I wasn't expecting an indoor swimming pool

@p1kef1sh (45640)
May 30, 2008 5:24pm CST
But that's what I got this afternoon. We don't have a huge house. In fact the mice have applied for a penthouse as they feel we are crowding them. But it is large enough for our needs. But one of our little bugbears is that we have to keep the washing machine in the kitchen rather than the custom built utility room that I have designed but not yet built. Or rather not yet paid someone else to build. I have mentioned our washing machine before. Recently it broke down and we decided to replace it. However, it had a change of heart and started to behave itself again. But that all changed today. I went out to he kitchen earlier on and discovered that I should have worn my bathing trunks and taken my flippers. There was water everywhere. In fact it was slowly spreading across the kitchen floor and we had a row of ducks eyeing the rapidly forming lagoon as a potential home. With the aid of the next load of washing - towels - I managed to mop up the worst of it. However, the mice have complained and claim that I flooded them as a deliberate protest against their building proposals. Of course that is total rubbish. Just to rub salt in the wound, or chlorine in my eyes, my wife came home, switched the machine on and it performed perfectly! What domestic dramas have you dealt with?
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@mummymo (23707)
31 May 08
Why did you mop it up honey - I was about to grab my cossie and come for a dip with you! I think the machine is actually trying to wind you up - they do that sometimes you know and it can be very irritating indeed! Our old washing machine used to flood every now and then, I think it just got bored and wanted some excitement - we have also had 2 floods in our kitchen in the last few years - one from a shower sealant that needed renewing and the other from a burst pipe. Seems it never rains but it pours! lol xxxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
That's so true Mummymo. We've just been to see Mr Comet who is bringing us a new washer tomorrow. Oh what joy!!
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@mummymo (23707)
31 May 08
Mr Comet obviously likes you more than he does me - it took him 5 days to deliver mine earlier this year. Seems their delivery truck only did certain areas on certain days - then my boss gave me a row for not getting him to pick it for me! I could have had it the same day and not had a washing pile like Mt Vesuvius if I had just thought! Does this mean you will be too busy to come out and play tomorrow? xxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Oh no Mummymo. I hope that despite your unfortunate experience. Ours come tomorrow. Or we are sunk.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Poor man those washers are conspiring against you because they miss a womans touch..lol It must aggitate you to no end when the washer acts up. I know It would me. I am just hoping that the washer behaves from now on and tell it if it doesn't it wil land out their in the woodshed for a real beating like it cousins got..lol I hate when my hubsand decides to take upon himself to do laundry, He never takes the time to spray anything with Shout or use Oxiclean and all the clothes come out a mess which I then have to fix lucky the dryer isn't being used right now and some of the damage might be reversible. Domestic dramas? Our toilet stays on steadily even though I have turned it off from the valve something is wrong with shut off valve so I have had to try to fix it so it won't run but then we can't flush either needs a whole new inside and our other toilet is also messed up when you flush water comes out the back around the neck of the bowl so right now we are flushing with a bucket. Our bathtub runs or should I a drips steadily cause it won't shut off all the way but my husband got a new bath and shower kit a few days ago and has to install it this weekend hopefully. The bathroom is next ot my bedroom and the drip..drip..drip..is getting on my nerves and doesn't drip me off to sleep... We are slowly fixing up our old heap I just hope we finish this year.. I dread the painting..but thats another story..
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Jun 08
My washer problems are nothing compared to your toilet. The sound of dripping water always alarms me. Hope that the bathroom gets fitted. Then you can paint it!! LOL.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Jun 08
I will be setting some mouse traps tonight for a few mouses that snuck in can't have them getting comfy in here. My husband set a mouse trap last night but he did it wrong because the mouse ate the cheese off without setting off the trap. Well, he found out he has to work tomorrow so now we might not get it done this week..anyone have earplugs?
