Remember today’s to do list from a few posts back?

Ok, get new water heater – check.
Get washing machine fixed -check
Have water heater connections explode taking several years off the life of the washing machine guy standing in the basement at the time?

Not part of the plan

We cut the water to the house and started cleaning up while waiting for my frantic call to the plumber’s answering machine to be returned. He just showed up not too much later but of course is claiming that he “never touched that part of the pipes.” Well, he would have had to go way out of his way not to touch them since they are RIGHT THERE AT THE TOP OF THE WATER HEATER.