Gardengrrl likes being outside and watching "Sky-TV"
By: GardenGrrl , 5:20 AM GMT on April 27, 2007
Busy week. Tuesday was quite the weather day in North Texas. I'm glad I went to the SkyWarn class because it's nice to be able to tell the difference between SLC's (scary looking clouds) and ones that say "take shelter now!" I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but if you haven't gone to a SkyWarn class and live in a tornado prone area, you really need to check one out. The national weather service posts class schedules on their website and they are free to the public. Thats enough for the soap box sermon today. While there was lots of flashflooding in areas around North Texas Tuesday, all the water flooding my house was from the water heater which developed a nice big hole in the bottom of it. Couldn't do much tuesday except wet-vac inside the house, rent a dehumidifier and then wander up and down the aisles of Lowes and Home-Depot with my friend and boon companion complaining bitterly about the design flaws on this water heater installation and thinking up engineering solutions for the new one we put in...as soon as it stops raining...Because the water heater is only accessible from outside. Another one of the "little" flaws was no isolation valves. Had to shut off water to the house at the meter. Boy, it does not take long to miss having running water in the appropriate places in ones home. There were a few other little things, like piping that had staples in it under the house...which when pulled out from the pipe being moved caused another smaller flood. But as of late this afternoon and a special parts run to Denton, we have a (knock on wood) working water heater and no leaks (again knock on wood). And, our muddy clothes could finally go in the washing machine. So we lived happily ever after.
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