Yesterday, we turned on the water in the bunkhouse, which had been winterized until then. The pipe behind the shower leaked. So I called a plumber. We have company coming in a few days and the bunkhouse is our guesthouse.
The plumber was booked until Monday. (This occurred on Friday.) So I called another plumber. He could come Monday afternoon. So I called the first guy back and scheduled for Monday morning. That might work because our guests arrive on Tuesday.
However, Miss Sugar is not one to wait.
I was in Denver most of the day. As a lawyer, I frequently go there for cases. This was my second day this week that I had to go there. Denver is about 80 miles from our ranch.
I did not get home until 7:00 p.m. During those hours when I was away, Miss Sugar turned off the water in the bunkhouse, which involves laying on the floor by the toilet and reaching back behind the shower to the “gate valve” where water comes into the building, or not (if turned off for the winter), removed the brass elbow joint that was leaking, drove to a hardware store twenty miles away, and got a “shark bite adapter” to connect flexible plastic pipe to the brass elbow joint. She also got plumber’s tape and plumber’s putty to seal the connection between the pipe and the joint behind the shower. On the first trip, she did not get all the parts she needed because the handyman who made the shower connection last fall did not use the same pipe threads, so she had to make a second trip in order to get universal threads.
While waiting for the plumber’s putty to dry, Sugar used her spare time to create a mosaic around the base of the toilet, which is not something that I had planned to do. I suspect that if we hired a plumber, the mosaic would not have been included.
By the time I got home, Sugar was finished with her complicated plumbing tasks and with the mosaic artwork. I was no help at all. Well, maybe I helped by being in Denver, out of her way.
So this morning, Sugar asked me to check the bunkhouse to see if it was leaking behind the shower anymore. It was not. Success!
Sugar is a real good handyman — for a girl. Supergirl!