July 17, 2006

House of Blues

In addition to my non-air conditioned house peaking at 92 degrees inside last night (we did get a temporary window AC unit for the bedroom, so at least we could sleep), I realized that the toilet was severely leaking water onto the floor due to a bad seal. Upon closer inspection, I could see that it was a seal that could not be repaired, fixed and/or patched. A new toilet is required.

Which I could have lived with, but. . .

The water shut-off valve to the toilet is so incredibly old, it won't shut completely, so it continue to spray a considerable amount of water that couldn't just simply be caught in a bucket, since said bucket would fill in about 10 minutes. So, I had to shut off the water to the entire damned house.

I went to Home Depot and bought a new valve, but when I got home, I discovered that the new valve was slightly different than the old valve and couldn't simply be swapped out. By the time I made that discovery, all hardware stores in the city were closed.

So there we sat, in 92 degree heat, no working toilet, and no running water. It was an uncomfortable and irritating night.

To do list for today includes purchasing and installing a new toilet, and the search for a reasonably priced central air unit continues. Fun times. Fun times.

Posted by Ryan at July 17, 2006 01:58 PM | TrackBack

That's really too bad, but I don't have a ton of sympathy considering I spent all of Saturday moving a friend from one house to another. I was about 6 inches from dying of heat exhaustion. But then I drank some beer and ate some pizza and passed out on his couch so it was all good.

Posted by: Rick at July 17, 2006 02:37 PM

First unseasonably hot temperatures and now a flash flood? Still skeptical about global warming?

I kid, I kid...

Posted by: flamingbanjo at July 17, 2006 04:07 PM


You know what would really make you popular with the irritating old bitch next door? Shit in your firepit-- then burn it.

Suburban neighbors love that.

Posted by: Joshua at July 17, 2006 05:54 PM

Call the landlord.

Posted by: Rob@L&R at July 18, 2006 06:29 AM

At what point do you give up and go stay in a motel six for the night?

Posted by: DG at July 18, 2006 04:12 PM



I'm stubborn like that. Melissa, not so much. She was considering going and sleeping at a friend's house, until we located a window AC unit to get us through.

Posted by: Ryan at July 18, 2006 08:51 PM

I've a feeling the heat has melted your brain. Are you really expecting to find a reasonably priced central air unit before November?

Posted by: dementee at July 19, 2006 03:14 PM

My girlfriend's mom is dating a guy who sells and installs central air units, so I'm hopeful. Not giddily hopeful, but hopeful.

Posted by: Ryan at July 19, 2006 03:27 PM
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