Thursday, February 21, 2008

Best laid plans

You know what they say about the best laid plans? It's true. Today is a case in point.

I had plans to get a pile of work done at the office, probably stay late, and go out for dinner straight from work. It happens that this is the busiest time of year for us at work and we generally expect to work late most evenings just to keep up. Today was no different.

Except . . ..

We were getting ready for work this morning when my husband mentioned that there hadn't been much hot water for his shower. Uh oh. Maybe we should check the hot water heater.

We went into the garage to check. We heard water running. Not a good sign. We turned on the light to get a better look. Lo and behold there was a stream of water flowing out the bottom of the hot water tank, into the catch container thingy, into the pipe and down the drain hole in the floor. Not a small trickle either. It was flowing as fast as an open water faucet.

Luckily, there is a sticker on the hot water tank with instructions:

Being the resident handyperson around here, I figured how to do numbers 1 and 2, skipped 3 (see 2), and figured that the darn thing was leaking - rather flowing - quite efficiently enough to dispense with number 4 and finding another hose to drain it.

Husband called the plumbing people, then went off to work.

Meanwhile, I am sitting at home waiting for the plumbing/heating repairman to arrive "sometime after 1 pm".

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