Thursday, August 19, 2010

My favorite astronaut

A lot of the work that we've done (okay, that P's done) on the house these last several weeks has been the kind of stuff that's important, but not very flashy.  Lots of plumbing work, in particular.  First installing the pressure reducer that our home inspector told us we needed.  Luckily, I happened to be doing laundry that weekend, and P was in just the right place in the crawl space at just the right time to discover that there was an enormous hole in the pipe that drains the washing machine, and most of that water was ending up in the crawl space rather than the sewer.  So then there was an unplanned pipe repair.  Then a planned pipe repair on a slow leak the inspector had discovered on the kitchen sink drain pipe.  Plus replacing a leaky outdoor spigot, and adding a shutoff valve so that we can drain it in the winter and not worry about freezing.  (The simpler alternative would have been to install the fancy new spigots that will drain themselves in the event of a freeze, but that would have required enlarging the hole for the pipe in the cinder block foundation, and that would have required buying a crazy large crazy expensive drill bit and a hammer drill to run it....  And all that adds up.)

All of this is to say, P's been spending a lot of time in the crawl space.  And some in the attic.  He has a kind of love/hate relationship with them: he complains to no end about going in, but wild horses couldn't keep him out.  He's put significantly more mental time and energy into dreaming about how to improve them than he's put into the interior of the house.  (At least that's how it seems to me.)

He decided it was time for a special outfit for crawl space and attic work, so he could be more comfortable up/down there for a longer period of time.  So, a rendezvous with his other illicit lover (McMaster-Carr), and now he's all set.

To those of you who are distressed about the appalling amount of bare skin he has exposed, let me reassure you: he does have gauntlet-length disposable gloves that he whips out when the urge strikes.

1 comment:

Darryl Iorio said...

You have done lots of plumbing and pipe repairs! Unplanned repairs usually happen when the pipes are not constantly maintained and checked. Luckily, P is a great worker, even though he has a love-hate relationship with the pipes. It’s been almost three years and I hope that you haven't experienced another water leak. You must call a professional plumber who’ll be able to fix all your pipe problems in the coming days. :)

Darryl Iorio