How do these things happen…

I still do not know how I get myself into these situations. A week ago, I was asked if I knew anyone that could replace a leaking hot water heater? Of course, I don’t know anyone that can install a hot water heater. What’s the problem? They got a price from someone for $1500.00! Fifteen hundred dollars? So I say, don’t do anything, let me check around. Of course, I still don’t know anyone that can install a hot water heater. So, I tell Norm about this conversation, and she says, you could do it. I say, no, I can’t. Norm gives me the look. So, the next day we stop by the ailing hot water heater and I take a photo of the old one and we drive off 47 miles to Home Depot. I find the one I think we need, secure a flat cart. Norm has gone off to some where unknown, so I am struggling to load it up on the cart when an employee comes from nowhere to help. I ask him, can you lay these heaters flat? No more then thirty minutes. Thirty minutes, I say it takes me almost an hour to get home. Norm finally shows up and after a lengthy discussion we leave the hot water heater. Our first trip to Home Depot. After some thought, we secured a trailer for our second trip to Home Depot, 47 miles one way. Day after next we zipped in and picked up hot water heater number one. Now that we had a heater, we had to find someone smarter than me to install it. Norm’s brother came to the rescue. We showed up with tools and heater, got the broken one out, unboxed the new one. After trying for some length of time to jam the new one in the space of the old one, there was just no way a short fat heater was going to fit. After some research, who knew that hot water heaters came in short and fat and tall and skinny? Trip number three, 47 miles back to Home Depot, which did not have any tall and skinny units. A no problem return and a trip across the highway to Lowe’s, which carries tall and skinny ones. The following day we threw the new unit in, made all of the connections and turned the water on. Yes, you guessed it, the only connection that I put together, started to leak. After a new and improved Teflon tape job, no leaks. Like I said, I don’t know how I get into these things…

Published by normdave

We live and travel full time in our fifth wheel or cargo trailer. We work for the Lord Jesus Christ in Disaster Relief Ministry. When not doing any of the above we try to have as much fun as we can. Possible items you might find here, in no particular order, dirt bikes, quads, hiking, camping, desert living, building projects, stained glass projects, our family, Bible study, RVing stuff, nutrition comments, and just about anything else we can think of....

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