Monday, December 18, 2017
The joys of working with contractors
Following Friday's excitement, and a lot of research into solutions over the weekend, the plumber arrived this morning to install our new water heater.
Interesting times ensued when he shut off the water to the old heater - only to find that hot water was flowing into it through a pipe they didn't recognize. Turns out our geothermal heating and A/C unit circulates hot water through it, to take advantage of the heat it's either providing to or removing from the house. A quick call to the A/C tech, and he came out to switch off the water pump in the unit. He'll be back this afternoon to switch everything on again and "burp" the pump. That's another service bill coming our way . . . good thing our "rainy day fund" can cope with it!
The neighbor's kitten, Curtis, a charming little black-and-white five-month-old hellion, has decided that our open garage (where the water heater is installed), and the open plumbing van, are exactly what he needs to explore. He's getting in everybody's way, particularly when he climbs into the plumber's toolkit. The expression on a plumber's face when he reaches down without looking, expecting to pick up a wrench, and instead grabs a purring kitten, is very amusing - to us, at any rate!
Here's hoping we'll have hot water again by tonight. Tomorrow, we're expecting a couple to stay overnight, with their two toddlers, so we'd better be able to offer them a working bathroom!