Jack of all trades…

master of ???.

As a homeowner, I come across many things that I need to do. Some of them I do well, some of them I put off until they absolutely need to be done. And of course some things I just ignore. 😉

Not having water for my morning shower or tooth brushing session isn’t something I can ignore. It also isn’t something I can put off. It is one of those things I just have to do.

I live in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in the NW corner of Ohio. And because of where I am, I have a well. No city water out here, so if there is no water running, it is something I will need to deal with.

In my 20+ years of living here, I’ve had my share of water problems. Well pump went bad, storage tank leaked, water heater leaked, pressure gage/switch failed. And finally the circuit breaker went bad. I’m just wondering what will happen next.

The latest seemed to be bad pressure switch. I had electricity and I could manually trigger the switch. It just didn’t want to come on when the tank pressure got low.

I’ve replaced one of these before, so I knew what needed to be done. Drain all the water and find the right tools. Take of the switch and get a new one to match it. The nearest hardware stores did not have the part I needed, so it was something that would have to be ordered. Hmm, how long would I be without water??? Since I knew I could turn it on, I decided to order the part and put the old one back on until the replacement arrived.

Before putting the old part back, I decided to clean it up and hope that it might kick in for a while. I was lucky today. So far it is working as it should. I will still have a new part if it decides to go on me soon, at least I will when it gets here.

7 thoughts on “Jack of all trades…”

  1. In some cases it is better to be safe than sorry. The only problems I’ve ever been a party to (water wise) are the occasional pipe freeze or the periodic hydrant flush

  2. I do not envy you. That is one of the “joys” of being a homeowner, I guess, except that I don’t know how to fix anything. I just sit and worry about it until I get overwhelmed. 🙂

  3. taylhis, over the years I’ve found that fixing things is just a matter of a little common sense. If it has lots of small tiny parts, or is hooked up to massive amounts of electricity, I let someone else do the work. I do the easy stuff.

  4. Hmm, common sense, what’s that?
    I don’t know, I guess I’m afraid I’ll mess it up worse than it was before I touched it. And I’m lazy, er, busy with kids. Besides (playing the sexist card) aren’t home improvements the man’s job? Unfortunately, the man of our house works a lot, and when he’s not doing that, I demand family time which leaves no time for fix-its…

  5. Knowing how to do some simple things around the house is good for anybody. Of course if you look at something and it looks too complicated, common sense would dictate: “Let someone else do it.”


  6. Whereas I get a ridiculous kick out of fixing things, or helping to fix them, despite being the female of the family. I was so proud, I got to sweat the pipes when we put in the tankless water heater. (I think this comes from the days when I got to “help” Daddy.)

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