Sunday, February 21, 2010

Our Old House

I've mentioned before that we live in an old house. One built in 1915, to be exact. When you are the owner of an old house, any minor repair has the potential to become a major repair.

Do you get where this story is going yet?

We had our friendly plumber over this week to fix a minor leak in the basement. The Plumber has done quite a bit of work for us over the years. A few months ago he mentioned that we might need to start thinking about re-plumbing the entire house because the pipes are really showing their age. Not what we wanted to hear. Ends up, the minor repair we called him for this week should have taken 15 minutes and ended up taking 2 hours because of the old pipes.

The Plumber and The Husband had a consulation Friday afternoon about possible approaches to this work that would minimize damage to our plaster walls and ceilings (old house, remember?)

The Plumber promised to ponder the project this weekend and contact us soon with an estimate. Said estimate is only as good as what he finds when he starts tearing into the project, as we all know.

The Husband and I both had martinis Friday night. We needed them.


  1. Oh I know so well about older homes, i.e. my father's house right now. Actually we specialize in the electrical part of older homes, it can be challenging. Good luck!

  2. I'm sure after we finish the plumbing upgrade, we will move to the electrical upgrade! I love the quirkiness of our old house, but not the cost that goes with it!