As the day goes on, Brock finally gives up on the heat exchanger thing and sends me to Home Depot instead. You gotta love that ~ when he reaches the end of his rope with it, he thinks I’m going to do better? I’ll try to take it as a compliment, I guess. So I pack up Thing One and off we go.
On the way, we discuss the plan. Which is to give the damsel-in-distress routine a whirl. SB is shocked and appalled that his capable mother would use this approach, until I explain to him that it’s only one tool in a full arsenal of tools. He thinks it’s a bit unfair that he won’t ever be able to use that approach and we proceed to discuss the need for general competence in life.
Which is exactly what we didn’t find today at the North Seattle Home Depot. I brought the heat exchanger with me. Brock has had trouble with both 1″ and 1-1/4″ copper, neither of which fit quite right. When I tell the guy what I need (a 90 degree ending in 3/4″ male pipe thread), he just shrugs and says “I don’t know how to hook it up. It must be a proprietary size or something. You’ll have to contact the manufacturer.” When I asked if he had any ideas at all or direction for us, he just said “Nope.” Does he look at it? No. Does he think it through at all? No. Does he even pretend to care about this customer? Yeah, no.
I think I actually rolled my eyes at him (which I’m usually too polite to do; however, he really took the prize for Lack Of Customer Service) and said “Yeah thanks, we’ll figure it out from here.”
So we did. Put together a little system that I hope will work, along with a bit of Copper Bond, since the solder isn’t working at all. We shall see…