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post #1171 of 1792 Old 07-06-2010, 12:12 PM
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Ughhh...I hate to see this happen to you, Hanes, especially after rounding the corner on all this major work.

These last few storms up here have been truly epic. I imagine your issues were the result of the Friday and Saturday storms about a week and a half ago. My house is sited/landscaped in such a way that I seem to avoid these issues (knock on wood, bigtime).



Have you heard anything from the waterproofing contractor about covering your losses? I doubt this would be of any help in any but the most particular circumstances, but there is a state recovery fund for work done by licensed contractors.
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That is a beautiful retaining wall, nicely done.

I'm starting to worry about Hanes, I'm afraid he has been lost in Disappointment Valley.

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Hanes,
Sorry about the water issues, NG(no good). Way to look for the silver lining in it though. I think the comrades on this thread have been therapeutic for you. You can thank me later

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PS. Yes, I did see the blame wall, very nice touch my friend!
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Thanks for the encouraging words guys. Having recently reemerged from the fetal position I realized:



As cuzed rightly said, this, too, shall pass. Maybe not as easily or as frequently as does my flatulence, but it will pass!

After carefully examining each and every piece of laminate I took up, it turns out I won't have to throw out quite as much as I had originally thought - maybe only 20% or so. Could be worse (I keep repeating to myself in the hope that eventually I'll actually believe it). Actually, I fully expected I'd have to toss out half or more of what was down, so this seems like a small victory. (See how delusional one can become when faced with enough adversity?)

I also took the opportunity - while half the original floor was once again exposed - to touch up a few "low spots" I noticed in the few days the laminate floor was down. They weren't too bad, but I noticed them, so I figured I'd just add another small touch of thinset to a couple spots to make it more level.

Done.

Next up is to attempt to rebuild the floor and tie it into the existing half a floor that is still down. Hope that works, or I'll have to take it all up and start over from scratch. I'll let you know.

Stay tuned ...

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You will be happy you took the extra opportunity to level out the floor. Having had unlevel flooring issues myself the little extra time you spend will be well worth it. Glad to see your coming out of it and starting to recover. Now all we need is a useless picture from you and the recovery will be complete!

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Now all we need is a useless picture from you and the recovery will be complete!

I have no idea what you're talking about.


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He's BAAAAACCCCKKKKKK!!!!!!!!

Now all we need is some more check writing (of the good kind) to get you back in the saddle.

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I think I'd just sell the house and move to a new home. You know a nice new home in say Arizona, Nevada where they don't have water problems or mold issues. You know this will make a nice story in about 5 years when you talk about what a PITA finishing the basement was.


Can you salvage any of the damaged pieces to be used where you need cuts on the rest of the floors? Meaning can you cut out the damaged area of the laminate and still use it where you might need a smaller piece in the future?

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Actually Arizona is one of the worst states for Mold. People think it is so dry, so don't do all that is necessary to make sure it is dry, and as a result, mold city... Now after that useless fact, back to you regularly scheduled updates.

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Hanes...............

Tell me that your area is good after another intense night of severe storms?

This year has been the worst for heavy rain and severs storms, I don't think I can remember a season that's been as bad as this....

Hope all is well at the Hanes home....
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Actually Arizona is one of the worst states for Mold. People think it is so dry, so don't do all that is necessary to make sure it is dry, and as a result, mold city... Now after that useless fact, back to you regularly scheduled updates.

Uh oh! The "M" word again. WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE LEARN! The M word is not allowed in this thread unless it is hanes who says it.

Sheesh people, as if hanes doesn't have enough to worry about.

Ok, NOW back to our regularly scheduled ah, uh, umm, build thread.

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Hanes,
Sorry to hear about the "W" word. Man, I'd also pitch in to lend a hand if you were closer. I just had another drink sitting here at my bar....and not because my Phils are losing to the Cubs. Keep us posted.
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Yeah, I guess that is right, now we have to watch for the M word and the W word. If hanes takes any longer we just might have to start watching for other letters of the alphabet. Hopefully that won't happen.

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M and W? You mean Men's Warehouse?

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Rabble, rabble, rabble ... Dang nabbit, there goes the neighborhood!

Again.



I'm just going to ignore you guys who seem to think this thread is all just fun and games. In fact, you're all invited to a little par-TAY ... just follow these guys and you'll be there in no time ... last one in is a rotten egg!


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OK, after going down for an eight count, I'm back up and on my feet ... with no idea where I am or what I'm doing. In other words, situation normal.

