Sunday, June 10, 2007

Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em

[reading: China Miéville, "Un Lun Dun"; recently Atul Gawande, "Complications: a Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science", William Carlos Williams, "Collected Poems I", Christopher Brookmyre, "Not the End of the World"]

Some unexpected good news this week: our water hammer has disappeared.

It's been a problem ever since we moved in, and apart from the annoying noise I've always been worried that eventually it would shake loose one of the pipe joints and we'd get a leak.

I'd been looking at a variety of expensive solutions for the problem, and I've already spent a day on the cheaper approach of pulling up the floorboards in order to clamp all of the pipes.

The water board to the rescue. They've been replacing the mains all round the area, and this week they came back to join up the new mains to all of the houses. It took a day or two to notice what was missing: the annoying 'thunk' whenever a tap shuts off has gone!

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