Pipe dream


I was turning off the dishwasher this morning (to save electricity, I turn it off when it reaches the drying cycle), and I stepped in water.

I just knew I was going to have a dishwasher repair bill in my near future. But it was simply a pipe under the sink that had rusted through. My finger felt a little opening along the bottom, but when I started twisting it off, it broke in two in my hand.

Thank goodness the nearby Stanley Hardware opens early on Saturdays. They always take really good care of me there. When I left, they said they’d see me again today (“You’re doing plumbing; you’ll be back” – they were quite confident), and I so wanted to prove them wrong. And I did.

Making the repair, I had a moment when I thought I had bought the wrong-length pipe and would have to return to the store (and eat crow), but I was able to make it work! It was fixed in less than 5 minutes. I didn’t even have to dig out a wrench.

And this $8.27 plumbing problem had unplanned but happy consequences. It made me take a good look around at the house. I realized it had been several weeks (ok, months) since I had mopped the kitchen floor. After I swept and mopped, I got a lot more done (vacuuming, taking the rest of the Christmas decorations downstairs, paring down our collection of cleaning products and corresponding empty containers, and more).

And tonight I’m updating our budget. Bruce got word last week that he has been approved for disability, a process that took only five months vs. the 2 years we expected it to take. We’ve even gotten a check already. An answer to a lot of prayers (a big thanks to those of you who said them). So now we can start digging ourselves out of the hole.

I’ll go get the shovel.

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5 thoughts on “Pipe dream

  • Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 7:36 am


    Talk about burying the lead Suzy—-any, repeat any editor would say it’s a lead pipe cinch that the flow of money washes out a leaking pipe for newsworthiness (PUNS, GLORIOUS PUNS — you know the Oliver Twist song?)

    I am smiling form ear to ear, only because I can’t smile fully around to the back of my head—-what great news. Can you keep the house now? Hope so. Well, before I plunge into more puns, I guess I should wrench myself away from the keyboard before the faucet opens full. I’m trying hard not to spray my humor around so much, I don’t want to drain my friends overly else they decide to hit the disposal button on the computer and flush my words into the cyber-sewer.

    Okay, enough plumber’s cracks—-my gosh, I never know when to plug it.



    Yes, when I was your editor, I would have smacked you for burying the lede like that. Or I would have smacked you before you got to your eight or ninth bad pun. (I really miss smacking you around, ya know?)

    I was planning to announce our good news in a separate post, but when we got the first check it didn’t have any explanation with it, and it took us a minute to be sure it wasn’t a fake. The letter didn’t come until three or four days later, and then I was too busy to post.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re glad for us. We still need to sell the house, but now this buys us some time.

    Be well.

  • Monday, February 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    It is wonderful to hear that our prayers have been answered! Also awesome that you can add plumber to your list of many talents. Way to go, girl.

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11:52 am

    With all due respect to DJ and Suzy’s editing instincts, I’d like to plumb the depths a bit if I may. The disability ruling need not have bubbled to the surface as the key piece of news here, because the global flow of information meant this tidbit had already been leaked over at brulog. So, it may have been a splash of freshness from this particular faucet, but it’s water under the bridge in the grand scheme of things.

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    so if i have plumbing issues, you’re my gal…

  • Monday, March 9, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Don’t you just LOVE modern plumbing fixtures, especially those handy little twist-on connectors? I can hardly believe the International Plumber’s Conspiracy (Local 413) hasn’t been lobbying Congress to ban them! Hurrah for do-it-yourself plumbing repairs!


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