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Visible If Expensive Progress

Half the tax return went to making the rubbish pile go away. The treehouse six or eight months ago was the beginning of it, and then there was huge amounts of demo from the basement. See, the previous owners finished half the basement, but they did it wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. So I had to take out all the non-pressure treated wood in direct contact with concrete, all the badly nailed-up drywall, and all the slightly mildewy insulation.

And wow I can’t wait until I can replace all the electrical nightmares I uncovered. If Mike Holmes’ electrician were to come see my basement, he’d have conniptions — hidden junctions, wires hanging loose, unprotected tie-ins, etc. I’ll be salvaging all the romex wiring and using it to rig up temporary lights, switches, and sockets, and getting rid of all the old conduit. This will also get me one step further toward retiring the old electrical panel.

Anyway, here’s the photos of the rubbish pile. I forgot to take a “before” picture, so I have a “halfway” and an “after” picture:

Halfway gone -- notice the 19 cu. yd. truck full of stuff

All gone! That's the second (full) truck in the opposite driveway

(There’s actually a little bit of rubbish left behind the pergola, but that’s stuff left over from the previous owners that was covered by morning glory.)

Next on the list is remodding the back room and hallway. It’s almost all cleaned out — all the furniture is moved to the library — and so next weekend I can do the demo, and then in the second half of the month when we have more money I can start putting it back together. I’m sure it’ll be easier than the bathroom. 🙂

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No, Monday was not the 1st

Yesterday I got cc’ed on an email from my real estate agent to the seller’s agent saying “get me the hold harmless agreement since my client’s contractors will be in tomorrow” (meaning today, Tuesday). I sent him an email saying, “no, they’ll be in on Wednesday the 2nd” and he emailed me back saying he got the date wrong.

Last Friday I gave the roofers the go-ahead to do the necessary work, and the head guy said he’d see if he would be able to schedule the help for the 2nd and that he’d get back to me Monday (yesterday). After not hearing from him and leaving a series of more and more worried messages, I contacted our agent, who apparently had the guy’s cell number.

That’s right, he got the date wrong and thought today was the 2nd. He and his crew are out there at the property right now working on the roof.


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