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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Somebody hand me a tournequit.

And perhaps some Quick Clot.

I'm hemorrhaging money.

I expected, when I bought this house, to have to repair the foundation.
I expected to have to work on the air conditioner.
I expected the repair of the holes in the walls and ceiling (courtesy of the previous residents who were foreclosed on).
I expected the roof repair.
I expected the replacement of every square inch of flooring and counter top.

But now come the plumbing problems. I replaced the clean-out yesterday. I busted a hole through the floor in the kitchen yesterday, and am trying to dig out a sewer leak, exploring where I'm pretty sure the leak will be, instead of paying $580 to use the leak-finder service.

My hand is getting writer's cramp, writing all these checks until the money dries up.


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At Friday, September 19, 2008 9:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Electricity is a science, plumbing is an art. Good luck, and don't forget to pray before you start.

At Friday, September 19, 2008 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Welcome to home ownership... That crap ALWAYS happens when the $$ are at their lowest ebb. At least you can and are doing some of the fix up yourself. If there is a bright side, it is that you do have a home and were able to actually get a loan to pay for it. After this week, it is probably going to get really hard to get anything...

At Friday, September 19, 2008 12:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget that when you find the leak, it will have weakened another chunk of foundation, or soaked and rotted part of the frame, or be responsible for that interesting electric short that means when you turn on the kitchen light, it opens your neighbor's garage door, or ....

I feel for you, man. Maybe if we ask nicely, they'll put our personalized parking spaces at Home Deposit next to each other.

At Friday, September 19, 2008 12:48:00 PM, Blogger "Tarak" said...

Shell out another $3.50 and go rent Money Pit. You'll probably have a therapeutic cry.

At Friday, September 19, 2008 8:32:00 PM, Blogger Sabra said...

Uhm, Roto-Rooter only charges $450 for the camera; I assume that includes putting down paint. Not that that's a much better price, even if you grab the coupon from the phone book. If you really want a scary bedtime story, get 'em to give you an estimate to fix the leak under the house.

On a tangent, do you have insurance yet? Homeowner's insurance seems to often cover major plumbing problems like this.

At Friday, September 19, 2008 8:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome, darling heart, to the joys of homeownership. Arrange for a hefty part of your pay to be directly deposited to Home Despot.

You've been assimilated. there is no escape.

At Saturday, September 20, 2008 6:39:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

$580 is what the folks that might almost be available said, just to show up. I've since found another guy who does it for $256, but he's wayyy booked.

The leak, as it happens, is under my slab, and that's why there's a 5 foot by 2 foot by 3 foot hole in the floor of my kitchen. Oh, and we seem to have missed the drain line with the break-out, and now we're excavating laterally. Nice. [/whimper]

It would be crazy for us not to have homeowner's insurance, obviously.

But this stuff was long pre-existing, by a factor of years.

At Saturday, September 20, 2008 6:49:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

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At Saturday, September 20, 2008 6:50:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

You people know that this isn't my first rodeo with home ownership, right? Nor even is it my first run-in with a "fixer-upper;" my first house, which we bought back in aught-one, was a HUD home that we fixed up over 5.5 years, and sold for a tidy little profit. We've just been renting while looking for the right house to sink our money into.

As in, "Sinkhole."
As in, a type of wet pit that swallows every thing you throw into it, from which there is no climbing out of.

Yeah, that about states it.

At Saturday, September 20, 2008 7:52:00 AM, Blogger Farm.Dad said...

Cheer Up , Things in home ownership always seem darkest just before they go completely freakin black . A couple of my experiences made me give some thought to visiting with that feller who I just knew burned his feed mill down but neither CBI nor I could prove it lol. Long and short is now i honestly would only need to rent the cement mixer to build a house , and do a lot of renovations on the stepdad's farm houses . I just wish i had time to work on my house lol.


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