Yes, I know that's not how extra is spelled. I'm just spelling it that way for Alphabe-Thursday and I already did X-RAY previously in another round. So, today it's X-TRA as in lots of X-TRA work.
Even though I feel a little overwhelmed right now, my X-TRA work is nothing compared to what the people cleaning up after Sandy face. I grew up in northern NJ and had lots of fun at the Jersey Shore. It's heartbreaking to see what has happened to NJ and NY. However, I remember Galveston after Hurricane Ike. Our first ride down there after the storm convinced us that Galveston was finished. However, we were very wrong and today you have to look for evidence of the storm. I know Sandy was much more widespread, but I'm confident that NJ and NY will come back.
Now on to my X-TRA work. In Texas most homes are built on concrete slabs. Our soil is mostly clay which expands with moisture and contracts when dry. This causes the house to kind of rise and fall. Eventually the concrete slab cracks and the slab becomes very uneven. I've heard them say that it usually takes 20 to 30 years for this to happen and large trees don't help the situation because they drink up so much of the moisture. We keep soaker hoses around the outside of the slab and water a lot during the summer, but sometimes that just isn't enough.
It was time for some more piers. The piers go under the slab and help hold the house up. They go deep into more stable soil and are adjustable. We already have piers around the outside of the house and some inside, but this time we needed four more inside where the den and kitchen had fallen off. What they do is come in and take up the carpet and use jack hammers to get through the concrete. Then they take out lots of dirt and pour the concrete piers. Right now the holes are covered with plywood while the concrete cures. Then they'll come back in a couple of weeks and do all the jacking. Afterwards, I'll have new floors put down.
I spent last weekend packing things up in the kitchen and den and moving them into the dining room. I also covered a lot of things with plastic in hopes of cutting down on all the dust. You know how dust is...it gets everywhere! I especially didn't want to have to wash all the dishes and china in the dining room.
Here are some pictures of the dining room:
Then I'll have the same tile that I have in the dining room put down in the den, kitchen, utility room and hallway. I really like the brick pavers I have in the kitchen, but I don't have enough extra this time to make repairs, so it will have to go.
I thought I'd try and be a lady of leisure the next two weeks. No sense in cleaning or dusting until the job is done...right?
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