upcoming “fun” household projects

So now that I have caught up on all the small chores that needing doing around here, my thoughts wandered off to the ‘what if’s”……

While doing laundry, I wondered what if I changed out the ugly HUGE water heater for a small point of service one……….I thought, “I can do that”………….it won’t cost too terribly much and just think of how much I can save……no more dripping hot water tank mucking up the floors…..no more open pilot light that scares the bejesus out of me when the back door is opened and I have to relight it……..

No more having to heat 40 gallons of water before I want to take a bath……..instant hot water…………..

So, I mentioned in a comment to Dang……or possibly to Sibple.…….or maybe Robert……..Larry, Fandango or Elaine……..oh, I don’t remember which one I first said it to…..the point is Dang came back (really really fast) and said “take before and after pictures.

Now, my Laundry room is really really awful. I mean REALLY REALLY awful. Everything is Jerry-rigged to within an inch of it’s life (my life???) and it needs some extreme makeovers……..

The floor is soft (under the water tank)….and uneven..and only partially covered with a linoleum rug (1/10th the thickness of lino tiles so it tears when someone breathes on it), hoses are hanging all over the place and we have mismatched shelves and cupboards all wonky on the wall…not a single one is straight.

Oh gawd…….I DID sort of say I would post pictures…….

So…….here’s what I want………………..

and this is what I have…………………….

yes, the yellow is the gas line…see why I freak out?
and the washing machine hoses go across the front….not good
seriously, doesn’t this look like an explosion waiting to happen?

note that there are two cabinets up there..those pale green things? yea,…….and neither one is level. Now, if I get that tank out, I can stick the tiny little heater in the corner up high…then I can fix the floors! What a concept..level and stable flooring…….one can only dream!

Then I can have the washer/dryer side by side like they belong.

Then I can build a small worktable/storage area where the danged washer is now.

I am pretty sure I am actually going to be doing all of this extremely soon…as the tiny leak at the bottom of that blasted heater has grown into a bigger leak……..what used to be a few drips over the course of a day is turning into a small puddle in a few hours. I figure I have two more days to work this out before the second flood of Noah.

12 thoughts on “upcoming “fun” household projects

  1. Good luck with all of that. I’ve been thinking about swapping my old water heater for one of those new fangled instant hot thingies. But not as a DIY project. That’s way beyond my capabilities. When the time comes, I’ll call my local plumber.

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  2. Do it – do it – do it!!!
    Yeah, it does look kind of scary and dangerous the way it is now. I like the sound of the instant water heater thing, too, but we’d probably call a plumber for installation.

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  3. PHEW! You wore me out Suze, I need a nap before I go to bed.

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  4. Instant. Hot. Water. Sounds like sheer heaven!!!!! (Yeah…your current setup seems a bit sketchy.)

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    1. well, 102 year old house, jerry-rigged to the max when we bought it..this is almost the last thing to upgrade…..only floors and a roof after this. it never ends, does it? lol

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  5. lol, wasn’t me. I’ve never seen flexible gas pipes before, didn’t even know that existed! It looks a bit scary. I would love a tankless water heater. Would save on the bills too. I’d be way in over my head with a project like that. I won’t touch any kind of plumbing anymore (I’ve caused floods,lol) and I’m definitely not touching gas lines.

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    1. you just have to remember to turn the gas OFF BEFORE you do anything else…..lol

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  6. Well, all the best in your efforts and hope your plan works….. that being said and having been there and done that, you might wish to have Angie’s List as a backup plan, just sayin”… 🙂

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    1. My plumber/carpenter/handyman/electrician is the kid next door. he always comes over to “assist” when I have a project. I “pay” him in pickles and lots and lots of stories he can tell to all his friends about the crazy granma next door. lol

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      1. I like a plan that works…. and you are not crazy, everyone else is… 🙂 🙂

        “My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?” – Charles M. Schulz

        🙂 🙂

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  7. 😳 for goodness sake be careful Suze 🙄

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    1. I am trying…..it’s all good. I actually have a neighbor that is handy and knows what needs to be done. He quite happily “teaches” me how to do things by laughing at me a lot and saying “well, that was interesting…now, try doing it this way”.

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