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Martha Wells

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I had a meeting with a contractor yesterday to get some estimates on fixing the worst of our house issues. We've had a slow but persistent leak in the bathroom ceiling for a while and the bases of the pillars holding up the front porch roof are disintegrating. (Which sounds a little like we're living in a decomposing yet glamorous Tennessee Williams style house, but really not. It is sinking slowly into the ground, thus the cracks in the walls and the uneven porch, so it's more like something out of Chesterton's Father Brown stories or Poe, by way of 1970s suburbia.) And there's the leaking upstairs windows.

But the thing that really did it, was that in the past year I have had two friends, two, who had two story houses with leaks in the upstairs bathrooms. And in both cases those leaks caused the kitchen ceilings to suddenly collapse without warning. In one case, it pretty much hollowed out the entire downstairs. So when I walked into my upstairs bathroom (which is above the kitchen) and felt a small spot where the linoleum floor was bubbled up and not attached to the subfloor anymore, I decided we really needed to do something now. (Instead of ignoring it and hoping it would just get tired of it and stop, like the house's other problems.) There have also been some other telltale signs of water in the wrong spots, like disintegrating caulk and orangish mold that won't go away.

Anyway, the contractor found other places where the subfloor feels mushy, and there are some very subtle signs in the kitchen ceiling that all is not well. He actually doesn't think it's going to be a very big deal compared to say, the kitchen ceiling collapsing and taking all the drywall throughout the lower part of the house with it. Hopefully we'll be able to afford that plus getting all the other stuff taken care of too.


Does anybody know when the new season of Eureka is going to start up again?


Books I'm about to start reading when I get time:

Kraken by China Mieville

The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

And Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith is now out.

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I admit that my mind *was* going toward Tennessee Williams as you described your house woes.

When I watch the movie versions of those plays, I keep thinking if they just painted the house and did some weeding in the front yard, it would look fine.

Perhaps Tennessee Williams houses are less pleasant than they appear.

Ah, the glorious clay soils of East Texas. :-)

Kraken is a hoot and a half--you should love it.

At this rate, in twenty years the house will be sitting in a giant hole and we'll have to build stairs so you can get down to the front porch.

Kraken looks really good. I loved The City and the City, so I've been looking forward to this one.

Well, since Warehouse 13 is due to start filming soonish for the summer season, my guess is it's the same with Eureka.

Good luck!! We had to redo our bathroom twice. It's a pain in the butt, but so much nicer than stepping on soggy floor!

Home ownership can be SUCH a pain... and the whole humid Southern Mother Nature will rot your structure away certainly doesn't help. =/ Best wishes for it being a very small problem.


I had one of those ceiling-collapses, though it was on a smaller scale, and in my bathroom, not the kitchen (thankfully - a smaller space, and easier to clean). The water leak was in the apartment above me. On the bright side, it made for an entertaining LJ entry (my son was two at the time, for anyone who's curious after reading it).

Also, Kraken is awesome.

I had to paint the ceiling of one bathroom twice -- it wasn't just exploding champagne, it was too small a bathroom and mold! Thank heavens for Kilz.

Hope this is NOT pricey, since you don't want to be spending too much money until the economy is really moving.

My sympathies. I love owning a home, but the list of stuff that needs to get fixed Real Soon Now at our house is much longer than we've got resources to address. We've managed to deal with some structural things that had the potential to cause major damage down the road, but somehow that's not nearly as fulfilling as the jobs you actually get to enjoy once they're done!

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