The weather was rather uncooperative this past week so I have no updates on my adventures in learning how to make old, ugly furniture new again. That said, we still accomplished plenty!
My first update relates to the plumbing. The new septic is in and the company that did the work even re-seeded our lawn! On their last day, while they were still cleaning up, Carl and I made ourselves mimosas and went to the side yard to chat while his mama was in the shower. As we came around the corner of the house, I noticed water just bubbling up out of the ground! At that time, we both thought they may have burst a water pipe with their heavy equipment, but no, in fact, it was a very old school system in which the grey water was piped into the yard and ONLY toilet water went through the septic system at all! Ew.
Luckily, we noticed while the work was still in progress and once the issue was discerned, they scheduled a plumber to run all draining water through the septic system. When he came out last week, we decided to go ahead and ask him about an issue that had been confounding us from day one:
Why is it that our toilet occasionally refills with hot water?
Now, I don’t know about you, but until living here, I had never once seen hot water in a toilet. But sure enough, every once in awhile, we’d flush and steam would billow out of the bowl! Also, it was hard to tell which valves were for hot and which were for cold on all of our sinks because it seemed all of them would go from cold to hot and back again! Very strange. And when we asked, judging by the confused/concerned look on the plumber’s face, I’m pretty sure he thought it was very strange as well. He agreed to take a look and went on down into the basement.
Turns out, there is a little thing called a “sweat valve” that can be placed near the inlet to the toilet and if the water is cold enough to cause condensation on the tank, it will automatically mix in some hot water. However, on our house, instead of using an actual sweat valve, there was a two-way, manual valve that just mixed all hot and all cold together for everything. Thankfully, all it took was removing said, manual valve and we had normal, separate hot and cold water throughout! Oh the things we are learning as we dig into this awesome, crazy, old house!!!!
Okay, onto the furniture. : )
Some of you may recall that we bought furniture and it was delivered a couple weeks ago but the delivery guys said it couldn’t be moved in because it simply would not fit unless we took it through the window.
Well, our ancient windows don’t just open up. I’d have to get the drill and literally remove the whole thing in order to do what they wanted. Also, because they would not touch anything but the furniture under any circumstances, it wasn’t going to happen because even if I got the window unscrewed, I could never have safely gotten it down without another pair of hands. I suggested we take the doors off the hinges and they said that wouldn’t work. Needless to say, I was not impressed with them and even though I was pretty sure the furniture would fit, I decided I’d rather not have them try because they clearly weren’t interested in doing a good job. So I had them take it to the barn where Carl and I could fetch it later.
Later turned out to be this past Saturday. And, with just a few doors off the hinges, we managed to get both the couch and the chaise in-in no time! I won’t say it was easy, but it was definitely easier than “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Delivery Services” made it out to be. : )
So now we have a couch! And a chaise! And after five months with no furniture other than a bed and a dining room table, it feels soooooooooooooo good! : )
The weather is supposed to improve drastically starting tomorrow, so we’ll hopefully be able to get back to sanding and painting shelves and such for the laundry room/pantry this week.
That’s all for now, happy Monday, Everyone! : )