“At Least…”

12 06 2009

Yesterday Afternoon:
Steve calls.
The pilot light on the water heater won’t stay on.
He’s mechanically inclined, I’m research inclined. Between the two of us, we determine the first thing to try is replacing the thermocoupler*.

Yesterday Evening:
I hate Home Depot.
A lot.
But Lowe’s was out of the way.
Thermocoupler. For a water heater.
Take a moment.
Think of the first three aisles you’d look for such an item.

1) Water Heater Aisle (rationale: it’s a part for a water heater)
2) Plumbing Aisle (rationale: water=plumbing)
3) Electrical Aisle (rationale: well, it’s kinda electric)

No.
No.
And No.

You know where the termocouplers were?
WITH THE VENT COVERS AND THERMOSTATS.

Oh, you read that right.

After that, I headed out to Happy Hour (four bucks for two pints of Blue Moon?! Sign me up!)

On the menu, one of the choices was “Nachos: $2.79”. Directly under that, “Cheese, Salsa, Jalapenos: $0.79 extra”.
Which naturally lead me to ask the waitress, “If it’s extra for cheese or salsa, what do the nachos come with?”
“Nothing”
“So, essentially, it’s just chips.”
“Yup. Plain chips.”
“Those aren’t nachos…”

Regardless, I ordered the nachos and cheese and was as disappointed as I could be…

Yesterday Night:
Steve comes home from golf while I am loafing on the sofa watching a documentary on the SS.
He replaces the thrermocoupler while I am sleeping.

This morning:
HOT WATER!
Conversation!
Puppy Love!

Despite pouring coffee grounds down my shirt, this will be a better day.

And it’s open season for the first person who says, “Well, at least you don’t have kids to worry about!”

* Jobbydo that pretty much blocks the gas from entering the heating thingie if the water’s already hot enough…
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9 responses

12 06 2009
connie

It is the simple things that keep us the most happy…hot, running water, air conditioning (my thermostat is on the fritz) I told everyone in the office I was irritable and leaving early today, thank goodness I am related to over half of them.

Did you leave a thermocoupler doolaly as a tip?

12 06 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

Maybe I should go back and leave her the broken one… or leave it for the manager/owner as it really wasn’t the waitress’ fault.

12 06 2009
stacy

Home depot and Lowes have been the bane of my existence. I find myself going to True Value, because well – I’m cuter than their average customer, so they are very helpful 🙂

12 06 2009
morethananelectrician

Thermocoupler replacement…very cool husband you have there. Impressive.

12 06 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

are those hard to replace? It looked small and the interwebs said if you’re handy, it shouldn’t be a problem… I just enjoyed a warm shower and I haven’t blown up.. yet…

13 06 2009
Dennis the Vizsla

Nachos without cheese, jalapenos, or salsa? Only in New York …

Our water heater went in February and the house sprang a slab leak in the hot water pipes … our gas bill jumped from about $24 a month to $144! We got one of those tankless water heaters to replace the water heater, and got the pipes rerouted through the attic. Whose dumb idea was it to run pipes through solid cement, anyway?

15 06 2009
thedailydish

$2.79 for plain tortilla chips?? They probably cost less in the store. Oh, wait – I’d forgotten all that labor taking them out of the bag..

17 06 2009
Tony

Didn’t you know that a thermocoupler is a thermostat type thingy??? Shame on you….

18 06 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

I knew it was a thermostat related thing, but I figured as it regulated the water tank, it wouldn’t be with the wall-mount-home-heat-regulating ones… LOOK, I’M SORRY! OKAY?!

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