Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hammer Time

We have a new plumbing problem -- water hammer. It wasn't possible before because the pressure was so abysmally low, but now that there's 3/4" and 1/2" copper everywhere, the pipes rattle when a valve is closed quickly. I've added a hammer arrester for the washing machine since that was one of the worst sources, and been double-checking all the pipes are well secured, but there's still some work needed.

It's also hammer time in another sense. I leave Monday for Mexico to help take the youth group from RLC down to build a house for people in need in the barrios of Tijuana. We usually try to have the kids do most of the work anyways, but this year I need to be extra careful because my shoulder is still healing from the tendinitis. Supervising and translating are usually on my task list, but this year that's about all that will be on it. See you in a week or so!

4 comments:

Sandy said...

via con Dios (hope I spelled that correctly)... take care of that shoulder!

Ethan said...

I had a toilet valve causing water hammer problems. Fortunately, I was able to replace it and that solved the problem.

Very cool that your taking that trip to Tijuana. As a teen, I took a few trips to Jamaica to help construct part of a deaf village.

Ethan@OneProjectCloser

Gene said...

Thanks for the good wishes and prayers. I just got back, and even though I didn't totally avoid working with it and wasn't able to do all of my PT exercises, it's actually in better shape than it was at the beginning of the week. I was able to drive the whole way home from San Diego.

BTW, it's "vaya con Dios" (go with God.)

Sandy said...

Thanks! I defintely knew what it meant... it was just that spelling part that had me! LOL!!