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(Thanks for that, Joss.)

Oh, we are having so much fun here. It kills us how much fun we are having.

So the bathroom floor went squoosh, and part of the bedroom floor. So I knew there was a water leak. Then the propane tank emptied untimely. As I discovered last Monday after the company offices had closed for the day.

Tuesday the propane man came, checked all attachments, and noted that it was all shipshape and Bristol-fashion.

Except the water heater. Which was leaking propane, and which was sitting on a rather heroically rotted floor.

Heater was red-tagged and disconnected. Goodbye, hot water.

The plumber came on Wednesday, and decreed that the faulty propane valve was not fixable and the heater was a goner. This triggered a call to the reclamation company, which came and looked and went OY! And that triggered a call to the homeowners' insurance. And lo, there were adjusters, and there were inspectors, and there were oys and good god!s and yowches. But! my great fear, that none of it was covered, appeared to be assuaged. They would/will rebuild the gutted quadrant, including closet for the heater.

So Thursday the brawny young men came and started ripping. And sawing. And tearing. Bathroom, half of bedroom, most of dining room. Down to the studs.

I moved into the other end of the house. Which was its own drama. Guest toilet had overflowed last yoga day, and I had shut it off. Plumber decreed it dead. But! he was able to take the much newer unit from the gutted master bath and pop it into the guest bath. And that gave me a functional facility.

Friday the new water heater arrived--approved by the appliance insurance. Much bigger and nicer than the old one. But in order to install it to code, I had to pay a hefty chunk of nonexistent cash, because codes are stricter than they were ca. 1980, or even ca. 2000. Much.

Having had his palm crossed with promises, the plumber rigged the heater outside with an adorable vent for a hat, where it blinks to itself and provides Water Hot Such A Noble Thing while the renovations go on. I resist the urge to paint it blue and silver and call it "R2."

And the brawny young men ascertained meanwhile that my other paralyzing fear, of mold and rot (not covered), was also Not A Problem. Once the pulped flooring and soaked insulation were out and the walls and fixtures dismembered and sent flying out the window, all was clean, and the only rot was in the heater closet, where we had all seen it. Yog Bless our desert climate.

They had installed dehumidifiers on Thursday. Friday and Saturday, fans went in. And it was all contained in plastic, which at night would...breathe. Much fun while watching "When Ghosts Attack" because seriously, braindead.

Yesterday being Saturday, the last of the debris was cleared and the fans continued. And I was slowly starting to find a rhythm in it all. Sort of.

And then when I went to turn the lights on at horse-feeding time, no lights. Also no lights in the guest room. No power to most of the north half of the house, except, weirdly, for the library, where Camp workshops happen.

The other half of the house--where the one working cooler (the lines are part of the heater closet, so plumber could only hook up one) and all the major appliances were, was still suitably electrified. I ran extension cords for the couple of small things I needed (lights, tv) and decided to crawl into bed and forget it till morning.

Especially the part where the DSL modem, despite being on a surge protector in the powered half of the house, managed to fry itself. It powers up, connects, shuts off. Lather, rinse, repeat. Nothing from the help pages applies to this situation, and support does not do weekends.

Lucky for me one of my must-haves when I upped the ante to a real smartphone last year was the ability to serve as a hotspot. This morning I paid my $5 and got my month of service. So I'm OK till we get the router sorted out. I dare to hope the insurance will replace it.

This morning the nice young man came back to check the equipment. Now we are waiting for his superior to talk to the adjuster to get an electrician out to figure out why part of the house has no power. NYM checked all he could check, and was baffled. Ancient wiring is ancient. And idiosyncratic.

Meanwhile he rigged a power box for all the fans and such, which is its own triple-warded spell of protection. And I am without a clothes dryer because that's the industrial-strength outlet, but it's temporary and I don't need it for a few days.

I have not mentioned, have I, that there's a smallish hole in the kitchen floor? Where one of the brawny young men put a foot through? And another, entirely separate water leak that must be dealt with? Leak fixage is covered. Damage is not. Since I am well past Stress Max and into What The Ever-Living HELL, I am la-la-la-ing that one for the time being.

The aminals are handling it much better than I am. Some confusion, but mostly keeping chill.

I am trying to focus on the bright side. Ancient, barely functional bathroom with broken faucets and hole where the toilet installation did not go well last time around is gone. I get a new bathroom, and part of a new bedroom, and part of a new dining room. Electrical wiring will get at least inspected, and one hopes fixed. Forced renovations: just lie back and think of walk-in showers.

But oh, I am tired. So very tired.

There are pictures here; scroll down a bit:


I've set them public so everyone can see them.

Date: 2015-05-03 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizkit.livejournal.com

I've been seeing bits and pieces of all the repairs and things, but I hadn't fully appreciated how totally the house had fallen apart around you. Good *gods*.

