Saturday, May 30, 2009

Downspouts, or lack thereof

Whilst prowling around looking at the absence of downspouts, I noticed that there are drains for them. (I should mention that the city has combined storm/sewer drains and that the water in the local river is unsafe for that reason.) But there are no downspouts. My dad says that this is because they've probably been stolen for the metal. I hadn't considered that, but it may be true.

Just thought I'd better post something today, in case anybody was expecting a post. The Truck 'o' Stuff arrived last night, and this diverted me from directly house-related activities, and will tomorrow as well. The plus, of course, is that I now have my own chair again, and I'll have my office set up in the carriage house soon. So even if I don't have things ready to live there, I can at least spend my days there properly and be online while I do it.

Bit by bit.


  1. On a totally different topic: someone on Making Light recommended that you rent and watch "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse." This is an OK movie. On the plus side, it has Cary Grant and "Nora Charles." On the minus side, it has cringemaking racial stereotypes.

    However, years before I saw the movie, be book had established itself as one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it.

    Glad your stuff is there, and you can now blog from your own chair.

  2. Almost - the chair is still downstairs in the garage area. The upstairs is not really clean enough for actual use yet.

  3. If the metal downspouts were stolen for their recycling value, you might want to look into vinyl gutters and downspouts as replacements.

    (Metal thievery is a big problem. Our local dog pound had the exposed outside copper water piping and valves ripped off one night, leaving the dogs and cats without water until the pipes could be replaced, shortly followed by sturdy steel cages over the new pipes. At the construction site where I've been doing security, a construction worker on a late shift was caught cutting up brand new copper pipe and putting it into his car's truck for later resale; he lost a $15/hour job for $10 worth of copper, duh.)