Sunday, October 10, 2004

Soften it up a bit!

So the weekend project was - install the water softener. That project turned into 'change-your-plumbing-around-to-get-the-softener-to-install-in-a-corner. Here comes the background. If we just installed the softener straight, it would be a simple project but that would mean that the softener would sit in the middle of the usable space of the basement. Guess what? That space then becomes unusable.

B-Dog from work was my mentor/helper of the project. I really owe him a lot because he spent the entire Friday evening and Saturday whole day to get this done. So I ruined his weekend and felt good about having the softener. The installation itself went without many incidents. First we plumbed and/or re-plumbed a lot of pipes in the home. Our biggest concern was to make sure all our soldered joints in the pipe didn't leak. That moment of truth arrived when we restarted the water supply to the home and waited for all that water to go through the new plumbing and pressurize it all. We were on a dream run when B-Dog found a leak. Guess what? It was just a bad L joint, and had nothing to do with our soldering. We had leak-free soldering!! Yay!.

After restopping, redraining and replumbing that particular joint we started the supply back and things looked real good. Then we turned on the softener and poured 80 lbs of salt in that thing. I kept staring at the softener as if it was an exotic animal that was reproducing and I didn't want to miss that miracle. B-Dog was very amused at my reactions to this contraption that is so common in American homes.

We did have a mini accident where the drainage pipe of the softener popped out of the drain and leaked water on our basement floor. So Noddy and I cleaned it up and spent 1/2 an hour doing that.

By the way, I continue to have no grass in the backyard.

Weekend : Hectic.

Current condition: Exhausted


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I know whom to call to install my water softner :)))))))


9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem...what is a water softner?..please explain to us poor souls who have never bought a house

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your home improvement struggles are really admirable!
You are inspiring me to keep renting for the next few decades...

12:50 PM  
Blogger Sheeshers said...

A water softener is something you use to soften hard water! How's THAT for an explanation.

Seriously, hard water is water that has a whole bunch of minerals, ferrites etc that leave white stains when the water dries. A water softener converts all these into largely inert salts so that water is crisper, lighter and that saves the life of your plumbing and appliances that use water.

4:26 PM  

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