Sunday, March 16, 2008


Hmmmm...that's funny...the water filling the bathtub won't warm up.

Hmmm...strange... we don't have any hot water from the kitchen tap either.

Funny how that impending sense of doom comes over you when you're walking down the steps to check out what's happening with your hot-water tank.

Yep. I think the water tank's gone bye-bye. I think SPLOOOSH is a fairly accurate description of the area of the floor in that vicinity.

Sigh, so apparently hot water tanks that are run on natural gas have to be installed by a licensed gas fitter (which is fine by us as we really don't want to mess around with that sort of thing ourselves, do-it-ourselfers though we usually are).

But our tank blew on a weekend and gas fitters charge time and a half for Saturday and double-time for Sunday, so we're waiting for Monday to get our new heater installed by the only fellow who returned our phone calls.

He charges seventy-five bucks an hour which makes me feel like I might have gone in for the wrong career choice, oh, plus travel time and plus eighty cents a kilometre driving down from Campbell River. He seems like a nice enough fellow (gave us the tip to drain the tank ourselves first so he doesn't have to charge us for that time), but it seems like a lot of money that all of a sudden is (ahem) going down the drain.

But, drat it, I need my hot water. Bath-time is just not the same at the moment. *sigh*

Now, if I put the kettle and a large pot on every burner on the stove, heat them up, run them up the stairs and pour them into the tub, run downstairs again---repeat. Well, then I have roughly two inches of warmish water. Ah, woe!

*more tragic sighing*


kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

OH NO! The hot water tank is one of those comforts of civilization which I simply can not live without.... I hope he's efficient at swapping tanks and that you are soon able to bath at your leisure again!

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...


blackcrag said...

What are you doing to your house, sweetheart? First the roof, now the hot water tank.... If you've decided to renovate, you need to first, plan it out, and second, do it on days liscenced professionals are available.

Tai said...

Ugh! What a draaaaag! But at least you don't need hot water to be on the garden tour!

グラント said...

That's why I live in an apartment. If anything fails, it's not my problem. But yeah, repair people generally make more than we office workers. I should have been something more useful.

Ms.L said...

Awww no!
I dislike it when my comforts are interupted like that.

Congrats on the garden tour and happy weeding.Hee hee;p

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Condolences. I remember growing up we spent a whole winter with no water at all. We flushed by melting snow and pouring it into the basin. We boiled all of our drinking snow. It can be done! But I guess that doesn't make it suck any less. Good luck with the gas fitter. $80 per is pretty standard, rest assured you are not getting ripped off.

H.E.Eigler said...

I hope it gets fixed soon! Just think, a new hot water tank will be a nice asset for your lovely abode.

BostonPobble said...

Tragic sighing, indeed! A world without hot baths is a world hardly worth living. (Okay, maybe they aren't that important but it's a close thing.)