Getting to the root of the problem
Thursday March 31st 2011, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Non-Knitting

The boss came.

The idea the other guy floated yesterday about maybe having to jackhammer the entire length of the house? Not so much. The boss ran his camera down and showed me the view on his screen: he’d been able to cut through some of the tree root from the inside and he got things going for now, but there was more there and it was only going to grow; he was going to have to get a permit and whack this big root coming from the flowering pear out front and replace that pipe it was breaking into.

Yup. My tree. And it looked so innocent, holding tight to its snowy-white blossoms through two solid weeks of rain, something it’s never done before.

And then after that root canal, we’ll be done with seeing the plumber as often as the dentist.

The new toilet is in, everything is working, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that all this waited to happen till after I got better.  Taking my long-awaited shower, I thought of all the people in Japan still waiting for theirs.

I went off to Purlescence and knitted among friends tonight in quiet celebration for how good I have it. It felt so good to be back, and they are all such good people there–it had been three weeks and I had missed them keenly. (And Fon, your copy is signed now and going off from there in the mail tomorrow.)

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Whew. Glad the boss came, but really? A permit to do a root canal on a tree?

Comment by Channon 04.01.11 @ 8:04 am

Whew from me, too. Does the yard have to be dug up to get at the root and pipe or can it be done from the house or ?? Maple trees seem to invade pipes also. The builder’s special, you know. But I’m glad the boss knows what he’s doing.

Comment by sjanova 04.01.11 @ 8:31 am

I know what it’s like to FINALLY get to take a shower! And to finally get the bathroom repaired! And to finally … well, you get the idea.

Comment by Don Meyer 04.01.11 @ 8:46 am

Ohhh, such a tree. I understand gratitude for a shower.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 04.01.11 @ 8:53 am

The builder who constructed my parents’ house 60 years ago managed to run the gas pipe right across the sewer pipe and then plant a maple tree right on top of both. They had to completely replace their sewer pipe to the street (digging up the yard and cutting a major tree root.) Then on Wednesday, the gas company snaked a new, flexible pipe through the old, rigid, deteriorating one. But replacing the meter did a lot of damage to a mature azelia. Sigh. Shower in peace.

Comment by LauraN 04.01.11 @ 9:49 am

Glad things are working out for you. How could that beautiful tree be causing all those problems?…sigh!

Comment by Joansie 04.01.11 @ 11:20 am

I’m glad you are showering in peace, but I also note you have your perspective well in place. No surprise.

Comment by twinsetellen 04.01.11 @ 5:21 pm

Oh yes…been there, done one before…only ours was a fruitless mulberry….

Comment by Ruth 04.01.11 @ 8:39 pm

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