Both girls are at their Army Reserve units this weekend. PFC Pico was supposed to go on a field exercise at Fort Dix, but her unit, a military police unit, could take only one commo, and it wasn’t her. Both had the pleasure of doing Army Physical Fitness Tests yesterday morning; both passed.
Penn State is having Spring Break this coming week, so SPC Pico will be home all of next week. Naturally, her cat is here, too, and we don’t have cat peace at home; Pluto, our queen bee, doesn’t like Xion (a neutered male) at all.
And I have a plumbing disaster on my hands. The hot water spigot in the bathroom basic broke and shot into the air, complete with a geyser of hot water. SPC Pico awoke me, at 0110, to tell me this. I couldn’t find any shut off valve under the basin, so I had to go down to the basement and shut off the hot water to the entire bathroom.
Well, that is a copper gate valve in a copper line, and it is corroded. I got the water shut off. Then, in the morning, I did find a PVC shut off valve, almost at floor level, to the bathroom basin, and closed it off. But when I turned the hot water back on to the rest of the bathroom, I found that the corroded valve now leaks when opened. The only other shut-off will shut off water going into the boiler, which means that all of the hot water, as well as the heat, will be shut off when I close that. I opened the corroded valve long enough for everyone to shower, then close it off again; now there’s a slight drip even when closed.
I got everything I need to replace the valve at Lowe’s, but I’ve never worked on copper lines before, and I’ll have exactly one chance to get it right; if I don’t, no hot water and no heat.
Right now, the we have the towels which got soaked in the washing machine, and a load of dishes in the dishwasher; it seemed like a good idea to get that stuff done first, in case I foul up this repair. But I’ll be down in the basement soon, hoping I can get this done right.