Well Shit, this isn’t good is it

Have I mentioned how much I hate my house? I know I have on at least a few occasions. 

I’m so grateful to have a place to live but it’s never really felt like home. 

Anyway, the house is over 100 years old and all of the previous repairs to the house have not been done correctly, so it creates a problem when new repairs need to be made. 


A good example of that was the recent debacle with our main staircase collapsing. 

There are a couple of new issues to add to that list.

I had a waterline burst in my basement last night.  Luckily, it’s only tied to the washer but the shutoff doesn’t work correctly and so turning it off only slows down the leak.  🙁

The genius that did the plumbing in the house neglected to install water shutoffs to most areas of the house.  That makes it really difficult to make repairs, even if you can decipher the convoluted way they ran the plumbing. 

There’s also an outlet in the Gavin’s room and and Emmett’s room that stopped working last night.  These outlets share a common wall amd have nothing going to do with a tripped breaker.

There’s only 2 outlets per room and they’re in really bizarre places. 

My is stopping by this afternoon to take a look and see what he thinks…

In life there’s always something. 

With the increase in income this year, I’m in a better place to absorb the repairs and that’s awesome.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to play catch-up and so I might have to delay repairs by a week or so. 

Thankfully, I was actually caught up on the laundry and so I might be okay.  🙂

I can’t wait until I can move into a better living situation…

I am however, very aware that it could always be worse and for that I’m grateful.  🙂

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  • tannawings

    I could tell you about my 100+ year old house and its about the same. Whats really sucking today is the woodburrner isnt drafting right. Replaced a pipe already, cleaned the creosote out, you name it, its been done and still getting smoke. The thing darn near killed us twice and its a good thing we are nightowls because last time was a smoke filled mess, The dog and one of the cats kept alerting something was happening, and darned if it didnt happen.
    The furnace isnt working right so the woodburner is a heat source. Our neighbors are really gonna love us because the new pipe has an exhaust at thee bottom which means lotsa smoke. On thee weatherization list but with a 3 year wait this might take awhile and our income sure hasnt increased.
    I dont even want to talk about the electricity and all the ‘interesting’ things there…. we replaced that totally 5 years ago.
    But as you say, it could be worse.

    • I used to run a contracting business that did work with Ryan Homes. We were in half a dozen allotments or more for almost a decade.

      We were involved in nearly every phase of construction and I swear, if I ever make it rich, I’m building.

      I’m grateful that we have a home but it’s such a pain in the ass. Property values are embarrassing and the neighborhoods gone to shit.

      Old houses are really interesting because there’s so much character and history but maintenance is a nightmare, especially if money’s tight. There’s rarely an easy fix because you find more problems you weren’t even aware of while you’re fixing the ones that you are.

      I hope it all works out… I’m really sorry..

      • tannawings

        Hubby luckily is/was a carpenter and when he first started his business I worked along with him. We have the know how to do the work for the most part, its just getting older and him being ill sucks and of course the lack of funds. With us, so much has built up in the last few years with injuries and illnesses that it’s just a depressing mess.We have way too much to do and I hate pushing him for fear its too much for him to handle.
        I am not in as large of a town as yours but economic wise, I would have to say the same type of neighborhood and home values. Its like the armpit of the state (no kidding its nickname is Lil Chicago) I hate what it has become.
        Things will get better for ya Rob- keep your chin up, get some waders and just do it a bit at a time. Its good you have your and to help. Get er done when ya can!

        • I just wanted to say really quick that you’re quite the inspiration and I truly mean that.. 🙂