Grin and Bear It

The last few weeks have been pretty hectic for me, and this post is a little late. I’ve been under a massive amount of stress and very little room in my calendar to get important tasks completed. My motivation to get anything done is pretty much gone. I fell very far behind, and I’m overwhelmed with several equally important tasks that really need to be done all at once. Against my better judgement, I agreed to one more obligation. I was expected to go to a group camping event with an organization I volunteer for. I could have easily said no and disappointed people that were depending on me to show up, but I’m really tired of disappointing people, at the moment, including myself. So, I sorted everything based on priority and made a few compromises to make things happen.

A small leak turned into a geyser and broke the PVC joint. Thank goodness I caught it early before it flooded my house.
A small leak turned into a geyser and broke the PVC joint. Thank goodness I caught it early before it flooded my house.

My first priority was sorting out yet another problem with my open loop geothermal system. A small leak turned into a massive failure due to neglect. With the threat of flooding over from monsoon-like weather, I nearly flooded my house because the tiny leak from a PVC pipe just wasn’t my first priority. I’ve been battling problems with this new system for almost 2 years, and I just want it to work when I need it. Well, I couldn’t put it off anymore.

When I attempted to fix the broken pipe, the whole thing came off in my hands, and I fell on my rear end. I would have expected better workmanship.
When I attempted to fix the broken pipe, the whole thing came off in my hands, and I fell on my rear end. I would have expected better workmanship.

I tried fixing the problem myself, but the whole thing broke off in my hands due to a suspiciously little amount of glue at the joints.  So, I made a call (laced with sarcasm) to my HVAC company and voiced my frustration.  My company tells me they just put every man in their employ through an intensive 3 day training seminar for my type of unit. Well, it’s about time!  After this little project was finally done (a 20 minute job wasted a whole day event due to lack of communication and preparation), they tell me they have finally started working WITH someone who digs wells that could help me out with future geothermal issues.  It’s about time for that, too. How can they put together an open loop system without working together? Unfortunately, from experience, I can tell you that they can’t with any efficiency.  2 years, I tell you!  I will still have issues on the coldest nights this winter in the system’s current condition, but hopefully a cord of wood for the fireplace and frequent filter changes will help with that.

Once that was completed, I had to prep for the camping trip.  I was planning on ignoring my leadership role on this trip for my own sanity, for the most part.  I wouldn’t have gone at all, but I felt I was needed.  Besides, it’s hard for me to turn down the chance to do a cleanup project or a guided hike.  I had no chance to deal with my leaky roof. Thankfully, we were expecting some dry weather, so my roof issues got put off for just a bit longer.  I did, however, finally manage to get a ladder up to the second floor and get a peek at the damage.  My problem is worse than I thought.  I’ll have two sections of roof to cover with plastic until I can call out a pro.  Two large sections are cracked and peeling causing rain water to pour down the outside walls and between floors.

A couple of years ago, we had a gentleman coat our roof with a waterproof coating to extend it’s life.  We spent way too much money on his labor and the product for  it to be mostly worn off after 2 years.  The stuff was supposed to be guaranteed for 7.  Oh well.  Lesson learned.

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The surface of this roof should be white and smooth. Instead, it’s peeling and worn.

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