Monday, November 9, 2009

Much like this past summer, autumn in central Ohio has been very cool and too wet for my preference. In years past, it seems like I have ridden almost non-stop up until December. But my memory may be playing tricks on me and choosing to only remember the great riding days and forgetting the rest.

At any rate, riding has been sporadic at best lately. Those few days where the weather gods have blessed us with sunshine and temps above 50ºs or so, have also been preceded with clear nights and morning lows in the mid twenties. And, while I have ridden many times in 20ish degree temps, my hour long morning commute in those temps leaves me chilled until at least noon. And quite frankly, I'm growing weary of being cold.

The long and short of it is, lately, there hasn't been a whole lot of riding.

So, instead of spending time on the bike, I have focused my attention on several items found on my To Do List.

One item on the list is to troubleshoot a plumbing issue that has plagued our kitchen faucet with poor water pressure. Our home is over 70 years old and while the many would say that being an old home, it has character. Well, it also has old galvanized water pipes.

I've done my share of plumbing before working with CPVC, black pipe and copper and every time I tackle a project, what should be a twenty dollar, 30 minute job escalates to 3 hours and costing much more. This job was no different, sorta. However, this time I found a product that made the task a lot easier.

Galvanized pipe corrodes from the inside out and what looks like good pipe will disappoint faster than comic book X-Ray glasses.

After finding a place where there was still good pipe, I plumbed both supply lines to the sink with copper and used SharkBite compression fittings. No sweating, no glue, and more importantly, no leaks.

The job was actually done sooner than I had planned and for just a little more than I estimated. The water ran so fast from the kitchen faucet, the missus decided we needed a new one. $250


I'm about half scared to start the front door lock project; by the time I'm done replacing it, we'll prob'ly end up with a new door!


Ride Safe


irondad said...

I'm a door and hardware guy, now. Glad to help with advice if you need it!

Doug C said...

Hardware, huh? Know any suppliers for vintage mortis locksets? For some reason I can't find anything at Home Depot or Lowes. :-)

Thanks, Dan.

BikerHiway said...

While it's great to score points with the misses and get some todo list items checked off, get yourself some bad weather riding gear and hit the road! Maybe next weekend, right?