• United States
31 May 08
I've had several over the years (which is why I'm GLADLY giving this house back to the bank!). The first one occurred about 4 summers ago...we had the remains of a hurricane coming up the coast. Since I'm inland (closer to the Delaware River than the Atlantic), I wasn't too worried. Hey, my home had two roofs on it! (two asphalt layers) and it wasn't leaking--even the two contractors that came out the week before said everything was ok. That night I was sitting at the computer, typing away when I heard 'drip, drip, drip'. I poked my head in the kitchen, but I guess I didn't hear anything and went back to work (I didn't need anything from the kitchen that night). The following morning, I came downstairs and turned on the computer and then went into the kitchen...ACK! The roof leaked in several places, but in one area in particular (where the contractors had climbed up on the roof) and everything paper was ruined! I threw out 5 or 6 contractor size bags of garbage. What a mess! Then let's fastfoward 18 months...fall of 2006. This was a girl-made catastrophe (and is two-pronged). I was sitting at the computer doing work when I saw a horrific flash of sparks and the computer shut off. I ran to the front door and there's my neighbor yelling at me to NOT come out. I couldn't see anything, so I went out the back door and started to come down the alleyway between my home and garage...more sparks! Yikes, I've got an electric fire in front of my home! I run back in and grab my cell phone to call the police, the firemen, 911, someone! After watching the display for half an hour, over 35000 gallons of water drain into the street and seeing my car look as if it was next to a roadside bomb, I no longer had water or sewer, nor electric and gas. I was forced out of my home for a month! All because this stupid kid doesn't know to pop balloons before disposing of them! (NOTE: mylar balloons and power lines DON'T mix!). And to make it worse (part two now), I got the water on a month later, ran the dishwasher only to have a sliver of concrete cut THAT line! Took several days to find and fix, but not before it ruining the floor (even the subfloor needs to be replaced). More stuff that got damaged and thrown out! The last incident that really cemented this for me: last summer, I went downstairs to change the clothes and turned on the light at the top of the basement steps. ACK! There's 4 to 6" of water! I quickly grabbed a friend (local handyman) and asked him if I could get some help. He hand-bailed as much as he could, but 30 gallons of water is a LOT! Even MORE stuff got thrown out (I had to throw out saturated hardwood that was kept as a backup for any patches in my home!). What a mess! NOTHING had better happen now--I just want to end this nightmare and move on....as a tenant!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
What a catalogue of disasters Scorpio. A complete nightmare in fact. I can understand why you want to be out. Makes my flurry with a discharging washer look like light relief. [Put that balloon down NOW. There's a lady here that can tell you all about balloon accidents......]
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• United States
31 May 08
Thanks p1ke! Actually, now it's a matter of trying to sell ANYTHING so I can get the heck outta here! I just can't get over that I had THAT many bad things happen to me over a period of time!
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
31 May 08
None like that lately. My 2.5 year old son keeps peeing on my kitchen floor like a puppy. He is in the middle of potty training and seems to think it's ok to pee on the floor???? At least, he isn't doing it on the carpet. He laughs at the funny noise that his pee makes when it hits the floor. Sigh...the wonders of motherhood.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Don't worry Skinny. We never grow out of being amused by such things. I just had to check that you wrote 2.5 and not 25! Not that it would make much difference. LOL. Happy mothering.
• United States
31 May 08
2.5 or 25- same difference. It is amusing but a pain in the ars to clean up.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
31 May 08
Your story reminded me of an incident which happened when we were visiting my parents in Africa a little more than 6 years ago. Bathrooms in India have an outlet for water to drain away outside the shower area too. Most Indian toilets have a hand held faucet to clean ourselves (toilet paper isn't common). But that wasn't the case in Africa and my dad had one done in his bathroom in Africa. When we were visiting, my husband decided he had to try his strength on the faucet's handle (which just needed a flick with the finger actually) and he broke the thing! We had water all over the bathroom which was seeping into the bedroom because there was no outlet for the water in the bathroom (besides the one inside the tub). My mother came in hearing my shouts and asked my husband to close the main valve which was outside the building. Hubby dear in his hurry to close the valve before the water filled the bedroom slipped on the tiles, fell and banged the back of his head. Wondering what was taking him this long....(and yes, the water was beginning to fill the bedroom and I was holding our one year old then).....I went outside to find my husband being helped inside by some stranger who saw him fall as he was passing by. I then handed over our son to my mother before I went out to close the valve...and by the time I got back, the bathroom and the bedroom was flooded and my mother and I had to use up all the towels she had to mop it up.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Oh dear. I think that you are really saying is "Women to the rescue". LOL. Your poor husband though. I hope that he wasn't injured too much. That's one of those stories that you can look back on and laugh about. But at the time it feels like the world is collapsing
@SViswan (12072)
• India
31 May 08
At the time I was more worried about the water than if he was hurt (shame on me!). If there is one single drop of water on the floor, my husband is sure to step on it, slip and fall! My toddler's more careful and watches where he goes!
