Saturday, November 14, 2009

[Don't] Do It Yourself Plumbing

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Imagine a photo here of water squirting out of one end of a bathtub and shooting, fire hydrant strength, the opposite wall with a force that would power scrub rust off a bumper.

We awoke yesterday to the sound of water running in a steady stream out of the bathtub faucet. The faucet was turned off, but the water still ran.

So, naturally I decided in Super Mom fashion that it would be no problem to fix. With a screw driver, a pair of pliers, and a smidge TOO much confidence, I set to work.

The one tool I forgot was any knowledge whatsoever of plumbling, and that became crystal clear when I loosened the last screw and the entire faucet flew off the wall similar to the way a cannon ball suddenly exits its dark, quiet tunnel of steel.

It was then that I noticed the water was piping hot and the entire bathroom began to fog over.

Do these things happen to ordinary people? It seems to me I only see this sort of thing happen to Balki and Cousin Larry or on reruns of Laverne and Shirley.

Or in Smockityville.

At this point I concluded that calling a plumber would be the wisest course of action.

So of course, I dialed my husband at work and said something along the lines of, "Water! Lots of WATER! Shooting out of the wall!" He had a hard time understanding me because a) the WATER! was noisy and b) I may have been hysterical.

He quickly called for a plumber and a little while later and very many gallons of hot water down the drain, our problem was remedied.

The moral of this little tale is sometimes a professional is required to do the job. You'll recognize these times by the fogged up bathroom, the hot water shooting out of the wall, and the frantic phone calls.

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...they call me mommy... said...

Heehee! Oh dear. Plumbing isn't my best area either!

Monica said...

Oh, no!! I consider you very brave for even trying!

I am blessed! said...

My husband is a do-it-yourselfer and almost never calls for help, but I'm helpless. I do know where the water shut-off in the alley is since we've had this problem while redoing our shower, but without him loosening it for me first with his wrench there's no way I could budge it. Calling for help was definitely the right thing to do!

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

Girl, if you don't win the funniest blog award, I am so heading the campaign to demand a recount.

Oh, and I'm sorry that your household disasters cause me so much amusement. It's nothing personal. Really.

AF Wife99 said...

Sounds like something fun(?) is always going on at your house. Glad to know we don't have the only three-ring circus homeschool.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh dear.

Well, now we know the signs! :-/

Cop Mama said...

That is too funny! I can literally picture the water spraying all over and the chaos that!

JENNIFER said...

Not as easy as it would seem right? Thats why my husband (a plumber) has a job. Good job calling for help. We all have our limits.

Lisa Beth W. said...

Shut off valves are wonderful things. :) I'll bet your children won't forget this one in a hurry. :)

New Mom said...

Perfect Strangers! Loved that show, for some reason I thought that I was the only one who remembered "fresh, young, balki-b...coming to you from across the sea" or "dy, dy, dy, dy, dy dy da dat ta dy, hey hey hey hey hey hey hey!"

How many towels did it take to mop up that mess?!

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