I was trying to be the good homeowner. It had been six months it was time to flush the water heater. The process was going flawlessly until I was starting to re-light the heater. I noticed a drip, drip, drip. There is nothing good that can come from that. I started to investigate. The shutoff valve to the heater input was dripping. I guess I was stronger than I though when I shut off the water. Then I realized I have lived in the house for 10 years and I didn’t know where the main water shutoff was located. So I had to investigate. I followed the pipes to quickly find the shutoff. Once I had the water shut off, I took the broken valve apart and a few inches of telfon tape later, the drip stopped. The water is heating up and I lived to blog about it.