I'm so glad the insurance will cover it. OMG. *hugs*

Date: 2015-05-04 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you. It is Westeros-level epic. And still Serious Problems in kitchen and laundry room that I can't even think about.

However! Once it's fixed, house will be in decent shape for a while. And I get a nice new updated bathroom in place of the vintage Eighties monstrosity.

Date: 2015-05-03 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darcyjavanne.livejournal.com
And lo! There were repairs upon the house, and the house saw that it was good...

Best wishes that it is all done well and swiftly!

Date: 2015-05-04 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Amen! And thank you!

Date: 2015-05-03 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miintikwa.livejournal.com
Eep. Here's to everything going more smoothly from now on.

Date: 2015-05-04 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
From your keyboard to FSM's noodly appendages.

Date: 2015-05-03 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] badgermirlacca.livejournal.com

Have you considered planting a sage garden? Because lord it sounds like you could use it.

Date: 2015-05-03 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] casacorona.livejournal.com
I believe that the Nice Young Man's employer's insurance will pay for the hole he made in the kitchen floor. You just need to tell them.

Date: 2015-05-04 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
One hopes. It's on the list for the next round with the adjuster.

Date: 2015-05-04 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Oh, wow, what a disaster! I am so glad you had the homeowner's insurance!

Date: 2015-05-04 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Can't have a mortgage without it, but Hell Yeah. I'd have been so screwed.

The appliance/plumbing/house systems insurance has been a godsend as well. That pays for the heater, though not for the code upgrades. It will also take care of the leak in the kitchen, though I will be on the hook for the damage in there. Fingers in ears, La La La about that for now.

I want to get rid of the horrible carpet in the guest bath as long as we're in renovation mode--having thoughts about how to do that affordably. My Brother the Handyman will get a consult. Already replaced the shower head and the toilet. Will be downright posh for your next camp. ;>

Date: 2015-05-04 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Ooooh! Shiny!

Date: 2015-05-04 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silverstarhorse.livejournal.com

If you're still breathing, I'd say you're ahead of the game.


So sorry the Universe imploded in your house! Lots of good thoughts and energy!

Date: 2015-05-04 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Tnank you! I am, around the stress and the ZOMG, seeing this as Opportunity. More of this year's theme of out with the old (often forcibly) so that new, good things can come in. Making my house better and more functional, clearing space, refreshing the energy. Getting rid of old, bogged-down, grotty things and patterns and ways of thinking.

There is no mold in that bathroom, which is truly miraculous. It should have been crawling up the walls, but once the floor and walls were out, the structure was clean. So another sign. The basics are sound. What needs to go is the superficial and the temporary.

I'm listening!

Date: 2015-05-04 03:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
*pats very, very gently*

Date: 2015-05-04 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Purrs tensely but gratefully.

Date: 2015-05-04 10:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
Argh! Is there anything more wearing than having workmen in, day on day? Thta combination of having your home full of strangers, of things randomly not working/being usable/being accessible, the jnock-on effects of the wrok (X is being mended which puts pressure on Y which breaks down which then reveals that Z needs an overhaul....)
You have my profound sympathy.
Here's a classic British comedy song that says it all:


Date: 2015-05-04 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
LOL! Nothing like classic British comedy songs. Thank you.

Date: 2015-05-04 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themis1.livejournal.com
Oh dear me, the joys of living in older houses. Fingers crossed everything gets sorted out for you - been there, done that, know what it feels like.

Date: 2015-05-04 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2015-05-04 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msminlr.livejournal.com
You could always repaint R2 AFTER he gets moved into the final location...

Date: 2015-05-04 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Ooo, that's tempting.

Date: 2015-05-04 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] threeringedmoon.livejournal.com
We are just finishing up two months of having contractors in to do a closet/bathroom remodel and then replacing the carpet with wood flooring. In our case we found that the sub floor was not up to par so it had to be replaced and brought up to code. I had to keep track of one miniature schnauzer who was sure he was responsible for repelling intruders and an ancient deaf Sheltie that I was afraid might wander out accidentally and be lost forever.

I have told Jack not to even mention the word remodel for at least a year. All of this was supposed to take about three weeks.

I am glad your repairs are mostly done and am glad you had the hot spot option. I've discovered I should in theory be able to use my Moto X as a hot spot.
Edited Date: 2015-05-04 03:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-05-04 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
My repairs haven't even begun. There are still big fans on the gutted floor. I am looking at weeks still.

But it will, eventually, be over.

Here it's energetic and lively but doddery, deaf and nearly blind Cardigan wanting to go to her room where her crate is. Despite her crate being in another room. It's not the right room. She is quite firm about this. The Nice Young Man said this morning that he'll push to get the floor in ASAP, so we at least have that worry off the table.

Date: 2015-05-04 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] green-knight.livejournal.com
Oh, wow. That's... pretty intense.

Hurray for desert climate, mould-free life, and home insurance - awful as things sound, you've got them in hand and they're on the way to being improved.

In the meantime, <Hugs>
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