OUR PROPANE tank is almost empty.
Normally, the response is to phone the gas company, and they send a tanker truck, usually the same day, and refill it.
But we have a problem. There’s a gizmo that sits inside our tank, and it tells us, via a gauge outside, the level of the propane. That gizmo has gone on vacation!
This happened almost two years ago.
Since then, the gizmo decided to start working again, so it’s been filled a time or two. A fill-up lasts almost six months. But now it’s not working again. Our plumber says the gizmo cannot be changed unless the tank is empty.
If you knock on it with your knuckles, you get an empty sound, but there remains some gas in there because the stove and water heater are still functioning fine.
When the gas runs out, we’ll call the plumber pronto. Whether he comes pronto is another matter.
You know how we Mexicans are.
Both our stove and water heater rely on gas.
We have a second water heater — solar-powered — on the roof. However, it’s temperamental. Sometimes the water is blazing hot, sometimes not, sometimes tepid.
The kitchen stove is considerably less of a problem because we have another stove out in the pastry workshop, and it’s on a different gas tank.
And if the solar water heater totally fails, we can always drive the 15 minutes to our Downtown Casita, which is currently unoccupied, to take showers.
A few months ago, our plumber told us that the measuring gizmo inside the tank almost never malfunctions. He’d never known of it to happen. Lucky us.
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(Note: We have more gas tanks, water tanks and pumps than you can shake a stick at. I could be a survivalist kook.)