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Some BIG Spending

October 7th, 2009 at 05:04 pm

Plumber yesterday to replace all hot water lines in basement = $300.00

Tree surgeon to remove about 10 trees & haul off all brush = $2700.

OUCH!

My Frugalicious Gene is puckered up TIGHT!! aUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH! Our poor House Budget.

6 Responses to “Some BIG Spending”

  1. homebody Says:

    Know what you mean, I am dreading paying the washer and dryer off when the credit card bill comes.... I like looking at that savings account balance!

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Owie! Sounds like items that needed to be taken care of though.

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    Looks like you got some things done that were needed. And before winter arrives. But I definately understand the tightening up Smile

  4. mjrube94 Says:

    Did the tree guy at least leave you the logs to burn in the fireplace? Tree work is so expensive but you can't blame them. No way would I climb all the way up there!

  5. LuxLiving Says:

    Yes, much has needed doing for a while now. And, some as a result of that huge ice storm we had.

    The logs will be left - I will be hauling them to my Dad who burns wood for heat. There will be several - more like five or six trips full.

    They aren't done yet, there is probably another day and a half of work to be done here. Much of it the result of the ice-storm. Two huge trees will be gone on the corner died from that storm. These are the ones that bother me the most as that will really change the look of our place. They were so pretty.

    Three ginormous trees in the back because of insect damage that occured before we moved here 10 years ago, and have been worrisome, because if they came down they would most likely take out a couple of barn-ettes. River Birches I think the guy called them. Very BIG!

    One locust tree that was too close to my pecan tree to begin with and grew on a funky angle because of that and it had been severly damaged in the storm as well. Hubster could have ruined a few good sawblades on that one as it is really hard wood. Two just random funkified trees that were mostly dead and Hubster hadn't gotten too yet with his chainsaw.

    One large clump of about four trees that were in the middle of my creek that suffered in the storm to the point of death.

    One huge dead & dangling widow-maker that hung over the side yard is coming down in a trim job and both of the HUGE trees that over-shadow my house have to have their canopies raised to get them either 1)off from over my roof where they loom threatening to come down in a storm and 2)get them off from where they don't start rubbing against the roof as well. The trees will remain after a haircut.

    Hubster has been working on our trees since that storm, however, there are some enormous, for our neck of the woods, trees here that were just too big for him to handle - one knowledge wise and two considering his age, I don't need him to break a hip or something climbing a tree & falling out. Some in the back & over the house are/were just too close to buildings to be done by someone without help of other people and the skills needed to keep them from crashing into buildings.

    Time to call in the pros.

    On the plumbing, we got a discount on it because my friend's husband is our plumber, and the leaks we were starting to get were all on the old metal pipes in the basement, and seemingly all of them were on the hot water pipes. The cold seems to be doing okay for the moment, so it will wait. Probably does need replacing some time though, especially as I'm trying to get all future plumbing/wiring done down there up in the rafter area so a ceiling can be installed.

  6. homebody Says:

    We had a tree taken down last year or was it the year before?? It was $1000.00. It was a pretty tall fir tree. Our friends came over one weekend when my husband was gone with this huge splitter that his father built and split it all for us. We burn wood to supplement our forced air heat. I love wood heat.

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