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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

male vs. female: putting in a rain barrel

I want to attach a downspout to the rain gutter on the garage so that I can hook up a rain barrel to it. That way, I will be able to water the garden with harvested rainwater this summer. Very ecologically-responsible, no?

But my husband's mind cannot comprehend this. His reasoning is, that if we are going to attach a new downspout to the gutters then we should replace the gutters, since they are old and crappy. And if you are replacing the gutters, then you simply MUST replace the garage roof. And if we're replacing the roof, then we might as well rip off all of the old stucco and make sure there's no rot, which of course there most certainly IS, so might as well jack the garage up, pour a new stem wall and put in a decent sill plate. But why should the garage have better stem walls & sill plates than our house? We should definitely rip apart the top 4' of the finished basement walls to attach the sill plates to the foundation; that way, we can get earthquake insurance! But that old concrete foundation wall is like chalk, so why not just jack the house up on blocks and pour some good, 7000 psi concrete stem walls to attach our new sill plates to! And while we're at it, we might as well add a couple feet of head height to the basement, it's only logical. And of course, if we're doing all this we should really get all of the knob & tube out of the house and re-pull all new electrical. That means some attic work, so while we're up there, we can pop in a couple of dormers, insulate, and create that 3rd bedroom!

So no, I will NOT have that rain barrel by this summer. We simply can't afford it.


Blogger Crabmommy said...


You're right. It sounds wayyyyyy too expensive, that rain gutter thing.

excellent post, jege. the joys of cohabitation--were everything is discussed but nothing gets done.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 4:27:00 PM PDT

Blogger Mike Lopez said...

Need an engineer?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 9:14:00 AM PDT

Blogger eM said...

I think most of the time we intend to do something like adding the downspout but then things keep going wrong so we actually HAVE to create the 3rd bedroom otherwise the downspout won't work on the house. Like the time we were going to put in a new faucet on the sink in the old house. New piping, a new back splash, brand new sink, new faucet, new back to the cupboards after ripping them out to fix the pipes, etc....anywho, lots of $ and time later, we had a new faucet!

Although Dylan's mind definitely works like Dev's. We were talking about adding a new garage and it inevitably led to the discussion about a 10 foot addition on the back of the house, a 2nd floor deck, a connecting passageway of sorts to the garage from the new addition and a moat (raingarden type thing) in the front yard with a bridge - just because.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 9:23:00 AM PDT

Blogger Jege (Jen) said...

Last night the downspout discussion came to a head, and one "dumbass" & "you call yourself an architect" later, I finally capitulated and agreed to let him redo the garage roof. But it has to be done by the end of the month. Next fight starting.......Now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 9:29:00 AM PDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is SO how is goes with us too! We NEED a few things done and somehow we ended up with none of the needed things done but we spent all of last summer shopping for tile for the bathrrom which we never actually did. We BARELY got the shower fixed in time to allow us bathe in our own home with hot water because Rob reasoned that if we were gonig to have to put a hoe in the wall to fix the pipes we should really take take out all the old tile and redo it, put in a claw foot tub (it has been waiting in our garage for almost a year now) and put in a new hot water heater (we have it, it is NOT yet installed) and a water softener--he did install that though and for this I am thankful. Granted, I myself get carried away at times with home repair when there is so much that could be done. For example, we need to finish galzing and rehabbing our windowns. While doing one side of the house, I noticed the peeling paint and rotting rafter tails above said windows and could help but scrape them and remove the rot and then fill them in with wood hardener. Thus, the summer ran out and I only go to barely prime them before the cold weather hit so that part is unpainted and the other side of the house's windows aren't done yet. My bad. At least I didn't make us take cold fucking showers though.
-Amy I know is says anonymous I can't remmeber how to fucking log in.

Friday, March 21, 2008 at 2:28:00 PM PDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry... but I did not know my husband was a polygamist.

Remember, a smart woman will just do it herself with a cool friend while hubby is out hunting, fishing or drinking with friends.

a reid

Friday, March 28, 2008 at 12:36:00 PM PDT

Blogger Jege (Jen) said...

Okay, I give. who is "a reid"?

Friday, March 28, 2008 at 4:25:00 PM PDT


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