Mysteries of Home Ownership

The murals being painted on the walls of my house, the wifi installation saga, the bee adventure, the water/plumbing saga–all are events now past, but further stories were waiting to be told. This is the story of a number of little mysteries down through the years that have been solved or are on their ways to being solved due to Jesus’s sleuthery. I here share that story with you because after all, what else have we all got to do?

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22 thoughts on “Mysteries of Home Ownership

  1. slmret

    Oh, my goodness — if it’s not one thing, it’s another! I’m glad you’re finding the problems now, before they cause disaster, although fixing them may also seem disastrous! And I’m glad your workers are able to ply their trades despite the shutdown.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Jesus and Eduardo are here because of the shutdown. They are artists and all of their commissions for the year left to go back to the states.. and their gallery is closed so they needed work. That’s why they asked to paint the murals around my door.. I had had Jesus do murals around doors inside the wall and also one over my garage and my bedroom door years ago. All in all I have twelve of his paintings in my house. I’m a fan. Then when he was finished with the mural we decided to do one around the roofline and to touch up the one he’d done on my garage door. When we were finished, he asked if I wanted him to fix the silitre and cracks..which led to calling in people to fix the drain. One thing led to another..and all outside work so we are keeping our distance..I’m handing my stimulus pkg on!

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      1. slmret

        I love that you’re spending your stimulus money supporting the Mexican economy! If the gov’t had done that rather than bashing the Mexicans and keeping them out for the last 4 years, we’d be much farther ahead! They seem to be doing a great job, and I’m glad they were there when you needed them. I don’t think I’ll get a stimulus check this time — I moved my portfolio from one bank to another, resulting in large long-term capital gains as assets were sold in order to buy assets of the new portfolio — my tax bill was scary this year, for a one-time manipulation. Before realizing what was happening, I struggled about what to do with the stimulus funds — and would have supported some of those who have lost their jobs — it’s a major problem here!

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          1. slmret

            I’ll be anxious to hear what they discover about the foundation and hope it’s not a sinkhole! I still need to get my paper chase dealt with, then will need to get some painting done!

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            1. okcForgottenMan

              Personally, Janet, I’m hoping it’s the opening to a long-lost secret cave where the ancients stored their gold and silver. Of course it’s gotta be guarded by ancient spirits who will awaken when Judy Nancy Drew discovers the secret to opening the massive door.

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          2. slmret

            What a spectacular idea that is! Perhaps it’s necessary for a Ducky and a slmret to be in attendance when the door is opened, to protect Judy Nancy Drew from those ancient spirits!

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  2. SAM VOELKER

    Judy it is rather difficult to know for sure, without being there, but I am guessing that your house is on the slope of the hill. Water will percolate through the topsoil of your yard, but when it reaches your house, even underground of the surface, it has nowhere to go. (except under or in your house) The quickest, easiest way to fight this is to install french drain. This is a terracotta or plastic pipe with “weep holes” in it. It is placed parallel just under the surface and next the upper side of the house, where the water problem is. it is then passed on downhill to a point where it can drain. When filling the trench back in where you bury the pipe, you place gravel around it so that water can pass into the pipe. voila~!, the water goes into the french drain and passes on out down hill. No more water problem, and possibly no more lubrication helping your house to slip downhill thus stopping the house from slipping down hill and making big cracks in your walls or sweating on cool moist days. Or, on the other hand, if you live long enough you may some day live down town… Explain this to Jesus and he probably already knows of others on that hill who have similar problems. If you are lucky he may be able to also pass what looks like that roof drain coming down that wall into the french drain or the other way around if that drain goes on out of your yard. I am guessing that you have tile on the yard surface near the house. There is one type which has opening to the surface which you can also use, BUT I would recommend that you also have holes under the tile to let water traveling there into the drain as well, otherwise it will continue under the house.

    (see I learned a little something in geophysics) If I can help more call. AC 512 858 1609, but don’t ask questions about cooking, only slippery slopes today….

    Types of french drain: https://www.google.com/search?q=french+drain&client=firefox-b-1-d&sxsrf=ALeKk031BqEDsWo8zZyevO34maT28_0foQ:1589836894594&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiRlun6q77pAhUNHqwKHVq9A_QQsxh6BAgNECw&biw=918&bih=451

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  3. bushboy

    I look forward to the next gripping episode Judy. It’s a bloke thing I guess to get excited over a bit of a building mystery. Love the bit of mansplaining from Sam 😀 😀

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong

    If it really IS a sinkhole, it can be extremely dangerous. You AND your house could literally disappear. I’ve seen it happen, not here but in Israel where sinkholes were common. It was on the edge of an earthquake fault … and also, there were things buried underground that people didn’t know about. If the property had been previously built on, you may not know what’s down there.

    We have a piece of an old house back in the woods. We had never seen it, but we’ve had so much rain that now it’s very visible. it’s made of stone, so it was probably a farmhouse from when this area was all farms, about 100 to 200 (or more) years ago. I had no idea and no one knew about it until the last time we refinanced, someone dug out the records in town hall. Now, of course, you can see it easily. It’s just where I would have built the house … on the FLAT part of the grounds.

    The bee sounds like a carpenter bee. We had them living in the beam of a back porch on a house in New York. I told Jeff to have them removed, but for some reason he was sure they were harmless, even though they were bigger than a hummingbird AND I could see pieces of tiny wood chips coming out of the beam. I got to a point where I wouldn’t go out there.
    After I moved to Israel, the porch detached from the house and fell into the neighbor’s yard. Expensive! All he had to do was get an exterminator and get rid of them.

    They live inside wooden pieces of houses or trees. If it’s a tree, not a big deal. But if it’s part of your house — a beam, doorjamb, window frame, etc, they can be really effective at destroying whatever they are living inside. That’s how they build nests.

    You don’t want to go after them yourself! They ARE huge. Someone told me they don’t sting. OH yes, they do. They aren’t as easily aroused as normal bees, but when they sting, it’s a doozy. Be careful, please.

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