Friday, February 19, 2010

catching up

had a good time in Houston last weekend. drove down with a friend from Oklahoma, Scott, to visit a friend of ours, Jay that has a condo down there in the inner ring. we went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Saturday morning late breakfast and then out for some shopping and walking around the galleria mall. major big mall with tons of people. next we saw a play that night after dinner at Barnaby's. drove back Sunday after a late breakfast at 59 Diner.

when I got back Sunday night I took a shower before bed and the water slowly went lukewarm, then without cold water very lukewarm to cold. drat no hot water. I went to bed thinking I'd just used up the hot. I was up before the alarm and checked the faucet, still no hot. went back to bed and laid there thinking through it and that perhaps the basement was flooded....walked down and checked and sure enough 7 or8 inches of water... was gone all weekend and perhaps all the melting snow...I had my sump pump unplugged cause the switch had worn out a few months ago and wasn't shutting off. I'm down there barefoot freezing cold and plugging in the sump pump to at least drain the place... well guess what the pipe that goes out to the vent meets an old iron 90 joint that was cracked and busted and water just poured back onto the floor over by that wall.... ugh.Instead of office hours Monday, I came home after lunch and met my dad. we plugged up the pipe to the vent. turned on the pump and water came out of the pipe up near the clothes washer inside. ughhh we went and bought a sump pump that he rigged a garden hose up to that went outside and we got it drained. apparently the check valve had given out quite a while back in my old sump pump.
the water heater lit up a few times but kept going out. I blow dried it with a hair dryer Monday night for a while and kept trying to no avail. Tuesday Brian the handy plumber came back(he's been over twice since I"ve had my house). he's honest, hardworking, and has used extra parts in his truck before when he had to repair my sink. anyway, we discuss it all and he roots out from outside into the basement and takes out the clog. $99 dollars poorer but worth the fix.
Plumber Brian also told me about taking out the burner in my water heater and either getting the filter dry inside or replace the burner if needed. I removed the burner and could see it was fine.
Dad comes back over tuesday after lunch and we returned the sump pump because it had this lousy switch that was not turning on or off like it should. we took back the $84 pump back to Lowes to exchange for a heavy duty $137 version that has a float switch like my old one. it's connected up and awesome. while we were at lowe's, we left a hairdryer going into the base of the water heater. we put everything back and the burner lit up and stayed on this time what with air flowing through the now dry filter. YEAH hot water again! sump pump working.
next project at some point this spring or summer will be take out the old cast iron 90 joint and replace with a pvp type and get the vent hooked back up. possibly replace if needed. the important thing now is that the water drains and doesn't come up from the washer drain pipe.
oh yeah, I could have had a sub job Tuesday but was busy. I did get to sub at the High School in Mustang on Thursday. All my Comp 1 classes went well this week and I'll be grading papers all weekend.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday morning barefoot in freezing water...

yeah when I got back Sunday night I took a shower before bed and the water slowly went lukewarm, then without cold water very lukewarm to cold. drat no hot water. I went to bed thinking I'd just used up the hot. I got up Monday morning before my alarm to take a p and checked the faucet, still no hot. went back to bed and laid there thinking through it and that perhaps the basement was flooded....walked down and checked and sure enough 7 or8 inches of water...I was gone all weekend and perhaps all the melting snow...I had my sump pump unplugged cause the switch had worn out a few months ago and wasn't shutting off. I'm down there barefoot freezing cold and plugging in the sump pump to at least drain the place... well guess what the pipe that goes out to the vent meets an old iron 90 joint that was cracked and busted and water just poured back onto the floor over by that wall.... ugh.Instead of office hours yesterday, I came home after lunch and met my dad here. we plugged up the pipe to the vent. turned on the pump and water came out of the pipe up near the clothes washer inside. ughhh we went and bought a sump pump that he rigged a garden hose up to that went outside and we got it drained. apparently the check valve had given out quite a while back in my old sump pump.
the water heater lit up a few times but kept going out. I blowed with a hair dryer last night for a while and kept trying to no avail. This morning Brian the handy plumber came back. he's the nicest guy, and this was his third time over. he's honest, hardworking, and has used extra parts in his truck before when he had to repair my sink. anyway, we discuss it all and he roots out from outside into the basement and takes out the clog. $99 dollars poorer but worth the fix.
Plumber Brian also told me about taking out the burner in my water heater and either getting the filter dry inside or replace the burner if needed. I removed the burner and could see it was fine.
Dad comes back over today after lunch and we return the sump pump because it had this lousy switch that was not turning on or off like it should. we took back the $84 pump back to Lowes to exchange for a heavy duty $137 version that has a float switch like my old one. it's connected up and awesome. while we were at lowe's, we left a hairdryer going into the base of the water heater. we put everything back and the burner lit up and stayed on this time what with air flowing through the now dry filter. YEAH hot water again! sump pump working.
next project at some point this spring or summer will be take out the old cast iron 90 joint and replace with a pvp type and get the vent hooked back up. possibly replace if needed. the important thing now is that the water drains and doesn't come up from the washer drain pipe.
oh yeah, I could have had a sub job today bus wasn't able to take it since all the home projects. such is life. although I will hit the gym now before dinner. also grading papers all this week!! just had my students turn in their personal experience essays yesterday... woot.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

ground hog


I'm about to head out to the gym before lunch. the usual Tuesday where I can work chest in a long workout and then deserve a cheesy meaty lunch of new york style pizza at Papa Angelo's here in Bethany . THis morning I've been watching "Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain" series on youtube. I started it this weekend and am now finishing the second half of the episodes. also grading papers today, watching the stock markets just for fun, my GNW stock is up and NCS stock is just sitting there.
I am looking forward to some mail today, something I "won" on ebay. It's a deck of playing cards from Icelandair airlines. They were noted as the "best take-away" in an article in Monocle magazine of the best of international travel. I liked the illustrations of nordic gods in place of the royalty, and went straight to ebay and said to myself "I'll have that, thank you."($5) all other purchases on strict hold. I also plan to get my some letters written today to some people I need as references. I'm going to send them some reference forms with addressed stamped envelopes to DODEA, which is where Im' applying for a DOD military school overseas possiblilty for next year. I figure I should get at least some interest being certified to teach secondary English, and up to 10th grade math. also master's in TESOL. experience of 3 years teaching in central america, 10 months with the USAF teaching in Kabbul and DLI trained etc..I am sort of just getting my name in there, and will also look at a local public school this spring for full time work. we'll see which door God opens in the long run.


when I think about long term goals, I figure I could either go overseas a year or more and save money to come home with and get my doctorate, OR work full time again and go to night school slower route to my doctorate... but somehow end up with a college prof job somewhere.
the ice is melting a bit today and i keep hearing it fall outside, most alarming is the sudden thuds against the storage shed on the side of my house from the ice falling off the neighbor's tree above.