Two Weeks And Two Days

@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
United States
April 20, 2017 9:10am CST
My excitement is starting to build. We are down to two weeks and two days and then we're off on another adventure to work on our home in West Virginia. For those of you who don't know my daddy was in the Air Force. When I was a child we were stationed in West Virginia on a special assignment for five years. My daddy worked with the Civil Air Patrol there and did search and rescue when planes crashed in the mountains. My parents sold their home there in 1975 when he got stationed in Germany. I never forgot my West Virginia home and remained in touch with many of my friends. In 2003 my husband bought the home for me. It was the best gift in the world. The house was built in 1906 and was so full of memories from my childhood. It was also in great need of repair. For now we live in Mississippi and go up to West Virginia as often as we can to renovate our home. This time around we are having a sump pump and drainage system put in the basement . The downstairs is partially underground and can get damp after 111 years. We plan to move into it one day. I hope within the next decade. We have really enjoyed fixing it up. Do you enjoy working on your home ? Are any of you familiar with sump pumps ? I wonder if it will jump our electric bill. They say it's not on enough to make much of a difference. The photograph is of the back of the house.
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@DianneN (38668)
• United States
20 Apr
I feel your excitement! We are lucky in that we've never needed a sump pump, but I know it's a necessary evil. I love working on our home. It's always a work in progress, but we hire people to do things.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
We have done most of the renovations ourself. We are hiring a company for this particular job
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@DianneN (38668)
• United States
20 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 That's wise. I know most of what you've done.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
@DianneN we have been reading of each other's trips for several years
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@celticeagle (98781)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr
It is wonderful to hear that your husband is into this with you. How great is that?! Not familiar with sump pumps altho I have heard of them before. Hope it all goes well.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
He fell in love with West Virginia on our first trip there together in 1998.
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@celticeagle (98781)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 ......I have never been to any of the eastern or deep southern states.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
@celticeagle and I have only been across the Mississippi to Texas
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@RubyHawk (9644)
• Atlanta, Georgia
21 Apr
It's a beautiful place. I would enjoy fixing it up. We build two houses from the ground up. It was hard work but fulfilling.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
It gives us joy watching the changes
@Happy2BeMe (48837)
• Canada
20 Apr
It is a beautiful house. It will be nice when you get all the renovations done and you move in.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
I can't wait
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@louievill (13135)
• Philippines
20 Apr
Thats a beautiful old house, you are very lucky your husband bought it for you. I think the sump pump would only be made to run so long as water accumulates and would be there on stand by. Ask the contractors how to re water proof the basement after it had been sucked dry.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
The system we are having installed will keep all water out the company has been around for decades.
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@just4him (64646)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Apr
We had a sump pump in the home we owned back when my kids were little. I don't think it made a difference in the electric bill since it only ran when it rained to keep the basement from flooding. How exciting for you. I enjoy seeing the pictures of how the renovation is coming along. Have fun!
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@HazySue (10157)
• United States
20 Apr
I love the deck/porch on the house. That was extra thoughtful and sweet of your husband to buy it for you. I bet you just can't wait to get there and get it whipped into shape. What a wonderful labor of love.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
Unfortunately the deck needs to be torn down and replaced
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@HazySue (10157)
• United States
21 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 That's ok, you will have a safer one in it's place. And here I was picturing you and hubby sitting on that de3c in your rocking chairs.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
@HazySue we have a porch on the front that we sit on.
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@dragon54u (29824)
• United States
20 Apr
What a lovely house!! It looks a lot like the one I bought in 2007 in Ohio, which was built in 1924. In the attic one of the workers carved the year and his initials, bless his heart. Such a fine old house, so sturdy. Don't you feel that your old house has tons more quality and stability than today's flimsy ones? I loved my house but I'm no longer there and hopefully the tenants in it will buy it; they recently asked for a payoff amount because they might have financing, finally. I hope your house becomes your dream home.
