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Hello, Murphy, My Old Friend...

March 6th, 2017 at 08:28 pm

...you've come to walk with me again. Yes, totally singing it to the tune of The Sound of Silence (Disturbed's version, not the original Simon and Garfunkle).

The hot water tank exploded. Well, not literally, but the water coming out of it did. It made quite a mess and we have had no hot water in our part of the house for two days. There is still hot water in the main house, but it is on a different hot water heater.

The one that exploded feeds the laundry room, the outdoor hot water hose, and our bathroom and shower. It is freezing out, snowing for 3 or 4 days now, so when you come in from doing something outside and have to wash your hands in cold water it is very hard to warm up.

They came to look at the tank today and it is still under warranty, so the tank itself will be replaced for free. The labor, however, will cost $700. Ugh. And they will be starting work early in the morning. Double ugh.

We have washed all the towels used to soak up the water on cold and dried them, but that was just so they weren't sitting around mildewing for a couple days. They will have to be rewashed in hot water as soon as we have it again.

I am using paper plates, bowls, and plastic cups for the most part so we don't have to deal with dishes. Right now having hot water involves heating it up in the microwave and mixing it with some cold so it doesn't burn you.

It reminds me of one of the Little House books, where Pa would bring in buckets of cold water from the well and then Ma would heat water in the kettle on the wood stove to add to the bathwater to get it to the right temperature. Only no bath, just the sink.

Oh, well, I can shower tomorrow after the workers leave.

5 Responses to “Hello, Murphy, My Old Friend...”

  1. alice4now Says:

    I remember the Little House descriptions of the weekly bath routine, too. Imagine how much time it took to get the whole family bathed...

    Hope the new water heater is installed promptly with no unwelcome surprises, and you are soon able to enjoy a hot shower.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh darn! Hang in there LR. Something very good has to be just around the corner.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Oh, bummer! You'll really enjoy your hot shower when you get one!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    OK, I started singing that in my head even before you mentioned the tune! Yikes...great minds!

    So sorry Mr. Murphy has revisited. Hope you can send him packing soon and have a calmer life.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh that bites! Hope you have hot water now.

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