Peeler Hall is the oldest building on Faith’s campus. It’s not clear when the last major work was done on its plumbing, but the one thing that was becoming apparent quickly was that much of the work to create new bathrooms would have to be done in the crawlspace under the floor and, in some cases, under the ground. One of the areas of most concern was replacing the connection to the existing drain. Once excavated, it was apparent that any replacement was going to be a tight fit, weaving around ancient galvanized water lines with 4” PVC.
Periodically, we had also had to stop to buy more supplies. Not just pipes and couplings, but toilets, tubs, etc. Dave found some great deals, topped by the free vanity and sink and followed closely by the $50 tub. But by far the best deal came about when we discovered that Wesley Hall needed a new hot water heater. It was Thursday afternoon, and we wanted to get it installed Friday morning, if possible, which just happened to be Dave’s birthday.
When Dave and Fred returned from their shopping run several hours later, it was apparent that propane hot water heaters were hard to find. But the good news was they managed to come home with one. Even better was the price. Fred had found a dented one at Lowe’s that was priced in the store at $100, which was already a good price. Dave couldn’t leave it at that. They left the store having spent only $25.
We continued to put the bikes to use, rewarding ourselves with some ice cream after a bike ride. Of course, it didn’t take Dave long to introduce Fred to Whit’s Custard, especially since the new Ferguson plumbing supply store had moved within a short distance of the nearest Whit’s location. Plumbing supply trips have a new significance now. We were especially excited to see the Samoas flavor show up on the calendar. This is a rare treat, since it is our favorite flavor, which we made sure to share with Pat and Fred.
On Dave’s birthday, we didn’t just install a hot water heater. We went out for a yummy seafood dinner at a restaurant that we had sampled after getting a tip from a fellow biker. We liked it so much we made a point to return for Dave’s birthday. He even got a song and a celebratory piece of Key Lime Pie. Now that’s a better way to celebrate.