe and here’s hoping no serious damage to your home from the cold. I’m trying to get in touch with a friend in Houston, but no luck.

dv8
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dv8
10 days ago
Reply to  Just Mac

I suck at plumbing. Both fixtures are leaking now. I guess I’ll have to use the plumber’s putty. I was afraid of that. I’m starting to wish I just called a plumber.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
9 days ago
Reply to  dv8

Can you just replace the supply lines from the angle stops to the faucets?