We took a “break” from unpacking, throwing out, donating, and setting aside stuff for family. Mom’s Saturn Outlook had a dead battery, so we came over in the morning to jumpstart it and take into the shop. That went so quickly, I guess we must’ve been looking for other things to do. Her dishwasher died a while back and she is expecting a house full of people for the holidays, so mom and I ran into town and picked her up a new one. We declined installation and volunteered Dave’s help. Unfortunately, mom shut off the wrong water valves and, when Dave disconnected the incoming hot water line, scalding hot water sprayed everywhere and it was too hot for him to be able to reconnect it. Mom ran to get buckets and towels as the water kept free flowing into her kitchen. I tried to turn off the main to the house, but it was frozen and wouldn’t budge. I looked with a flashlight to follow the spurting hose and found another valve, but it was also frozen. After tons of towels and a multitude of bucket dumps, I decided to take a chance on busting the valve and used a pipe wrench to break it free. Fortunately, it didn’t bust and did break free and we were able to shut off the water flow.
Exciting disaster over, Dave continued disconnecting the old dishwasher and we removed it from the house. As we unpacked the new dishwasher, we discovered that it did not come with a power supply or a power cord of any sort. Dave sat down to read the manual to see how it was supposed to be installed and I went to the old one to see if we raid it for parts. With quite of bit of disassembly, we successfully removed the hard wired power cord and performed a major operation on the new dishwasher to rig it with the old wiring. A few of our friends and family members may be shocked to hear that our operation was successful and we were able to install the new dishwasher as professionally as any hired installer would have. AND the dishwasher even works! Yes!
While resting to get our breath back (dang this high altitude – it’s killing our productivity), mom asked if she should install the new Yosemite OS on her Mac. Dave affirms that she should, but her computer warns her to back up her files first. This brings up the fact that she bought an external hard drive but never figured out how to use it. Fortunately, iAppleGeek (aka Dave) was available to help! Another issue expertly handled.
While we were working under the sink, Dave noticed that there was a leak when we dumped the buckets of water into the sink. He crawled back into the cabinet to investigate and the garbage disposal fell right into his hands. I get a call for help and come running. Dave instructs me to figure out how to reattach it as he was stuck holding it up. With a lift and a twist, the disposal was back in place. I asked Dave to tighten it down, but he turned the wrong way and off it fell again. At least knowing now how to put it on, I quickly lifted and twisted it back into place and then Dave tightened it down “the other way.”
We felt accomplished at fixing things and know it is good practice for living on a boat. However, we also felt pressure over all the work we didn’t get done at our house while expecting guests in a few days for the Thanksgiving holiday. Looks like we are in for some late nights!