No, I wasn’t in a swimming pool working out yesterday. I try to never subject my fellow human beings to the sight of my whale-like body in anything less than long pants and a shirt. It just doesn’t seem nice to do that to folks who may want to use their eyes to see again. But I did get wet and do some dancing yesterday!
Tuesday we noticed a leak coming from our water heater, and when I opened the compartment on the side of the RV we discovered that it was coming from the screw-in nylon plug. So after our showers Tuesday night, we turned off the water heater so we could check things out the next day.
Yesterday morning, after turning off the water and opening a faucet to drain the pressure off Terry removed the plug, and since we could not see any damage to it, wrapped the threads with Teflon tape and screwed it back in. And it still leaked. Well darn it, anyway.
So I turned the water back off and proceeded to unscrew the plug again. Did you notice that I didn’t first relieve the pressure this time around? I don’t recommend omitting this step if you ever have to change your water heater plug. You’d be amazed how forcefully that little nylon plug goes flying off when you turn that last little bit of thread holding it in place, or how fast and far that cold water shoots out! One of our campground neighbors said I moved pretty fast for a fat guy.
We first tried a nearby Home Depot, and when we couldn’t find a replacement plug there we hunted one down at Finlay RV on Boulder Highway. Back at the RV park, it was a simple matter of wrapping the threads in more Teflon tape and screwing the new plug in. And no leaks this time around!
I did wonder why the replacement plugs are sold two to a package, since our water heater only uses one. Do they expect the first plug to fail? I guess time will tell. If we do have to replace it again, I’ll remember to drain the pressure off first.
With that task done, I spent most of the rest of the day and evening working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and by the time I knocked off about 10 p.m. I had 12 of the 36 pages done and laid out. I need to have it to the printer Monday afternoon, so that will be pretty much all I do for the next few days.
Apparently in a recent update something changed in Windows Live Writer and it won’t work for a lot of blogs, including my buddy Dennis Hill’s. So he wanted me to tell any of his readers who also read my blog that he’s alive and well, and will be back to blogging as soon as somebody fixes the current bug.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs by my friend Jason Deas. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.