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".


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

  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.

  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!

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

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