Partial rant and serious question here.
Father-in-law is an invalid and lives by himself in his own house with full-time caretakers. One of his other daughter’s husband and myself are the ones who take care of all maintenance/repair issues. His worthless sons, who all live close by, can’t be bothered to find the time to drop by and fix anything.
On Thanksgiving we dropped by and found all the extended family there. As soon as I walked in the caretaker grabbed me to point out some problems, “Come here Leonidas baby, I need to show you some things wrong around here”
While I was there making a list of stuff I have to come back and fix, I decided to do a walk-around and see what else might need to be taken care of. I found a problem that I thought I had fixed several months ago, was again a problem because it had been “unfixed” by one of my useless brothers in law.
Okay, the rant is over – here’s my problem:
The house does not have a sprinkler system. A yard crew comes by every week and does the mowing and edging. But lack of watering and dry conditions were killing off the grass at the beginning of this past summer. I planted new grass and set up the sprinkler, but discovered that the caretakers can’t leave FIL alone to go out and turn it on and off or move it around. I thought I had a simple solution – a battery powered timer that fits on the end of the outdoor spigot, and to which I then attached the hose and sprinkler to the other end. The yard guy was told to make sure he put it back in the right spot after mowing and I figured I had solved the problem.
My Thanskgiving walk through included the discovery that the yard was turning to straw. The sprinkler was right where it should be, but the timer had been disconnected from the hose. One of my helpful
BIL’s had removed it, because when it ran the interior pipes in the house made a knocking noise. Or so he said. He blamed it on an anti-siphon device installed in the plumbing.
I didn’t ask specifics about what he was talking about, mostly because I’m not sure I would be able to resist the temptation to wrap a hand around his throat while asking the question I really
wanted the answer to. “Did it ever occur to you to call me and tell me the yard wasn’t being watered anymore?”
I’m not sure what he was trying to describe. I thought it might be something like a water hammer, but those happen when water is turned off, not when it is running.
My problem is that I have to either fix the noise issue, or find another way to water the old guy’s yard. There’s nobody I can depend on to turn it on and off manually, I’m not driving an hour each way to water his yard three or four days a week, and I’m already planning on giving him a Christmas gift by spending money on other stuff that needs to be fixed.
Any suggestions / advice?