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Tue Feb 23, 2021, 10:48 AM

This is different. 02-23-21 UPDATE.

It’s a balmy 48 degrees in Terrell, TX. We’re headed for a high of 73. It’s shorts weather!

The daughter and I have evacuated our trailer in the Free State of Van Zandt in favor of a nice, dry motel room with running water (now that motel rooms are actually available). A dear pair of old friends, whom I have known since 1991, are footing the bill so that we can enjoy a little comfort as we wait for plumbing repairs on the trailer.

That’s another story. We found a plumber that we trust. He lives in the park, and management has used his services in the past to handle various jobs. He has promised to get to us next. When “next” will be, we have no idea.

Our plumber is currently working on his daughter’s house. Obviously, she takes priority. When I spoke to him yesterday, he had just got done doing about 14 hrs. of work on her house, and he wasn’t finished yet. Things appear to be working in a pattern that is being repeated across the state. Plumber fixes obvious leak. Pressure returns to the system, and that increased water pressure causes something else to bust. Rinse and repeat. My plumber was only half-sarcastic when he predicted that he might end up replumbing his daughter’s entire house.

No clue when he might get by to start working on our trailer, but he was hesitant to even throw out a ballpark estimate. It’s impossible to know how much is broken until he gets in there, fixes something, and then looks for the next leak. I am already aware of three, separate leaks. There are probably more.

This is a nightmare, but we extend our sincere thanks to all our friends. We are safe, dry, and sleeping in a facility with running water. We continue to be thankful for the love, prayers, emotional support, and good vibes that have been showered upon us by the DU community. Y’all are the best!



-Laelth


Previous “This is bad.” threads are linked below, solely for their historical value.

This is bad. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181470783

This is bad. 02-16-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181470956

This is bad. 02-17-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181471625

This is bad. 02-18-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181472034

This is bad. 02-19-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181472438

This is bad (but not too bad). 02-20-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181472943

This is really irritating. 02-21-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181473645

This is ... amazing and touching. 02-22-21 UPDATE. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181474282


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Reply This is different. 02-23-21 UPDATE. (Original post)
Laelth Feb 2021 OP
Evolve Dammit Feb 2021 #1
Laelth Feb 2021 #9
CaptainTruth Feb 2021 #2
Laelth Feb 2021 #10
gademocrat7 Feb 2021 #3
Laelth Feb 2021 #11
ancianita Feb 2021 #4
Laelth Feb 2021 #12
ancianita Feb 2021 #17
Laelth Feb 2021 #19
ancianita Feb 2021 #20
DanieRains Feb 2021 #5
Laelth Feb 2021 #13
niyad Feb 2021 #6
Laelth Feb 2021 #14
Totally Tunsie Feb 2021 #7
Laelth Feb 2021 #15
ancianita Feb 2021 #18
BobTheSubgenius Feb 2021 #8
Laelth Feb 2021 #16

Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 12:57 PM

1. Glad to hear you're finally safe. Take care

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:59 PM

9. We'll try. Yes, things are much better.

Appreciate the kindness.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:00 PM

2. Glad to hear things are getting better!


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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:00 PM

10. Thanks. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:05 PM

3. Good news

Take care.

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Response to gademocrat7 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:01 PM

11. We're doing our best.

Thank you for the kind words and thoughts.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:09 PM

4. Waiting is the pain, right?

Just a thought -- maybe you've tried to get a backup plumber? Then you get whoever finishes their prior work first yes?

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Response to ancianita (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:03 PM

12. I had the chance on Monday to make a few calls.

The story was consistent. Plumbers are happy to put us on their “list,” but none were willing to schedule a time to see us and give us a damage assessment. They’re all swamped.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:31 PM

17. Good.

So how many plumbers' lists did you get on?

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Response to ancianita (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 08:50 AM

19. Just one ... but I suspect my in-park plumber will get to us first.

Or, so I hope.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 12:04 PM

20. Probably. Happy to hear that.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:10 PM

5. Laeth Emergency Plumbing Repair 4 Layers Of Duct / Gaffers Tape And Hose Clamps

Or multiple zip ties over leak.

Do it right and it will work till plumber shows up.

Been there.

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Response to DanieRains (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:05 PM

13. But some of the leaks are behind the walls and under the cabinets.

I don’t feel qualified to rip out the walls or the cabinets to find the leaks and duct tape them.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 02:27 PM

6. Glad to hear that you two are safe, with power AND water. Continuing vibes for the best

possible outcome. Please keep us posted.

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Response to niyad (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:06 PM

14. Thanks so much.

I will keep posting until some sense of normalcy returns. This is definitely not normal.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 03:43 PM

7. Enjoy your rest and comfort, Laelth.

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The rest will work out with time and patience (and a few $$$ too.).

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Response to Totally Tunsie (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:07 PM

15. I assume so.

The Daughter and I are treating this like an unexpected vacation. Honestly, it feels that way.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:33 PM

18. ...

Good for you. You've both earned and deserve it!

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 06:16 PM

8. So happy to hear it!

All of it! Please thank your Good Samaritans for us, as well. OK? That little "luxury" makes this whole nightmare seem a lot more gentle.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:09 PM

16. They're monitoring DU, but I will mention it.

The community has been remarkable, and I am very thankful.



-Laelth

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