Murph is a big fat ruin-er of things!

It’s Presidents Day. I was supposed to have a nice short traffic-less drive to work today. It was gonna be great since I’m so busy right now. Alas, Murph showed up around 4:45 when my neighbors car alarm stared going off. So, instead of getting ahead at work I sit here on my kitchen floor with Murph, a blow dryer, the oven on full blast and a space heater pointed into the crawlspace behind the tub. Oh joy, the power has now gone out… Well, at least I have Hans and caffeine. So there’s that. 👎

If you need to unfreeze your pipes, check out this post. Sorry if this one has typos, I’m typing on my iPhone from under the sink in between sips of glorious caffeine. I promise to come back and spell check tonight.

Happy Presidents’ Day,
❤ Roni

How to drain a water heater

Attempt at your own risk – if you are uncomfortable with this type of stuff, hire someone! Because if you flood your house that’s on you, dude!

Without further ado, there are four general steps you need to do to get a water heater drained right-quick.

  • Turn off the burner and gas supply (or electricity).
  • Turn off the water.
  • Connect your hose.
  • Open the drain valve and let ‘er rip.

Doesn’t seem all that hard – but pictures always help me so I prepared some photos for this tutorial.
The photo below points out the basic areas with which you need to familiarize yourself to drain a water heater.
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(Frozen) Pipe Dream

Been a long time. Holidays and such. Apologies. I am making great progress but, as usual, there are snags. Such as winter.
Frozen pipes and water meter. I’m such a lucky gal, aren’t I?

Prevention plan:
1. Leave cabinet doors open if meter is under a sink.
2. Wrap meter in blankets and/or pipe insulation.*
3. Keep kitchen ceiling fan turning clockwise on low to pull hot air downward. (If you have one.)
4. Keep heat on 70.
5. When is very cold out leave a trickle of hot and cold on in each faucet.

Battle plan (if they freeze):
1. Curse loudly, it helps.
2. Open all your faucets to allow pressure to escape.
3. Remove the insulation or blanket from meter and blow dry that mutha on low. For at least an hour.
4. Daydream, grab your electronic device of choice or a buddy to talk to. This takes FOREVER.
5. If waters still not moving, call the water company. It could be frozen coming into your house. Don’t try and turn the main water valve off, if there is ice there you’ll cause destruction. Epic destruction.
6. If they show up, fiddle around and tell you it’s blocked after the meter, I’m sorry for you. Locate any pipes in your exterior walls and blow a space heater at the wall. (Assuming you cannot first access with the blow dryer.) If your space heater doesn’t blow air put a box fan in front to move the warm air.

What not to do:
1. Do not touch the blow dryer to the metal.
3. Never use any kind of open flame for these maneuvers. You can burst your pipes and burn your house down.
4. If you use a box fan and heater combo, keep them a decent distance apart.
5. Do not leave any of this crap unattended.
6. Just use your noggin and be safe, man!

*I tried pipe insulation on the meter in my house to no avail. Blankets are easily removed so I can proceed to the Battle Plan more easily.

Apologies for the brevity but I’m writing this with one hand while the other holds a blow dryer. Cheers!


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