February 25, 2015

That is, like that golf course looked as it was being blown up at the end of Caddyshack. The plumbers showed up right on time and proceeded to start ripping our front yard apart to repair – no, replace – our sewer line. It didn’t take long, especially after they brought the heavy equipment in. It was actually amazing to see just how quicky the yard went from tranquil and pristine to loooking like something out of France in “The War To End All Wars”:

Helping things along greatly was the big machine – I don’t know what you call it – brought in purposely to create a lot of destruction, and fast. “This is my favorite part of the job”, says one of the guys. I spend most of my time putting things back together; it’s nice to be able to destroy things from time to time.”

I nodded.

The trench warfare started with a cut moving north, then moved directly east before taking a northeast cut (literally, our cement driveway being cut with one awesome looking (and dangerous!) circular saw.

Slowly but surely, our front yard began to show the strain of the effort:

The plumbers quickly found that the original construction put in an outflow line that was never used and a sprinkler line that was buried under six inches of turf. “Don’t know what those guys were thinking”, says one of the guys doing the work, “but they sure as hell didn’t know what they were doing.” That made me feel real good.

You know your property is not having a good day when the air is filled with the sound of heavy equipment and sawing and banging, but they actually made pretty quick work of things. They discovered a 34′ foot line of pipe that went down, then up, then down again before staying that way right to the town sewer connection. There they found that some serious tree roots had not only cracked the line at the point of the link to the town sewer, but had dislodged it enough so it was no longer flush.

But what tree could have done such damage? The plumber guy’s vote was for the large mesquite tree across the street in one of our neighbor’s front yard. “Those mesquites are tall and push out roots like you wouldn’t believe. They can do a lot of damage. I immediately thought of the big mesquite in our back yard sitting only about ten feet from my back neighbor’s swimming pool and tried not to think bad thoughts.

By early afternoon the trench was graded properly and finalized all around, ready for the new pipe to be laid.

They’re replacing our 3″ pipe with a more heavy-duty 4″ replacement and everything should be back to normal (albeit damned scruffy looking, for sure) before the end of day on Wednesday.

My neighbor (and resident mortar/concrete expert – something ever homeowner ought to have ready access to) John stopped by and spoke to the guys about how he wants the ground graded to replace the two large cement forms that were taken up (a.k.a. destroyed) our driveway needs to blend back in with the rest of the neighborhood:

As you can see, there’s still quite a bit left to do tomorrow:

I’m not just going to have to replace my entire front lawn but the lawn’s watering system as well. I figure between the $7,700 we’re currently in for the sewer line and what the landscaping costs are likely to be when this is all over this is going to be a $9K project before all is said and done. Hell, not even our A/C system replacement cost that much. It’s a real setback for our hopes to eliminate all our debt (mortgage excluded) by the end of this year. But what can you do?

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  1. And so go the joys and sorrows of home ownership…by the way, that big piece of machinery is called a backhoe…they dig trenches and make messes and put it back together.
    Hope after this completed this work will last long after you two have traveled on.
    Did you get the email with a photo of the next bunny I want you to get? Please post it here for all to enjoy.

    Comment by Jana — February 25, 2015 @ 4:25 pm


  2. Thanks for the info, Jana. That backhoe looked like it would be fun to drive.

    The rabbit pic is coming on Monday – I need something to toss up there while I’m still in Vegas. He’s a cutie!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — February 26, 2015 @ 3:40 pm


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