Friday, December 19, 2003

Good thing Santa wears boots!

It was f-f-freezing here in Jersey today.  How people work out in the cold all winter long is beyond me.  I could never do it.  I hate just walking to the car.  The porch is really coming along.  The landscaper sent out two stone cutters today and they broke through the EP Henry stone wall that they had previously constructed to begin work on the steps that will lead up to the porch.  Those guys are artists in every sense of the word.  They measure, design, choose stones, dig, lay, cut, glue, and level every single brick.  What they create is not only breath taking, but I'm sure it will last for eternity.  Unfortunately, they weren't the ones who originally constructed this house.  The basement is still leaking and I think it will continue right into the spring.  Every two hours we have to trudge down there to suck up more water with the wet vac and lay down dry towels to keep it from getting out of control.  I put down some old newspapers I got from the 7-11 store on my way home from work tonight, but I'm sure they'll only last a few hours. I'll have to call a basement water proofing company to give me an estimate, although I hate having to spend money on something so... boring and unexciting.  But... we really have no other choice.  I don't even know where to start but I guess I'll learn...

6 comments:

andreakingme said...

Dang, Lisa, that really sucks about your leaking basement. But it's much better to spend the money to get it fixed than to live your life in two hour basement increments ...

All of this hard work and sacrifice will pay off in the long run. It will. You'll see.

somenuttychic said...

Your yard is starting to look amazing (both the porch and the steps). I love the way the wood for the porch is set on an angle. About the basement, if the flooding is near a window, I would suggest getting a pump. It beats having to go down there every couple of hours. Additionally, if the water is coming in that fast, you may want to do something on the outside of the basement (like having stones set in near the foundation) to help redistribute the water away from the house).

jjfgiuffre said...

Ho!Ho!Ho!. My son Robert and I just stopped by to wish you a most joyful and "Happy "Holiday". May God Bless and watch over you, your family and friends. And may the New Year bring you and your's the best that life has to offer you.

John G & Robert G.

redhdka said...

The porch is beautiful and so is your son!

lotzamoe said...

Do you know what it takes to fix a leaky basement? A team of backhoe operators digs down eight feet all the way around the house. They clean the dirt off the cement and coat it with a tar, rubber or plastic. Then they lay 4 or 6 inch plastic drain pipe next to the footings and run that through your yard to the drainfield. $20,000 ought to cover it.

readmereadyou said...

Just stopped by to wish you the best holiday ever! God bless you and yours.
Heaven knows you need the peace of the season with those leak problems. : )
Angela