Step 18: pipework done! And they've started filling in the trenches with sand. We may actually be at the stage where they can start pouring the new concrete floor tomorrow :)
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The pipe that they dug up today in the kitchen had obviously been leaking for years- the more of the soil around it they dug up, the ranker the smell became. The plumber's answer for this was to go out and buy a gallon of PineSol and liberally douse the soil with it; fortunately he also bought a bunch of bags of sand to spread over the top, which has gone some way to dampening down the smells.
We came in from dinner (Applebees after Crispy's focus group) and it was a little pungent in the apartment to say the least, so at my suggestion Jackie lit a couple of her nice vanilla candles. So now it smells of a lovely mix of sewer, chemical pine and vanilla ;(
Anyway, here are a couple of better pictures of that pipe, you can really see why we had to do what we're doing!
Step 16: the trenching work is now pretty much done, and they are starting to work out how the new pipes will fit together under the floor.
While digging they found the old pipe that had failed- as you can see it is almost completely blocked with rust, and the black, damp soil they found around it means it was cracked and had been leaking for a while.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The new copier was not cooperating, so I didn't get out of work until nearly 5:30. So, as well as spending the day cooped up in my office, Holly has to make do with half an hour with the tennis ball slingshot at the park :( I hope I can make it up to her tomorrow.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
We decided to leave moving the fridge until tomorrow morning so we can have one more evening of semi-normalcy ;)
We're out for dinner at the Mamaroneck Diner, and Jackie just got a text telling her that the NY state budget has been agreed and the funding for the 4201 schools has been reinstated!
This is what they've been fighting for- it means Fanwood can stay open :)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Step 8: kitchen emptied!
Very hard work by my lovely wife, with huge thanks to Kathie who came over and helped for hours!
Tomorrow we just have to move the fridge and tape plastic over the upper cabinets and the one set of lower ones that don't have to be removed.
Holly finds this all most confusing!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Tomorrow we need to finish emptying the cabinets and clearing all the shelves and countertops, and then start covering all the cabinets that are not being removed with plastic to try and keep them clean when they start breaking into the concrete under the floor.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
So it looks like they are going to have to dismantle our kitchen and dig up the floor to lay the new drain line for the sink and washing machine etc. :(
Today they're going to open up the floor outside the apartment to confirm the main sewer line runs where they think it does so they can eventually tie into it.
Step 1: remove the carpet.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I'm out with Holly a little later than usual on a Saturday 'coz of the first two organist auditions that happened today.
Spring is in the air and little green shoots are starting to appear through the carpet of last years leaves, although it's not as warm as yesterday and there's snow in the forecast! Let's hope that won't actually happen- but just in case I'm leaving my snowshoes in the car!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Crispy has a buddy over and what are they doing? They're both on computers (Crispy on his desktop, his buddy using my laptop) sitting right next to each other, and they're both controlling characters in an online world called Wizard 101.
So they're virtually running around and playing ... I've gotta get this boy out in the woods a little more often now the weather's starting to get better! ;)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
When Chico stays with us he has to fit in with Holly's schedule- which means 2 or 3 miles around the woods every afternoon. Everyone says he doesn't do rain- so I was interested to see how he would deal with it today as it's absolutely pissing down.
He did fine, in fact he seemed to enjoy himself romping about- yes, that white blur in the picture is Chico at full speed :)
And he's awfully cute when he's just been towelled dry.
Now, if we could just do something about the whining and the barking like crazy when anyone walks by outside our apartment...
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
The church is all set up for our new Ash Wednesday family service at 5:00 pm. We've moved the altar down to the crossing and will use a simplified liturgy and readings from "The Message".
We did ashes at 8:30 & 11:45 this morning (and Matthew did ashes at the train station from 5:30-8:00 am!), and we have the full choral service this evening at 7:30 pm.
Lots of dirty faces!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Holly didn't get a proper walk yesterday because of all the sewer shenanigans, and this morning she went to the vet for her annual check up and a couple of shots.
But now we're in the woods, she's been in the stream and she has a tennis ball- so she's a happy pup :)
Thursday, March 03, 2011
|Washing machine hook up|
And even though the pipe where the washing machine hooks up is much higher, the disposer when running acts like a pump and pumps the water out of the sink- so the water has nowhere else to go as the drain is blocked but up and then out onto the floor!
We mopped up the water and left a fan running overnight to dry up what we couldn't reach completely under the fridge and the washing machine, and then this morning I called the plumber to come and snake out the line, foolishly thinking it would take an hour or so and all would be back to normal- ha ha ha!
To cut a long story short, the plumber arrived just before noon, and left around 7:30 this evening. He (and his helper) snaked the line by removing the trap under the sink (and discovered a leak in the disposer in the process that meant that had to be replaced). He snaked the line from here 4 times with 2 different snakes, he then snaked the line from the washing machine drain as well, all to no avail.
By this time it was about 2:30 and he called in the sewer company to come and snake the line. They arrived about half an hour later and cut a hole in the line where it was showing in one of the cabinets (the little angled bit in the sink drain picture above). This meant that all the stuff in that cabinet had to be removed and piled up along with all the stuff that had already come out of the cabinet under the sink. Our kitchen is actually pretty small when it's got all that stuff piled up along with 2 plumbers, 2 sewer guys, all their tools, 2 small and one large pipe snake machines and me.
|Hole in the wall|
They tried to snake the pipe from this spot for another hour and a half, even trying to use the big, outdoor sewer line machine when the other one (which was not exactly small) wouldn't do it. But in the end they had to admit defeat.
|Rusty galvanised pipe|
So we have been left with a sink that still just drains, but very slowly. We can wash dishes a couple at a time if we let the water drain, but we have been told not to use the dishwasher, disposer or the washing machine. And it is only a matter of time until the pipe stops draining at all. The only recourse is to replace the 2 inch line from where it disappears underground inside the wall behind the cabinet to wherever it joins the 4 inch line that runs under our living room floor from the bathroom (which, thank God, seems to be OK!). Unfortunately it would seem that the route is almost certainly straight across the kitchen floor and out into the hall outside, and there is no basement under the kitchen, it is a solid concrete floor. The plumber is going to meet the sewer guys back here sometime in the next couple of days to put a camera down the main 4 inch line to see if we can mark it's route and hopefully see where the line from the kitchen joins it. But it looks like the cabinets will have to all come out and the fun of jack-hammering up the floor is in our future.Oh joy!