March 14th, 2016

#5118: Today, too

No "check engine" light, and I ran the bulb test on the Jeep's dashboard just to make sure it hadn't burned out. (It hadn't.)

Anyway, it rained literally all day. It was raining when I left for work. It rained the entire time I was there. It rained on the way home and it's still raining now, and it's already tomorrow! Why is there so much water in the atmosphere?

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The hot water has started to smell of hydrogen sulfide and rust, which means I have to drain the water heater and replace the anode, lest the tank fail in messy and expensive fashion.

The first time we had a water heater blow out was 1975. I and a friend of mine were going down to the basement, and when I saw the lake I said to him, "Go get my dad!" and then tried to figure out how to get to the shutoff valve without getting wet. My friend came back with my dad in tow, who swore at the sight and waded in.

Years later, Dad told the story differently: he found me and my friend playing in the water. Not so. If I'd realized, "Hey, it's okay for me to go into that water, because this is an emergency," I would have shut the water off myself. There had to be a good eight, ten inches of water in the basement. Fortunately this was before it was finished.

I'm seeing, online, that an anode shouldn't cost too much, and I can replace it at the same time I'm draining the sediment. It'll take a while to do, but I'm not worried about that.

The plus side is, if you smell the hydrogen sulfide and rust smell, it means the anode is still working. Before Dad died, for a while the hot water around here smelled really bad for a while; then Dad pulled out what was left of the anode and it stopped--and it wasn't too long after that before the water heater gave up the ghost.

Besides that I get to tear into the washing machine again, of course, because I haven't done anything with it since last Tuesday--too sick. Well, Monday is my Friday. Hooray! It's always a party!