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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Needing to repair this old house

Health wise, today is not a good day. I’ll spare you the details of the chronic illness flair ups, headache/cold/chest thing. Weather wise, it’s gorgeous outside. Sunny, fall colors, a breeze and not too hot or too cold. But inside this house, things are falling apart.

Although that may be a bit dramatic it doesn’t lessen the fact that as a homeowner when something needs to be repaired or replaced there’s always something else that needs to be repaired or replace soon after. Case in point: Not more than two weeks ago a very good friend of mine had my washing machine replaced because the other one died. No spinning, no washing… I just bought that one used in January so this time instead of going that route or getting the old one fixed I was able to get an extremely nice one on the least expensive side.

One problem solved.

back of house With the change of weather I discovered the heat in the van and the heat in the house aren’t working properly. Although I’m not surprised by those two there is still the matter of having money to replace and repair. The van seems to be leaking, burning, eating coolant. No coolant = no heat. So when I run out of coolant I use water ‘til I can get some more coolant. The heating and air unit in the house needs to be replaced and the wonderful heating/air guy that I had dropped off the face of the earth.

A few weeks ago RP asked, “What’s that sound?” We perked our ears up and realized there is a slight dripping from the faucet in the bathroom. I put it in my mind that I need to get the little drip fixed. The little dripped turned into a big drip, which yesterday turned into a geyser. I’m burning electricity (yup, it’s the hot water) and wasting water…

Plumbing problem + no funds = high bills, repair costs

Gone are the days when every man you know is handy and every neighbor is trust worthy.

I am not meaning this post as a vent (only semi) or complaint ‘cause I’m not even in a bad mood about it. Given my compromised physical state there isn’t much I can get worked up about right now.

What am I going to do? At this moment, I’m hoping that a friend of mine who is on his way will be able to fix it enough to get the water to stop and bide me some time to get some plumbing money together. And that, believe it or not, is just the beginning of the list of things that are falling apart.

If you have some advice you know I’m always open to it, but take a moment to read my plumbing facts before you comment :-):

  • No, there isn’t a little thingy on the knob to pop off to reveal the screw so I can tighten.
  • No the pipe from the water heater to the bathroom didn’t turn off the flow of water.
  • The water shut-off value is in the crawl space under my house… all the way at the front of the house and the access point is at the back of the house.
  • My house was born built in 1968 and 99.9 percent of the piping is old. Any pipes for the tub faucet are behind the wall. Previous plumbing has been done in a way to avoid knocking down the wall to access it, i.e., “there was no money for it then either.”

Right now I’m going to sip my coffee and wait for – what I hope will be – my plumbing hero. In the meantime, feel free to send me some money (the PayPal link is in my sidebar), send your handyman to my house, buy me a brand new house or simply leave a comment.



  1. It's always something isn't it!

    We rent but still have our share of plumbing troubles. Right now the cold water in the bathtub in our room is a very fine trickle, this has made taking a shower for the last few months kind of hard since you pretty much scald yourself - there is no cold water pressure!

    We had the plumber out (a relative blah!) and he had no success in increasing the pressure either. I think he must have turned down the hot water heater temperature on the sly though because NOW I freeze before I'm done with my shower - the water won't get hot. GRRR! Sorry for the rant but just know that you're not alone! Let's laugh together!

  2. I hate houses. They ALL need work. Next time, I'm getting me a box. And when it crumbles, I'll get another. I'm telling you--Hobo's got it made.

    Hope you get all the brokes fixed, pally. And if you find that money tree, let me know where it is, Okay?

  3. Thanks ladies! Henrietta, good grief! Sorry about that. Cold showers are no fun especially in the winter. I'll try to laugh...

    I'm with you Lin!


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