So here's a couple shots of where the contractor who originally installed the window well & drain tile system opened up the floor to check on the connection between the window well pipe and the drain tile. As you can see it's pretty small.







So they expanded the diameter of the pipe and then filled the hole again with fresh concrete:



Then this past weekend I reinstalled the half of the laminate floor that we pulled up when this leak happened. My son once again showed an amazing ability to avoid work by managing to schedule himself for his two week annual reserve training, so I bribed - I mean recruited - my soon-to-be nephew-in-law Johnny to lend a hand. Once we figured out the easiest way to tie into the existing floor, things went pretty smoothly, and we were done in an afternoon.

Getting ready:







Getting going:











I only had to throw out about 20% of the laminate that was down, so it wasn't as bad as I had feared, and we managed to negotiate a reasonable settlement from the contractor, so I could afford to buy a pint or two afterwards ease my sore muscles after we were done.



Now we're back to where we were when this flash flood hit: one step forward and two steps back ...

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Now lets hope for NO MORE WATER!!!!!
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Just in case, I found these to be quite helpful........




I'm not watching this thread neither...........




Glad to see your back in the groove Hanes!!!
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Hanes,

I'm proud of you buddy! Way to jump back in the saddle again! Never let that bad mechanical bull (horse) keep you down!




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Just in case, I found these to be quite helpful........



Do you need a scrip, or is this over the counter? I could have used this little pill a couple of times throughout my build as well.

Glad to see your back at it hanes. I know all too well how it feels to take one step forward and two steps back.

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Hanes...............

Tell me that your area is good after another intense night of severe storms?

This year has been the worst for heavy rain and severs storms, I don't think I can remember a season that's been as bad as this....

Hope all is well at the Hanes home....

Thanks. No more water even with the recent storms. << knock on wood >> All's well, now that I got a prescription to the meds you told me about:

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Just in case, I found these to be quite helpful........


Good to see all the progress you're making lately too. I like the new patio doors!

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Glad to see your back at it hanes. I know all too well how it feels to take one step forward and two steps back.

It's the old two step ...


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Hanes,

I'm proud of you buddy! Way to jump back in the saddle again! Never let that bad mechanical bull (horse) keep you down!





Thanks, Michael. And the same right back atcha ... I was beginning to wonder if we had lost you with such a long period of radio silence on your thread!

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Hanes, I've been away from the boards for a while due to work and life in general. SO sorry to hear about the flood. I know you said why oh why couldn't it have happened before the flooring went down @$(&$#*(@&@(*! On the bright side, at least the room was still clear and not full of furniture and other junk .

I normally don't do this but felt compelled to respond in true hanesian fashion...

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Thanks for the contribution, Queen! Good to hear from you again. Apparently you forgot that we have an open bar policy in this thread for munchkins, or I suspect you'd stop by more often.

Anyway, my bride & I will be virtual empty-nesters for the next week, with the kids dispersed to various camps and military duties. This is the perfect opportunity to dig through the attic to find the box with my old video games and fire them up again ...




I wonder if these suckers will work in 3D?

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Hanes,

You might just be on to something! I would first try a "Proof of concept with; Pong"

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So how is that video game working out for you? Any updates? Still around and plugging away? Inquiring minds ya know.

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Yeah, the video game playing really slowed me down for a while there. Plus I noticed I was getting a lot of visits from the police warning me about shooting guns into the sky within the city limits. Some nonsense about laws or something like that. At this rate I'll never make it to level 2 on this game!

On the positive side, I'm going to have a real excuse for not posting much for the next 10 days or so (as opposed to the many fake excuses I usually resort to), as I'm taking the fam on our vacation to a very special spot.



Jealous, huh? I thought so. But keep it quiet, as the wife and kids don't know about it yet. They're going to be so surprised!! Just think of it: a week plus of family togetherness, comradery, car sing-alongs, and just general relaxation. I can almost smell the relaxation now ...



With any luck I may even find my psychiatrist's summer home and drop in on him for a little visit. Baby steps ...



But no matter where we end up, it will definitely be far, far away from this Never Ending Build, which will be nice. Although at least all this work has helped me get the old six pack abs back in time for vacation ...



Watch out babes!

So anyway - don't be looking for any progress posts from me for a while (a.k.a. situation normal). Places to go, things to see, people to annoy and all that.

Keep an eye on the place for me, will ya?

Peace out, hommies!!

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Enjoy your vacation. With all that you have been through here lately you deserve/need it!

On a side note I would be interested in your work out regimen as I too am trying to get a six pack before the end of summer.

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