Water Aerobics

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 282015

No, I wasn’t in a swimming pool working out yesterday. I try to never subject my fellow human beings to the sight of my whale-like body in anything less than long pants and a shirt. It just doesn’t seem nice to do that to folks who may want to use their eyes to see again. But I did get wet and do some dancing yesterday!

Tuesday we noticed a leak coming from our water heater, and when I opened the compartment on the side of the RV we discovered that it was coming from the screw-in nylon plug. So after our showers Tuesday night, we turned off the water heater so we could check things out the next day.

Yesterday morning, after turning off the water and opening a faucet to drain the pressure off Terry removed the plug, and since we could not see any damage to it, wrapped the threads with Teflon tape and screwed it back in. And it still leaked. Well darn it, anyway.

So I turned the water back off and proceeded to unscrew the plug again. Did you notice that I didn’t first relieve the pressure this time around? I don’t recommend omitting this step if you ever have to change your water heater plug. You’d be amazed how forcefully that little nylon plug goes flying off when you turn that last little bit of thread holding it in place, or how fast and far that cold water shoots out! One of our campground neighbors said I moved pretty fast for a fat guy.

We first tried a nearby Home Depot, and when we couldn’t find a replacement plug there we hunted one down at Finlay RV on Boulder Highway. Back at the RV park, it was a simple matter of wrapping the threads in more Teflon tape and screwing the new plug in. And no leaks this time around!

I did wonder why the replacement plugs are sold two to a package, since our water heater only uses one. Do they expect the first plug to fail? I guess time will tell. If we do have to replace it again, I’ll remember to drain the pressure off first.

With that task done, I spent most of the rest of the day and evening working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and by the time I knocked off about 10 p.m. I had 12 of the 36 pages done and laid out. I need to have it to the printer Monday afternoon, so that will be pretty much all I do for the next few days.

Apparently in a recent update something changed in Windows Live Writer and it won’t work for a lot of blogs, including my buddy Dennis Hill’s. So he wanted me to tell any of his readers who also read my blog that he’s alive and well, and will be back to blogging as soon as somebody fixes the current bug.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Birdsongs by my friend Jason Deas. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  6 Responses to “Water Aerobics”

  1. Now if you had one of those go-pro videocameras you could have put that on YouTube funniest RV videos under water slide shuffle
    You really really need one of those go-pros you never know when you’re going to have a Kodak moment
    But I do really think Miss Terry omitted that part where she says go take the plug out
    Enjoy your soggy day

  2. He who hasn’t done that raise your hand didn’t think so. hahaha

  3. Good morning, I don’t know what little plastic plug you have but our anode rod shot out like a cannon and hit the side of the rv parked in the next spot over, the water was sort of secondary. They were home!!
    Mary Burge

  4. Nick, I’ve always read and heard that you do not use Teflon tape on plastic plugs. You might want to research that, aka call Greg White. Several years ago I was right next store at Arizona Charley’s and my plug failed while the water was on. Had a fountain that shot at least 20 feet long. Made a heck of a pop when it broke off. It also left the threads inside the hot water heater. Since none of the mobile RV repair guys would answer their phone or return a call, I went on the internet and found that you needed a water sprinkler head remover to get the threads out. Got one at Home Depot and the replacement plugs the same place you did. Felt good to get it fixed. Yesterday, I was filling some water jugs at the campsite. Spigot head was pointed parallel to the ground. As the first jug was filling up I turned the lever and removed the jug. Unfortunately I pushed the lever to full on and was standing in front of it when I removed the jug. Same result as you. So you are not the only one who got wet and did a crazy water dance yesterday.

  5. Windows Live Writer is “permanently” dead for writing blog posts on Google’s Blogger.com platform.
    Google turned off an old, insecure “legacy” security protocol, and Microsoft never updated WLW to use the new, secure security protocol.
    So, until Microsoft updates WLW, you cant log in with your Google Account anymore…

  6. Not sure why but I too have heard Teflon tape is not supposed to be used on PVC and plastic fittings . Damage to the threads or over tightening ? Not sure but I’m sure some googling will provide the answer though . At least the leak is stopped !

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