December 17th, 2006

Me and Rae


It goes like this:

Glue pipes together
Wait 3 hours for PVC cement to dry
Turn on the water
Find the leak
Turn off the water
Apply Plumbers Goop liberally around the joint
Wait 10 hours for it to dry
Repeat from step 3

When it got to the point that joints were leaking that were supposed to be fixed (Friday), I had to reevaluate. On Saturday I had Son pull it all out. Yep. Everything that we just put in.

But surely some was salvageble, you might say. Surely there were some joints that weren't leaking? Well, yes; but how long until they did?

See, I goofed in the beginning. I'd never used PVC pipe before, although Dale had, years ago. When he did it, he simply went to the local hardware store, Dibble, and bought the stuff he needed. That worked.

I, however, was at Home Depot when I decided to get the stuff. So I took the PVC pipes and fittings that were right there to hand, took them home, cut them and glued them. Then I went to Dibble to get more fittings, and discovered that they didn't have the right ones. I said to Kevin, "I need a smaller fitting than this, but this one is *too* small." He replied, "Don't tell me that you are using the white stuff."

So it turns out that I shouldn't have been using the white PVC. That's for drains. And making creative things. For water leads, especially for hot water, you're supposed to use CPVC, which is cream colored.

So I'm starting over.

Not only that, but I'm starting over from the hot water heater. I'm not going to go through a zillion unknown, unseen pipes in the wall that have been routed and re-routed to places they are no longer needed. I've strung one pipe straight up through the wall through two floors from the hot water heater to the bathroom. It's nearly direct, and being right next to the chimney, there's enough room to simply push it through.

And I'm going to use shut-off valves. Lots of them. Never mind that they are about $7.00 apiece. It's worth it to be able to shut the water off at any point along the path. And different sizes. The pipe coming from the heater will be 3/4 and makes the trunk, then 1/2 inch pipe going off that branches to each appliance. Except the tub. Because of the lack of water coming out of that thrice-damned shower head, I'm going most directly to that, and using the 3/4 pipe. And there's a shut-off there. Yes, installed already. Tomorrow there will be a shut off to Mary's sink and another one across the bathroom to the attic and washer.

Then I will (holds breath) cut the main pipe and install a T (one branch will still go to the kitchen sink) and, heh, a shut off.

But life will no longer consist of nothing but plumbing and drywall. No, it won't, Precious. We have declared that at 2:00 pm each day, we will stop to make the Christmas presents we have planned with Daughterly.

Just so.