I’m normally a pretty smart person. Really, I am. I just don’t have a whole lot of common sense sometimes. I have a hot tub in my back yard that I haven’t hooked up yet. During the winter here, there was an awful lot of rain, and the tub was filling up. I felt I needed to empty it, but I couldn’t find a drain valve.
Charlie mentions that I could just siphon out the water. Wow. I think. Easy, low-tech solution. When he leaves, I look around for a hose to siphon out the water. The only thing I find is the hose on the ShopVac. AND that is huge. Three inches in diameter at least. I put one end in the rain-filled tub and I huff and suck on the other end–to get the water flowing.
And it does. And the water gushes out of the 3-inch diameter hose. And the tub empties really fast. I was feeling pretty pleased that I’d gotten it going. I wasn’t necessarily going to tell anyone about it. I don’t know if that’s something I want people to know about me: I can siphon rain water through a ShopVac hose 3-inches in diameter. But, now I’m blogging about it. So I guess it’s out there.
Except, after a certain bit, the water stops flowing. I realize I need the exit end to be lower than the entry end, and the ShopVac hose is just too short. I look around for another hose. I find bit of irrigation tubing buried in the back of the garden shed. Great I think. It’s the right length and is a bit more manageable in diameter.
I return to the hot tub and stick the end into the bottom. I huff and suck on the other end to get the water going again. EXCEPT. EXCEPT. This time, the hose has been in the bottom of the garden shed for far too long. I suck something other than water through the hose. It’s either a spider or a spider’s web. I don’t know.
And a neon three-dimensional L appears over my head again.