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Bear Bibeault
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As a homeowner, the question "Why is the carpet wet?" never has a good answer.

What it usually does have, is an expensive answer.


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Paul Clapham
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There's always an answer -- I'm sure the NSA would know how the carpet got wet, for example.
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Bear Bibeault wrote:As a homeowner, the question "Why is the carpet wet?" never has a good answer.

What it usually does have, is an expensive answer.



There are actually inexpensive answers, such as "dropping a cup of water" to "having a relative that likes to steam clean carpets"...

Unfortunately, the more expensive answers, such as "it seems to be raining outside" to "my dog seems to be awfully quiet lately" seems more likely ...

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Jesper de Jong
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Hmmm. That depends on what "good" means exactly.

If "good" means "nice", then there is probably indeed no good answer.
If "good" means "truthful", then there most likely is a good answer.

Fortunately programming languages are a lot less ambiguous than human languages.


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Martin Vajsar
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Paul Clapham wrote:There's always an answer -- I'm sure the NSA would know how the carpet got wet, for example.

They would, assuming your dog blogged about the incident
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No OCD relatives, no tumbling cups, and no incontinent doggies.

The utility closet with the water heater is on the other side of the wall. Leaking. Again.

I don't care how much it costs, I'm going tankless this time.
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Tankless might even be an energy-saving strategy in the long run. But you might also consider going carpetless as well.
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Tankless will certainly be an energy savings -- not enough to pay back the investment over any reasonable amount of time. But my piece of mind is worth much to me, and I no longer want a tank of water in the house.

And yes, we're not a big fan of carpet and have been slowly replacing it over time.
 
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