@GreenMoo (11842)
31 May 08
We have domestic dramas of the watery sort each time we have heavy rain However I wanted to write about washing machines today, as a washing machine caused me the biggest scare of my young life. I was in Mum and Dad's old kitchen and the washing machine was whirring away to itself. I was pretty young I guess as the washing machine must have been about chest height. Anyway, I had my back to it when it started it's spin cycle and when I turned around I discovered that it had chased me across the room! It literally pinned me against the wall! Of course, with the noise it was making on spin, no-one could hear me yelling so I had to endure being pummelled against the wall until it quietened down and someone came and rescued me. I guess it had just got unbalanced and 'walked' itself, but I blame that incident for my lifelong fear of housework.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Sounds plausible to me Greemoo. That must have been frightening for a little girl, but I can't help smiling at the image. We have a photo of our daughter aged about 18 months trying to climb into the washing machine. She's very reluctant to go anywhere near it these days!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
31 May 08
I really can't blame your daughter P1kef1sh. Washing machines are, after all, dangerous and unpredicatable beasts.
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
30 May 08
I live in an apartment and I had just flushed the toilet, thinking all was well, went into the kitchen to pop some popcorn and then heard the sound of running water. I first did recon as I thought I had left water in the sink. But no... The water was flowing from the toilet. I thought it was from a pipe as it quickly flooded my bathroom. It was about 9 p.m. I called the after hours people to report the emergency and then ran to the apartment of our maintenance person and expressed panic. He came down and turned off the water, said that something had gotten stuck, found that there were other problems in addition and mopped up the floor putting everything in the tub and leaving a nice mess to clean in the morning... No ducks arrived. No fish showed up for a dress rehearsal. No mice were in the area. The carpet remained wet for some time and there is a hope that it will be getting cleaned soon.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Yuk. That must have been horrible. Our toilet has an internal overflow, so the water goes straight into the pan. It's only happened once. It was still a panic though. Hope that they come and clean your carpet soon.
• United States
31 May 08
Thanks for the good wishes. I hope so too.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
30 May 08
P1 thank you so much for the laugh lol, I know I should not as I am sure I would have cried if the happened to me, which it did once and I did cry lol I would have told the Mice to go in their room or I would call the Cats lol that would have moved them, cheeky little things complaining lol As for the Machine working when your Wife switched it on, well it must be the Woman touch lol xx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 May 08
I think that it must have been Gabs. As for those mice. They've demanded double cheese rations to get them over the "trauma". Hah Did you ever hear anything so ridiculous?
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
31 May 08
Goodness p1 I hope you told them that there is no chance and if they do not behave you will flood their room next time, they are so cheeky and demanding it is just not on, I would have packed their bags for them and told them if they don't like it they know what they can do lol xx
• United States
30 May 08
That's gotta suck!! I had a similar situation. A few years ago we lived in an apartment complez and had one of those little portable apartment size washer/dryer combos. You have to put the hose in the sink when draining...can be a real big hassle. Anyway I started the drain cycle and with the sound of gushing water, and my 7 month old baby pushing down on my bladder, had to rush off to the other room. I heard it, but couldn't do anything about it. The hose had dislodged itself and completed itself on the kitchen floor.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 May 08
I wish it had sucked, then we would have had a dry kitchen. Yikes, that must have been very frustrating. Your water going, whilst you were "going".
• United States
30 May 08
lol..yeah I spose you're right:) Yeah...frustrating doesn't bring what I felt to justice.
• United States
2 Jun 08
You wouldn't have wanted to be around the very first time I ever used a dishwasher. I loaded it perfectly and neatly. I grabbed the liquid dish soap (the kind used to hand wash dishes) and filled the cute little tray inside the dishwasher, closed and locked the door and turned it on. Then I went to bed, lulled to sleep by the whoosh whoosh sounds of a machine cleaning my dishes. I was rudely awoken at 4 AM by my then sweetie who came home to a kitchen full of white foamy suds. They were ALL over the floor and working their way into the living room getting precariously close to his TV and playstation. I woke up and asked what the problem was and through clenched teeth I was advised never EVER to do another dish again. That was 15 years ago. I don't think I have run a dishwasher more than 3 dozen times since.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Jun 08
LOL. Domestic bliss. One way of getting out of the washing up. I tried breaking plates whilst I dried. We got a dishwasher instead.
