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Am I blessed by Luck or Cursed by Problems

May 14, 2014

headscratchFortunately I went to the back upstairs bathroom because I thought I heard water running.
— Unfortunately the toiled has been running for hours, and a small leak sprayed water on the carpet.
Fortunately I noticed the running water and the wet carpet.
— Unfortunately the carpet is soaked. We ripped it out along with the carpet backing.
Fortunately the floor on the other side of the wall is dry, and I have a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the puddle.
— Unfortunately the water leaked down the wall into my downstairs shop.
Fortunately it is one of the driest days of the year with strong Santa Anna winds.
— Unfortunately there are fires in the area, though we have not been evacuated or had ash fall on us.
Fortunately the leak only soaked a large pile of rags, and I can drag them out into the back yard to dry tomorrow.
— Unfortunately the bathroom carpet has to be replaced, and maybe a few Sheetrock walls.  I’m not sure about the floor.
Fortunately my wife helped with the hour long cleanup project, and is taking the upset in stride. The air-conditioning will run tonight and dry the bathroom floor as it cools the house.  We don’t have to worry about overly dry air tonight as we sleep.

Am I blessed or cursed?  I’ll claim I’m lucky, and press on.  Life happens.

I hope your messes are shallow and your pleasures are deep.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2014 12:55 pm

    Well said Rob. My wife and I have been there, done that. Sucks, but so does life in general sometime. All in all, we are lucky in America period. We can deal with it.


  2. Neon permalink
    May 15, 2014 7:57 pm

    Nope, not cursed, just a day in the life of a homeowner. I would recommend once everything is dried out to spray a light but strong bleach solution onto any wood that got soaked to make sure no residual mold spores take root. I would also recommend using mold-free sheetrock that will not support mildew as the replacement. If i had my way I would have a tapered tiled floor in my bath with a floor drain. I had to replace the floor in my one bath house after the wax ring allowed a leak and rotted the floor. That brought a new meaning to ‘holding it’.

    Fortunately i live near the beach and don’t need air conditioning. Unfortunately it was 98 at my house today and friggin hot. I felt cursed. it’s still warm.

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  3. May 16, 2014 10:44 am

    Another plus: You have a reason to get rid of the carpet in your bathroom and replace it with something more appropriate for a wet room. (tile, linoleum, wood, concrete, asphalt, etc)


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