Chaos!!!!

You know how it seems like things go nuts all at once? That’s life in my humble little abode lately.

I renewed my lease again, which means I’ll be staying in my apartment for a record seventh year. I swear it doesn’t seem like I’ve been here that long, but the leases don’t lie– first one was in 2002, and this one goes until 2009. Geesh.

Cracks and Chips in the Tile

So to celebrate, I decided it was high time to ask my landlord when my kitchen floor would be replaced. Most of the other apartments had theirs replaced when the tenants moved out, and they were replaced with a really nice ceramic floor. Mine is this cheap-ass, nasty no-wax tile that was laid in squares which is now coming up and/or cracking and denting all throughout my kitchen. It’s so ugly. I want it gone.

So when I told my landlord I was renewing my lease, I threw a bargaining chip on the table– fix my floor. She cautioned me that it would take a few days and my kitchen would be out of commission for a while, but I replied that I didn’t mind. I’ll take a new floor over a few days of inconvenience.

I wasn’t ready for the next part though… apparently there is a leak coming from my bathroom that has been seeping into the apartment below me. She just found out about this from the guy who lives under me — who, along with me, is the longest-term resident in our building. Apparently it’s been a problem for a long time but he never mentioned it to her. Um, hello… if your walls are falling down around you– fix it! That’s the glory of renting. Someone comes in and fixes everything for you. Why live with crumbling walls?

Of course I had no idea that this was happening either — the leak is obviously not visible to me, so how am I supposed to tell if there’s a problem?

So in addition to the piles of tiles and bags of spackle, there are about 5-6 panels of sheetrock outside my apartment door.

Does anyone have room for a guy and his two kitties for a few days?Ā  I might need to get away from this insanity — and quickly!

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0 thoughts on “Chaos!!!!

  1. Hi Rick,

    I’ve recently started reading your blog and have started my own. My partner and I live out in the north ‘burbs.

    We’ve been in our new townhouse for 2 years and have already experience the “joys” of home ownership and repairs. I’m glad I have invested in the home buyer warranty each year. It has definitely paid for itself for the following things that have occurred since moving in.

    1) Heating/HVAC thermostat went out last winter during the coldest months of the year. Not fun!
    2) Master bath toilet recently found leaking – uh, gross!. Fortunately, the leak was out in the garage and not in the house, but plumber said it had probably been leaking since we moved in. Now I’m worried about mold.
    3) Refrigerator started acting up. Ice and water dispense flaking out and sometimes the freezer or cooler compartments would just stop working. With as much food we keep around… not a good thing! Turns out we had neglected our cleaning out behind the refrigerator every 6 months or so like we should have. The venting got clogged with kitty hair and dust and burned out the refrigerator’s “motherboard”. So, we’ve learned our lesson there. CLEAN BEHIND THE FRIDGE! OFTEN!

    Good luck with the floor and leak repairs.

    I read your entry about winter the other day, and we are very tired of the snow as well. I was hoping it had all gone but then Mother Nature dumped a foot more on us up here on Friday. I’m boycotting winter and wishing for spring as I refuse to wear my winter coats anymore. šŸ™‚

    YIKES! Every SIX MONTHS!? I’ve been here for SIX YEARS! And I have NEVER cleaned behind my fridge… LOL! I am AFRAID to know what might be lurking back there…
    Of course, they have to move the fridge when they install my floor– so this will be a perfect time to take care of that unsightly task. šŸ™‚
    I like your boycott idea– maybe if we all wear spring coats Mother Nature will be forced to give us what we want. But then that bitch has a mind of her own… grr.
    Thanks for finding me– hope you’ll be back again soon! šŸ™‚ I’ll check your blog out as well.

  2. Hi Rick,

    I’ve recently started reading your blog and have started my own. My partner and I live out in the north ‘burbs.

    We’ve been in our new townhouse for 2 years and have already experience the “joys” of home ownership and repairs. I’m glad I have invested in the home buyer warranty each year. It has definitely paid for itself for the following things that have occurred since moving in.

    1) Heating/HVAC thermostat went out last winter during the coldest months of the year. Not fun!
    2) Master bath toilet recently found leaking – uh, gross!. Fortunately, the leak was out in the garage and not in the house, but plumber said it had probably been leaking since we moved in. Now I’m worried about mold.
    3) Refrigerator started acting up. Ice and water dispense flaking out and sometimes the freezer or cooler compartments would just stop working. With as much food we keep around… not a good thing! Turns out we had neglected our cleaning out behind the refrigerator every 6 months or so like we should have. The venting got clogged with kitty hair and dust and burned out the refrigerator’s “motherboard”. So, we’ve learned our lesson there. CLEAN BEHIND THE FRIDGE! OFTEN!

    Good luck with the floor and leak repairs.

    I read your entry about winter the other day, and we are very tired of the snow as well. I was hoping it had all gone but then Mother Nature dumped a foot more on us up here on Friday. I’m boycotting winter and wishing for spring as I refuse to wear my winter coats anymore. šŸ™‚

    YIKES! Every SIX MONTHS!? I’ve been here for SIX YEARS! And I have NEVER cleaned behind my fridge… LOL! I am AFRAID to know what might be lurking back there…

    Of course, they have to move the fridge when they install my floor– so this will be a perfect time to take care of that unsightly task. šŸ™‚

    I like your boycott idea– maybe if we all wear spring coats Mother Nature will be forced to give us what we want. But then that bitch has a mind of her own… grr.

    Thanks for finding me– hope you’ll be back again soon! šŸ™‚ I’ll check your blog out as well.

  3. Columbus is closer!

    I’d *love* to get a new floor in my kitchen. Unfortunately it’s about 150 square foot room, so it’s not an inexpensive undertaking. šŸ˜› And it’s an 85-year-old house, so that doesn’t make things any easier. Absolutely *nothing* is square. :-/

    But, hey, once your insanity is over, you’ll have a kitchen floor that no longer snags your socks. šŸ™‚

  4. Columbus is closer!

    I’d *love* to get a new floor in my kitchen. Unfortunately it’s about 150 square foot room, so it’s not an inexpensive undertaking. šŸ˜› And it’s an 85-year-old house, so that doesn’t make things any easier. Absolutely *nothing* is square. :-/

    But, hey, once your insanity is over, you’ll have a kitchen floor that no longer snags your socks. šŸ™‚

  5. Well, I DO have a guest room but yer too far away!

    I’ve been in my place (and own it) for 11 years this October although I wasn’t in it for the first 6 months (major remodeling) and don’t worry – I haven’t cleaned behind my fridge either!

  6. Well, I DO have a guest room but yer too far away!

    I’ve been in my place (and own it) for 11 years this October although I wasn’t in it for the first 6 months (major remodeling) and don’t worry – I haven’t cleaned behind my fridge either!

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