Went into Landlady’s house this morning after chicken chores, because she’s due this evening and I come by fairly regularly to make sure no mice are rotting in traps stinking up the place.
No mice, but a sound as of pissing water was coming from behind the closet wall.
In the utility closet where the water service emerges from the floor, water was shooting out of a big open crack in an elbow joint. A broken pipe in August? This is Murphy at his finest. It must have cracked last winter during one of those extended cold spells. I went without water almost all winter.
So I ran up the ridge to the shut-off valve, then back down to assess damage. Unfortunately her entire ammo store was in the path of the water, and all the cardboard boxes are soaked. It’s not a lot, maybe a thousand rounds of centerfire in various calibers but I mourn for four old-fashioned bricks of .22LR. Not that any of it is going to be duds in the short-term but it’s probably not a good idea to keep it longterm. And I’d say the steel-case rounds should be shot up in fairly short order. Fortunately her spare rifle wasn’t on the ground.
So there’s plumbing work this weekend. And I don’t think it’s going to be possible to replace that elbow joint without tearing out some of the closet wall. I wonder: Some of you guys sent me sealing tape, and the elbow itself is exposed enough. Is it possible that could fix a break of that kind without having to cut out a bunch of wallboard and pipe?