Who knew I’d have an extra plumbing adventure so soon after my water heater experience? In the basement last week, pulling out more boxes, I was surprised to see a few looked damp. Then I felt something on my hair (spider alert?), brushed my hand through it, and felt a drop of water — panic — where did that come from? Then I looked up…
I was lucky. This could have gone on until it got much worse. In the above photo you can see a patch where a similar thing was repaired a few years ago. When it happened before, the pinhole leak resulted in a fine spray that was nearly invisible unless seen against the light, so that’s the kind of thing I looked for when I checked the basement since then.
Meanwhile, the plumber found this extra place to repair, not leaking yet, but soon…
Once, I thought I’d get the basement cleaned out by bringing a box up every time I went down there. The result, of course — I quit going to the basement. That’s until I got started on the books that are stored there, and that kept me working, albeit slowly.
Trouble is, I’m annoyingly meticulous and feel I have to look at everything. Here’s an example…
The damp got some of my art posters — I had more packed away than I remembered — but I’ve sorted out the dry ones, plus a hefty packet of art-reproduction postcards, for an art teacher friend to use. Now I’m moving on to magazines. My favorite so far is the cover of MS, December 1972:
“Peace on earth, good will to people.”
Quote-wise, the one that sprang to mind the night I found the leak was Dorothy Parker:
“What fresh hell is this?”
Don’t forget to check your pipes, and, tell me… What extra things are hiding in your basement?
Here’s more on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra