Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


We have lived in this house for over eight years. This is the ninth spring. Never before have I had anything go wrong with the sprinkler system. Today I went out and turned on the main line. After that I checked each sending unit to make sure they worked properly....nope two of them have broken pipes leaving them. I wondered why now...and in checking I found that I never got the water turned completely off last winter so it leaked into the pipelines all winter (way to go dufus). With water near the sending units they froze and broke the line---and maybe the entire sending unit---we'll see.

A few minutes ago I called a plumbing service to fix it for me. There is no way I know enough about repairing it to do it myself. I could put it in the first time and be alright but to have to repair something in an existing line--with very little room to work---is way beyond my capabilities. Now if they come and just take the entire thing out, make the repairs and replace it in the line I am going to feel really stupid. REALLY.REALLY.STUPID.

The lady that took my call said they would call me when they return from lunch---between 1 and 2 sometime---guess I'll just sit by the phone until they call---maybe I really do need to get another cell phone.


Lindsay Logic said...

It's not too much $ to have them blown out in the fall. You should check into it next year. I'm sorry you're having problems!

Dee Ice Hole said...

Wouldn't have mattered---I didn't get the shut off valve completely shut down so blowing out would have lasted for about an hour.

Looney said...

My plumbing experience is that I am always short a tool. I go buy it, and then it turns out I am missing another tool. The cycle repeats until I fail. Then I call a plumber who charges a fortune!

Amber said...

well you could always ask them before they do it whether they think the whole thing will have to be replaced or not. That sucks, and you should get a cell phone - do ya'll have Cricket there? it's only about $30-40 a month.

Dee Ice Hole said...

Looney--I refuse to start any plumbing job when the stores are closed. If they are closed and I have a problem I shut off the water and wait until they are open. The reason for that is no matter what you do with plumbing when you get into it you need something else. I did a lot of plumbing in my job as a recreation forester so I am pretty good at it if there is room to work. In this case there isn't any room. There are two breaks---one he thinks he can fix easily with additional clamps. The other he isn't sure if the sending unit itself is broken or just a small part on it---I hired them to do the repairs.

Nene said...

You and Inklings need to join the 21st century and go get at least one cell phone. Nowdays, it is dangerous to not be without one, especially when you are traveling. When I lived in Ireland, I bought a cell phone for over there that was a pay as you go and I also bought one for the US that was a pay as you go. I have to tell you that Ireland had the best deal. I paid 30 euro for that phone and only had to pay 50 euro for the whole year and a half I was there. The one I used in the States cost me about $30 per month that I was in town. It's worth it for the peace of mind. You sure don't want to break down between your house and Mom and Dad's and have to hitch hike these days. Plus, then you don't have to sit by the phone. :0)

PsychDoctor said...

I just realized we have a huge leak in one of our sprinklers by the plum tree...will have to work on it tomorrow...