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Favor - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
I'm invisible without 3D glasses.
Could we please borrow someone's shower tomorrow? I will scrub your tub when we're done. So anyone with a really dirty shower may find this to be a fair trade.

While much of the plumbing lines have been flushed out, we have now discovered our hot water heater is kaput. The heating element is broken...somehow.

This is the second heating element and the third device overall that has gone bust since the electricians came. The first casualty was the power supply on Jimmy's computer. Second was the heating element in the clothes dryer. And now the hot water heater no longer works.

The plumber said that it's not getting any power and tested it with his power meter. The electricians came and contradicted the plumber with their own tester. The element could broken because of sediment from the lines when it was turned off or because of a surge in the power lines.

I don't know what to do anymore. I'm so tired.

I just really.really.really.REALLY want to wash my hair.
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havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: September 30th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC) (link)
In this case, I'd trust the plumber. He hasn't screwed you, and he's more familliar with water heaters.

For plumbing supplies, here's a couple of distributors. (and pay cash, no biz license or wholesale account should be needed.) Tell them you need a heating element for your model and brand of water heater; it should be fairly inexpensive. Replacing it is fairly simple, but you'll want to make sure there's as little water in the tank as possible, and don't touch the element itself with your fingers, the oils will cause it to blow very quickly (for the same reasons that sediments will ruin them). Your plumber will probably replace it for you, if you ask, but expect a markup and the usual labor. Up to you.

Smith Building Supply
102 Highway 334
Oxford, MS
(662) 234-6633

1740 Cherokee Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38111-3775
phone: (901) 743-5511 fax: (901) 743-2185
Products: A,B,P

As I told Jimmy yesterday, I'll do the work to bring your house up to modern plumbing standards for $100/day plus gas to get there and back, and materials at cost. I checked MS code, and I'm legal to perform the work. We'll have to get permits from Water Valley and such, though. Let me know.
gigafive From: gigafive Date: September 30th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC) (link)
You could certainly use my shower, but it's a bit of a long drive.

My dad's not doing much now. Would you like him to check out your problems? I could ask.
kothoga From: kothoga Date: September 30th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC) (link)
You're more than welcome to my shower, but I'm sure you could find one a bit closer to Water Valley than here :)
frolicswllamas From: frolicswllamas Date: September 30th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Want to come over around 4 pm-ish? You can use ours. The bathrooms are tiny, but I think they'll work. You've seen them before. It'll be better once I get all my clothes out of the bathroom floor. :)
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