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(32,017 posts)
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 09:48 AM Feb 2021

This is different. 02-23-21 UPDATE.

It’s a balmy 48 degrees in Terrell, TX. We’re headed for a high of 73. It’s shorts weather!

The daughter and I have evacuated our trailer in the Free State of Van Zandt in favor of a nice, dry motel room with running water (now that motel rooms are actually available). A dear pair of old friends, whom I have known since 1991, are footing the bill so that we can enjoy a little comfort as we wait for plumbing repairs on the trailer.

That’s another story. We found a plumber that we trust. He lives in the park, and management has used his services in the past to handle various jobs. He has promised to get to us next. When “next” will be, we have no idea.

Our plumber is currently working on his daughter’s house. Obviously, she takes priority. When I spoke to him yesterday, he had just got done doing about 14 hrs. of work on her house, and he wasn’t finished yet. Things appear to be working in a pattern that is being repeated across the state. Plumber fixes obvious leak. Pressure returns to the system, and that increased water pressure causes something else to bust. Rinse and repeat. My plumber was only half-sarcastic when he predicted that he might end up replumbing his daughter’s entire house.

No clue when he might get by to start working on our trailer, but he was hesitant to even throw out a ballpark estimate. It’s impossible to know how much is broken until he gets in there, fixes something, and then looks for the next leak. I am already aware of three, separate leaks. There are probably more.

This is a nightmare, but we extend our sincere thanks to all our friends. We are safe, dry, and sleeping in a facility with running water. We continue to be thankful for the love, prayers, emotional support, and good vibes that have been showered upon us by the DU community. Y’all are the best!


Previous “This is bad.” threads are linked below, solely for their historical value.

This is bad. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181470783

This is bad. 02-16-21 UPDATE.

This is bad. 02-17-21 UPDATE.

This is bad. 02-18-21 UPDATE.

This is bad. 02-19-21 UPDATE.

This is bad (but not too bad). 02-20-21 UPDATE.

This is really irritating. 02-21-21 UPDATE.

This is ... amazing and touching. 02-22-21 UPDATE. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181474282

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This is different. 02-23-21 UPDATE. (Original Post) Laelth Feb 2021 OP
Glad to hear you're finally safe. Take care Evolve Dammit Feb 2021 #1
We'll try. Yes, things are much better. Laelth Feb 2021 #9
Glad to hear things are getting better! CaptainTruth Feb 2021 #2
Thanks. n/t Laelth Feb 2021 #10
Good news gademocrat7 Feb 2021 #3
We're doing our best. Laelth Feb 2021 #11
Waiting is the pain, right? ancianita Feb 2021 #4
I had the chance on Monday to make a few calls. Laelth Feb 2021 #12
Good. ancianita Feb 2021 #17
Just one ... but I suspect my in-park plumber will get to us first. Laelth Feb 2021 #19
Probably. Happy to hear that. ancianita Feb 2021 #20
Laeth Emergency Plumbing Repair 4 Layers Of Duct / Gaffers Tape And Hose Clamps DanieRains Feb 2021 #5
But some of the leaks are behind the walls and under the cabinets. Laelth Feb 2021 #13
Glad to hear that you two are safe, with power AND water. Continuing vibes for the best niyad Feb 2021 #6
Thanks so much. Laelth Feb 2021 #14
Enjoy your rest and comfort, Laelth. Totally Tunsie Feb 2021 #7
I assume so. Laelth Feb 2021 #15
... ancianita Feb 2021 #18
So happy to hear it! BobTheSubgenius Feb 2021 #8
They're monitoring DU, but I will mention it. Laelth Feb 2021 #16


(35,476 posts)
4. Waiting is the pain, right?
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 12:09 PM
Feb 2021

Just a thought -- maybe you've tried to get a backup plumber? Then you get whoever finishes their prior work first yes?


(32,017 posts)
12. I had the chance on Monday to make a few calls.
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:03 PM
Feb 2021

The story was consistent. Plumbers are happy to put us on their “list,” but none were willing to schedule a time to see us and give us a damage assessment. They’re all swamped.




(4,619 posts)
5. Laeth Emergency Plumbing Repair 4 Layers Of Duct / Gaffers Tape And Hose Clamps
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 12:10 PM
Feb 2021

Or multiple zip ties over leak.

Do it right and it will work till plumber shows up.

Been there.


(32,017 posts)
13. But some of the leaks are behind the walls and under the cabinets.
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:05 PM
Feb 2021

I don’t feel qualified to rip out the walls or the cabinets to find the leaks and duct tape them.



(110,759 posts)
6. Glad to hear that you two are safe, with power AND water. Continuing vibes for the best
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:27 PM
Feb 2021

possible outcome. Please keep us posted.


(32,017 posts)
14. Thanks so much.
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:06 PM
Feb 2021

I will keep posting until some sense of normalcy returns. This is definitely not normal.


Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
7. Enjoy your rest and comfort, Laelth.
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 02:43 PM
Feb 2021

Last edited Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:30 PM - Edit history (1)

The rest will work out with time and patience (and a few $$$ too.).


(32,017 posts)
15. I assume so.
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:07 PM
Feb 2021

The Daughter and I are treating this like an unexpected vacation. Honestly, it feels that way.



(11,500 posts)
8. So happy to hear it!
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 05:16 PM
Feb 2021

All of it! Please thank your Good Samaritans for us, as well. OK? That little "luxury" makes this whole nightmare seem a lot more gentle.


(32,017 posts)
16. They're monitoring DU, but I will mention it.
Tue Feb 23, 2021, 08:09 PM
Feb 2021

The community has been remarkable, and I am very thankful.


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