Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fixing the Faucet

We had a freeze-proof faucet out by our fence develop a leak, and my dear husband went to fix it. As most home improvement projects go, it wasn't easy.

First he had to get the backhoe to dig a deep enough hole to get down to the freeze-proof faucet connection on to the water line. Of course the water line wasn't marked on the surface, so he had to guess where it was and try not to dig too deep and break it.

Dig, dig, dig.

It beats doing it all by hand. But he still had to shovel a lot.

Henry is excited about everything.

Time for the hand shoveling. That white pipe just above the shovel is the main water line--whew--it was still intact.

The new freeze-proof faucet is on the left, and the old one on the right. You can see the hole just on the other side of the fence.

When we weren't looking, Desert Boy wandered over to the hole and promptly fell in. He didn't get too worried, but grunted enough to let us know he was stuck. Mama had to take a picture before rescuing him.

With Desert Boy out of the hole, we could put the faucet in.

Then it was time to fill in the hole. Desert Boy was all about helping.

He wasn't making much progress, though, so we had to figure out another solution.

Dad gets the big shovel back and Desert Boy gets an appropriate-sized shovel.

He scoops up some dirt and toddles over to the hole.

Now he's carefully aiming.

And the dirt goes down. He kept "helping" for the entire process. He thinks it's so fun to help with projects, especially if they involve dirt and equipment. 


Dessert Survivor said...

I wonder why that fence is painted so well on one side and so poorly on the other side.

Anonymous said...

Aw, Dessert Survivor, we all know that you only painted the side that faced the house, and yourself ; )

flatbow said...

I wonder how much dirt Desert Boy ate while "helping."

Does he want any special order Kentucky dirt? I could mail him some. He seemed to really like it!

Caroline said...

With helpers like Desert Boy any job is easy. Thanks for sharing....

Anonymous said...

Didn't Henry leap into the hole to save Desert Boy? He will never earn his Lassie credits.

The Incredible Woody said...

I love that he didn't look the least bit concerned about being in that hole!

Darryl Iorio said...

The sight of the backhoe clearly suggests that you had so much work! That’s okay because if this was not addressed, it would mean a lot of water wasted -- sometimes, even more than the leaks of an ordinary faucet. But, lucky for you there’s Desert Boy to offer some help! :D Any related problems after this?

Lucretia Burkholder said...

It’s great that your husband knows about plumbing; you didn’t need to hire a plumber to do work. You saved money for doing that. Also, I love the fact that your little boy helped his dad. Haha! I think he realized that the shovel he was using was a bit big for his age, thus the switch. ;) I hope that you haven’t encounter plumbing issues after this.

Carmella Vancil said...

Desert boy is very cute! Plumbing projects make me sick, but I guess when a cute boy like your son offers his help, I’ll be willing to finish the task at hand! :) I hope there were no leaks after the repair that you’ve done.

[ Carmella Vancil ]

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