Regular readers will know that myself and Mr S sweated blood and tears to redecorate our sorry hallway, and waited over 3 years to finally buy a stair carpet. Transforming the most awful space in the house gave such satisfaction :-).
So it was with some alarm that we discovered a small water leak in the downstairs hallway: first the water pressure in the boiler kept dropping causing it to cut out. Then I arrived home late Saturday evening to find a puddle on the floor and the light fitting full of water. Fortunately it seemed a slow leak, so rather than pay a plumber for a Sunday call out we made a small hole in the plaster to release the water and stuck a bucket underneath. The plumber arrived yesterday to confirm what we had suspected: the new carpet and the floorboards upstairs had to come up so that he could repair the pipe. Mr S had accidentally stuck a screw through a pipe when he was tightening the creaky old floorboards!
Never mind – these things are sent to try us and it is all sorted now.