Force Fitting

Charlie was on hand to help with the installation of the 30-gallon water heater in The Cottage.

The new water heater is too large to fit in the closet without some adjustment.
The new water heater is too large to fit in the closet without some adjustment.

When the plumbers brought the new Bradford-White heater into The Cottage, they discovered the closet would need a little persuasion since water heaters are larger in dimensions than they used to be.

Charlie nudged the left wall out a few inches with the maul (sitting on the floor to the right of the water heater).
Charlie nudged the left wall out a few inches with the maul (sitting on the floor to the right of the water heater).

Charlie removed the door to the water heater closet.  When it still wouldn’t fit he encouraged the side wall to be a little more forgiving with a maul.

The hose bibb is just past the windows behind the plants on the right.
The hose bibb is just past the windows behind the plants on the right.

While the plumbers were at in The Cottage I told Charlie to check the outside spigot on the front wall.  I thought I had remembered it leaking.

A new outside valve should not leak.
A new outside valve should not leak.

Sure enough.

The blue lever turns the water on and off to the hose bibb. The round handle opens the water to the rest of the Cottage.
The blue lever turns the water on and off to the hose bibb. The round handle opens the water to the rest of the Cottage.

The plumbers changed the outdoor hose bibb and the valve on the inside opening and closing the water.

Plumbing to the bathtub started leaking when the water was turned on.
Plumbing to the bathtub started leaking when the water was turned on.

When the water to The Cottage was turned on after having been off for at least 2 years, the valves behind the shower/tub started to leak so the plumbers came back another day to repair those.

It's difficult to get a photo of the bathtub/shower in the Cottage but here it is when we put in a vinyl floor.
It’s difficult to get a photo of the bathtub/shower in the Cottage but here it is when we put in a vinyl floor.

We’re getting The Cottage ready for something. I don’t know what yet but it will be wonderful when it’s cleared out and usable at a moment’s notice.

What are you spending hard-earned money one?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “Force Fitting”

    1. I have personally made a small leak on a Saturday morning into a waterspout that needs emergency repair myself so I don’t allow amateurs messing with plumbing over the weekend. Jo

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