Today's lament

magallowaymagalloway Senior MemberPosts: 818 Senior Member
If there was ever a time for me to suffer the wrath of the moderators (if any are left) and scream, "**** FIRE AND SAVE MATCHES!" this is it. I just took some new materials down to the basement tying room, opened the door, and realized that the wall covering the main outlet sewer pipe and the front sump pump, along with about two feet of carpet, are covered with 3-4" mushrooms. I suspect the sump pump isn't functioning, but I'm not sure, and I'm right in the middle of helping getting ready for a ten-person birthday party, so I can't do much about it today. If I can manage to sneak down, I'll move as many plastic materials boxes out as I can and find a cat-proof place for them. Don'cha just love extremely long, wet springs followed immediately by 90 degree days?


Jim

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  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Any morels? Just askin'..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • magallowaymagalloway Senior Member Posts: 818 Senior Member
    ricinus wrote: »
    Any morels? Just askin'..

    Mike

    I am devoid of morels, only ethics--they're tender, but a little gamey.

    You can have as many of what's down there as you wish to come pick, however.



    Jim
  • FishTXFishTX Super Moderator Posts: 7,609 Senior Member
    I would have said "Holy shitake."
    "We have to find someone who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner."

    Crooow:This music would work better with women in bikinis shaking all over the place. I guess that's true of any music really.
  • FishTXFishTX Super Moderator Posts: 7,609 Senior Member
    ricinus wrote: »
    Any morels? Just askin'..

    Mike

    Does this look like a crowd that has morels?
    "We have to find someone who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner."

    Crooow:This music would work better with women in bikinis shaking all over the place. I guess that's true of any music really.
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Don't truffle with me..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 5,298 Senior Member
    ****. Hopefully all of your materials are in good shape. Best of luck in controlling the leakage.
  • BushartBushart Senior Member Posts: 1,535 Senior Member
    Ouch!!---You bet it's been a wet spring here as well

    Ya did'nt stumble on any Magic ones did Ya??....Askin for an old hippy I know
  • magallowaymagalloway Senior Member Posts: 818 Senior Member
    I'm suspecting this is going to end up a chronicle like Pio's airstream, but I hope a little shorter. I spent today packing up and de-catting, or throwing out, twenty-five years worth of tying materials and sundries. I have plastic bins (luckily, 90% was already binned and there was no water damage) duct-taped and piled all over the basement. Once I finished that I decided that I had to pull up the old carpet, a job kind of like pulling impacted wisdom teeth because my tying table is an old teacher's desk with a Formica cover glued to the top, weighs the better part of two hundred pounds, and I'm not about to move it out of the room.

    Anyway, I spent the better part of two hours wallowing in unmentionable filth and cutting the carpet into manageable strips that I could pull/finagle/tear around the damned desk. Carpet is now in the trailer, ready for the dump, and I'm ready to strip to the skin for a long, hot shower, and no, Buff, I don't need anyone to hand me the shampoo, thanks.

    Himself
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    At least you caught it before your whole basement was ruined..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • magallowaymagalloway Senior Member Posts: 818 Senior Member
    Today's progress: Found a disintegrated compression washer inside a fitting to the outlet pipe for the sump pump. It only took 35 minutes bent like a pretzel to replace it and re-tighten the fitting--no more leak. I went ahead and pulled out the wet Sheetrock, then started a fan to try to get things dried out a little faster. Who knows, maybe by the end of the week, I can clean everything up and install new Sheetrock, then think about re-painting the room and installing some carpet. In any case, the wet and nasty part is over. After 25 years, though, I suppose it's about time for a little remodeling. Incidentally, yesterday I took down a calendar from 2009, so it's not like I procrastinate or anything. Actually, I liked the picture and saw no particular reason to get rid of it.


    Himself
  • WetdogWetdog Senior Member Posts: 5,066 Senior Member
    ****. Good luck. Carpet in the basement??? Never!:(;)

    The scariest mushrooms are those under and behind a basement toilet. Some pretty cool colors but.....
    I find the assault on free thought disturbing,
    I find the willingness to give it up frightening.
  • magallowaymagalloway Senior Member Posts: 818 Senior Member
    I've been there with the toilet mushroom--they're beyond grotesque. Actually, the first piece of carpet lasted 25 years, though crawling on it was a lesson in terror because of the imbedded hooks. the tying room is actually on a raised concrete platform within the basement, so God willing, and the sump pumps hold up, I've never had any problem before now. The pad's so rough, though (I wasn't the culprit that installed it) that some covering is necessary.

    Himself

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