AN EVENING WALK IN THE FOREST
Suspecting a problem with our water heater for awhile a retired plumber fella by the name of Mike who lives in our Park came over to have a look at it Sunday morning. As it turned out the water heater was the least of our problems. A fair amount of sludge in the bottom of the heater tank but it was easy to drain out. He decided to also have a look underneath our unit at the plumbing below the water tank and that is when a big problem was discovered. Unbeknownst to us we have had water leaking underneath our mobile for quite some time and to say it is a huge mess under there would be putting it mildly. But the leak had nothing to do with the hot water tank.
BIT OF A DIFFERENT VEHICLE CONFIGURATION IN OUR DRIVEWAY FOR A FEW DAYS
I spent an unpleasant half hour or so Sunday afternoon mucking around on my stomach underneath our unit hauling soaking wet things out like insulation and lumber I had been storing . Luckily we have a cement pad under our mobile home but the accumulation over the years of dust and dirt now mixed with leaking shower, sink, and washing machine water has created a very nasty mess.
FANS GOING TO DRY THINGS OUT UNDERNEATH OUR UNIT
NEED TO GET AS MUCH AIR CIRCULATING UNDERNEATH AS POSSIBLE
Mike was able to determine the leak was stemming from somewhere underneath our bathroom and said he would come back Monday morning with some lights and tools to have a closer look and that brings me up to today.
THIS IS THE ENTRANCE BELOW DECKS WHERE OUR WATER PIPES AND VALVES ARE
There is only about two feet of crawl space under our unit so it's a really tough place to get into let alone fix anything. Mike is probably around my age or a bit younger and like me is no spring chicken anymore so crawling around underneath a trailer in a tight fitting place is not the easiest of things to do. With the aid of tarps on the soaking wet concrete he was able to wiggle himself underneath to where the problem area is and soon determined it was a case of some incorrect plumbing that had indeed caused our leak. In fact it may have been slowly leaking since having our new shower installed 3 years ago. Never having any reason to go under our unit except to turn the water off in the Fall and on again in the Spring I never noticed the leak because it was only one small section of the mobile I was ever part way under.
HERE’S A FEW PHOTOS THAT NEVER MADE IT INTO MY OTHER RECENT POSTS
KELLY SUITS UP FOR PHEEBS MORNING WALK……THAT’S KELLY ON THE RIGHT:))
THIS RETIRED FARMER IS KEEPING HIS HAND IN BY MOWING THE DITCHES
‘OK SMART GUY NOW THAT YOU SANK THE BOAT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE’
‘AWWWW COME ON GRAMMA MY FRIEND ARE WATCHING’
Needing parts and fittings Mike said he would pick them up today and return Tuesday to see if he could re-do the pipe fixtures and have us back in operation again. Said it’s not going to be an easy job. Luckily for us we have the Motorhome right outside the door and are able to use the facilities in there. Without the Motorhome we would really have been up the creek.
NICE EVENING WALK AROUND THE PARK’S POND TONIGHT AGAIN
TELEPHOTO LENS LOOK OF THE LIGHT AT THE END OF OUR LONG TUNNEL LIKE PINE TREE TRAIL
THAT LITTLE BLACK DOT IS THE PHEEBER BUNS WAY ON DOWN THE TRAIL
Our day remained dull and overcast right up to about 3 o’clock when things began to brighten up. Nice to see sunshine spilling through the pine trees again. Richard came over to have a look at the bent screen door on the Motorhome and I knew if anyone could fix that door it was Richard. And fix it he did. Took the door off, took it back to his place, put some magic straightening sauce on it and ‘walla’ he had that door back on the Motorhome in no time flat. What a guy-what a guy. Kelly actually took a few Blackberry photos of us.
RICHARD AND PHEEBS BEGIN TAKING OFF THE DOOR WHILE OLD BAGGY PANTS HEADS INTO THE CARPORT FOR A SCREWDRIVER
RICHARD WONDERED WHY WE HAD A ‘GRAPE NUTS’ CEREAL BOX TAPED TO THE SIDE OF THE MOTORHOME AND I THINK THAT IS THE ONLY PICTURE OF MYSELF I HAVE EVER SEEN WHERE I AM ACTUALLY STANDING UP SORTA STRAIGHT AND NOT SLOUCHED OVER
RICHARD MOUNTED HIS NOBLE STEED WITH OUR BENT SCREEN DOOR IN HAND AND HEADED FOR HIS PLACE ABOUT 10 SECONDS AWAY. HE TELLS ME ON WINDY DAYS HE CAN SOMETIMES GET THAT ELECTRIC BICYCLE OF HIS UP TO 400 MPH
Pheebs and I will try to get out for a quick morning drive before Mike the plumber comes over around 10. With any luck maybe we can find us a few photos somewhere. Think it is supposed to be a mixture of sun and cloud around 70F and that’s mighty fine with me
TOASTED MUSHROOMS ON THE FOREST FLOOR
GROANERS CORNER:(( During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. His patient described a typical day this way: 'Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank eight beers, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, crawled out of quicksand and took four leaks behind big trees.' Inspired by the story, the doctor said, 'You must be one hell of an outdoors man!' 'NAH,' he replied, 'I'm just a crappy golfer.'
“His beard is so thick, when he eats food he mustache some of it away for later.”
An elderly couple were driving across the country. The woman was driving when she got pulled over by the highway patrol. The officer said, “Ma’am did you know you were speeding?” The woman, hard of hearing, turns to her husband and asks, “What did he say?” The old man yells, “He says you were speeding!” The patrolman says, “May I see your license?” The woman turns to her husband and asks again, “What did he say?” The old man yells, “He wants to see your license!” The woman gave the officer her license. The patrolman says, “I see you are from Arkansas. I spent some time there once and went on a blind date with the ugliest woman I’ve ever seen.” The woman turned to her husband and asked, “What did he say?” And the old man yells, “He said he knows you!”
So nice that you have some helpful neighbours there, mike fixing the plumbing and Richard straighten your door. Soon you be already to rock and roll again !ReplyDelete
The plumber deserves a huge tip for that awful job!ReplyDelete
Skilled friends are a blessing to have.ReplyDelete
Glad you're getting this figured out. No fun crawling in a narrow space like that, let alone fixing something under there. Better be nice to Richard!ReplyDelete
Leaks are some of the most frustrating problems we can have. We once had a water leak in our crawl space that took about a month of steady fan use to dry out after we hired a very skinny plumber to get to the problem!ReplyDelete
Not a fan of tight spaces, glad you have someone who wants to get under there! Love your pine tree tunnel, so sweet to have it close to home. Pheebs is such a sweetie!!ReplyDelete
Richard should get in touch with Elon Musk. If Musk could get that 400 mph electric bicycle into production, he might not need his hyperloop!ReplyDelete
Fixing the leak sure doesn't sound like a pleasant job from where you said it was located. But plumbers are use to that kind of space. Glad you got located! A successful day getting your MH door straightened, too!!ReplyDelete