Weather made work tough

The day was chilly. The air filled often with freezing rain bits almost feeling like hail as it pitted your face this past weekend.
My wife and I headed to the cabin last Wednesday afternoon to get a jump on finishing off several projects. It was a cool 10 C with a slight misty rain in the air. The cabin was cool but we soon had a hot fire roaring in the wood stove.
Two pails of water were brought up from the lake for cooking and doing dishes. Our new water system had to be finished before we could start the water pump to deliver water to the cabin.
We knew the weather was going to deteriorate Thursday afternoon and wanted to have the new hot water tank installed, as well as the pipe runs from the hot water to the kitchen sink and new bathroom completed.
Everything was going according to plan. Shortly after noon, the connections were completed and all that was required was to start the water pump.
The wind had risen and was blowing cold against our faces. At the pump, we glanced down and saw that a split about 10 inches long was running along a red stripe of the pipe.
We have a warehouse of parts for the plumbing at the cabin. The split was removed and the two pipes were joined. We then had to fill the pipe with water and watched in despair as the water drained about two feet above the repair.
We realized that we were going to have to pull the entire pipe from the lake. Fortunately, more than a decade ago, we had bought both a three-quarter inch roll of pipe and a 1¼-inch of pipe for emergencies so we had back-up.
The pipe was still rolled up and the air was cold (just above freezing). So, of course, the last thing that pipe wanted to do was uncoil and we fought to get it straightened on Friday morning.
The connection to the pump had been salvaged and a new foot valve was installed.
The buoyant pipe would have floated across the surface without the attached weights. The pipe again seemed to coil up and with the boat, with my wife holding on to one end of the pipe and pulling with the boat, we managed to pull the pipe to deeper water and watched as the foot valve sank to the bottom while a section floated to the surface.
All of this while the winds blew up; a driving snowstorm blew horizontally across the lake into our faces.
Again we filled the pipe—feeling heartened as the pipe and pump held water. Shivering, the pipe then was attached to the pump and it was primed. With a swoosh, the pumped grabbed the water and pushed it to the cabin.
Underneath, two fittings that had been installed a day earlier leaked. Trying to fix the leaks, I was soaked and muddy.
Luckily, we did have hot water at the outdoor shower and even though it was only a few degrees above freezing, the shower was wonderful.
Saturday all was fixed in even colder weather and the new system is supplying more hot water than we ever dreamed of. The new shower functions, as do the vanity taps in the new bathroom.
Maybe doing the work in miserable conditions makes the benefits more appreciated.

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