Aug. 8th, 2011

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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!

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