We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A sucky day. Two tooth extractions last evening as prep for some implants, and then today the basement flooded (17/20 of the past days with heavy rain). It's raining as I type, too.
Six guys here all day with a dumpster and suction hoses removing everything from the basement (old tax records and other records too, totally soaked), the carpet, the tiles and linoleum underneath, the wood shelving, etc etc. How heavy is soaked carpet? Plus the wallboard took a terrible hit: it's done. Fans and dehumidifiers humming away right now. What an f-ing mess.
Glad I have homeowner's insurance. Sorry I do not have dental insurance - but I'd be uninsurable in that regard.
I tell myself that if these are my worst problems, I am probably in pretty good shape. But my jaw hurts. Don't you hate it when people complain? It makes others feel like they should say or do something to make it better, or to fix it.
Well, at least I am not in an iron lung ward. That must have really sucked. The last iron lung inhabitant died last year. My brain makes me wonder how they avoided bedsores, how they pooped, and why they didn't unplug the damn thing late at night while the nurses were dozing:
Yeah. I feel for you. After a vacation on the Oregon coast, we got home and as we opened the door between the garage and the house - the deluge. Nothing as dramatic as your flood, just a busted pipe in the kitchen above. But it was enough to blow out the downstairs ceiling.
The only bright side is that it forced us to finally throw stuff away...
Bird Dog ... Oh, I so much sympathize. When we had our flood in 2001, it was a major mess. As far as the wallboard thing goes, we had to remove the first 'course' or whatever they call it in wallboard or drywall. It was the section that's from floor level to four feet high. Thing is, if the water soaks the bottom, even if it's only an inch or so, it creeps up the board to the top and sets up a mold factory. Mold is definitely not good for your lungs or your health. Anything that's solid wood will dry out. Pressed board of any kind will just melt. Our Ikea bookshelves just melted.
But, indeed, be of good cheer that you are not in an iron lung, or an iron lung ward. That was the claustrophobic's biggest nightmare. I would have gone flat-out crazy.
"what a drag it is getting old" sheesh as you would say about the basement, been there, done that and so along with all the other fine improvements you have made this spring --your basement will be redone and then your house will be damn spanking new--see-- there is a silver linning just not a rainbow to be had in the Northeast. lol
Our damage isn't as bad as yours, but it's annoying because we just went through this a year ago and the carpet that we hope to save was installed last July. Our insurance would pay the $1,500 (less our deductible, of course) the mitigator would have charged to dry the carpet, but we paid only $800 for the carpet in the first place. We rented a carpet shampooer, set up a couple of dehumidifiers and fans, and are hoping for the best.
The door frames are good because we replaced the pressed wood ones from before with solid oak. We did it mostly because we are snobs, thinking that maybe in 50 years there would be another flood. Ha.
RE The teeth. I had my implant done at the dental college. $600 vs $4,000 retail. Oral surgery students are on the ball. I was very pleased.