Saturday, March 25, 2006

The neverending saga of our house...AKA The Money Pit Strikes Again

Once upon a time, a boy met a girl, they liked eachother a lot, and 3 years later they got married. "Wouldn't it be nice to own a house?" the boy asked, and the girl agreed. Several months later the found a cute little ranch in a nice little neighborhood, and made an offer. "What are these water stains on the basement ceiling?" the boy asked the house inspector. "Well, there are no pipes up there so I suspect someone spilled something on the floor upstairs and it seeped through" stated the house inspector. And so the boy and girl bought their quaint little house in their quiet little neighborhood.

One day the girl decided to take a bath, since there was no bathtub in their previous apartment, she was really looking forward to it. She gathered all of her bath things, yummy smelling bubble, music, candles, and a good book, and headed off for a long soak in the tub. Little did she know that after her bath she would be in for a rude awakening...

After a wonderful bath, refilling the tub several times to keep warm and continue soaking, the girl went to the basement to do some laundry. And she stepped in a HUGE puddle in the brand new carpet in the basement, near the laundry area. Clearly the bathtub had leaked. And that was the last bath the girl had in a long time.

A few years later, the girl was pregnant, and so desperately wanted to soak her aching back in a tub, just for a little while. So Chris the Plumber was called, and dispatched to fix the leaky overflow valve. AHHHHHH, a nice (lukewarm) bath, and the girl was feeling much better.

A few months later, the boy was taking a shower, and lo and behold, the basement floor was wet again! (Luckily...or unluckily....the brand new carpet had been ruined by 2 floods within a week about a month previous). Chris the plumber was called, and it was discovered that the connection between the faucet and pipe was leaking. Chris the Plumber attempted to fix the leak, and broke the pipe. With help from the girl's parents it was decided to replace the tub entirely with a whole new tub, a nice deeeeeeeep tub. 3 days later Chris the plumber came back to fix the pipe temporarily until he installed the new tub the next day. 2 weeks later Chris the Plumber returned to install the new tub, and 4 days later he finished. Now the boy and girl, and baby girl had a nice, new, deeeeeeeep bathtub to soak in. Hazaaah! The girl had a nice (short) bath, and was very happy for it. The boy and girl vowed never to call Chris the Plumber again, as his "3 day job" took over 3 weeks to complete, and left them without the means to bathe for a total of 7 days.

A few months later, the boy took a shower (thankfully this was a regular occurance, with the newly remodeled tub). The girl went downstairs to wash the baby's new 12 month clothes (even though the baby girl is only 8 months old...she's an overachiever), and lo and behold, the basement floor was wet again. As it was all of Chris the Plumber's work that seems to be leaking, it was decided that Chris the Plumber would be called again, in hopes that he might not charge them (which will surely not happen, but it was worth a shot).

So now the girl, and the baby girl will wait at home on monday to see if Chris the Plumber shows up to fix the leak. More likely, the girl and baby girl will be waiting at home all week for Chris the Plumber, as he has not been the most reliable plumber in the 2 years that the boy and girl have owned the house.


Blogger Traci said...


4:35 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I think it's time to get a new plumber!!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Laura87/PicklesMommy said...

Ditto what Traci and Nikki said!! LOL!!

5:29 PM  

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