Wednesday Working – Of Valves and Sheds

Just the other day things seemed to be going fine, until Heather mentioned that a bog was forming near the roses. Turns out there is a buried valved there that is now leaking. Seriously, a buried valve that I had to dig to find – no irrigation box so it could be found or actually used. Got the parts to fix it, now to find a time when it’s not a million degrees outside to get the work done:

Under ground valve leaking. Who buries a valve so you have to dig it up to turn it?

I’ve been doing a little work on the shed and today had my grandson over to help start insulating the ceiling. Half way through today’s work we had to go the home center to buy more supplies, but we still managed to get half the ceiling insulated. Next time we’ll put sheet rock up there.

Every one needs two drills on top of their ladder.
Stack-o-insulation and other construction junk. And look, there’s my black water bottle – been looking for that all day. Yes, I have a heater in the shed, just in case 100 degree temps aren’t high enough …

That’s it for this week. More next week – if you need me, I’ll be in the shed.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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20 Responses to Wednesday Working – Of Valves and Sheds

  1. That top picture looks almost identical to a hole and leaky pipe in our yard currently. :/

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  2. mitchteemley says:

    You are the Obi-Wan of DIYers, Andrew!

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  3. Oh, wow! Your shed is really taking shape. It’s going to be such a great workshop when you’re finished! And the valve? *facepalm*

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  4. Debra says:

    It strikes me as particularly special that you are able to pass along to your grandson a wonderful memory, and skills, as well!

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  5. wolfsrosebud says:

    I bet you’re eager to be creative

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  6. Dave says:

    My wife & I have had a lifetime of plumbing adventures so I’m not sure I’d be willing to take on a malfunctioning buried valve without a professional. Coincidentally, I claimed a small victory today repairing a leaking handle assembly on one of our showers. Finally, the sheets of insulation caught my attention. I’ve heard that supply chain has been hit hard by COVID and insulation will be hard to come by for a while. Not true?

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    • The supply chain is starting to recover and prices have dropped slightly on somethings. What I see here in Reno is high prices, gaps in inventory, and long waits for stuff on order. I got lucky on the insulation and drywall for the ceiling this week. Still, there was only 3 bags of the kind insulation I needed in stock – good thing I only needed one bag. Two months ago when I was trying to get materials, I had to order on-line, ended up waiting two weeks to get it all, and had to pay an $80 delivery charge.


  7. Baydreamer says:

    Looking great, Andrew. Since my son left 2 months ago (we’re now true empty nesters), I’ve been painting inside the house. It’s easier to do when less are living in it. 🙂 And once I get started, I enjoy the process from start to finish. So, enjoy working on the shed!

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  8. Pied Type says:

    Mechanics, pipes, etc., not my thing, but what good is a valve if it’s buried??

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    • Maybe it’s a magical valve and only a truly worthy person can find it … maybe if I turn it I’ll be transported to a magical land … or perhaps the installer was an idiot.


  9. davidprosser says:

    I’ts coming on a treat Andrew.I hope it will b some while before you need the heater.

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  10. What kind of valve was it, Andrew?

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    • Looks like a simple manual cutoff valve (although it could be a stop and waste valve). It’s plastic and likely has been there 20 years. What’s odd is that there’s no marker showing where this is so I didn’t know of its existence until it failed.


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