Okay, I'll spill.
DH & I got home from the hospital around 10AM or so. The Doctor had told DH to do "normal activity" to try to get the kidney stone moving, however, going in to work while tanked up on the morphine from the ER would have been a BAD IDEA.
We were in the middle of finishing our basement family room. We had put in wood flooring & marble tile where we were going to put the wet bar. The plumbing for the wet bar sink had been roughed in with the pipes just capped off. We needed to put valves on these pipes, then we could install the cabinets, countertop & sink.
We do have a water shutoff in our mechanical room & we thought that it would shut off the water for the whole house. (There is another shutoff under the house, but it is a royal pain to get to. You have to go through an 18" trap door about 5' up a wall & crawl across the crawlspace, through a stud wall, then crawl over to the shutoff.)
DH shut off the water in the mechanical room and proceeded to cut off one of the caps. No problem, just a small trickle of water. He got the valve installed and proceeded to cut off the other cap.
MAJOR GUSHER!!!!! The big valve had NOT shut off the water to this pipe & we had full force water gushing all over our brand new wood floor.
DH bellowed my name. I thought that he had been hurt. I ran for the stairs just in time to see a DH shaped blur fly past me heading for the crawlspace. I rightly assumed from the high velocity at which he was moving that he was not injured. By the time I got to the bottom of the staircase (about 3 seconds - I flew down!) I could hear the water. That told me where DH had been going.
I saw the water shooting out of the pipe in the wall. It was coming out at least four feet and there was a big puddle on the floor. I grabbed all the towels that we had downstairs and threw them at the puddle, then ran upstairs for more. By this time the water was shut of as DH had reached the main valve. After using every towel in the house and all the laundry that was in the hamper to try to sop up the water, we still had a large puddle. I knew that our shop vacuum was set up for dry and not wet and it would be a disaster to use it. Then I had a lightbulb moment. We have a carpet shampoo machine. Since it was designed for sucking up the wet solution out of the rug it made a dandy vacuum to suck up the water. I had to dump the tank at least twice but I got all the water off the floor.
Luckily, the wood floor was not damaged since we got the water off so quickly. That one pipe was the only one that was not controlled by the valve in the mechanical room. I'm not sure why it was plumbed that way, but it is. Ever since then, when we have to do some work on the plumbing, we just shut it off at the meter. It is a lot easier to get to.
Normally, he would have had a bucket and some towels at the ready because there is always some water, but we were not expecting Old Faithful...