Friday, January 9, 2009

Sometimes all you can do is laugh

Redecorating the Living Room

The living room is now ready for it's new ceiling. All the old plaster and lath is down, nails are all pulled, additional electric is run (we opted not to have a central overhead light when we initially did the living room so we wouldn't destroy the plaster. That is no longer an issue.) and the clean-up is complete. I managed to get it done without making the rest of the house totally unlivable. Everything seemed to work the way I planned. I even got the crown molding off without destroying it which should save us a bunch of money.

So, one successful day complete. Time for a shower and dinner. I retire to the bathroom, turn on the shower and prepare to wash away a days worth of plaster grit, dust, and grime. I reach into the shower to check the water temp before climbing in (I'm a wimp when it comes to water temp.) and it is COLD. Feels like liquid ice. After the appropriate verbal response shouted into the void I got dressed in my grimy, dusty work clothes and went to assess the problem. Guess what? The water heater died. The people who owned the house before us had installed the cheapest water heater they could find. I knew that we would be replacing it at some point, but 8:30 pm, desperately in need of a shower wasn't the time I'd have chosen. I should be impressed. The warranty on the water heater was good for 5 years and it lasted 11. But I'm not.

At this point all I could do was laugh and 'enjoy' a tepid sponge bath that only served to make the dust into very sticky mud.

My work list has been suddenly re-prioritized.


nancybond said...

It seems it's always *something*, doesn't it? Just when you think you're starting to see the light of day, something like this always happens. Ah well, take heart that your renovations, at least, are going so well. :-)

Garden4Life said...

When it rains it pours. I hope all of it works out well in the end. Hey, maybe all the cash you're saving with the crown molding can go towards a hot water heater. :) It sounds like you could save some cash in the long run by choosing a better quality/more efficient one. Yippee!

Kate The Great said...

I know what you mean about the cold... and now it's snowing... lovely!

Barbee' said...

Bless your heart!!! 'When it rains it pours' is so true. When will it ever end! Seems not until you have totally! redone your house. After a new water heater, what remains to be done?! Oh, yes, the wood-burning furnace.

inadvertent farmer said...

Ok, I'm sorry but I'm sitting here giggling picturing you yelling at your water heater. I really am sorry about all your house tramas, not a good way to start the new year but darn if it doesn't make for entertaining blog reading!


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