Happy first day of spring to all in the northern hemisphere. Happy first day of autumn to those in the southern hemisphere!
So, this morning, at 8:00 a.m., I called the water heater people and tried to schedule an appointment. I was told they can't make an appointment until I have the replacement part, which had been promised to be delivered by 10:00 a.m. I called the office and arranged to work from home, today, because I wanted to be home when the part arrived, rather than have it sit on the doorstep until I came home in the evening and tried to schedule an appointment for the following day.
The part was actually delivered a little after 9:00 a.m., which made me happy. I called and scheduled the appointment with the repairman. I was told he'll be here by 4:00 p.m., and I was happy. At 3:45 p.m., I called the company to check if the guy was still coming by 4:00 p.m., they put me on hold to try an contact him, said they couldn't get a hold of him, but said they left a message asking him to call them, and they will call me as soon as he does. At 4:30 p.m., I called the company again - they were closed, of course! I left a message on their voice mail, complaining about the no-show and how I now have to take another day off from work, and how upset and disappointed I was, etc. Obviously, I was not happy.
However, at 5:00 p.m., the repairman called and said he'll be out here in 20 minutes, or so. Yay! He did finally show up, at about 5:30 p.m.
According to him, it is not the water heater at fault, the valve is leaking because of the water pressure! Apparently, the pressure of the water coming into the house is too high! I have had a couple of people comment on my water pressure, before, so, I guess he was right. He measured it with a gauge at both the water heater valve and the front of the house and he said I need a new pressure regulator in the front. He showed the part to me - as far as I know, it has never been replaced since I've owned the house! He said I could get my plumber to do it or he could do it and it would cost about $350.
Well, I don't really have a plumber. There have been a couple of plumbers I've had out during various times, but I don't have a particular plumber. And, I didn't want to go looking for another plumber, at this point. So, I asked him to replace the pressure regulator. The last thing I need is have a water pipe bursting, under my house, due to overly high pressure! One of my cousins had that happen and it caused a lot of damage; she is still getting her house repaired from it. Anyway, he said he'll write up the work order and the company will call to schedule that appointment and, hopefully, he can come out, tomorrow.
He did relight my pilot light and the water heater burner - apparently the sodden insulation blocked the air vents and that is why the burner wouldn't stay lit. He cleared what he could and fixed a hose for the leaking valve to drip down and out, instead of getting the water heater wet. As a result, he couldn't close the door to the enclosure - he just leaned it in place for now, except, it kept falling for the wind! I put some bricks against it, at the bottom, but that was not enough, so finally, I duct taped the door in place! I wish I had taken a picture, but it was already getting dark, so I didn't take a picture. Maybe I'll take one in the morning!
After he left, I called the company back and left them another message, stating that the repairman did come by, after all, after 5:00 p.m. Maybe I should have been more patient, earlier, but I wasn't. If only someone had called and said he's running late, but he will be there, eventually, that would have helped, a lot.
In the meantime, there was this:
|Truck partially blocking my driveway|
A truck parked that was partially blocking my driveway. I didn't know for sure whose truck it was, when I first saw it parked there in the morning - I thought it belonged to one of the construction guys who are repairing the house next door (that had the fire in the garage, last year). I expected they would move it when they left for the day, but it remained there. I went out and took pictures because I was expecting the water heater repair guy and I assumed he would need to pull into my driveway.
Apparently, it belongs to the people who live here:
|Caravan parked in front of my house|
This is the caravan that is parked in front of my house for the most part (they move it when it is street cleaning time on Thursdays) since the beginning of this year. I don't know who they are, but I think they are people who rent from the house next door (that had the fire and is now under renovations). After I took the pictures, I went next door to see if anyone was there, to complain, but no one came to the gate (although I could hear voices in the back). Then, I saw the guy coming out from the caravan and going to move the truck. So I asked him if it was his truck and he muttered in Spanish that he was going to move it. I told him he couldn't park like that and block my driveway and that I will call the police, next time. I don't know if he understood what I said and if he will try to retaliate in some way. Sigh.
|The view from my living room window|
It started raining around 7:00 p.m. (which was when I went outside to duct tape the water heater enclosure door). Shortly after that, the lights went out, briefly! I promise I am not making up this stuff! I got my flashlight (I have several scattered around the house, but there's one under my pillow at all times) but then, the lights came back on. I called my neighbor T to check on her. She sounded very shaken and said the lights going out scared her, using more colorful language than that, and then, asked me to pardon her French! LOL. I asked her if she had a flashlight and she said yes and thanked me for calling to check on her.
Today, there were several phone calls from various people - the monks from the temple called because they had heard I had water heater problems, friend R and aunt C called to see how I was doing, as well as cousin P. I asked cousin P if she was going to the rosary prayer gathering, which is being held this weekend at her uncle's house and, if so, could I get a ride with her, as I really don't feel up to driving. She said she'll let me know, as she needs to check if her daughter will be available to drive us. Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.
So, tomorrow, I will work from home, again. And wait for the repairman. In the rain. Hopefully, without a truck blocking my driveway. I've almost got the beginnings of a country and western song, don't I? There is even the sound of a train whistle in the back ground (there are two railway tracks near my home and they have to sound the whistle when they go through the railway crossings) and the neighbor's dogs barking. Or, maybe I should try for the blues - my water heater is leaking, I dented my car, neighbor's truck was blocking my driveway, and when I went to make my coffee this morning, the milk was sour.
Today, I am grateful for:
- I am able to work from home while I wait for parts to be delivered and repair persons to show up
- The replacement part (which apparently isn't needed any more!) was delivered early
- The repair person did show up, eventually
- He was able to diagnose the real problem
- He was able to re-light my water heater and...
- I HAVE HOT WATER! Yay!
Of course, the leak is still there, but, hopefully, it will get repaired, tomorrow.
How was your first day of spring?