• United States
31 May 08
rotflmao :))0 too funny.... I hope you did check the pools hoses... They can come lose from vibration sometimes.... Oh the vibration of the washing machine. Since the new facet in the bathroom, I have not dealt with many catastrophes lately. There was once last summer I think of the toilet over flowing with my grand daughters toy that my grand son lost down the throne. You could find that somewhere in the vault of old Angelwhispers discussions. But so far Pike..... come here Mate and let me knock on your wooden head for luck, I have not had any mishaps lately.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
We bought a new washer today Angel. Fingers crossed that we will be dry for a few years now! But you can knock my head anytime you like. LOL.
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
31 May 08
Oh my I hate to laugh at your troubles but you do have a flair with words...lol. That is too funny. Ok let me dredge up a memory....oh yes. My mom had moved into a townhouse in the same complex we lived in a few years ago. Everything was going great till the great flood...her sewer drains started to back up and flooded the whole downstairs and across the complex our neighbors pipes went bad in the walls and flooded out our upstairs and we had a skylight to the upstairs in our dining room for months till we just gave up and moved since landlord wouldn't fix the problems. Mom moved also.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
That sounds horrific. Landlords shouldn't be allowed to get away with such things. I should think that you did move. I would have done too.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
31 May 08
Well, my dishwasher went bad all of a sudden last year. I ran out of dishwasher detergent one time too. I decided to use regular dish soap in it. That was a huge mistake. The dishwasher ran and I didn't see what was going on at the time. When I went back to my kitchen, there was water and bubbles all over the floor. I had such a mess to clean up too.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
I did something similar about 20 years ago. It's amazing how many bubbles come from one small shot of detergent. The machine looked like it had rabies. LOL.
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
31 May 08
i have the flooding issues as well,but not from the washing machine.well mine is sort of like a natural disaster.every time it rains heavily i get flooded out in the room downstairs.i have to use all my towels just to mop up as when it rains it comes down from every one elses property into my back room.just had some pipes put in,so fingers crossed when it rains,it goes in the drain and not into the room.cheers sue
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Yikes Sue that sounds awful. I hope that the new pipes do the trick.
@Hatley (164639)
• Garden Grove, California
31 May 08
hi pikefish nope no domesic drama today unless you consider that I made some gravy to go with my roast beef out of the brown bits in the bottom of myu baking dish and it was delicious. but about an hour later I was having more cramps so checked my blood glucose which read 200 yikes. much too high seems my glyburide just did not cover my yummy gravy lol and the high glucose triggered my IBS which meant some major pain again.But my glucose reading did drop after I took another glyburide pill and now I am feeling just great. How funny that the washer would all of a sudden work just great for your wife. maybe she said the majic words. work or else.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
She uses those words on me too! LOL. You are having a rough time at the moment. I hope that it all settles down soon.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
31 May 08
Cool I wish we had an indoor pool I know we have the room for one but my parents just dont want one. They dont want to have to go through the work of cleaning it every so often. And they think that I wouldnt use it which I would when its hot out and after work since it soothes your body. And an indoor pool you can use all year round which is cool would love to go swimming during the winter.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
31 May 08
Did you read the discussion? Hope that you get your pool. You're welcome to mine anytime.
@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
30 May 08
I love the references to the mice. One morning I woke up to my boyfriend standing in the bedroom door with a sheepish look on his face. Sensing something was amiss, but not yet awake, I refused to ask, but looked down and saw he and the dog immersed in what seemed like a foot of water. The dog had a terrified look in its eye and seemed rather glued to the carpet, not knowing whether to stay put or run like hell. It was almost as if she was waiting for me to give her a suggestion of one sort or another. Turns out my boyfriend had fallen asleep while waiting on his bath to fill and woke to an indoor swimming pool. Lucky for us we have a carpet shampooer that can swallow water as quickly as the bath was spitting it out. But guess who got to get up out of bed and utilize the darn thing?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 May 08
Of course you did. Women are genitically programmed to be able to cope in moments of domestic crisis. We men have more of a supervisory role. Horses for courses. [No - put that down. Don't hit me. I'll cry. You don't care...............]
@dorypanda (1584)
30 May 08
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo77GvXSpoA http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NOmBJMpeGdA&feature=related If those links have posted then maybe they'll be helpful in explaining what's happened to your machine. ;) Mr.Panda is the one that normally has problems like that, he'll be fiddling and muttering and moaning that the machine doesn't work or the lock's stuck or whatever and I'll just go and touch it and hey presto it works! Hmmm, maybe all machines are female, just a thought. :)
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 May 08
The washer didn't break out, but maybe it has infiltrated us. An inside job!! The machine might be female - cue sexist bad taste comment - but it might just be cantankerous!