Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Old Houses Fall Down

There are hundreds of reasons why I love our house. Unfortunately I can not think of a single one of them at this exact moment. That's because it feels like this old house is falling down around us. Here are the things that have gone wrong in the past 48 hours:
  • Kitchen light went out
  • Bathroom light went out
  • Dryer belt broke
  • Rotten wood was discovered when scraping and painting the outdoor trim around our front door
  • Downstairs bathroom sprung not one, but two, leaks
Okay, I fully admit that the first three are very minor problems that any homeowner or apartment dweller will encounter. However, the bathroom is what has put me over the edge.


Our house was built in 1948 and apparently 50 years is the approximate life of the pipes used in our basement. Our first year or so in the house we dealt with approximately four pin hole sized leaks in the basement ceiling. Now there are more.

The good news, if I am forced to find some good news, is that when we Abel finished our basement he did not touch the half bath down there. The idea was always that--someday--we would add a small shower to turn the basement half bath into a full bath. Now that Abel has spent the entire day pulling out sheets of damp drywall and beams of damp wood, maybe that project will happen faster than previously planned.

I mean, really, we ought to get a discount if the demo work is already done. Right?

Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!


  1. Yikes! Things do seem to all break at once, don't they?

    Good luck!

  2. I have similiar issues with our house. Good for you looking for that silver lining!

  3. I feel your pain. Our house was built in 1901.


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