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Thread: One of these days, Alice! One of these days...

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    One of these days, Alice! One of these days...

    ...Pow! To the moon!

    At our house in LA, the water supply to the sprinkler system includes an exposed section of 1/2" copper pipe with soldered joints. It transitions somewhere along the line to PVC, but near the front porch it's copper, and it's holding household water pressure. The valve to shut it off is at the street. This exposed pipe makes a handy place for my wife to tie up the dog when she's out front doing yardwork. I've mentioned several times that this is not a good place to tie a dog, especially a strong German Shepherd. Of course, whenever I mention anything like this, I'm picking on her.

    Yesterday evening I got a phone call from her, asking if we had any hose clamps. Hose clamps?

    Turns out the inevitable happened, and the dog had pulled one of the pipe joints apart. The neighbor across the street (bless his heart) was trying to stop the rush of water with a piece of hose and some clamps, but didn't have any clamps of the right size. My wife asked if I thought she should call a plumber. Um....yes, you should call the plumber. Of all the times a plumber would be useful, this is one of them.

    A few hours later I got another call, telling me things were fixed, to the tune of $290. She felt bad about the whole affair, and I did my best to avoid the "I told you so" routine, but once, just once, I wish she'd believe me when I tell her not to do things like this.
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    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina
    If I didn't know better I would have thought you were telling a story about something that happens all too frequently at our house.

    Let's just say my wife has the plumber on speed dial......
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    .............what else can I say
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    Portland, Oregon
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well kian isnt even blonde vaughn???? so it must have rubbed off from you
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA

    Bill Arnold
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    the water supply to the sprinkler system...
    The valve to shut it off is at the street.
    Why isn't there a shutoff valve where it attaches to the house plumbing?
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  8. #8
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    I tend to buy things like hose clamps in the large assortment packs. You never know when they will come in handy!

    Just not sure I'd be able to tell Sharon how to find it over the phone
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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I am sure now she has learned a lesson........or has she?
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Here I thought this was going to be a story of how the lawn mower found the little pipe sticking up.

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