Interstellar Adventures

September 26, 2006

Leaks Fixed: Check

Filed under: Interstellar Casa — by InterstellarLass @ 9:16 pm

Monday morning, three men showed up at my house with a jackhammer, a shovel and various other tools. They cut up my ugly linoleum, jackhammered up my kitchen floor in front of my sink, took out both my toilets and tore out my bathroom floors.

In the kitchen, the discovered that the leak is encased in concrete in the beam. How a pipe in concrete can be leaking, I don’t know. But, rather than a traditional repair, my option was to re-line the pipe. So today, they came to put the epoxy seal-liner in the pipe, and right now, I have an air compressor keeping a balloon inflated in the pipe. The epoxy has to cure for 24 hours, so they’ll come back tomorrow to collect the compressor and backfill the giant hole in front of my sink.

In the bathroom, the problem was readily apparent and fixable. From the toilet, a pipe descends into the ground, then bends 90 degrees and connects to the sewer pipe to carry away the flushes. Except in my bathrooms, the pipes didn’t ‘connect’ but rather ‘abutted’ each other. Hence the leak and the ‘hump’ in my living room/hall way.

I took pictures, but the house is 30+ years old, so I don’t know that we’ll have any recourse with the builder. In any case, it’s fixed. However, there are three things I’m peeved about that will be taken care of. 1) During the demolition of my hall bath, the demo man (and he admitted this and brought it to my attention) lost control of the jackhammer and dented my wall. 2) During the extraction of the toilet in my bathroom, a tumbler was knocked from the side of my sink and was broken. Crappy thing is that it was part of a 5-piece set and can’t be replaced individually. 3) During the excavation of the hall bath, I believe dirt from the hole was placed in the bathtub without any plastic liner. Now my bathmat is a horrid orange color, and where the bathtub was scratched, I now have orange stains in the tub. These details, and pictures will be sent to the owner of the company.

On the bright side, I will get new floors! Last night we went to Home Depot and picked out tile for the kitchen, baths, and entry. Even though the entry wasn’t torn up, we’ll re-do it anyway while we have the tile cutter. And, I can’t have pretty new floors without redoing the ugly kitchen cabinets. They’re practically mediaeval. So, I picked out some samples for the kitchen, hall bath, and living room. What do you think? I like how the paint manufacturers are putting together color combinations. It really helps decorating challenged people like me. Within the next three weeks, we should have closed on the house and then we can finish these projects, and a couple of others including a new back patio door, and new bifold doors for the hall closets and laundry closet. I’m excited!


  1. Holy CRAP! What a mess!

    You ought to check ebay for a replacement tumbler (and I’m not suggesting that because my boyfriend is single-handedly keeping them in business). I have a very limited-edition set of plates and I’ve had great luck finding replacement plates and bowls.

    Comment by Cara — September 27, 2006 @ 5:11 am |Reply

  2. Oh, I love those colors! Good luck getting everything finished. Sorry about the problems, though.

    Comment by Gypsy — September 27, 2006 @ 7:35 am |Reply

  3. Love the colors you’ve choosen. How exciting. Everything is going to look so nice. And why is it nothing can go perfectly during a remodel or repair. It’s so stressful.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 27, 2006 @ 8:15 am |Reply

  4. Yeah! You are making your home a peaceful place.

    I spent the weekend moving things around AGAIN!

    Love the paint choices!

    Comment by nancy — September 27, 2006 @ 9:29 am |Reply

  5. Wow! That looks like quite the undertaking. I hope you get some compensation for the damage.

    Decorating is always fun. I can’t wait until I own my own place and beabe to to all this decorating. Rentals are soo blah.

    Comment by froggie — September 27, 2006 @ 10:18 am |Reply

  6. Don’t ignore the Feng Shui

    Comment by Culfy — September 27, 2006 @ 10:51 am |Reply

  7. normally, anything that is damaged is replaced, with dollar value, and if that means having to buy an entire set of something due to their error, that’s what should happen.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — September 27, 2006 @ 12:03 pm |Reply

  8. How is that invariably when something is getting fixed there is something that’s gettin destroyed? I’ve had it happen to me to. It really angers me. But you get lots of new stuff in the deal, so that’s good!!!

    Comment by carnealian — September 27, 2006 @ 12:10 pm |Reply

  9. I think the new stuff looks great…it’s a shame you’ve had to live in what looks like war-zone though! Hope the company pay-up for the damage!

    Comment by Claire — September 28, 2006 @ 1:48 pm |Reply

  10. […] We’re so ghetto, we still don’t have our shower started. When we took out the old shower receptor, the pipe was rusted to it, and came out the ground. Dirt caved into the sewer pipe. Ooops. I have a feeling that wasn’t connected either, after the toilet sewer connections were repaired. I’m thinking par-for-the-course. Then, when Elle was bathing last week, she put her feet on the soapdish, which promptly broke off the wall, causing Elle to fall in the tub and hurt her back. So we have a plastic bag and clear duct tape covering the sheetrock, because it’s our only shower right now. I came up with that ingenious little fix myself. I rock. We’re ghetto! […]

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