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Tuesday, August 2, 2022


By Caroline Clemmons

How embarrassing to be so late. I have a good excuse, but you know what Mary Poppins said: “Never give an excuse.” Anyway…

We live in an older home, built in 1950. To Beth Trissel, this sounds new, as she is fortunate to have her family (as in many generations) home nearby. Those of you who live in an older home realize the many issues that come with it.

I love this house! I enjoy living here. I enjoy it more when the plumbing works properly.

We don't want to go here!

We are currently battling years of tree roots and pipe deterioration. We have a plumber coming today. With any luck, he will do some roto-rooting to clear out the roots and be on his way.

I recall when my sister in Southern California had a similar problem. Rather than jackhammer the floor, they rerouted the pipes through the ceiling and walls. Southern California—they didn’t have to worry about the pipes freezing.

Making life easier.

Last year, we had to have what we call “the mole people” come to our home with a slab foundation. There is an amazing machine which excavates a square just large enough for a thin plumber (more likely his very junior helper) to crawl in. The excavation sounds like a giant mole is underfoot. The young man detached the old pipe, attached the new one, and backed out. 

But, that has to be the world’s worst job! 

Then, the same machine moved the dirt back in place. No jackhammer required! Technological advances are not just in electronics, thank goodness.

Have a great day.



  1. Our house is 102 year old. My sympathies. :-)

  2. When I was looking for houses- I romanticized about a historic old house where I could repair and update to my heart's content. Instead, the powers that be, gave me a 5 year old house which has been a blessing. In my case, I got what I needed and not what I wanted. Sorry about house woes- I grew up in an older house and it always seems like something needs to be repaired.

  3. Whenever you own a home, there are always things that need to be updated or replaced or fixed. We're now at the stage in our lives where we've morphed into needing costly things--like window replacements. We're installing a new large generator that will run the house during electricity loss in winter. Can you hear the cha-chink, cha-chink? :)

  4. My sympathies on the plumbing woes. I fully understand your pain, believe me. Right now we're plumbingly stable (see what I did there?) but could use a transmission on the Kia. There's always something. Sigh.

  5. You couldn't pay me enought to be the person who crawled through a tiny space to replace a pipe! That guy needs a bonus! Hope you have no more problems.


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