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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 27, 1997 21 The joy of plumbing Once upon a time, life was very simple. I lived in a small cabin and there was absolutely no plumbing for miles around. Anything of that nature was kept conveniently outside and a little house with no view and a simple pitcher pump served all of my needs. There was no plumbing. Life was good. Now I have plumbing and life is very interesting. The problem started with seeming innocence. A bit of water on the floor behind the toilet. A mere sprinkle, a few drops, perhaps a little overspray from behind the shower curtain. Certainly nothing serious in the plumbing depart- ment. More water. Lots more water. Maybe it's only a temporary problem and it will get better all by itself. A steady drip finally gets my attention. Something must be done. Steady drips can eat the whole bathroom floor out of a double-wide. I think I have some idea of what may be happening. A few months back, there was a problem with the bolts that hold the tank on the back of the toilet. I sort of fixed it with some old washers I had on hand. It was mite temporary, but maybe we'll win the lotto and move into a mansion before I have to fix it properly. Maybe I'll get drafted. Maybe the world will end and I'll never need to fix it again. Yeah, maybe. I had purchased the right parts to do the job correctly. It only took a day or two to remember where I had put the small pack of bolts and washers. When I could delay no longer. I set out to reseal the tank to the toilet. I equipped myself with tools, turned off the water to the house (double-wides don't come with service valves under the fixture) threw the soaked rugs out of our bathroom and went to work. No bolts were frozen, I had all the right parts, I read the directions. Working area was a wee cramped. I became a bit moist, wet you might say. I had the tank free of the commode and everything was going well. The new seal fit, the bolts and washers fit. I didn't even cross thread anything. I put it all back together and snugged everything down tight Pretty good work. Maybe I'll get one of those handyman TV shows. I go outside and turn the water back on. An artesian surprise, a gusher supreme, areal old faithless, I have a leak. Water is flowing a small steady stream from under the tank. I lay on the wet floor and give it a look. Seems to be coming from around the feed pipe. I go outside, kill the water supply, and go back in the house to lay on the wet bathroom floor. Maybe I won't do that TV show. The feed pipe is actually one of those flexible grey plastic tubes that they love to put in manufactured housing instead of In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty PVC or copper. It has a plastic fitting that screws on to the base of the toilet tank. I tighten this more than some- what. While using maximum torque on the fitting, the feed pipe and float valve inside the tank twists and breaks. I am not a happy plumber. I go to the hardware store and buy a bag of plastic toilet guts. This ought to do the job. Everything is new, nothing can go wrong. Same routine, disassemble, reassemble, climb off the floor and go outside to open the main service valve. Holy Noah, now I have a real flood. Water is spraying out from under the tank and splashing against the bathroom walls. I rush back outside and with my glasses clouded with water, I again shut down the water supply to the house. I am ready to surrender. I call the town handyman. He's not available. As usual this is my problem, I have to handle it. Maybe if I go hide in the closet the problem will go away. I decide to get serious. I can't totally remove the grey feed pipe because, as in most manufactured housing, it is glued some mysterious place under the floor. I don't know how to remove the plastic fitting from the end of the feed pipe in order to replace it or the washer that I think belongs behind it. I return to the hardware store. Phil offers me sympathy and a tube of epoxy which may provide a one time fix if all else fails. I return to my soggy bathroom with bowed head and tears of Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Congratulations to town board member Jim Quirk and welcome to new member Libby Hall. Both were elected Thursday night at the town board meeting. It was a quick meeting lasting a little under two hours. Under general public comment, Marie Reagle thanked all those who have donated supplies to the tage recently. Cheryl White announced that Fluid Tech has brought in some equipment. She asked if the board would find out what their intentions are since they had stated they would be moving their operations to the test site. The library reported their new hours. They are now open seven days a week. A library board member is resigning, effective in January. Anyone interested in the position can call the library to find out more about it. The fertilizer came in at the park. The drywall in the concession stand is almost finished. The Planning Board also has a vacancy. Dave Steele announced that he is interested in the position. A new board member will he appointed at the December meeting if anyone else is interested, please contact the Chamber office. There will he a special Chamber of Commerce meeting December 9 at the Senior Center at 7 p.m. This meeting will he for election of officers. There are two positions and nine nominees. The Nevada Silver Tappers Christmas benefit will be held Saturday, December 6 at the community center. Give me a call to find out what time (372-5459). Last year's benefit was pretty great so try and make it to this year's! 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Maybe it'll fit the end of the feed pipe. Voila! It fits. I think it over and maybe this is how the fitting is sealed. I hold it in place, thread the fitting onto the bottom of the tank, and carefully tighten the fitting by hand which compresses the washer making a seal. I ask Shirley to cheek for leaks as I again activate the water supply. It works. I stand tall and proud in a puddle of dirty water surveying my accomplish- ment while beloved bride makes sounds of wifely apprecia- tion. Ah, the joys of plumbing. Commercial Seal Grout Clean ap & cleaning Residential Carpet Cleaning Windows and iIio1,... Senior Discount Lkexmd & ]N00mded Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests and Nye County to host open house The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, as part of the revision of Land and Resource Management Plans, are conducting in cooperation with Nye County a roadless area inventory. You are invited to help us make the roadless inventory as accurate as possible. If you have knowledge of specific areas of the National Forest system lands where roads or developments extst, or areas without developments, and you would like to share that information with us. We welcome your input at the open house, in addition, Tonopah District staff will be providing information highlighting resource management accomplishments completed in 1997 and will also be sharing planned activities for 1998. The open house will be held at the Tonopah Convention Center on December 5, 1997, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop in and say hello. There will be refreshments and a visit by Smoky Bear from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information please call 17021 482-6286.