OK – I know it doesn’t look like much, but do you see that square of cardboard in the picture above? That’s where the washing machine was until Tuesday. And my butt was against the basement door as I took the picture.
Now I can use the basement door (much easier to bring in wood that way), have a small dance floor available (not that I’m likely to use it), and the machines are conveniently located next to one another with the doors opening sympathetically for ease of use (that will not, however, keep me from dropping wet clothes on the floor as I move them from the washer to the dryer).
I fail to comprehend the former routes of the water pipes – there was simply nowhere convenient to hook up a washer. And, there was another water heater where my laundry basket is above.
I called plumber* Ryan Smith, who came highly recommended by many of my neighbors. (I also heartily recommend him – if you’re in Cincinnati and want his info, let me know.) He spent all day Tuesday at my house removing the unnecessary second water heater, rerouting water and gas lines, moving the machines, replacing some old and drippy shut-off valves, hooking up the water to my refrigerator**, fixing the shower in my first-floor bath, and taking out the extra gas meter for what used to be the second-floor apartment. Or maybe it was for the first-floor apartment – doesn’t matter; I need only one.
So just in time for cold weather and cold-weather utility bills, I can stop paying to heat water in two tanks, and stop paying a $40+ “Fixed Delivery Service” charge and attendant fees on the extra meter every month, if only Duke Energy would return my call or email….
* Yeah, I decided to go with a pro. I’ll stick to the wood-related projects. And tile work. And painting. And minor electric. And everything else.
**For the first time in my life, I have a working ice maker and filtered cold water. It’s the little things….