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I'm missing it...

The chimney folks are at my house, presumably in the basement and on the roof, and I'm sulking because I want to see them install the liner and I'm here at work instead.

Yep, I'm a geek.

Under "normal" circumstances I'd be home dealing with this instead of Bob, but since he's out of work it doesn't make sense for me to take a vacation day just to watch them snake a thirty foot tube down my chimney [you all just stop thinking those things RIGHT NOW!]

I have instructed him to take pictures.  He's also going to take advantage of the ladder being up to clean our top gutter.  I feel kind of bad for the guys - I would imagine that at most homes they can do their jobs in peace.  At our house, one or both of the homeowners is inevitably shinneying up the ladder after them to get stuff done on the roof.  We're opportunistic like that.

I'm just too much of a control freak to be happy about the installation of a major system without my supervision.  On the other hand, I did skip the installation of the air conditioning system, because the idea of someone drilling holes through the side of my house gives me palpatations.

At least they have good weather for mucking around on the roof.  I wonder if I should install lightening rods?



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May. 20th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I've got to tell you, it's not NATURAl for me to 'think those things' on my own at ALL, so it's only your telling me NOT to think it that makes it come up.

You don't have a ladder? We have half a dozen ladders, most being 6-12 footers, but I think we have a 20 footer, too. But then, we kind of have to. Dad builds and maintains everything on the property.
May. 20th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Wasn't aimed at you - I know better. :-) My OTHER filthy minded friends, however...

We do have a ladder - we have a 40' extension ladder that Dad gave us, and it's actually too much ladder for the house. And that's the problem - it's SO much ladder that it's difficult for the two of us to handle (although I imagine that we'll get better with practice.) What I really need is a ladder in between the 12' and the 40' - the one that would be "just right" for getting up onto the dormer roof. But they're expensive, so we make do for the moment.

It's one of those targets of opportunity - if someone puts a ladder on the house for *any* reason, one of us scampers up to check that gutter. Just 'cause. Otherwise we only break out the long ladder when we have to - usually in the fall.
May. 20th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Ladders are SHOCKINGLY expensive, especially since my dad buys the really good, heavy ones. Extension ladders...I'm not crazy about them, they're so flimsy.

Oh yeah, the good ones are heavy, too. Honestly the best one he has at 12 feet is almost too heavy for me to manage. It's a MONSTER. But it's very sturdy...NO fear of it budging a hair when you're climbing it. So if you can manage to lift it, you'll be glad it's so heavy. But if you can't lift it, well...what're you gonna do then?

Ladders are problematic.
May. 20th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm with ya on that one -- the poor guys who replaced my ancient hot water heater had to cut the old one apart to get it out of the basement, and there I was. Hovering. Watching, saying "ooooo so THAT'S what it looks like inside!" And "Hey, is that real soapstone? I bet I could carve something out of it!"

They got a slight break while I dithered because they measured and we found out that the 1980s-vintage back porch meant a new one of the same size probably wouldn't fit through the door. That "probably" was a killer.

I also got to decide how I wanted them to set it up -- on blocks so we can drain it without flooding again -- but they didn't really pay attention when I told them I wanted us to be able to get behind the heater... so now only I can access the remote-storage spot back there. Oh well...it's probably best not to use it anyway!
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