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Friday, March 21, 2014

Lots of people have been wondering what it was I could have done to cause a week set-back in the building of our house. emoticon OK, it wasn't me, it was DH -- but it would have been me if I had been strong enough.

You see, ever since they put the tub in the master bath, I have been looking at it. It stands there with 4 or 5 inches of dirty water in it. And each time I would look I'd wonder if I would ever get it clean if they don't drain out the dirty water soon. So a week or so ago I tried to tap the drain to get rid of the water. Nothing happened. And evidently DH had the same idea because he did get it to open, and water came flying out of there. Yes! more water coming IN, instead of the water draining OUT! He closed it again as fast as he could and was sure somehow, someway they had gotten it tied into the main water lines coming into the house! We had visions of them having to tear up some of the concrete and remembered how deep it was! We called the builder in a panic, only to get his voice mail. He didn't call back.

Combine that with the fact that the Master Bath was supposed to have a skylight. I watched them as they worked on the roof, laying the felt and some kind of metal strips then we figured soon the tile would be put on. Again, I called the contractor in a panic -- he needed to know about the roof covering the skylight. He didn't answer.

Finally he called back........ only to tell me he was a little perturbed with me. The tub had water in it for a pressure test. emoticon The roof is put on like normal, then the cutting is made for the skylight, and it is sealed. emoticon

Did I feel like a fool? emoticon Haven't felt so stupid since school days. But I figured they should have told me about something important like that, is it something that the average person knows as standard knowledge? I have a son who is a Master Plumber, can't remember him ever telling me about that. So now we have to curtail our impatience and let them go as slow as they want. That inspection had to be rescheduled as the test had to be re-done. Now the electrician is there, and will be on Monday also. Then it will be electrical inspection. Next insulation, and another inspection. Then, and only then, can they put on sheetrock and start on the walls. I doubt that painting will begin on April 1st.

But, on the good side of things. The winter was mild, and they didn't miss any work due to weather. We had replanted apple trees and grape vines that had been killed by the fire, and we did it right after the lot was cleared of all debris. As a result we will be a whole year ahead on those, and we see some shrubs and flowering beginning to sprout out. Petunias are actually blooming, so it puts hope in our hearts that one day this will just be a fading memory -- My husband told me an interesting fact that I will pass on to you. Just as most seeds need warmth and moisture to sprout out, there are some seeds that need a fire to burn through their outer shell to make it possible for them to grow. So over that entire area there will be some new wild flowers that have not bloomed for 30 years. That's how long it's been since the last fire.

How the raised garden in the back looked in 2011. We are discontinuing this one.
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    hmm, my dad was and brother is a plumber and I doubt they would have left water in a tub for days... so I will ask about that. Isn't it frustrating when you don't know what you don't know and communication doesn't happen?
    This is quite an experience for you. I don't know if I could ever have a house built. It was a hobby for my dad for the last ten or fifteen years of his life . If he'd built it for me perhaps that would have been ok but a commercial builder is a whole different thing.
    Good luck and try to stay calm and carry on, as the saying goes!
    1462 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I think I'll buy a factory made home if I ever need a house. emoticon
    1462 days ago
    I noticed the dirty water in my sister's but when her house was being built and couldn't figure it out, but not one said anything about it and they all obviously knew about it and left it, so I did, too. Now I know why it was there! Sorry y'all decided to touch before asking. I might have, too, had it been my house and nobody told me about it! I think I'd have wondered about the skylight, too! I don't think with all the shows I've seen about such, have never really noticed how skylights go into New houses! So, you're learning things left and right!! You're no fool, Eve. Seriously, the contractor should have said something to you about the tub thing. Y'all aren't plumbers or home builders! So let him be perturbed!! It's his own fault for not letting y'all know about it!! And the time it'll take to redo the test should really not have too much to do with a delay on starting with the interior! All those inspections!! It's amazing, but I do appreciate inspections as they can catch any problems before it gets out of hand!
    You should have a good time this Spring checking out all the plant life that may not have been around for many years!! Take pictures and research on line and learn what they are!!
    Hope you are having a great day, Eve!! And give my love to Amber and the kitties!! (((HUGS)))
    1462 days ago
    Sorry about the tub thing but now you know hope everything else works out fine and you can start to paint soon - enjoy watching them put things together
    1462 days ago
  • DALID414
    That dirty water would have driven me nuts!! emoticon
    1463 days ago
  • LIS193
    Oops... I can see why you were worried about that tub.
    Glad it all worked out in the end.
    1463 days ago
    1463 days ago
    Things do seem to progress at a snail's pace when you are building a home. Have patience, it will work out. emoticon
    1463 days ago
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