OK Here goes...it was about 19 degrees last night, which, in and of itself, isn't so bad, but add to that, the wind blowing about 40mph with gusts to 50 or so, and it gets really cold, really quick.
Woke up this AM to...TA DA...frozen pipes.
Now, we still rent - and we're theortically buying this place but we are NOT, not for the price he's asking, and terms. So we put him off and are still renting but he set up a well and pump and water...storage tank??? Is that the word? He placed it on our back porch which he then sort of built around the device.
However, I swear, he got the houseplans from...dare I say...backwoods Kentucky or something, because it's really shoddy. Shoddy doesn't even begin to describe this atrocity.
See, our landlord is a packrat and when he needs building materials he goes and tears some trash apart that he has had lying around and uses that. So it's just scrap lumber thrown together.
Nothing FITS, it's not squared and the freaking door he put there is filthy, has a window for some Godforsaken reason, that's filthy, and no door knob AT ALL.
So it's colder than sin out there too. Which is why the water froze.
So I call him up - Jeff's at work until 7pm tonight, and, well, the dogs are thirsty!! Plus I'd like a shower today...
And he finally hauls his ass down here, just to yell "KEEP THIS DOOR CLOSED!"
Um - it WAS closed!!! I told him, Tyler had just taken the trash out through it, and that was why it was ajar when he pulled up, I mean, we could have shut the door on him, but that'd be rude!?
What a joke. I mean - even if the door was shut, and it was, wind comes in, you can see daylight around the edges of this "porch".
I'm furious that he yelled at me for leaving the door with no handle, just a hole, open.
I can't wait for the weather to warm up - which will take ALL week.
Landlord suggested placing a SPACE HEATER out there!! Um, yeah that's a plan - then we can have a $200 electric bill on top of the regular $100-150 we pay, and that's not including our propane which is how we heat this house.
Here's a pic of our "porch" so you can see what I am talking about.
My dad's a contractor and about croaked when he saw this mess...
Note the grey house paint and the tan "porch" paint. Oh, and green trim. The roof was in one piece and the "building block" and inspiration for our porch...he got the roof off a trailer in town that was being dismantled. Waste not, want not, is his motto...
And the door. The hole is where the knob is supposed to go. And the space where the nails are, beyond that is the outdoors. WTF? I can't even close the door now.
Here's the electrical fixings and where the water comes up to the holding tank.
Note the frozen...YEP...water...standing at the bottom there???
He's so *cough* thrifty that he used USED insulation. Isn't that nice?
Anyway -next time you get down, think about our house and porch. That oughta cheer you up
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