After Lunch, I decided to take advantage of the unseasonally-warm day and wash my car. Since I moved into this apartment/townhouse/whatever in June, I’ve washed my car other places, so this would actually be the first time I’ve done it here.

I try to connect my hose to the spigot in the garage - it doesn’t fit. Further investigation reveals that this spigot had an external vacuum break which someone removed...

Talked to the front office, they put in a work order but it will be Monday at the soonest that anyone can look at it.

I walk around the side of the building, and there’s a spigot on the exterior wall - vacuum break in-tact! Ah-ha! Turn it on... no water.

After thinking about it for a while, I remember seeing a couple weird shutoffs in weird places inside (I live in the unit on the end where the water main comes in) - most of them were already on, but the one behind the washing machine was off. I turned it on and went outside...

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Turn on the spigot, and there’s water! The problem though is that the water was coming out of everywhere except for where it’s supposed to - the vacuum break was broken so it actually plugged the hose connection and was ‘venting’ all the water.

By this point I said screw it and drove to Home Depot (where I parked next to a very nice e38) - they didn’t have the part. Went down the street to Lowes (where I parked diagonally from an e60 M5) and they didn’t have it either.

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With a heavy sigh, I decided I’d just feed the machine all my quarters on my way home, to at least rinse the 1/8" of salt and sand off most of the car. I noticed there seemed to be more traffic than usual this time of day. I discovered it was due to the line at the car wash wrapping around the building and back out into traffic 1/4 mile.

I came home. My car is still dirty.