I touched plumbing…

I touched plumbing…so of course you *know* how it went…it’s all connected ya know…

Missing some of the hardware

Missing some of the hardware

Soo…from THIS post…working on the Mezzanine in prep for installing bathrooms on the 1st floor…I bumped the tank on “The Throne”. It promptly began leaking. A quick glance showed why…whoever installed the tank had no clue what they were doing…they omitted the outside nut on the tank bolts…the ones between the tank and the toilet…the ones that actually create the seal by holding the bolts firmly against the rubber washers IN the tank so they won’t leak…

I turned off the valve at the toilet (at least there was one) and start to remove the tank. As I undo the flexible supply line off the tank…the hard line coming up through the mezzanine deck moves…and far too easily. It’s galvanized iron, so should be quite stiff…and yep…I then hear the tell-tale sound of water leaking. Gah!

*SNAP* says the valve

*SNAP* says the valve

I rushed to the ground floor…there is a valve where the 3/4″ main line comes into the building. I turn it off…it is difficult to turn…and just as I get it all the way off… *SNAP* the entire valve breaks off the main line in my hand. This was somewhat startling…as it is only 50 degrees in the building today and the water was probably colder.

The main line in...

The main line in…

I now have a fully open, 3/4″ 80psi pressurized water line venting into the shop.

Fortunately I know where the meter is and my tools were close at hand. I manage to shut off the water supply without shooting more than a hundred or so gallons of water all over the place.

And, “all over the place” includes bouncing it off the ceiling!

So…that’s it. Enough of this crap. I fire up “Destructor of Worlds” (the Dewalt Sawzall) and I tear out the entire mess. I may still run a PEX line up to The Throne so we can use it until the other bathrooms are in…but there was no sense salvaging anything that was here already and risking (another) flood/shower.

The toilet supply line where it came through the floor

The toilet supply line where it came through the mezzanine floor

How the hell this was NOT leaking before today, I’ll never know.

The toilet supply line

The toilet supply line

This is 1/2″ galvanized line, I’m guessing with 30+ years of corrosion eating it from the outside where it touched the wood mezzanine deck.

Supply line

Supply line

I still can’t figure how this *wasn’t* leaking before today.

For my next trick I’ll probably make old mortar shoot out of the electrical sockets when ya flush “The Throne” or something.

Daniel (the soaked) Meyer

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