[personal profile] learnedax
Alright, I'm all done with August now. We had Pennsic, and that was very nice, but the number of other things that have gone awry at work, at home, with computers, and with cars is far too high. (Though we're quite happy with the new Scion so far.)

Roughly at the beginning of the month, I noticed that there was some water dripping in the basement. I talked to the upstairs neighbors, and it turned out that the guy on the third floor had been showering when it was dripping, so he said he would get in his friend who was a plumber to look at his place - we'd had some leaks around the bathtub right when we moved in, and we thought it was possible his was just leaking into the pipe chase somehow.

Well, he got called up for army service, and then we were gone at Pennsic, and there was a lot of negotiation on who could be around when and when a plumber could make it in, and the leak which hadn't really looked that bad started looking worse, and started looking like it happened whenever water was run on the second or third floors, and we had a plumber in but he was having trouble finding the source, what with the symptom being at the bottom of the main plumbing column for the house.

We finally worked out that we'd be here this morning and the plumber could do some more invasive searching for it, and when he cut a piece out of our dining room wall, there it was: a big crack maybe three feet long in the side of the cast iron pipe. The one major pipe, incidentally, that the general contractor told us they didn't replace when they stripped out the rest of the plumbing, because it seemed to be just fine.

I am awaiting the actual fix right now (the guy has to put in some supports while he splices it, because the main vertical pipe in your home gets a lot of its support from the bottom). There is a decent chance that it won't turn out to be too severe a fix; if the crack stays isolated, we just need to replace that one bit, fix up the wall, replace some sodden sheet rock in the basement, and do something about some wet and moldy parts of subflooring that were getting dripped on for an unknown period of time. It's even remotely possible that the original developer will pay part of the cost, when we show him pictures of this crack that must have been developing for a long time. Nonetheless, I'm not holding my breath that everything will work out in the easiest possible way.

It is still August, after all.

Date: 2010-08-24 03:28 pm (UTC)
mermaidlady: heraldic mermaid in her vanity (Default)
From: [personal profile] mermaidlady
My sympathies. Cracked pipes are no fun at all.

Date: 2010-08-24 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamarinne.livejournal.com
Ugh. Clearly, it is time to declare August over, and enter the balmy but short lived month of Augtember. Ah, lovely Augtember. So short, but so not full of drama!

Date: 2010-08-24 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] learnedax.livejournal.com
Augtember is the kindest month, so distant from the chill winds of Febrarch and the hard rains of Apray...

Also it has Labor Day in it. Good little month.

Date: 2010-08-24 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gyzki.livejournal.com
Ouch, my sympathies on the cracked pipe.
FWIW, the weather also seems to be done with August, and the leaves are starting to turn.

Date: 2010-08-24 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rickthefightguy.livejournal.com

By the way, what sort of Scion did you get? I love my xB a lot.

Date: 2010-08-24 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] learnedax.livejournal.com
We got the 2010 xB - you have one too?

It seemed to be the best balance of carrying capacity and compactness. We glanced at an xD too, but it didn't really look big enough to put Pennsic in.

Date: 2010-08-24 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rickthefightguy.livejournal.com
Mine is a 2008, but yes, I love the xB. It is actually easy to park, because it is so short in length (smaller than Libby's Prius in footprint, I think). But it has tons of room thanks to its height. We use it to haul a trailer to Pennsic, and it does that fine.

Date: 2010-08-24 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] learnedax.livejournal.com
What we read said that they'd upgraded the engines a few years ago, so that while the fuel economy might not be quite as good as other small boxy cars, it wouldn't have any trouble pulling a fair amount of weight.

And, yes, coming from a typical station wagon the un-long-ness is great.

Date: 2010-08-24 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laurion
*nod*, Love my Matrix. Got the 4wd, so it hasn't as much fuel efficiency either, but the traction is nice. (And I still get 27-30mpg with careful driving).

Date: 2010-08-24 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rickthefightguy.livejournal.com
Yeah, mine was the first year with the bigger engine. It doesn't get the great mileage as you say, though it isn't bad, but it goes *zip* when you step on the gas, very nicely, and it does haul a trailer.

Date: 2010-08-24 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbran.livejournal.com
It's not a good time for pipes. We had a water main break two houses down last night. Not something that we have to fix, thank goodness.

Date: 2010-08-24 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cristovau.livejournal.com
Agreed, when we were getting our new fridge, the shut off for our refrigerator ice maker rusted off in the appliance installers hands. We had to shut off all water and get a plumber in, and reschedule the refrigerator delivery.

The pipes are conspiring against us.

Date: 2010-08-24 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teddywookie.livejournal.com
That's a pain in the neck. Our exhaust line to the sewer disintegrated inside some concrete and then there were the jackhammers and cutting down a tree. Here's to fixing the crack.



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