Ax tells me that Hatboy likes the plumbing blogs, though she prefers the more personal posts.
So here's a quick plumbing update for Hatboy.
The condo inspector came and went. A few days later, my lawyer sent me an email.
"They'd like you to install new windows in the airshaft, and to get a cover plate for the boiler in the hot water heater. What is your response?"
I'd already ordered the windows, but the cover for the little space where the flames are in the hot water heater? I didn't even know it was supposed to have a cover.
"I'm not sure I can do that. I'll get back to you."
The guys at Modern Plumbing Supply on Communipaw Avenue helped me out, as they always do. I love going to them because I can say "I need the white thingymabob that hooks into the U that goes into an S and it's about this big and screws on." And they give me exactly the right part, and tell me how to install it.
"You can't buy that separately," was the bad news. "But you don't need it. The heater works fine without it. Why do you want it?"
"I'm selling. The buyers want it."
Ah. They nodded. One of them took some keys from a nail and told me to follow him.
We walked outside of the store and down the sidewalk, stopping in front of a padlocked gate. Mr. Modern unlocked it and in we went.
"We keep the old water heaters here after we install new ones in homes." He poked around on the ground. He found me two old cover plates.
"One of these should work. If not, you can probably bend it to fit. Don't cut yourself. No charge."
One fit perfectly. The other was exactly right for the boiler that feeds the basement washing machine. Mission accomplished.