I accompanied my husband to a job on Saturday, mostly so he could have the company but also to help him with the fetching. The first item on the day’s agenda was to remove an old water heater and replace it with a new one. Now don’t think I’m biased just because he is my husband, but his work is like a piece of art. Who would have thought that copper pipe coming off a water heater, could look so beautiful. He makes sweating a joint look easy. He can sweat an upside down joint and it looks the same as one that is right side up – the solder isn’t all bunched up, dripping or on one side only. He really does a very neat job.
Next was the leaking toilet. It was just one of the bolts that was loose and that’s where the water was coming from. The toilet is about 20 years old and he could have just tightened the bolt and been done with it, but instead, he rebuilt the insides completely. No more leak and the toilet flushes like a new toilet.
Finally, he installed 3 GFIC outlets one in the kitchen, and one in each bathroom. This should have been the easiest of the three jobs, but it wasn’t. Replacing the electrical outlets for the bathrooms proved much harder than anticipated because of the size of the wire and the size of the new GFIC outlets. The outlets that he removed were smaller in size as were the receptacles they sat in. The GFIC outlets were larger and once he got the wire on them it was difficult to squeeze everything into the electrical boxes in the wall. He also found out that one of the circuits has a bad ground. So, that is something that will have to be referred out to an electrician.
All in all we were there from 8:00 am until about 2:30, and got to spend time together, albeit working!