Last Thursday, when we loaded up the luggage and dogs for the last time of Junior year, we arrived at the house in town to find water dripping off the roof. If it had been raining, this would have been normal, but it wasn't raining. After unloading the car, I got out the short ladder and looked for the source. I saw a spray of water coming from the evaporative cooler. Since I had already taken the tall ladder back out to the property, the only thing I could do was turn off the water and wait. The next day after work, I drove out to the property to get the ladder. I didn't get around to climbing on the roof until Saturday and I couldn't find anything obviously wrong. I went back down, turned on the water, climbed back up and saw water spraying from where the copper tubing goes in to the cooler. I moved it and it sprayed more water and I could see a hole, then the tubing broke off. I turned off the water again and attempted to unscrew the fitting but the water float on the inside of the cooler just spun around. That's when I knew I needed to call the professionals. Of course, it was 4pm on a Saturday on a holiday weekend so they couldn't come out until Tuesday. Luckily, the temperatures were only in the low 90's and not 108 like they predict for next weekend.
It was hot in the afternoons and I remembered that I had a broken portable cooler in the shed. I got it out, cleaned it off and re-attached the water pump hose. Ahhh....it worked and we had cool air for the living room, at least. On Monday, my mother, nephew and I went back to the mobile home and collected up all of our things like food, clothes, and bedding, and cleaned as much as we could. I nailed a board over the dog door and I hope that keeps any critters out. I covered the south windows with extra sheets and insulation.
There is more that I want to do, like reinforce the areas where pipes come through the walls (which is where a mouse got in) and put an awning of some sort over the door that leaks when it rains. But 108 degrees makes me lethargic (and it hasn't even happened yet).
On Tuesday, I used a vacation day and took my nephew to get his 4 wisdom teeth extracted. He was a sad puppy for 5 hours and then up, eating and playing video games after that. He didn't even ask for pain medicine last night. I know they say that the younger the better but that was amazing. I hope the rest of his recovery goes as smoothly. The cooler repairmen arrived at noon, replaced the copper tubing and the float and gave me a bill for $102. Ouch, but at least it is working. I got a nap since my room was cool again and my mother even helped pick up dog poop in the yard. Thanks Mom! Today I am back at work and looking forward to another weekend coming soon! I don't have any plans outside the house so I hope I can get more de-cluttering done. We already cleaned out both of our closets and gave the clothes to a friend. Next, maybe I can tackle all of those surfaces that attract mail, broken things, and cool doohickies that I will definitely use one day!