|This has nothing to do with the pantry but I needed a smile!|
I must admit, at the time I didn't understand spending grocery money on getting the scheduled oil change for the car until we were famous (infamous?) for driving our automobiles until they were almost old enough to be called vintage.
We spent limited funds this year to have the air conditioner given its' annual checkup, much needed for an air conditioner now considered in its' elderly years. We also have the aging furnace checked each year in autumn. Again... something my former engineer husband says is essential.
Some things we can't do at the moment and must hope they work as normal as possible. For instance, the roof needs a redo but that is a huge commitment of resources. I'm talking about how small maintenance projects are necessary to plan for as part of the pantry lifestyle. The big stuff? We pray. A lot.
Having said all that, sometimes you think you have planned and put back and stored up and well, everything should be just fine as it usually is. Last week proved otherwise. We purchase the filters for the crawl space (which filters the water coming in from the well the first time) and the under-the-sink well filter (the second filtering of well water) ahead of time. That way, when there is a sunny and dry day in Spring and Autumn, they are ready to be changed.
Last weekend was such a day so the water coming into the house was turned off and Hubby changed the filter in the crawl space (no way am I getting under there) and then changed the filter under the sink. The water was turned back on and the under the sink filter leaked. No problem, it can take a few tries to get it "just right".
Each time he tried, it leaked. For hours it leaked. Then he finally realized (having been an engineer who worked with statistical process control helped to come to this conclusion)... it was the outer container that was the problem. It had a five year life span and was now a couple years beyond that so failure was an option with it.
I wish I could say it was an easy fix but numerous trips back and forth to Menards, including coming home with a more recent outer casing... failed. He realized for the new casing to work, he would have to completely rework the system and that would involve getting a Culligan service man out here since it is next to that system. Way too expensive a fix!
Now, a little explanation here... in case you are confused. Why do we not only have the original well filters but also decided to spend money on the Culligan system when we bought the house? The well filters were a necessary part of the well system from long ago when the house was built
The Culligan system was put in by us because Hubby is extremely sensitive to environmental no no's. They are the basis of his having to go on Disability years before he retired. We live near farms where there are pesticides in use. We also live down the road from a Monsanto research farm. Our well is part of that ground water. Enough said? ;)
To make a very long story short. We did the best we could to plan ahead but as you know, life happens. Hubby reinstalled the leaking outer casing and took back to Menards the new parts. We are going to order the old model casing again soon. Hoping that will fix our water problem without a major redo of our plumbing.
At least we now have water (after two days of having it shut off but that is another pantry story!). We have a large enamel bowl under the old outer filter that Hubby reinstalled. We have to bail water a few times a day. Thankfully it holds enough water during the night that we only had to get up in the middle of the night to check it a couple of times.
Going through this reminded me why it is important to gain experience as much as possible by doing things ourselves when life is normal (well, as normal as a fallen world ever allows us). Hubby has gone through this process twice a year for around nine years now and while it did not help him immediately resolve the problem, he was able to do a temporary fix without calling in an expensive plumber.
We will try the new outer casing when it arrives in two or three weeks, hopefully it does solve the leaking problem. Would we stock an extra casing? Given a much larger budget we might. But truly when it is something that needs replacing every five or six years, it isn't logical to invest limited pantry funds into something like that.
Filters that need replacing every six months? Yes. Casing that may fail after five years? No.
If we do need to bring in a plumber, we will go to Plan C and since he is there already... take out the under the sink well filter and have the pipes lead into the Culligan filter. We think. Hopefully Plan B will work.
Aimee of Simple Bites (I love her cookbook) has a link to her article about the pantry on Jamie Oliver's website. But also at the bottom of the short description which links to his website, there are some good "You Might Like this Also" pantry links. Ummm... go there. You will see what I mean even if it is hard to describe. Click here to go there.