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Dec 4, 2010

In Hot Water

Okay, what the heck is going on, I ask you? First, I had the "bone" in the tire; then my "router" went out and now it's the hot water heater. Uuga!

So, of course the little maintenance guy can't get here until next week but he did suggest that I try a few things just to get enough hot water until then.  Can you feel my temperature rising?

So, I'm out in the garage with a crescent wrench (whatever that is), a hammer, a water hose, some buckets, a long spoon (don't ask) and my trusty screwdriver and gloves. Electricity off (check)...that's very important when dealing with wires near water, by the way.  Unscrew valve (yea right....which valve........there are 3 on my heater)....after some experimenting, one very wet tennis shoe and a bruised knuckle the valve is unscrewed and the water hose is in place to drain the excess water. 

Do you know how much water is inside a hot water heater?  I do...............now!

Do you know how long it takes to drain a hot water heater?  I do..............now!

Next, I'll need to flush out the sediment at the bottom of the heater, the little guy says..........hummmmmm.......this should be easy........you would think.

Thirty minutes later.......drenched from head to toe (picture a cat dunked in the river), most of the sediment down my throat, in my other tennis shoe and the rest on the garage floor.......I'm thinking of stringing up that maintenance guy.

BTW, no pictures in this post.....I didn't want to scare any children!


Kristie said...

Poor you! You are having such a hard time, first a bone in your tire now your water heater!!! I have had water heater problems and trust me, I know it is a big MESS!!! Sure hope things start looking up for you.

Joanne Lendaro said...

OH YOU POOR THING!! Isn't/wasn't there a way to hook up a hose to run the water out of the garage? Seems to me when we did that back in Noblesville we ran a hose to the drain because the hot water heater was in the basement. I sure hope your luck turns around quickly!! You have had more than your share of "issues" lately!! Hugs for a better day today!

Brenda said...

Sorry to hear about your misfortunes! I have never had to deal with a hot water heater....and from your description; I do not want to. Things will get better, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gene Black said...

My Grandmother always said things happen "in threes" so you are safe for a little while now. Ha ha. Sorry to laugh but y our description was so funny, I got a picture of Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy) draining the water heater.
I have had that drowned cat feeling myself. I am glad you were able to write about it with humor.

Teaquilts said...

I admire that you are willing to try and I'm guessing succeeded at this task. I would have called a friend that's handy with small home repairs to help.

JustCindy said...

You should be good to go, you've had your three. Just in case be careful.


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