A Little Rest?

I’ve been sick the last few days with something like a bad cold.  Last night, I began to have trouble breathing, so I went to the hospital as a patient instead of the Director.  Bottom line is I got an inhaler to help with the breathing, and instructions to take it easy for a couple of days.  No problem, right?

So I ran out of hot water today.  My first thought was, “What? I just changed the gas tank!!”  But when I looked at the date on my spreadsheet, it had been 23 days, a few more days than the average.

We use bottled gas here.  The tanks are about twice the size of the tanks on a conventional gas grill in the US, and they cost $2.00 each.  The Guest House, about 50 yards away, has a supply so I usually get mine from there, and pay for them at the hospital.

So I dragged myself out, got our little red wagon, hauled the empty one out, got a full one from the guest house and changed the tank.  I couldn’t get the pilot on the hot water tank to light.  So I fiddled a while, and it still wouldn’t light.  OK, a bum tank I thought.  It happens once in a while.  So I dragged the full one back to the guest house and got another full one.  Still no luck.  I’m running out of energy, but I need hot water.

OK, what next?  Did I get two bum tanks?  Let me swap it with the gas tank that runs the dryer.  I know that one works.  Tried that and it still wouldn’t light.

Next?  Maybe the valve that attaches to the gas tank all of a sudden went bad.  So I took the valve off the dryer tank and put it on the water tank and voila!  It lit!!

I was going to try to go out and get another valve, but I just don’t have the energy.  I don’t think I’ll need to use the dryer until next week.  I can wait.