Where was I?
So I send my lady friend (LF) off to buy a new valve assembly and some PVC primer and cement, thinking I can re-attach the fitting
Ah yes... Well, Lady Friend (LF) returns with PVC glue -no have primer- a new faucet for the bathroom -no have valve- and yours truly begins the repair in ernest.
Long story short, the faulty PVC joint between the water tank to the pump can not be repaired. So its off to the plumbing shop with the Handyman's secret weapon. Its not what your thinking (duck tape) but my small pocket size Speak Thai
I present myself at a typical Thai DIY shop house and the clerks approach cautiously; they've seen guys like me before... After a few attempts I get my list across to them: 1 90 degree elbow, 2 straight coupler, and 3. 1 meter of PVC pipe. They no have primer. Yikes, I need a hack saw too and they fix me up with a People's Republic of China special. Your correspondent is in business! ... and while polite I think the clerks are happy to see me leave
Back to LF's (I always wanted to use one of the acronyms!) apartment and to work.
But there is a pom pen (problem...)
LF says "Darling I hear something!" Me: "Na Darling, I think airplane." Yeah right, the mini Niagra Falls is back. But how? The electric breaker to the pump is still in the off position. I climb up to the roof and see water filling the tank. In a nut shel there are three pumps: 1 one filling the tank, 2. one pressurizing LF's apartment and 3 one for pumping water to the office down stairs...
I rig the water tank's float to the up position and the water stops. (Thank buddah!) I go down and drink a coffee while the tank drains. Twenty minutes later back on the roof, cut out and replace the bad joint. While the repair is curing, I replace the faucet in the bathroom.
Light at the end of the tunnel-not!
I flip the breaker to the pump and let water pressure build. But no joy, only air and intermittent water from the tap I just replace. So I shut the new tap off except it won't shut off! Brand new ceramic washerless faucet and its bad! S*^^$&!!!
I disconnect the live to the faucet and put a pipe plug in to stop the water. The pump is still going crazy, so maybe there is air in the system. At the pump I try to beed the air out, but i opened a cap on turn to many and a spring, check valve and WATER shoots up in the air
I race to the breaker panel, open the pump circuit and go back to the balcony. On my hands and knees I'm searching for the spring and check valve, looking around flower pots and hanging laundry. S^%#^!!!!
Well there is a god and I actually find the parts but how to reinstall them? Spring or check valve first? Screw it, the check valve goes in first and then the spring... 50/50 right?
I drink a coffee and try to imagine this isn't happening, I'm really dreaming. Oh well no guts no courage, so I flip the pump breaker and guess what? Pressure returns to normal, every thing works and no leaks!
LF is impressed and inquires "Darling, what you do? More water now and good!" She fusses around and brings me a well chilled Leo beer (Through all these trial the fridge worked beautifully...)
An initial ten minute job and I worked all day to finish it.
The next day I'm on the bus back to Chiang Mai