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Crawling underneath the old single-wide which is now Studio 318 tells me two things: I am not so limber as I was when we moved out here 18 years ago, and I probably need to re-think bringing water service back to this 27 year-old no longer mobile home.

That I want to bring water service back is not the question. I do, for many reasons. The old flexible plastic plumbing gave up in September/October of 2004, after all the power loss/power surge episodes brought about by the hurricanes. Actually, it would be the surge in water pressure that did it, but since water pressure comes back with electrical service here on teh Ranch (joys of one's own well, eh) the two are intertwined. I may still try to get to the site of the known leak tomorrow.

The problem is, that mobile is set close to the ground. There's the minimum 18" ground clearance at the closest approach, which is at the very end where the old bedroom, now office is. So where the break is, there's room for me to crawl, sort of. See, there's these two long I-beams which make up the frame upon which the place is built; there's insufficient clearance between ground and I-beam for me to fit anymore. Maybe. As for crawling from the end with the greatest ground clearance, that route I tried first. But there's the small matter of the drain tube to the septic tank. That crosses the width of the place, and between the high end and the break in the plumbing. And guess what... there's insufficient room for me to fit between that tube and the bottom of the floor joists anymore.

Or at least I don't feel too comfortable about trying it.

We'll see. Fixing the break would be the easiest means (probably) to get water service back. Otherwise, I'll need to run new tubing along one edge of the place, underneath it, and up to the respective sinks, toilets, and shower. Also, I probably wouldn't be putting water back to the original bathroom in this plan; that's next to the old bedroom/office, not a lot of ground clearance there. One functional water closet, with shower, is better than none.

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fatfred
Apr. 21st, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Otters are small... but they know nothing of plumbing.

Y'all want the tent? Let me know.
madshutterbug
Apr. 22nd, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ottarz know more about plumbing than you think. I want it fixed, not a pond under my studio! *G*

Still thinking about the tent.
wedschilde
Apr. 22nd, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
you know.... i fully understand. limber really is the first thing to go... right after patience. or maybe it's just memory.... :D
marjai
Apr. 22nd, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Last I remember, the SCA had a fair share of eager to please, scrawny boys. Put 'em to work!
madshutterbug
Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Doing the work is only part of it. Assessing the damage needs to be done first; I'm not willing to delegate that. Besides, I'm not in the SCA any more. Somehow, that changes the formula for me, I don't have a call on them.
marjai
Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
but SWMBO is and, well, she MBO, after all. :D

but yeah, assessment isn't something to delegate to unknown elements.
bordercolliebrs
Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, we always obey MrsBoss.
Smudge

well, mostly always anyway.
tassie_gal
Apr. 23rd, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
I'd offer but there is that pesky ocean again.
madshutterbug
Apr. 23rd, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
What, you don't know how to swim? *G*
tassie_gal
Apr. 23rd, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
I do...BUT dont have the energy to swim the whole damn thing.
madshutterbug
Apr. 23rd, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Well, yes, it is a tad bit bigger than an Olypmic swimming pool.
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