Monday, January 19, 2009

Give me a Hand

...Cause I am one handy chick to have around. There's nothing I can't (learn) to do!

That's right. I went there.

With the temperatures dipping well below zero I thought my home's plumbing may have been in danger. It crossed my mind the other night when I went to bed that it was a possibility they could freeze. But then thought "'s already taken care of."

They froze last year. The heat tape that was wrapped around the main line had failed (-0 temps.) Hubs freaked out. He didn't know what to do. And this from a man that was in construction before he came to the states!

When I woke up Saturday morning the thought of frozen pipes had fled far from my mind. It wasn't until around 11:30 am when I went to flush the toilet did the thought return. I flushed and the toilet made an odd noise. So I tried again, thinking maybe one of the kids had clogged it somehow. I then thought I'd wait a bit for it to fill up and try again. As I reached to turn on the faucet to wash my hands the reality hit me. The pipes had likely frozen again!

Sure enough, non of the faucets in the house worked. I wasn't even stressed out a bit. Nope. After all, it was me that took care of them LAST YEAR! Super-Wifey to the rescue!!!!!

Yeah, I know. You'd think having a man around the house would mean I wouldn't have to be the one to figure out how to defrost the main water line into the house. Wrong. Last year I told hubs to make sure the tape got wrapped further down.

Guess what? That few inch gap that lacked heat tape cause he didn't re-wrap it after I reminded him??? ( and I didn't double check cause I didn't want to hover.) Yeah, that was the part that was frozen. So there I was, at noon on Saturday crawling under the house to defrost the waterline. In about a half hour everything was fine. I even took care of that tiny section of pipe. Hopefully there won't be any more problems.

Oh, he's a handy man to have in the kitchen, but when it comes to things like frozen pipes, dead batteries, or caulking a seam, it's up to me.

I am, indeed, a good catch and handy to have around. ( I like to imagine those
"old flames" smacking themselves on the forehead and wondering how they ever let me get away! Ha!!!!)