This week in home news…

*sigh* Well, it RAINED again, and we discovered the gutter we thought had been fixed WASN’T.  Eventually we had the plumbers come out again and [the useless one] fixed it properly – he had to take it off and re-hang it LEVEL so it didn’t fill up and back-flow.  If he’d only done his job correctly in the first place… for any more plumbing jobs, we’re requesting they send anyone EXCEPT [the useless one]!

We’re tossing up whether to get the plumbers out to fix the leaky shower. Mr Beloved has a very cunning rig set up so the shower doesn’t make a noisy drip – but the bucket is filling up about twice a day. (Not an insignificant leak, then!)

String over shower head holds sock over cut down soft drink bottle, with string leading to...
bucket catches drips from string

The thing is: is it cheaper to just tip the buckets onto the garden than get the plumber out? Answer – yes, but the leak is getting worse *headdesk*. I really didn’t want to spend any money on the bathroom until we could replace the old shower and bath – but we may be forced to, depending on what the plumber finds.  *HEADDESK*

And yes, the bath is STAINED, as is the (supposedly) waterproof board stuff above the bath, and the shower curtains need replacing and … UGH.  It’s not very pretty but it’s what’s there, and it (mostly) works.  Toowoomba water is very hard and stains everything – no amount of scrubbing gets the reddish yellow to go away.  I can get some of the surface muck off but… meh, it gets kind of disheartening when it never gets really clean.  I have to pick my battles and this is one I’m not going to win!

Originally we were hoping that the budget would stretch to a new bathroom, or possibly a new kitchen – but finding more structural problems at every turn has meant that’s out of the question.  We’re going to try and save up, but with the cost of living getting higher and our income not increasing at all, it will be a while longer.  That’s just how it goes.

On Thursday, Mr Beloved went out to Bunnings and bought 3.6 metres of skirting board to fix this problem:

The gap between floor and wall...

When the house went UP and back DOWN again several odd things happened.  One of them was this gap that opened up between the wall (blue paint) and the floor in the lounge room.  At each end of the room the gap was smaller, but in the middle of the wall it was a good INCH, a you can see in the photo!  Since it’s been getting colder at night there’s been a definite breeze coming through the gap, right into our ankles as we sit and eat dinner and watch TV.  Brrrr!

The Dyson vacuum cleaner got a good work out – there was a lot of termite debris and dust in that gap.

New skirting board affixed to wall in lounge room

There’s still a small gap under the very worst of it, but some expanding foam should do the trick there.  And no, it doesn’t match the trim on the other walls, but this is behind the lounge chairs and I don’t care! Eventually we’ll replace the other trim or at least paint it (the new skirting board has two coats of British Paints “All in One” to seal the wood; when we repaint the inside of the house we’ll decide whether to paint over it in white or just continue the wall colour down over it.)

We’re almost at the end of the money. I’m waiting (STILL!) on the bill for the new ceiling bearers and ceilings:

New ceiling in lounge room with man hole!

(We didn’t have a man hole for access to the roof space before this – ridiculous, but that’s how the house was built.  If we HAD had a manhole, we probably still wouldn’t have been able to see the termite damage that had already happened…)

new ceiling in bedroom (with bonus new wall trim)

And once I’ve paid that, I think we have *just* enough money to get the outside of the house painted and get the electrician back to put in new wiring for 7 lights, a wired in smoke detector, and a new safety switch, and reconnect the old light fittings in the lounge and bed rooms.  ($1100!!  Ouch! But what can you do – it’s not like we can NOT do the new wiring now we know it’s needed…)

The ceilings will eventually be painted, but probably not until next Summer. Because they’re MDF they’ll need to be brush painted in all the cracks first, then roller painted – that’s two coats of All in One at least; then we’ll paint them the actual colour we want (some sort of white, but sheesh – there’s so many whites to choose from!)

So that’s where we’re up to.  Congrats if you’ve managed to read this far – I suspect it’s mostly Mum who read these updates, but do please comment and tell me otherwise!



4 Replies to “This week in home news…”

  1. I read right through – you write well!! But such a lot to do still isn’t there? There’s always something, which leads to something else…As they say, houses truly are money pits….

    1. Thanks, Kate! Yep, houses are never ending money pits! Sadly, we are about to run out of money. But at least now we have a structurally sound house – pretty can be done bit by bit.

  2. If it makes you feel any better, I also live in an older house where the gutters leak even though I had them fixed, and the hard water stains the porcelain. They are both on my “to do” list, as are many other things. There is just not enough time and money to do it all right now, so I’ll be living in an imperfect house for a while. (Probably a long while.) 🙂

    1. Hey Ms M! Learning to live with the house as it is, that\’s kinda at the top of my To-Do list for now!! I\’ve been so lucky to get all these structural things done – the pretty stuff can wait.

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