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IMG_0373We were supposed to be putting up our Christmas tree today, then getting a good start toward decorating the house inside and out over the weekend. And I’d wanted to get back to cleaning up a few PotCPMCA odds and ends.

But late last night the master toilet — or as today’s OED WotD quite by predictive chance would say, our “chanty” — went broken beyond all tinkering. A trip to Home Depot for a repair kit only taught us that we maybe should have disassembled the entire chanty before shopping. But then a second trip to a nearby plumbing supply store gave us most of the parts we needed. So even before the Navy v. UH game was over, I was back in front of my TV set in need of another home fixit project to have for procrastination excuse on that Christmas tree thing.

Together, SuziQ and I managed to do some major plumbing repair on a Kohler chanty!! Watch out, Operations Committee, I might start thinking I know how to fix things!!

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24 November 2017 at 1:28 pm

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Written by macheide

3 August 2014 at 1:43 pm

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New Roof Over Our Heads

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Only a fortnight shy of six months since Hurricane Ike,
we finally have a new roof on the house!!
 

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Written by macheide

26 February 2009 at 8:24 pm

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Garage Door Fix

Now our garage door is
messed up. I am three [tired] of
being i [a] homeowner. Too
many things to fix.

text msg from Susan, 10:31am

 

I actually fixed something!! Real handymen will see this and snort at the simplicity. But my special knack is always being able to find the wrong way to install something or fix something or have any handyman business to do with something. So my normal response to the text message I received at the office this morning would have been to head to the web to find me a garage door repairman. Or maybe even to just plain get a new garage door opener – even with all my usual blundering, I’ve managed to install two during my lifetime. But back at the house, I gallantly marched out to the garage, fully expecting to screw up yet another handyman task. Instead, for the first time in my life, I managed to fix something!

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Written by macheide

22 January 2009 at 3:50 pm

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In Amputated Hands

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After the storm, our Allstate insurance agent’s phone just flips over to voice mail during business hours. Leave a message, and we get no call back. All week long after the hurricane has passed, it’s been so far. Any good Houston insurance agent would not have even waited to get that first call from his customers. He would know that it is almost certain they would need him, and before the storm had left the northside of town he would have been on the phone himself, personally making arrangements for his clientele. Allstate? Their agent shows no signs of caring, none whatsoever.

So, two days after the storm has passed, they have an emegency claim center set up nearby. Not that one would know this from any of those so-called “good hands” commercials they plaster all over the local television’s hurricane coverage (nor are such claims center locations given in that do-nothing voice mail on the agent’s phone): one has to find a claim center such as this completely on one’s own. Had we gone out this parking lot by any other exit, we would have missed even this random site. But don’t bother wasting that precious fuel so scarce in Houston these days trying to figure out where this pic was taken: coming to this van does you no good, beyond getting yourself a claim number, which could just as easily have been done by calling their national emergency hotline (which at least had a person on the other end of the line, as contrasted with the local agent).

Either way, having that claim number doesn’t seem to get you anywhere either. We had that in hand within 12 hours after Ike had made landfall and left his mark on our house sufficiently for us to know we’d need our homeowners’ insurer around. All that claim number got us was an assignment to a claims adjuster . . . who, once finally reached (only after repeated followup calls from us), seemed quite confused about why a clearly communicated, detailed home claim from a Houston hurricane had been assigned to an auto (?!?) claims adjuster all the way over in Louisiana.

Ah, but so now we’re on the right track, yes? Not so. We’re in Allstate‘s hands, which means – as we’ve already been told by yet another Allstate rep (still not our own local agent) – that we have absolutely no more clue than they do as to when we might expect to hear anything whatsoever from our insurer on our claim. Don’t they need to look at the water damage in our attic? Big shrug from Allstate. How about all the work we’ve already had done on those fallen trees in our backyard? Maybe Allstate would like to have a pet insurance adjuster check that one out. Aha, rain expected to be back in the area this weekend, that together with all the damaged Houston roofs should give them a sense of urgency, wouldn’t you think? Not – they’re too busy updating their TV commercials.

And all of those Allstate TV commercials? More hot air than anything Ike threw at Houston.

[Additional Ike-related aftermath content: Hurricane Ike Aftermath]

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Written by macheide

18 September 2008 at 9:37 pm

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Blue Roof

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Almost a week after our first of many post-Ike attempts to reach Allstate, no agent, claims adjuster, nor any other Allstate rep shows the slightest interest in any of this information, apparently waiting until it’s time for them to put their bad hands to work attempting to deny or contest any damage claim.

What Ike did to our house and yard:

  1. Roof – Tore off shingles in numerous patches on the roof. As Allstate continued ignoring its Ike customers even as new rain threatened damaged roofs, we had to make our own arrangements for temporary “blue roof” tarp to cover the roof areas requiring repair. Leaking through those areas during Ike left some of the attic insulation damp, meaning that insulation needed to be be discarded and replaced. Leaking down the corner of Nat’s upstairs bedroom damaged some of the interior paint. Severe leaking into an upstairs bathroom light may require replacement of that fixture. (Note: All hurricane cautions I have read from all official sources strongly advise against turning electricity back on for any electrical outlets or fixtures that were soaked as badly as this fixture was, until after the house electrical circuits have been checked by a licensed electrician. Is Allstate going to persist in ignoring its Ike customers, then try to deny claims for such services that are so strongly advised, or would they rather I take the risk in having the house burn down with potential loss of life?)
     
  2. Window – One living room window has been severely cracked and will need to be replaced.
     
  3. Fence and Landscaping – Two of the trees added to our backyard for our pool landscaping were ripped up by the roots and needed to be chopped up for disposal. Fencing near those two trees and along other sections of the back edge of the yard was destroyed.

Of course, Ike also dumped a lot of debris in the pool, but that left no permanent damage, nothing that a few post-Ike swims couldn’t take care of. And as brief as our power loss was (under 12 hours), that was still enough to send some of our refrigerator contents to the trash, but that bit of loss has to be expected of a hurricane.

[Additional Ike-related aftermath content: Hurricane Ike Aftermath]

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Written by macheide

18 September 2008 at 4:20 pm

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UnDisNonAntiHandy

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It happens every single time. If there is a handyman task to be done around the house, I can always find the wrong way to do it. Doesn’t matter even when I read the instructions, which I admit to doing on this simple task – didn’t help me avoid my usual bloopers.

This task: mount three towel hooks on each of three upstairs bathroom doors. First minor blooper: attempting to drill holes in a wooden door with a plaster drill bit. Second blooper: attaching the mount to the door horizontally, when it was supposed to be mounted vertically. The instructions neglected to mention that, no doubt assuming that my type would never be permitted to threaten the house with my special talents.

Worst mistake: failing to cool the bathrooms down before starting what ought to have been a 15-minute task, but which I managed eventually to complete in what was it, an hour and a half?

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Written by macheide

24 August 2008 at 3:57 pm

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