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Oct. 10th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm So Lucky
Yesterday I got to the house to find a mini flood coming through the Kitchen ceiling and I remembered wondering the night before if I really wanted to leave the water running since I had just put the toilet back in the guest suite.

I usually don't wonder things like that after working on plumbing but I just had a feeling.

I walked into the kitchen and found a puddle and looked up and saw a very wet ceiling then looked at the wall to see a miniwaterfall.

The puddle traveled around the bend into the great room.

I shut off the water to the guest suite and went up to find a dry floor.

I wasn't happy but I kept thinking it was a good thing I hadn't sanded the floors yet.

I ended up having to cut out part of the kitchen ceiling to get to the fitting. I used PVC in the house because my water is so acidic it corrodes copper and I switch to a brass nipple and a valve when I come through the floors or walls. Apparently when I did the plumbing many years ago I crossthreaded one and it must have managed to stay sealed until I hooked the supply line back to it. It was just a slow drip but it made a good sized puddle over night and then leaked out at the seam where it met the wall.

I think I got everything dried enough where the wood isn't damaged but it raised the edges a bit so untill a few days go past I won't know for sure.

This would have really turned into a mess if it had happened after the house was done.

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The counter guy came buy to do a template for the countertops and had some nifty speckled tape. After he gets all the measurements they take digital photos and the Autocad software pics up the patterns in the dots and programs a CNC machine to cut it out.

He said it can pick up bends in walls and stuff so it ends up being a very flush cut.

They should be back in about three weeks to install it.

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Date:October 11th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
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Oh man, that's a bummer. Glad you caught it before much damage was done. Hope the wood's okay.

That tape is cool; I loved playing with AutoCad in school. It was fun stuff.
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Date:October 11th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)

It seems ok

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I left the AC on 60 with a big fan blowing over the spot of wood that got wet and it looks like it will be ok after I sand it.

That pipe was going to leak sometime down the road so I'm glad it happened now instead of after we moved in.