You know what the problem is with getting work done on the house? Every time you turn around, there’s SOMETHING ELSE THAT NEEDS FIXING.


Today? We found out that there’s an issue with the solar hot water installation.  Needs to have a drain under it that wasn’t put there when it should have been. (And a few other bits and pieces that were done INCORRECTLY by the installers who  – oh, surprise! no longer seem to be in business.  Insert Yosemite Sam type swearing under breath here.)

I’m feeling a bit fragile with the disruption anyway, but this sort of stuff? Could really screw with my mental health, if I let it.  So I can’t let it.

BREATHE.  The nice plumber is going to fix it.  It will only (!!!) cost another couple of hundred dollars … BREATHE!!!  Slow, deep breaths…

It’s beginning to look like the budget won’t stretch to the house getting painted – the painter we had round today to do a quote said there’s probably lead paint to be removed- because pretty much any paint before the 1970s had lead in it.  And the paint isn’t in a good enough condition overall to just paint over it.  Preparation is EVERYTHING in house painting, otherwise you’re just wasting paint.

*headdesk*   We’ve both had broken vertebrae, and consequently Do. Not. Do. Ladders.  It might turn out to be that buying/hiring scaffolding and doing the paint removal ourselves (over goodness knows how long) might be the only option.

HOWEVER, in good news – the old water tank is gone:

The old tank, in two pieces

The rust is very pretty but the tank was no longer very functional!  (Although we were surprised at just how much water gushed out when the workers punctured it this morning – ignoring where Mr Beloved suggested –  and water ran under the shouty neighbour’s house…)  The blokes are great when the boss is on site, but the other two will have to be supervised.  I was NOT HAPPY.

The old tank stand stumps were tougher to remove than expected...

Tomorrow – the solar panels all come off the roof and the blokes get started on the roofing and guttering.  Although it won’t be as immediately obvious as the difference the restumping has made, getting the roof fixed will let us sleep more soundly.  At the moment every windy rain storm has us worrying about whether parts of the roof are coming off.

And the shiny new roof and gutters that are not falling off and rusted through will make the house look so much better, too.  It’s all tied in – there are spots where the gutters had rusted because the house wasn’t level.  *headdesk*

Breathe, Breathe, Breathe…





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2 Responses to *headdesk*

  1. Susan says:

    Oh my gosh! I came to wish you a happy birthday in a couple of days and look what you’re in the middle of doing! After scrolling down and up this project, it almost seems it might have been easier to start from scratch, as much work as everyone is having to do. I can’t believe what was holding up the house. Amazing.

  2. Susan says:

    Oh, btw, Happy Birthday in a couple of days!


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