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Woo hoo! For the first time in over a month, we have hot water easily available at the kitchen sink! Woo!

One of the joys of owning an older home is that sometimes the fixtures border on the antique. Let's just call them "non-standard". We were able to order a faucet from home-depot, but it wasn't one they carried in regular stock.

Then, once we got it home, and screwed up the courage to install it, we discovered what looked like bad pipes in the wall. That's when we made the call to Rad Dyke Plumber aka Zan of Zan's Plumbing. We've seen her ads for years on the back of The Stranger and heard her ads on AM1090. She rocks.

John stayed home to deal with house stuff yesterday morning--a service visit from the oil folks and Zan. When she got there, she determined that the pipes probably didn't need to be replaced--which was nice. Other handymen would have simply replaced them and charged us through the nose. She said "I don't think you need that yet", installed the faucet and it's wonderful and works. I think it helps to have knowledge and the right tools. :)

Life is good. We have a programmable thermostat (on our 1940s era furnace) and hot water. Woo.



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Oct. 13th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Zan's a trip! Way cool :)
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on achieving hot water! And other things....

This gives me an opportunity to announce myself. Unless I'm very, very confused, this brings to four the cadre of Pioneer staff from our particular era at Whitman with LiveJournal accounts. The other two are twilight2000 and susanmarie, the latter awfully quiet of late (I'd say "shy and retiring", but she'd probably come all the way back from the East Coast to whack me). I got here via recently discovering the new "schools" LJ feature; it looks, however, like most of the folks in whitties are current students rather than old people like me. [Note diplomatic avoidance of plural pronouns here.]
Oct. 13th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, John! It's a small world!

It's amazing how small things make the world better.
I've maintained, for years, that I would have made a lousy pioneer. Three miles out of Pittsburgh, I would have been craving the comforts of home. :)

Oct. 13th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Am glad to have hot water in the kitchen again, and it was *warm* when I got up this morning! Yaay!

(Will we have "Faucet pics"?)
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