Those pesky leaks

I had mixed feelings about posting potty training stories, but when I read a The Sarcastic Journalist’s recent post, I got over it in a hurry. To wit:

Here’s the deal: How many toddlers do you know who are READY on their own to stop crapping in their pants? Why would they? Crapping and walking seems kind of like fun. You can do it anywhere: watching tv, dancing, eating, sitting in the car.

-Sarcastic Journalist

The Toddler is in the process of potty-training, which is as much about us getting trained as him. He’s actually taking to it quite well, though he seems to only sense when the really messy diaper-filling incidents are imminent. Also, he’s fairly predictable in that way, so we can be strategic about directing him to the bathroom at certain times of the day. We’re still a long way off in the “number one” department, and so far the main casualty has been a three-pack of Bob the Builder underwear.

We (and Bob) are forced to look at the big picture here, and are sure to start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel sooner or later.

In other leaking news….

From a telephone conversation today:

The Lovely Wife: The contractor is supposed to be here at 2.
Me: Better put a note on the door so they don’t ring the bell.

TLW: Right. Good idea. Where are the stickies?
Me: Har. I have no idea. And why do you think that is? Oh, riiiight. We don’t have an office right now!

Y'see, we still don't have an office because we can't move the desk, bookshelves, and other spare-bedroom paraphernelia into the basement bedroom, because the floor and half the walls are torn out of it, awaiting resolution to our little issue. [cue movie announcer-guy voice] And this time, we're getting litigious!

After several letters from our lawyer to the vendor’s lawyer, indicating that:

  1. we discovered water problems in the basement;
  2. said water problems are definitely not new;
  3. we believe the vendors knew about this problem but failed to disclose said problem to potential purchasers;
  4. after having four contractors in to diagnose said problem, it could cost upwards of $20,000 to investigate, remediate, and rebuild; and,
  5. the purchasers (hi!) would be keeping track of receipts (so far $900) and looking to the vendors for compensation.

And two replies from the Vendor’s lawyer, indicating that:

  1. the vendors are unfortunately out of town;
  2. the vendors deny any knowledge of water problems in the basement; and,
  3. though the vendors are once again out of town, they will surely wish to have a contractor assess the situation (clearly without admitting knowledge of the problem)

Today a representative from a local homebuilding company dropped by to inspect the damage. He questioned TLW about what we’d been told the problem was, and what we’d been told the next course of action was (not the litigation part, that’s just a bonus), and concluded that it all sounded quite reasonable. Here’s hoping that the evidence of pre-existing knowledge of the condition is compelling enough to jog the memory of the vendors*

The next step is to get the go-ahead from the lawyer to initiate our plan to get it fixed. Because the tally could get quite high, and we’ve no assurance that we’ll receive any compensation, I’m hoping it all becomes abundantly clear once they DIG A MASSIVE HOLE IN MY BACKYARD and inspect the drain tile and the foundation wall.

Hmm, this might be just the thing to kick-start a new vegetable garden in the yard.

*It has not left my mind that that the vendors didn’t know about this; that the floor coverings were installed and they never, ever had a water issue, even though the subfloor was completely soaked and rotten from years upon years of episodic flooding. Forgive me if I have doubts.

Posted bythemikestand at 3:35 PM  

6 stepped up to the mike:

Mrs. Flinger said... 4:30 PM, September 13, 2006  

So far we have a dora potty cover and all she does is sit and go, "DORA! PEPEE!" and crack herself up.


I sure hope she figures it out before college.

Dustin said... 5:10 PM, September 13, 2006  

I'm all for the potty training comments simply because I know that once I have kids, I'll be writing my own such posts and expect you to read every one of them.

P.S. Thanks for the FYI on the formatting.

Christine said... 5:46 PM, September 13, 2006  

i don't recall potty training, which means (thankfully) it passes and you forget.

Steph said... 11:23 PM, September 13, 2006  


My (unfinished) basement leaked during the nasty rainstorms in 2003. I'm never selling. I'm just gonna live with the leaks.

Megan said... 3:02 AM, September 14, 2006  

Sorry about the basement problems. Saw this article on Wikihow, it might be useful.


Jess Riley said... 1:45 AM, September 15, 2006  

It's posts like these that make me glad we don't have a basement. Still, it would be nice for an out-of-the-way place to store our crap. (Oh, one that we wouldn't have to pay for, too.)

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