Thursday, August 11, 2005

Rednecks

We're now OFFICIALLY rednecks. We've had a water heater in our back yard for 6 days now. We're hoping to recycle it, for free, at a scrapyard that sells recycled metal. We don't know if this place is still in business as they don't have a phone. If not, we'll have to pay $10 to take it to the white goods section of the landfill. For those of you unfamiliar with home improvement projects; getting rid of what you tear out of the space takes at least half of your time.

Our drip magically disappeared today! I'm skeptical, so we'll keep our eye on it. Yesterday a friend told us that his leak quit after a couple of days. He thought that maybe the teflon tape finally settled into place.

Z's math lesson for the week is helping me figure out how to lay the new sheets of plywood so the joints don't fall in the heavy traffic areas of the room.

L and I are hoping that, by this weekend, we'll be able to start the construction phase of our project. So far we've just been tearing everything up.

The biggest thing we've learned so far is that it's a LOT easier to carry a water heater while it's still in the box! Once out of the box, it's all round and slippery with NOTHING to grab onto. We also got a lot of bruises, in weird places, trying to get a 19 1/2 inch water heater through a 20 1/2 inch opening and over the top of the cold water connection, without breaking the water heater or the connection.

21 Comments:

At 8/11/2005 7:07 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Now all you need to do is have a car without any wheels on blocks in your lawn. Oh, and make some moonshine too. ;)

As for the water heaters in the past, we always paid someone else to do that work. There's only so much home improvement I could take.

 
At 8/11/2005 7:53 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

We've made homemade wine and liquers, does that count?

 
At 8/11/2005 8:27 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

I would need wine after all that. I was going to tell you that putting in your own water heater was a PITA, but I didn't want to discourage you. :-P I'm glad everything is turning out okay. I think I called the power company for getting rid of the water heater - I think they come and pick them up.

 
At 8/11/2005 11:12 PM, Blogger European said...

Sounds like the place without the phone is run by a redneck. How can you run a business without a phone???
Hang in there! Oh, and congrats on not having a leak anymore!!!

 
At 8/12/2005 12:35 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Wowie! So glad about the leak stopping.

I've only had homemade wine once. My father made it. It was absolutely delicious!

 
At 8/12/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Don't feel bad! My father in law spent a week with an old washing machine in the back of his pickup truck! He was supposed to take it to the junkyard, and kept forgetting...

 
At 8/12/2005 2:43 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jen, ALL of it is a PAIN. Actually the water heater went in easier than the two dishwashers we've installed. The connections are easier to reach.

euro, I think you're right.

monicar, you should try my Kahlua.

Laura, at least nobody but us can see the water heater!

 
At 8/12/2005 5:03 PM, Blogger Jason said...

We've rented five dumpster so far, filling it up with our moving/renovation related junk. Still holding off on the water heater for now...

 
At 8/12/2005 8:17 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

We've made homemade wine and liquers, does that count?

Wow, you know how to do some really cool stuff. One of these days, please post about some of the liquers you've made. Would love to hear about them.

 
At 8/12/2005 10:15 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Me too - I love Kahlua. I just can't drink it late at night.

 
At 8/12/2005 11:01 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

WOW you guys are so self sufficient! I feel like pitiful weakling!! Good for you being able to handle that water heater through the 'just barely big enough' opening. And congrats on the lack of drip! Come to think of it, that teflon tape's done that to me also.

Hey I have a recipe for Baileys. Is that the liqueur you made?

Rednecks? nah, wouldn't you have to make the water heater into a flower planter or horse trough?

Just thinking,....Bridg

 
At 8/13/2005 5:47 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

I hope your leak stays gone.

 
At 8/13/2005 9:36 PM, Blogger Sagepaper said...

Grats on the leak being gone! Dad makes a wonderful homemade honey-mead. The Kahlua sounds heavenly! Have you considered keeping the hot water heater as a component of a still?

Bridget- I am in the heart of Dixie. A real redneck would do one of two things with it: make it into a huge barbeque/smoking thing, or boil peanuts in it to sell by the side of the road.

I've been all over this great land, and Georgia is the only place I have ever seen boiled peanuts. I have worried about the secret ingredients of fabulous little Bar-B-Q joints with heavenly meals served. If you look out back, you see that they mostly use fifty-gallon drums cut in half, end-to-end, and hinged. Makes me wonder what toxic waste they poured out of the drum before outfitting it for barbeque.

 
At 8/14/2005 2:28 AM, Blogger SME said...

What is a white goods section?

 
At 8/14/2005 2:29 AM, Blogger SME said...

You're only a redneck if you keep stuff on top of the old water heater, then use a hockey stick to clear it off. :P

 
At 8/14/2005 7:14 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZS, I definitely need a post on this. It sounds like a recipe exchange would be in order. Sage's honey-mead sounds fascinating!

Sage, welcome back! Did you kick your computer like ZS told you? I've always wondered about those barrel BBQs too.

Jason, sounds like YOUR cleanup is way pricier than ours! Tell us again WHY you bought this house?

Bridg, I used to make Baileys, but the recipe called for raw eggs. Salmonella made me quit that. What's in your recipe?

SME, sure, tell all my friends that I'm a failure at raising a recycling child! OH, the SHAME! Hopefully I'll be successful with your brother!
White goods is the section of the landfill that appliances go when they die. RIP.

 
At 8/14/2005 1:05 PM, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

We've had a water heater in our back yard for 6 days now.

I think we have you beat. We had our toilet in our FRONT yard for a couple weeks.
This is so gross: When we moved into our new house, the guy that lived there before had a toilet seat WARMER installed on the toilet.
Barf!
Who wants to sit on a toilet that had the previous owner's warm butt on it?
ew.

 
At 8/14/2005 10:18 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sadie, my Dad built the outhouse for his cabin at home and hauled it into the cabin. It sat in his yard at home for a week. Some of the neighbors were getting pretty nervous about it.

 
At 8/15/2005 12:44 PM, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

*laughing*
I love making the neighbors nervous.
:)

 
At 8/15/2005 5:16 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I bought it for the usual reason: location, location, location. And a bigger yard.

 
At 8/15/2005 6:51 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jason, too bad your yard in a good location didn't come with a house;(

 

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