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Raindrops keep blowing through my wall

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Remember the brisk breeze I could feel blowing in the seam between the fifty-year-old addition and the rest of the house when the front came blowing in last week?  Not to mention the nice view of the outside you could catch a glimpse of through that same seam?  It turns out that rain can blow in through that same seam.  (We took the drywall and ceiling tile wall off those walls, which made visible the gap.  No house wrap or insulation.)

Not sure what to do about that.  Maybe 3M window film from the inside.  Or a huge bead of caulk.  I can’t even figure out a good Google search for clues: 

  • How to fill a hole in exterior wall
  • How to block a hole in exterior wall
  • Drafty wall repair

all give pretty meaningless results.  (Drafty wall repair gave, as its very first hit, a spreadsheet for anesthesia services, apparently because there is a code for “Anesth, chest wall repair.”  Hope I don’t need that done, too.) I tried houseblogs.net, which has a nifty feature that lets you search all the registered houseblogs, and those houseblog searches, along with “gap in wall” and all the other variants I could think of came up empty.

So, I’ve posted the question on the houseblogs discussion board, and hope that something will come of it.

For now, I figure the wall is open so it will dry out.  Don says there’s a roof leak at about the same place, too.  Well, we knew we needed a new roof. 

In the meantime, I’ll just think of Burt Bacharach and B J Thomas, and hum a little chorus:

Raindrops keep blowing in my house
But that doesn’t mean that I’ll soon be feeling lous-y
Lousy’s not for me
’cause I’m going to stop the leaks and the dripping
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me.

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Baby, it’s cold inside!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

We got back from our Christmas travels Tuesday night.  We had a cold snap, with temperatures getting down around 9 degrees (F) that night.  Brrr.  Baby, it’s cold inside.  Our former Apartment 1 tenant finally shut off his utilities just after Christmas.  We hadn’t left the water dripping, so the pipes froze. 

Don spent yesterday arranging for the electric and gas to return to Apartment 1, and dispersing electric space heaters strategically. So far, no pipes have burst and some have started to thaw as of last night.  He said there was a layer of ice in one of the toilets. 

In other news, dumpster number 2 came yesterday. 

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Buying Update 4

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Please sing the following to the tune of “I’ll be home for Christmas.”   (Great version by Frank Sinatra in the link.)

We’ll buy home for Christmas.

The bank can plan on me.

Please have dough

and still more dough

and pay the utilities.

Phone call today. Guess the lender has approved the loan in view of the extra comps. A good thing. However, now we can’t close until a week from this Friday (December 7). (Glad this isn’t our first real estate purchase. Also glad that we weren’t trying to time apartment to house transition that closely. Instead, we’ll pay a premium on everything because the place won’t be owner occupied.)

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