Water system issues are fun!

Filed under: General news — Travis at 9:54 am on Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday night, I returned home to no water in the house.  The well pump had been cutting on & off far more frequently (w/o any water running anywhere in the house), & after some research, I’d determined it was the diaphragm/check valve in the pressure tank.  The recurring problem led to the pressure switch blowing out, which led to no water in the house.  Rebecca took off on Tues, & our plumber came by & replaced the switch, along w/a couple of other parts on the pressure tank.  After he’d finished, however, (couple hundred bucks) the whole system still wouldn’t hold pressure correctly, so Rebecca called the well people.  They came out Tues afternoon & diagnosed a hole in the pipe leading down the well.  They also said that they’d been out to our house a couple of times in the last few years to patch the pipe.

Rather than slap another patch on an old pipe (which they said wasn’t rated for proper pressure anymore), we’re going to have it replaced Thurs afternoon (multiple hundreds of bucks).  That’s not all, folks.  The plumber also said that our water heater was the orig that came w/the house & that he was surprised we’d managed to get by w/it as long as we have.  Once the water started running again in the house, we got a ton of rust sediment in the sinks/tubs/toilets.  He said that that stuff was what our water heater is full of.  Joy.  So, we’re going to start looking into replacing that as well.  We’ve started researching, & will likely go with another 50gal tank system (they’re ridiculously more efficient these days).

We’ll keep ya posted.

Portland photos

Filed under: General news — Travis at 12:48 pm on Friday, November 20, 2009

We’re switching to Picasa for image hosting.  I’m able to still put the photos up here, & this post is the inaugural use of a new WP plugin.  Let’s see how it works, shall we?


Passing the 100K mark

Filed under: Travis' thoughts — Travis at 8:38 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Jetta wagon passed 100,000 miles this morning on the way to work.  Here’s to another 100K in the making.

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