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Part Eleven: General Update.

The old house has been cleaned and the carpets professionally steamed. They looked good, last I saw them. Our addresses have been changed with the post office. Extra storage is slowly appearing throughout the house; we have a number of wire shelving thingies that can be attached to walls via screws, and I've been slowly finding them and putting them up everywhere.

We think all our movies have been found, and almost all the books. Clothing and linens seem to be in order, and we've set aside a large number of things for give-away. Sue's girlfriend took some of them, and the rest will go to Goodwill the next time we make a recycling run. I do like the way Knoxville's recycling centers tend to have Goodwill trailers at them as well, it makes it really easy to make donations.

I put up curtain rods over the two windows in Sue's room, which are currently draped by a white sheet and a black sheet respectively. Later this week we intend to go to a Walmart-type store and buy four cheap sheets in the wine range of colors, to use as curtains in her room. (Or curtains, if they turn out to be cheaper.) I think a nice deep reddish color will pick up the reddish wood in the room and nicely offset the green paint, once we paint the walls.

We have a few more pieces of shelving to put up, and a coat rack for the foyer (which can't go up until the insulation is out of the way), and a rack for cleaning tools. We'll be putting a rack up for the grilling tools soon too.

Last, and most important, we had a plumber come out and give us an estimate for work on the drain. He gave us two options. First, we can hook a pump up to the AC that will pump the AC's condensate and the humidifier's efflux outside, and that should take care of most of our water issues, but it won't have any effect if rain gets in. The second option is to dig out a hole at the drain area and put in a sump pump that will pump water outside. That's a more attractive option for all kinds of reasons - it takes into account all the water that might enter the basement, and it can be easily worked into the decor plan for that area of the basement. However, it's a bit more than twice the price. So we're debating. We definitely want plan #2, if we can afford it, but that is the real question.

Does anyone have experience with this, or can at least give us an idea of whether the prices are reasonable? They seem reasonable to me but I'm working off gut instinct, not actual experience of any kind. The first option was quoted at $528, and the second at $1285. Opinions welcome!

Date: 2011-08-09 01:19 pm (UTC)
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When we had foundation work done a year or two ago, code required that we install a sump pit. Prior to that work any water collected by the weeping tiles basically went straight into the city's sewer system where it was treated... even though for all intents and purposes it was clean water.

Do you know how deep the sump pit is going to be? I think ours is about 4 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide, with the submersible pump below the floor level. And man, when it rains, it is almost shocking to know the amount of water you're diverting from the city system!

The irony is that with my sump system the contractor didn't make any provisions for the air conditioner (or even a floor drain in the laundry room), so I ended up getting a condensate pump to channel the water from the air condition across the ceiling and over to the pit. It would've been nice to have a gravity-flow system in place. I hear that gravity stuff never breaks down.

If you're curious I can see if our pump and pit price was itemized in our whole renovation (I have a feeling it wasn't), but if you're curious my city had a subsidy for pumps and pits that gave folks $2000 toward the work. So if you're getting this for $1285 you're either getting a good deal, or it's a very different set-up.

Date: 2011-08-09 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Our contractor won't need to make special provisions for our air conditioner, because there's already a pipe that flows from the AC into the drain, and they plan to put the sump pump in where the drain is now. The pit you describe is about what I imagine, although the plumber said 'a little bigger than a 5 gallon bucket' so I don't know if it'll be quite 4 feet deep. The depth won't matter much to us, though, because we're going to cover the pit with a sturdy metal grate.

Useful to know that some governments will help with this improvement. I might check into that.


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