Rawlins Family

Rawlins Family

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Update: Life With Trenchy

I've had lots of people asking me about the status of Trenchy. The bad news is that Trenchy is still with us. The good news is that he's almost on his way out.

The hold-up, once we stopped the plumbing job and decided to have the foundation work completed, was finding a structural engineer to give us a third evaluation and analysis. Maybe one day I'll tell you more about that.

Thankfully, the third engineer is literally on-the-scene RIGHT NOW AS I TYPE! Have you ever noticed that engineers have super cool toys? They do. And this guy reminds me of my grandpa Jim, too, so that's a bonus.

Anyway, once we have the report from this engineer we'll forward it to our foundation company and set a date to have that work done. We'll have 36 pressed concrete piers placed at specific points around the entire foundation. Some will lift, others will be in place only for stabilization. The end result should be that all of our doors square up, our sagging ceiling goes back up, and, once everything settled, we can repair the cracks and breaks that have appeared over the last nine months. I can't tell you how distressing it has been to watch those appear all over the house. I'm just so glad we're nearing the end of this situation.

SO, I still don't know when we'll have a normal house again. The foundation will take a week, the plumbers need another day or two and then the carpet guy has to come and re-install the carpet. I just hope it's soon enough that I still have time to put up my Halloween decorations.


Sara K. said...

I would sa Trenchy is the Halloween decoration, just add some fake tombstones. Mom should be able to lend her expertise in that area.

Glad to hear the end is in sight. Are you still going to OK this weekend? Have a blast!

Pooh said...

I'm with Sara. How much better could Halloween decorations get than having a real-life open grave in the middle of your living room? Put a coffin in there, lid open to reveal the a: mummy or b: skeleton. Add some gravestones throughout the rest of the room, and there you go. Mom is there to supply her vacation photos if you need inspiration for headstone design. I think you should stall finishing the plumbing job until Halloween is over. You've got the rest of your life to have a "normal" living room.

Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} said...

I find this whole situation very upsetting. I just thought you should know. I have heartburn for you, if that helps at all. I'm sure it doesn't, but still. I don't like this at all.

Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} said...

Even though I'm sure your Halloween decor is delightful.

I still don't like it. At all.