Workshop #7: More Water!!

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 05-21-2008 04:27 AM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: A Bad & Good Week for the workshop Part 7 of Workshop series Part 8: Ever changing, some recent additions »

Ok, So two weeks ago I somehow managed to get a 4 day weekend. I decided to work on my garage (see my latest project posting. I was going along great from Thursday all the way until Sunday (Mother’s Day) We came home from being out for about 5 hours to find the basement had taken on 7” of water it actually crested while I was trying to come up with solutions at 8”.
MD_Flood1 MD_flood2

This room is my new office that I just had someone finish mudding and priming for me on that Thursday, plans were to paint in there this weekend.

My Shop…

Fortunatly my neighbor, his kids and some of their friends came over and started to help bail the basement out with buckets until another friend showed up with an extra utility pump which we got hooked up and going. I was up unitl around 3 AM and by 7 AM the next morning my sump pump had removed the rest of the water and the basement was completely dry. We had ServiceMaster coem out and set up fans and dehumidifiers. I wound up losing a foot of drywall and peg board around the entire perimeter of the basement. Since I had that smaller flood the week before there was not much left sitting on the floor. That box of videos you see in one of the pics and some books which I am hoping to salvage. and of course the drywall work looks like most of the wood (mostly scrap anyway) should be fine with having the driers going, I was able to get the humidity back down to 65% over the course of three days.

I know I am pretty lucky getting away with just the water damage compared to others around here and across the country. Hope all of our LumberJocks have made through this recent bout of bad weather as unscathed as possible…


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 05:14 AM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 06:48 AM

Where did the water come from? Is there any chance of it happening again? Just wondering? Sorry for your set back


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#3 posted 05-21-2008 08:58 AM

Oh Man So Sorry to see that happen …..good luck with your shop ….

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 11:47 AM


We all feel you pain and hope you are back up and running shortly. But I think that Tom has asked some important questions. If there is any chance of it happening again that should be addressed.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 09:40 PM

Man, I know your pain.

When hurricane Agnes came thru this area in 1972, We had 4-5 FEET of water in our basement! Now every time we get a hard winter or major rains, I lay awake at nite picturing power tools, workbenches and wood floating every where.

Hope everything is getting back to normal.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 10:36 PM

Hey all, Thanks. We are hoping the fact that Verizon is repairing the french drain in my front yard that they buried their FIOS cable through about three weeks ago fixes the problem. They are due out here early next week to dig it up and make repairs.
I warned the digging crew about the drains in the yard and they were digging near them but it seems they instead went right through them.

We have been in the house for just over three years and never had an once of moisture let alone water in the basement until they showed up. Gotta Love them…


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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