Last month, poor Fillyjonk had to replace her water heater, which prompted this unfortunate (as in “ill-timed”) comment from me:
I’m dealing with a gas leak which has yet to be repaired; I’m betting that the moment we crank it back up, the old water heater (I know not its age, but it’s obviously not too recent) will blow its top.
I subsequently learned its age, which is twenty-two; I also know when it died, which was the twenty-second of October.
And for icing on the cake, 1985 installation practices are light-years away from 2007 code, which means further expense.
On the upside, the water line has been shut off, and leakage into other rooms seems unlikely at this point.