Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tales From The New Home {Week 7}

Bills, bills, bills. That sums up my morning. Our $33.00 water bill tripled this month. Our inside water usage stayed the same but the outside quadrupled. I'm not sure the jump is normal. I thought I read somewhere when those jumps happen suspect a leak or broken line. We turned off the automatic sprinklers and hopefully we will see a change next billing cycle. I've taken it upon myself to water the lawn with the hose. The old fashioned way, I guess. I would love the au natural way but rain doesn't seem to be in our forecast. It has been terribly hot and humid this past week. I miss my Oceanside weather!

Mr. Fix-It has a new project. The backyard. The drainage back there is terrible, like non existent! He is planning to insert a french drain and re-sod the entire backyard. There are a few more projects included but I am sharing the two majors ones. I'm a little afraid about how this is going to turn out. I have a lot of faith in Mr. Fix It but drains are kind of a big deal. Someone with no experience could possibly make a mess... a big mess. Fingers crossed.



Digging the trench for the french drain.
Total DIY project. Please do not attempt this at home.


Little drain pipe with a big cap.
Because that makes sense.



Little drain pipe leading to nowhere.
Because that makes sense.

Ok, I am needed in the backyard. 
Mr. Fix It is probably breaking some child labor laws while "supervising".

Nicole


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6 comments:

  1. Nice. Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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  2. Wow those are big projects! I'm curious to see how they turn out. I'm sure he'll do his man thing and make it work.

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  3. French drains aren't too hard, I've installed one before. Our water bill the first month was $50 for 15 days. Based on that, I was thinking it would be $100 the next month. We turned off our automatic sprinklers because who needs grass, right? Our bill this month was $69, much better than I expected!

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  4. Oh dear, hope the kids are alright haha!

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  5. Those are some major projects, good luck to you guys! I'm sure everything will turn out fine (:

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