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What my back yard really looks like ...

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willow_25
May. 5th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Your hole is far larger than mine. And likely smellier.
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
smellier
Yeah -- and the trench ended right in front of my daughter and son-in-law's bedroom window. leap_to_faith was *very* unhappy when she opened the window the next day and had to immediately close it again ...
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ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
You're right, I should have put in some text, because I haven't talked about this in any detail for awhile. It's a sewer line -- most was replaced a few years ago during a storm/sanitary sewer separation project, but about 20 feet closest to my home was the old tile stuff that dates back to when plumbing was put in many decades ago. Roots had begun growing through the joints in the tile, and ever since I bought the house I'd been fighting them with chemicals and router snakes, but finally something down there happened that I couldn't fix (part of the tile collapsed, I believe).

Things got very unpleasant after that.

So a local contractor came out and replaced the line, and once he finally sends me the bill you might not hear from me anymore, because I might have to sell all my belongings and have my electricity shut off. Boy, I sure hope I'm kidding about that.

In the future I'll be writing a column about the whole thing -- but I have to wait until my mind's settled enough for me to think of anything funny to say. Things got really unpleasant.

As for me being interesting -- no, I'm dull as can be, I've just learned to write interesting. :-)
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empresspatti
May. 5th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh Sweetie!! Is this all the sewer line back up? What a mess. It also looks very expensive - so double sympathy!

How long does this good time go on? Can you flush in the meantime?
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, I'm happily flushing now! Sometimes I flush when it isn't needed -- just because I can. :-) Once he finally got there, he had the whole job started and wrapped up in just one day. Unfortunately, there were weeks before that during which I first tried to fix the problem myself (I know -- what was I thinking?) and then had to wait for both his schedule and the weather to clear up. It was during that time when, despite all our caution, the event I like to refer to as "The Eruption" occurred. You do NOT want to know the details.

As for expensive ... well, you don't want to know that, either.
curiouswombat
May. 5th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
That's one of those 'Oh dear!' moments weeks.
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Months, really. Years, if you want to go back to the very first time I started having troubles, right after buying the house. Too bad there's no "Lemon Law" for homes ...
adriana_is
May. 5th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! You DO look pretty shell-shocked! Poor guy!
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Having the lawn torn up didn't really bother me -- it was already in bad shape. It was the thought of paying for it ...
gillo
May. 5th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Trench warfare
Good Lord that's a big trench. And it's not surprising you look shell-shocked. Just don't get trench foot, OK?
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
trench foot
At least I didn't have to set foot into it myself ... that's something I can be very thankful for!
tessarin
May. 5th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Just be careful. No wandering out there in the dark. Are they going to fill it in one they are done ?
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
It's all filled in ... but not done, really. Once it's settled, I'm going to have to smooth everything over and plant grass, and the "clean-out" will have to be cut off and set in closer to ground level. But still -- I can run water. The rest is all small potatoes.
redwolf
May. 5th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
That should solve your lawn mowing issue. Just excavate everything.

What the hell are they goldmining for? I can see trench action happening, so am thinking plumbing or power.
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
not the kind of gold you'd want to mine for
Sewer line. Later on, when I do a column about it, I'm going to enclose some pictures that will show roots as big around as my wrist, dozens of feet away from whatever tree or bush they came from. Apparently they've been reaching out to where the "nutrients" have been leaking into the soil for many years.

Unfortunately, the hill was untouched -- but I have about 20% less flat area to mow, for now.
alwaysjbj
May. 6th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Hmmm... I can see why you'd be a tad shell shocked! *pets*

We had a drott in to level the backyard before we had the pool put in, and the guy didn't take any notice of where we'd marked everything out for him...he just went nuts... Mark had to throw himself in front of the machine to stop him ripping up our septic lines! This was AFTER he did rip up the phone lines... he we not my favourite person.
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
I suspect I know what "drott" means
I have a similar story, from when part of my sewer was replaced about five years ago. The line locate was done, and then a town worker came in with his backhoe and thought, "Gee, that was nice of them -- they marked out where the sewer line is so I can dig it up!" Apparently no one thought to tell him there's a specific color used to identify the natural gas line. He pulled it right out of the ground, and the next hour or so was *very* exciting.
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strangexgirl
May. 6th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
wow.
i could die in that hole.
ozma914
May. 6th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
Don't worry -- it's filled in now! Although I should have told him to leave it dug up, and I could have just expanded my basement while I was at it. :-)
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ozma914
May. 8th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
The only thing I was aiming at was to get my sewer running again ... everything else was far in second place!
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cbtreks
May. 18th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Ouch. How's it looking now? You do still have belongings and electricity, don't you? *g*
ozma914
May. 19th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, everything's all fixed up. Well, the sewer's fixed -- the lawn's a wreck, and I'm a bit of a wreck because I still haven't gotten the bill yet. But overall, I'm just happy to be able to flush the toilet.
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