Yep, I’m doomed. It has begun. I don’t know how far it will go. It’s awful hard to stop. This could be bad. It will certainly be expensive.
You guys do know that it’s all connected right? Damage. Repairs. Houses. Stuff. The whole thing’s connected. Seriously, innocent homeowners have simply started out to install a new towel-bar in the guest bathroom and by the time they managed to complete the project there was foundation work involved, the plumbers union was protesting the mandatory overtime, and they only wrapped up the project when they completed resodding the front lawn.
Here’s a primer on the subject. I recommend checking it out first.
Done reading the primer? Great. See? It really IS…all connected. Oh, my friends Dean and Cindy know this all too well…they started out to simply lighten up their living room by taking out the paneling. New doors, stud-grade lumber, a termite invasion, a truck load of sheetrock, and a new shower and toilet in the master bathroom were eventually involved.
They’ve been at it over a year. I think they’re tiling the laundry room about now.
I am NOT making this up.
Sooo…your only hope is to avoid all appearances of projects or maintenance. I recommend a 1000 foot exclusion zone around any home improvement store just to be on the safe side. Don’t even go there to buy lightbulbs.
Unfortunately, the world cannot be fooled forever. It will eventually catch up with you. There’s kind of a “homeowner’s karma” thing. Somewhere, sometime, one way or another, you will pay.
Oh, and you renters or apartment dwellers…don’t think for a moment it can’t get you too. It does. I’ve seen it. It’s not pretty.
Anyway. It has begun.
We got very thoroughly rained upon last weekend. Something on the order of 10″ of rain fell in under two days. At one point about 4″ of rain fell in a single hour. That’s a LOT of water. It was actually quite a shock…as we haven’t had any significant rain since last spring.
Fortunately I have a rule when buying homes (or renting them for that matter). It has to be on a hill. Not a big hill, mind you. But a hill nonetheless. When a flash flood gets anywhere close to me, it will be the least of my worries (ya know…the portals to hell and such that would have had to open up to cause such an event would probably hold my attention more than a measly flash flood). Suffice it to say, although hundreds of homes were flooded in the region, mine wasn’t one of them.
But I digress.
What did happen is that the massive dump of water damaged my gutters, taking one of them nearly off the house. Since they are the seamless variety and run the length of the house, this is something I would like to avoid. Ya know…further damage, massive cost, city demolition permits, portals to hell and all that.
So, I had to work on the gutters. I know better, but I hoped to just replace the big nails that hold them up with some even bigger screws that do a better job of the same thing.
Heh heh. Yah, right.
Unfortunately the trim board is damaged. That’s why the nails let loose. It needs repaired…and painted too while I’m at it. Oh, and some calking would be a good thing before I paint it. And, oops is that a ruined stud? Crud. What the hell? Is THAT a staple barely holding the eaves on? MY HOUSE IS STAPLED TOGETHER?
Sheesh. I didn’t need to know that. Guess I’ll have to fix that too.
What should have been a trip to the homeowner hell store for 7 bucks worth of gutter screws ended up costing over $180. Tubes of caulk, a couple gallons of paint, some 12 foot “cement board” trim pieces, a bunch of 1×2′s, and a roof wind-vent turbine are involved.
That’s just the beginning. I’ve only just begun on one side of the house. Oh, and I already know I need to pick up a 2x8x8 piece of treated lumber in the morning. The frame around the garage door is damaged. The door itself needs painted too. Sigh.
So today I painted, nailed, caulked, painted some more, replaced some bad lumber, and worked on repairing a bunch of trim.
Accomplished something, yes?
Heh heh…that’s not how it works. I worked all day on it…the gutter is now laying on the ground. Worked all day…and the house is MORE apart then when I started.
I’m just stupid enough to try again tomorrow. Maybe I’ll gain on it.
I’ll let you know when I get around to sodding the front lawn.