It never rains, but it pours

So, the other day I was proud of myself for having successfully emptied the water heater and then re-assembled everything. I spoke too soon.

Upon completing this project, the water heater’s pressure relief valve began to leak, leaving the basement (which gets wet somewhat often when it rains) wet all the time.

Later, our shower faucet began to leak as well.

Today I planned to replace the pressure relief valve. As I was driving around taking Jadzia to school and picking up a part from my dad’s house, the “service engine” light light up in the van.


P.S. I hesitate to speak to soon, but it looks like the pressure relief valve change has been successful. At this moment I am seated at the computer, several feet from the water heater, and there is no dripping. The other problems will have to await fixing another day.

P.P.S. On the bright side, Yoli is trying her first fish fry today, ala Alton Brown.

3 Replies to “It never rains, but it pours”

  1. Nice install Josh. You even got the compression fitting looking good. I’m glad to see that the valve went to good use. Situations like these help to justify my need to hold on to “things that may be valuable someday.” Plus, it’s one less thing in the garage!

    1. It did turn out well… except… (there’s always an exception these last few days)

      After I refilled the tank and turned the breakers back on, the heater isn’t doing anything. Nothing. Just a big tank full of cold water.

      At least it’s not leaking.

      (FWIW – I used two compression fittings because I didn’t realize they made a compression fitting that would plug directly into the valve. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have cut the pipe the way I did)

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