I'm ok with just dewatering once every four or five years. :)
Snow is better than rain.
The problem is when the power goes out.
Or the pump drain pipes freeze.
My house to be has a sump pump and it's well below grade so it has to pump the water up 5 feet or so when it levels out. I expect that freezes up in the winter.
I came home last night to find that the clothes dryer is b0rken. Plenty of hot air, no spinny drum.
Thankfully I was able to identify, purchase, and replace a broken belt. Appliances purchased at Sears are awesome because you can go to their web site and get exploded diagrams and part numbers for everything.
I had to drive to Danbury, CT to get the part, but at least I was able to save the $150 or more a service call would have cost.
maybe its the belt that got tired?
or... a capacitator which tells the motor which direction to turn is dead...
ah. well. and no mailorder? ;-)
The nice men are here to replace my perfectly good oil tank with a new perfectly good oil tank.
That's what the buyers want, that's what they get.
But since there's no heat, it's cold, and since I have to keep the windows open to keep the oil smell from becoming so overpowering as to causeme to pass out, it's even colder.
But when they're all done, it will be good as... it was before.
Actually less so. Because now the oil tank is outside and the oil will gel up in the winter. But that won't be my problem.
I may have an opportunity later this year to score a fairly new boiler from a house that's being torn down. It'll probably cost more to move (and to remove my old boiler) than to actually do the installation.
But ... my current boiler is older than I am. Sooner or later it's gonna die.
A little more upscale than Hell, but with less interesting neighbors.
Did they do anything to prime it, like lay gravel or flatten it out or did they just plop tar all over it and call it a day?
Since my driveway already had a *deep* layer of gravel on it, they didn't have to add much more. They did have to level it out a bit, but it was pretty well prepped to begin with. They put a thick layer of asphalt on top and spent a lot of time flattening it with a small steamroller. It's held up extremely well -- which is more than I can say for the driveway sealer I put on last summer, which is coming up all over the place.