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frankenrobe leak

hooray the forecast has been downgraded!! just 3-6" of snow thru tomorrow night then changing to rain.....most excitedly jt--eddie's son--is finally making it over tomorrow with his big ladder to fix the gutter issue above the window next to the window where i'm sitting [and um, you totally know where that is, right?]....

i don't think i went thru the bullshit about the leak, which started again a couple months ago, so i'll do that now---and if i already mentioned some of it, well, welcome to repeats....so it was leaking in here behind the chimney wall just like when the flashing was cracked a few years ago....j russell redid the flashing and i know they did it right....i had them come out though cuz, um, dafuq?!

he assesses that i didn't have a chimney liner [well i had the original 90 year old liner] and cap and it was the original clay liner and was cracking....he also said raccoons---FUCKING JOYCE BIRR WHO HARBORS RACCOONS---had tore up like 12 shingles....so he said he'd send an estimate for all that....wanted $650 for chimney liner/cap....when i saw that it rang a bell ::ding:: that when i got my new furnace 5 years ago the guy said i should get a liner as the new furnace would damage the clay liner so that was PAID FOR and he said he'd get back to me in like March or April when it was 'spring'....obviously he didn't, nor did i follow up....paid $150 extra for that then...found his email and contacted him about that, not blaming him for not following up, and pointing out i didn't think of it either....he remembered me and my neighborhood---we're an unforgettable place---he got the joy of having 'someone' sitting on their porch in zero degrees staring over here the whole time....he had me put on the schedule for that....i had said i'd pay any increase in costs, cuz duh, 5 years later, but nope, didn't charge me a dime!!!

so they install the liner, and i did get the guys lunch cuz it took longer than expected as they had to make a new hole in the chimney in the basement for the new liner and then seal off the old one....i said had i know they had to do that i would have gotten an old barbie doll, hogged tied her, put a little bit of duct tape on her mouth, and put her in the chimney hole they were gonna seal up with a note "Bitch should've listened to me. ~ Ken" ...the furnace guys loved that!!! one of 'em said a basket with lotion would be good too...oh fuck yeah!!!! imagine someone finding either of those? someone might have a sense of humor or someone might freak the fuck out....either way, total win!!

figured that took care of the leak issue....rained, stormed, no leak....YEAH!!!! then about a month later FUCK!! it's leaking again!! DAFUQ?!?! i go out in the rain and get on the back porch roof with my camera on my tripod to make a ghetto selfie stick and took video of both sides of the chimney---which i can't see from back porch roof level or even while standing on a chair on the back porch roof....took video of the gutter areas too....go up to home depot to talk to someone in roofing and gutters....he watched the videos and determined that the gutter above this window had gotten clogged with leaves---that made sense as that had happened in the month before it started to leak again....and the piece of metal behind the gutter that jt put up this summer---via the top roof hanging over [he didn't bring his big ladder] wasn't flush, it's wavy....the guy said the gutter is overflowing BEHIND and is going behind that piece then following along to where it's leaking....makes total sense to me....so jt is gonna take that gutter down and get that piece up flush, then the gutter back up and clean out the other gutters as they have leaves in them....yes, in freezing temps...i have calcium chloride to thaw 'em out....

now the shingle issue....the guy from j russell said 12 shingles needed replacing due to raccoons....the guy at home depot saw no damage to shingles on the video as i got the roof in too with my ghettoized selfie stick....he asked if the roof leak, and no, not at all, i've been all over the crawl space attic and it's totally dry....he said to have someone i trust check them out, so yeah, jt can look at 'em tomorrow....

so get this....j russell on their estimate wanted $198 for 12 shingles....then $450 labor to install them....you can buy a 24 back of shingles at home depot for $22!!!!!! i know companies mark up, but that's beyond fucking ridiculous!!!! were those shingles spun by blind magical elves in an alpine chalet? no, wait...j russell buys all their supplies from....drum roll....HOME DEPOT!!!!!!!!!

and it irks my ire more and more every year that they didn't tell me ice dams would continue to form on my back porch roof....had they told me that in advance, i would have had them remove the pantry....not joking....just take it off OR rebuild the porch roof at more of a pitch so it's not flat.....i feel, that's sort of negligent not telling someone 'hey, this is gonna happen again'....hence ladders by the roof and calcium chloride....cuz i want to salt my roof and porch gutters every fucking winter? a resounding NO!!!!

i FINISHED my little projects today!! yep 'finished' finishing them off....i'll assemble it tomorrow and deliver it THEN post photos....still have big project to work on....haha.....new year's gift? i'm gonna do 2 other small projects next....they should take 4-6 hours max each....i also fixed 'frankenrobe' as it's definitely time for a heavy long robe with a hood! can't find the other part of the sash though---sash broke in 2 and i was gonna put that back together....i'll figure out where i put it cuz i swear i just saw it....in the meantime i'll use a sash from another robe....

so eddie's been out of work little over a week....i was contemplating death a few days after his last day....he got a smart phone...i was expected to learn about the tracfone smart phone....no fucking way!! well could i put music on it? NO!!! i don't even have music on my phone [yet], i'd have to know how his phone worked, and lastly my music is off my current computer [he didn't ask why]....oh well i can use HIS computer to put music on it....ah, but remember i wasn't learning windows 8.1 for you? so why don't YOU read the instruction book?....oh the print was too small....i found it online and sent him a link and ALSO how to CONTACT them---the phone people.....have heard nothing else about that since....i am sure there will be other things....

my doctor had said i'd get a letter she was leaving the practice....yep....got it today....doesn't say she'll be seeing patients where she is going, but the practice probably made her do that cuz i have a feeling a lot of people would follow her....she's a great doctor! oh and hey, i'm ALMOST up to 100#!!! taken months.....

tomorrow after gift assembly, i have a strong feeling oatmeal cookies are in my future....craving them....

best go change sheets before bed...

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