April 30th, 2007

The Joys of Overhead Sewers

In the last week or so, daisy_knotwise and I have noticed a sound when standing in the downstairs bath. Yesterday, life slowed down enough for us to go the basement and try to figure out what was wrong.

It turns out that the pump in the ejector pit has been running continuously. Now this does beat the heck out of "not running at all", but it's just not a good thing, especially when you put your hand on the PVC pipe leading to the sewer and note that it's distinctly warm.

Gretchen called the plumber that we most recently used to clean out the pipes leading from the kitchen sink to the street. It turns out that it's $600 to replace the switch assembly on the pump which would then probably continue to work for some unspecified time or $1000 to replace the whole pump.

I've voted to replace the whole pump. It's nearly eleven years old and I really prefer to have it working. And I really prefer not to be dealing with the ejector pit myself, given that I know what's getting ejected.

I'm Just Sayin'

Have you ever noticed that some programmers comment their code like their job security depended on it? As in, if there are no comments in the code, then their job is secure, because no one will ever be able to decipher the code?

I'd think this was learned behavior, except that my formative programming experience was as a junior systems programmer on the PLATO system at the University of Illinois and none of the junior sysprogs there (except for me) commented their code either. And you know that they weren't planning on being around for a long time. (We had a shortage of Zonker Harris clones.)

I'm just sayin'...