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@dragon54u (29824)
• United States
20 Apr
Oh, I forgot about the question!! The sump pump won't raise your electricity bill significantly. It will only kick in if there is water in the basement, right? Mine never went on, I had the basement water-proofed. Cost me a pretty penny but worth it.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
@dragon54u we have never had experience with one
@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
Yes I love it and the craftsmanship is something else. They really don't make them like this anymore.
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@allen0187 (17032)
• Philippines
21 Apr
Very lovely! Hope your plans for your home pushes through real soon.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
Thanks
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@allen0187 (17032)
• Philippines
22 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 you are most welcome!
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• United States
21 Apr
We have a sump pump...it only comes on a few times during heavy rain - so you are only using electric when it is actually pumping water out. Having one installed is not cheap - Our home had one when we bought it.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
I know it is costing a small fortune.
• United States
21 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 It is worth it in the long run.
@HAPPSINGH (64891)
• Jalandhar, India
20 Apr
That would be nice, yeah its good to relive old days. Have a good day
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
Yes it is
@HAPPSINGH (64891)
• Jalandhar, India
20 Apr
@Tampa_girl7 Good morning, enjoy your day
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@Susan2015 (15698)
• United States
21 Apr
I have no idea with the sump pump. Don't think that I've ever used one.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
We haven't either
@Ronrybs (6919)
• London, England
21 Apr
Nice looking place, how much more work have you've got to put into it?
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
@Ronrybs We had to rebuild walls and ceilings, put in new windows, update electricity, gut the bathrooms and kitchen and start again. The kitchen is still a work in progress. We still need to refinish the oak floors and do some finishing touches upstairs. We are mostly working on the bottom floor now. The house had really not been taken care of at all. It stunk and was in horrid shape. Before we could even start working on it we had to haul all of the junk and trash out.
@Juliaacv (14472)
• Canada
21 Apr
What a sweet man to buy you this home. And its a beautiful home, I hope that you are able to move in within the next decade. I actually do know a bit about sump pumps. Our last home was a rancher with a finished basement, so half of our home relied on the sump pump. There is a special little pump that you can buy to work in conjunction with your sump pump. It hooks up to the waterline and will allow the sump pump to work during a power outage as it will run off of the water pressure. I do not know the name of this pump, but you could research it. We just replaced the one in our home that we sold and had a plumber (because we were selling) install it. I do not think that it affected the hydro bill much, but a sump pump is a necessity quite often.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
We will have that backup thing your talking about
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@snowy22315 (22066)
• United States
21 Apr
West Virginia is really a beautiful state. People don't realize how much it has to offer. Sadly, I don;t know much about sump pumps!
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
Yes, West Virginia is a hidden gem to most people. Actually many people I know have never been .
@ChesneyM (6528)
21 Apr
Looks like a beautiful house there. Do you have to re-do the steps too? (Your husband is really doting on you isn't he? Lucky you!)
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
21 Apr
Yes, the back deck and steps need to be replaced.
@sharon6345 (74780)
• United States
20 Apr
I live in a 2 bedroom apartment and it 13 Rise building I don't believe in renovating or even having one due to the repair cost that I just don't have. It's nice seeing a beautiful homes all around the United States will window leak intake as a rock to break down your windows and you have to repair it I don't want. Hang up many people own homes who can't afford to heat their home in Winter I don't want that either. My aunt has a beautiful home in Florida. Say beautiful I mean beautiful inside and out. I was there for Hurricane Katrina and that hurricane almost wiped out my savings account. So home ownership is not for me but I am so glad you're happy about going to repair your home.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
Hurricane Katrina really messed us up financially too
@Kandae11 (11387)
20 Apr
It is a lovely house - and a beautiful gift indeed.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
We have had so much work to do on the inside that we haven't had time to fix the yard up, but everything is shaping up.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
20 Apr
That is pretty much the sweetest gift ever. How sweet of your husband.
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@Tampa_girl7 (23606)
• United States
20 Apr
I was blessed to meet him and now be married to him all these years he actually bought the house without going in it. He trusted me that much
@marlina (48993)
• Canada
20 Apr
That was so "romantic" that your husband bought the house because of all your memories there.
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