I went to our local Home Depot to pick up a new thingymagig to fix the leak. When I got home with the new stuff I started the repair only to find that the new thingymagig had course theads and the old thingymagig had fine thread. Apparently the plumbing industry changed the standard since our house was built. This of course made me madder than a wet hen. Not unexpectedly as is usually the case with home projects I headed back to the hardware store for a new thingymagig. I went to McClendon's which is a local store with a really great technical staff for all things hardware related. Bob the plumbing specialist suggested I cut off the old brass fitting with the fine threads and pop in a 90 degree elbow. You won't learn that any farther up the creek. In just a few minutes I was heading home with the proper thingamigig to fix the problem.
I got home and had the pipes repaired in no time. Now we are happy as a pig in slop! So Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I should have the sheet rock repaired tomorrow with texture and ready to paint sometime next week.