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The damn bed is leaking! December 11, 2011

Posted by Dev in Devices.

Ab and I have a waterbed–not one of those with a big bag of water but a series of water filled cylinders. I think there are about 10 of the cylinders laying side-by-side in their foam enclosure. Every now and then, one of the cylinders springs a leak. It doesn’t cause the bed to becoming a soaking mess–it is more insidious. This morning I woke up with a damp spot beneath my hip and I just said, “Oh, noooo….”

We’ve had this style bed since 1986. This is our second mattress/tube/etc. set up. It seems that way back when they were all the rage but now the various manufacturers have all gone out of business. I used to be able to zoom to the furniture store that’s just up the road to get replacement cylinders but not anymore. Thank God for the Internet where one is able to find obscure and hard to obtain items. I found a place in Florida selling the tubes. This time–thinking ahead–I ordered three. Hopefully that will hold us for awhile.

I said to Ab that maybe we should break down and get a “regular” mattress so we wouldn’t have to deal with this sort of problem in the future. He pointed out–correctly–that that could turn into a major “mushroom factor.” Mushroom factor, you ask? You know–we get a new mattress, then realize we need a new bed, then realize we need to replace the carpet in the bedroom, then realize we need to re-paint and re-paper the walls, then realize we need to redo the electricity…

He’s right. So, the fan is blowing on the bed, trying to dry out the mattress. We’ll sleep on fewer tubes while we wait for the new ones to arrive. And perhaps, we should be less enthusiastic when it comes to sex. I knew it was that damn Sawzall that made us spring a leak!


1. Scott - December 12, 2011

Dev., AB is so right, I am a builder and I once built a new custom home for a couple that just wanted to install a dishwasher in their old kitchen. It was an older home, so in order to get the dishwasher, they needed new kitchen cabinets, the plumbing was old and needed to be replaced with copper, the wiring was outdated and needed a new service change, the windows in the kitchen were old steel and needed to be replaced and the flooring was so bad it too needed to be replaced, the list ran on and on so they decided why don’t they just build a new home a get everything they want!
So sad about your bed, there was nothing better than water beds in the day!

2. atone44 - December 12, 2011

“This morning I woke up with a damp spot beneath my hip …”

Are you sure it was the bed? 🙂

How long have you had Ab locked up? Maybe he sprung a leak.

3. Harry Haversackers - December 13, 2011

Hi, Dev,

I really had to chuckle at Ab’s “mushroom factor”. And it’s true… We slept in a waterbed for years, and finally decided to move on to a conventional mattress, and guess what… The carpet under the waterbed was toast, which led to replacing the carpet throughout the house with hardwood. Along with it came new baseboards and casings (which still, after three years, aren’t quite done) and of course, new paint everywhere.

That guy of yours is a wise man to have spoken up…

All the best,

4. Tom Allen - December 13, 2011

Yeah, I had a $500 weekend project turn into a $2,500 dollar room makeover.

I used to like my waterbed, and now I can’t remember why I ditched it for a conventional mattress.

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