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"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." ~ Tom Clancy

Right. The bathtub faucet started running uncontrollably today, mere moments after I had a conversation about when the water might be turned on at the new house.

Anywhere else, that would not be a big deal, but this old house (which might be feeling peckish because it's soon to be abandoned for the new one up the hill) is about one hundred years old, and that tub stopped draining properly about a year ago. Plus, water tends to run on its own, here and there, in that bathroom. I blame the cats. Or a ghost. Never been a problem before.

But this time the water was gushing uncontrollably. The water was not draining. And when I merely grazed the faucet with my hand, it popped off the wall.

I turned off the water for the entire house (and let me tell you, there's a reason I never go into the basement), went to hardware store to buy a cap for the newly exposed pipe, but when I got home I realized there's a plastic sheath around the darn thing that was probably glued on fifty years ago. Couldn't get it off. Made the pipe too large for the cap. Hardware store closed.

Water still not turned on. Hoping this is not evidence that the pipes froze. Any advice? (Yes, I should call a plumber. And I will.)

On top of that, the street light has gone out, casting the entire front yard in absolute darkness. Walking the dogs felt like a scene from a horror movie with some stereotypical naive chick in her pajamas mumbling to her poodle while a werewolf hunches behind a tree. Rar!


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Jan. 18th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Just, please, no walking up the stairs in a floaty nightgown and holding a candle!
Jan. 18th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Don't put ideas in my head.
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Wow. No water. Terrible!!!
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like someone doesn't want you to leave. :)
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Eeek! Good luck...
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry to suggest another trip to the dreaded basement, but have you looked for a shut-off valve somewhere along the line to that particular bathroom? I also live in a very old house, and all of the bathrooms, outdoor faucets, and the kitchen have their own shut-off valves somewhere along the line.
Also, maybe turn your water on just a teeny, tiny, trickle of a bit, just so your pipes don't freeze. You might be able to get away with sticking one end of a towel or rag into the broken-off faucet and having the other end trail into a bucket to collect water if it's only a trickle coming through.

~ Mitch
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Suggestion
I'm going to try that. Thanks, Mitch!
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I had that happen to me once, but it was a burst pipe on the back of the toilet. Half the apartment was flooded by the time I figured out the shut off valve. My son was three at the time and thought it was a great opportunity to go surfing and sliding.
Jan. 18th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
I dunno. Check to see if you have a dial tone.

Also, never use a flashlight to go into the basement. Candles are better. Not only can the weak flame be blown out, with a good gotcha, but if there's a gas leak or sewer gas buildup, why the special effects explosions are spectacular and...

Wait -- this is real life and not a movie? Eek! Run for your life! (grin)

Dr. Phil
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