I really don’t want to bore anyone with what it is I do for a living but in order for you to understand my dilema, I must. I will make it brief as possible.
I install water treatment systems on hotels, condos, apartment complexes or any other large buildings with a potable (domestic) water system. Our job is to control the scale and corrosion of the piping system. I also have to service the existing accounts on a monthly basis. One of the most important tasks I have on these monthly visits is to run a routine water test to measure the level of phosphate I have in the system. Too little will not do the job. Too much could do damage. I use a handy digital field test kit that tells me to the 1/100 of a part per million what the PO4 residual is. Other than physical evidence, this is the only method in the field we have of knowing how well we are protecting or in many cases extending the life of an aging plumbing system.
Well guess what? I left the kit in Dallas last week. Damn me. I put it on a table in the engineering shop as I went to double-check something. After that I walked right by that kit and drove four hours back to Houston. Idiot. I called them the next day and they said they had it locked in the chief engineers locker. I’ll get it back but now I have to use this clunky, twice as big piece of crap until I get the other one back.