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December 4th, 2005

So, this morning, my wonderful husband was doing the dishes, and he commented that the water was merely lukewarm. Dreading the worst, I headed downstairs to the 30-year-old, original-to-the-house water heater.

Let's just say it wasn't as bad as it could have been. The floor beneath the drainage valve was merely *wet*, not flooded.

After 30 years, we're certainly not paying to repair the silly thing.

Home Depot to the rescue. We read an article in Consumer Reports on how to select water heaters (look for the ones with the longest warranties, because they're substantially better made; concentrate on first-hour delivery figures, rather than capacity) and we headed to our local Home Depot. Fifteen minutes later, we'd made the purchase and (more-or-less) arranged for installation. (We're waiting to hear from the contractor about a specific time.

And, upon our return home, we were able to locate the formerly-obscured reset button and we hope to have some hot water in the very near future.

So, if you find a faulty water heater showing up in one of my next books, you'll know how this little adventure turns out. After all, everything we do is fodder for our writing. Right?

Mindy, grateful she's not hosting a houseful of relatives at the moment

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