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A Creative Leak Solution!

February 6, 2011

Work on the house continues…slowly. So, I decided to back up a bit…to the end of December.

We had a leak in the connection coming from our water heater. We discovered it because of wet carpet and had to play detective to figure out from where the water was coming.

The water heater is located inside a cabinet between the outer wall and the open space beneath the sink. There wasn’t really anything we could do about it, so we needed to rig up something to collect the water. The thing is, the space was very shallow and we couldn’t fit anything beneath the leaking pipe/connector big enough to catch the water at the rate it was coming out.

Dave took one of those aluminum pans used for baking a turkey. It is very stiff, which made it easier to hold water, while being bendable enough to mold it around the pipes. Below are photos to show what we did. You can see how tight of a fit it is. In the lower left corner of the aluminum tray, there is a plastic tube that is hot melt glued into the pan.

Here is a close-up of the tube connection. The tube is going across the shelf and into the drawer area to the left.

This photo is taken from the drawer area. The tube is going down to the shelf below and over under the sink into a pot.

The forced air heater is on the shelf below the water heater shelf. As you can see, it is no longer hooked up. One night, the fan (which was very noisy) refused to stop. So, we ended up cutting all kinds of wires in an attempt to shut it off. In the end, it only shut off after Dave banged on the side of the heater. The tube is going past the heater and to the bottom shelf under the sink where the pot is located.

This is the tube going into the pot. Yes, that is a piece of straw in the pot. The pot had been outside and used to water chickens.

This is a photo of the fixture coming out of the heater. We were very blessed. Dave thought it was a minor problem. He decided to take it apart to try to fix it knowing that, if he could not fix it, we would be without water for the night. It is a good thing he did try, though. The black wing-nut that attached the pipe to the heater completely broke. The water was, thankfully, already turned off.

If he had not tried it, it probably would have come off in the middle of the night and made a terrible mess as hot water would have splashed all over inside the cabinet and onto the carpet. G-d was definitely watching over us. I wonder how many times we are “led” in life to do something that turned out to save us because He was watching over us!

Our neighbor is a plumber. He is doing our house for us and he came to look at our leak the next day. Thankfully, he had just what was needed to fix it. We always end up sweating it when RV things break because, oftentimes, you can’t just use the regular everyday stuff that you would use for a house.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawn Phenix permalink
    February 6, 2011 8:17 PM

    Whew! Close one! I’m sure there are many times we are protected w/o knowing it. 🙂

    • February 7, 2011 2:34 PM

      Agreed, Dawn! Won’t it be interesting when we get to heaven and learn of all the close calls we never even knew we had?

      • Dawn Phenix permalink
        February 7, 2011 4:11 PM

        It will be amazing, Abi, I can’t wait!

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