The problem: leaky pipe; prevents use of backyard hose.
The solution: most of a Saturday; blow torch; muliple trips to the hardware store for parts;
consultation with Grandpa Cliff; and a piece of bread (to hold up a slow drip long enough to torch the pipe).
The result: a happy lad, able to use the backyard hose to supply water to birds and plants.
(First use blasted out the mushy bread bits.)
The fine print:
A few hours of total chaos; a gigantic mess;
water shut off during final hours of preparation for hosting a gathering at our house
when baking & cleaning had to be put on hold for the completion
of what turned out to be a challenging project.
Was it worth it?
Thank you to Tim, Peter and Cliff for fixing the leaking pipe!