As I was getting ready to head out for the evening tonight, I noticed that the water pressure in my house was much lower than usual. With temps in the single digits and lower, I quickly guessed the problem.

How I spent my Saturday night

This pipe had been in my garage. When I found it, the water was coming out fast and furious, enough that I could hear it from the other side of the door.

I lucked out, in that it wasn’t near anything important so the gallons of water that sprayed out of it didn’t cause damage, plus it was easy to find and accessible for repair.

And I really lucked out when it turned out that my brother-in-law, who can handle basic plumbing tasks like this, was home and could help. He came over, took stock of the situation, headed to Home Depot for supplies, then came back to make the repair — including an extra cut-off valve to help prevent another such problem in future. Hooray for Mike!

Here’s to lucky breaks.

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