We are home. The house is warmed up, but we still don't have water. The entrance line into the house is frozen.
I'm thawing it by running hot water through a small diameter hose that fits inside the supply line. That normally does the job. Unfortunately, the line is frozen deep enough that it goes past a 90 degree joint in the line. The hot water hose can't turn the sharp corner. I'm going to have to dig down to the joint and remove it. Then the hot water hose can continue down the line.
There's a big workbench sitting on top of where I have to dig. It's absolutely loaded with tools and junk. It will take some time to clear out my digging area.
Just to make things interesting, my gout decided to act up. My big toe became inflamed on our last day of travel. I blame several days of road food, not enough drinking water, and stress. Normally, my home remedies nip it in the bug before it gets bad. Of course, home remedies only work at home. Now that I'm treating it, it already feels much better.
I'm hauling drinking water in a water brick. Toilets are flushed with water from melting snow on the woodstove. We've been able to shower at my daughters' houses.
Hope to have the water up an running within 24 hours. Minor problems, in the big scheme of things.
Good luck with the water problem. I guess being away and not having water running through the pipes exacerbated the situation.ReplyDelete
I had my first experience with gout a couple of weeks ago. Wow, the pain was bad big time!
I think I'll give gout a miss in future...
Normally it doesn't freeze that far back down the line. All those -22 degree days took their toll while I was away.Delete
Can you run a hose or a temporary pipe run to get water flowing in the house? Now I know why I don't miss the north all that much.ReplyDelete
I could do something like that, but I'd have to pump the water then pick up the hose so that doesn't freeze. It's snowing here right now.Delete
Cool here, too. Didn't quite hit 70 today, got stuck at 69.ReplyDelete
It was quite balmy here, it got up to a nice 40.Delete
It's mild here -for northern NH in Feb..ReplyDelete
I won't complain then...here in my little corner on Blighty, it's 2 degrees...Positively tropical!ReplyDelete