Posted on August 29, 2011 by riverdaughter
Hi guys, I have to clean up today. A lot of my stuff in the basement is ruined. It remains to be seen whether any of the furniture down there can be saved. There’s also a question of whether the DVR and media stuff were high enough above the water line. The nintendo accessories took a hit. And all of the three full boxes of American Girl clothing, furniture, and dolls that I lovingly packed into plastic bins not two weeks ago, toppled over into the silty water. My eldest daughter’s childhood memorabilia is probably beyond salvaging.
And then there are the walls. The fire department removes only enough water to keep your electrical connections dry. The rest just stands there until the water gets reabsorbed by the earth. All of this happened before I even knew the basement was flooded so there wasn’t anything I could do about it anyway. The basements on our side of the street have never flooded before so my neighbors and I thought we were safe.
We still have no power. The generators are droning away in the driveways of those few individuals who were lucky enough to have one or could borrow one. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But today, I have to air out the basement ASAP or mold will take hold. And without electricity, I can’t use a wet/dry vac or a fan or dehumidfier. My freezer is thawing out, though the beer was still cold enough last night. I’m headed out for coffee before I have to haul the contents of my basement out to the street.
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Posted on February 12, 2009 by riverdaughter
Well, the basement is finished. Yeah. I’m worn out. Actually, all of the construction, priming, painting, flooring is done. I still have some shelving to put in as well as figuring out what the heck I’m supposed to sit on down there. I should have some decisions made this weekend. Stimulating the economy is both fun and nervewracking.
And join me tonight at 10PM EST for Conflucians Say to talk about your House remodeling plans. That’s on Puma United Radio (PURrrr)
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Posted on November 30, 2008 by riverdaughter
We’re about to crack open our 3rd 5 gallon drum of drylock as we are finishing our first bottle of Beaujolais. There’s a low fat cassoulet in the oven waiting for us to finish the second coat of drylock.
I just have to say for the record that drylocking a basement sucks, er, is of low quality. But we are almost done. Pretty soon the contractor can move in and finish this baby up. Will we finish by Christmas? I doubt it but fir sure I’ll be watching the Superbowl from down here.
This is an open thread.
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Posted on November 10, 2008 by riverdaughter
This is my basement. 600 sq ft of wasted space. Yes, it looks dark and dreary. But I’m about to do something about that. The plans are at the township planning board right now. While Ed the Inspector makes sure my contractor has planned for enough fireblocking, it is my job to get this huge, wasted space ready for framing. That’s what I’ve been doing all weekend. The room looks pretty empty now, except for a few stray cans of paint and some wood scraps. But up until Friday, it was full of the same stuff as most everyone’s unfinished basement: boxes of old stuffed animals, saw tables, chairs in need of repair, old clothes, obsolete computer equipment and lots and lots of junk. I filled the dumpster to overflowing and took 5 boxes of clothing to the bins at the local big box store parking lot. And the fun is just getting started. In the next week, I have to drylock this whole thing. Fun, fun. Any PUMAs who have time on their hands want to learn how to wield a masonry brush?
So, if you don’t find me hanging around here much in the next couple of weeks, it’s not because I don’t care anymore. It’s because I am trying to pick up the pieces of the life I once had before the blog took over. I’ve been blogging for 11 straight months and my house is in need of some urgent TLC. I’m still here and I’m still paying attention. It’s just that it’s hard to spread drylock when you’re tied to a laptop.
I’ve seen a lot of mischief on the threads and there have been some temper tantrums. My email box is overflowing with “She hit me! Make her say she’s sorry or I’m taking my ball and going home.” Seriously, guys, let’s dial it back a notch. The election is over. We always knew that we were going to be disappointed no matter who won. Let’s focus our efforts on constructive things. Like doing something about the passage of Prop 8 or making sure that Harry Reid knows that we’re still interested in Hillary Clinton’s healthcare proposals. Or making sure the media understands that we do not identify with Michelle Obama’s Mom-In-Chief role. We want to be in charge of something. That’s what we’ve been raised to do. That’s what we’ve fought all our lives for. We aren’t interested in taking a subordinate role to any man and we don’t want to hear about Michelle hosting the PTA meetings or having cookies and milk ready for Sasha and Malia when they get home from school while she gives up her career. She is NOT our role model and we will not be dragged back to powerless domesticity.
Whew! That article really ticked me off. We may need another vent thread. In fact, we may need one each night for 4 years. In the meantime, let’s get our lives back on track too. Tell us what Do-it-Yourself or home maintenance problem you’re tackling this fall. By the way, does anyone know how to keep tree volunteers away from the foundation of the house, permanently??
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