@danlo@PhysAssist The last time we redid the basement after getting a significant amount of water our contractor was like, hey, if you’re fine with the water-proofing panels on the walls, don’t put up walls,and while you’re at it you don’t need a ceiling. So we only had one wall, but the staircase needed to be redone (one week underwater, one week to empty the basement, not good for wood). After that, regular drying out/sanitizing procedures and we didn’t bother putting up the wall again. I think we were out of the house for about a month total before everything was done (including redoing all the electrical stuff that it turns out wasn’t up to current code). It wasn’t difficult, it was just time-consuming and moderately expensive. Lots of people in the area were in exactly the same position we were, so everything took a little bit longer than we hoped. The real problem was the enormous amount of stuff we had in the basement, some of great sentimental value, but that’s life, and we should have known better anyway.
We literally had a stream running through our basement at one point during our big ice storm of '91, but as we knew it was an ongoing issue, we had never put anything in the wet areas.
It cost us about $4000 to get it waterproofed so that we could sell the house.
That meant we had to spend about a week w/ my out-laws, because the fumes from the waterproofing paint they used on the concrete block walls were horribly noxious.
They did a great job though- cutting a new channel for drainage all along the base of the walls, drilling weep holes into the bottom row of blocks, filling the channel with gravel, creating a sump and connecting the sump pump to the sewers, then closing in the open floor areas.
Sucks to get everything fixed in a house just in time to turn it over to someone else…
@PhysAssist Yeah, I guess the good news is that the plan is for the government to buy and destroy our house and several nearby that are also in the floodway, so I don’t have to worry about someone else enjoying my home. Because it’s going to be some kind of retention pond! (Actually, I really do love the idea of it being home to frogs, and toads, and fireflies, and deer, and skunks, and chipmunks. If I can’t live there, I want toads to.)
Waterproofing our basement was great, but I’m secretly convinced that it held the water in longer than would otherwise have occurred. Not that the water had anywhere to go. It gave us a false sense of security, too. Your waterproofing sounds a lot more comprehensive than ours was, I don’t remember anything other than the channels to the sump pit (which, again, were great), putting stuff in the wall cracks and putting up the plastic panels. But we already had a sump pit, so maybe that’s the difference.
It gets me really angry with both developers and the planning boards that enable them to decide to build in a natural drainage area or wetlands- bunch of BS artists.
It both ruins the ecology, and makes unending trouble for the homeowners- barring [or actually leading to] solutions like yours.
I like the idea of frogs and toads living in harmony too- luckily, not only do we have a poured concrete foundation [read- leak"proof"], but as it’s set into a hillside, [and well-anchored], we no longer worry much about drainage issues, but most of the land we “own” is a wetlands headwater [read- swamp] that drains into an [eventually] large Great Lakes tributary, so we have frogs, sneks, toads, sallymanders, etc. galore to enjoy.
The idea of a stream sounds very picturesque, but the actuality is pretty grotesque. It leads to some issues with mildew, bugs, etc, that we really didn’t much care for.
I’m sorry how it worked out for you, but offer prayers and happy thoughts that things are and will be better from now on!
@IndifferentDude Lights intended for illuminating the inside of a toilet bowl do exist. I still get pee all over the floor like an animal, but at least my toilet glows an ominous red like a portal to hell when I use it at night.
@brennyn@IndifferentDude I bought the motion-sensitive, multi-colored, toilet night-lights when they were all the rage, about 3 years ago. Twice. Each unit worked for about 4-6 weeks, then failed. Another cute-idea-product-cheaply-manufactured-in-China-and-sold-to-dolts-like-me.
Here are some solar powered versions.
Obviously, you charge them during the day.
I’ve gotten some different models (including these) and they’re pretty neat. Like Japanese floating lanterns. They collapse and they’re lightweight.
They have sales, so get on the email list for info.
I heard the other day that swimming pools are the hot item this summer! The (maybe) one pool outlet in the southern Twin Cities suburbs sold out of their inventory for the entire year a month ago (or something like that!). And, if you’ve been to MN, you know it can snow in June so that’s saying something . . . just not sure what! Oh, it’s saying that maybe Minnesotans outta buy these things … or not
I had 2 similar led lights but were solar powered and had a ring on the bottom that I could tie a rope to. I kept them attached to the rope that separated the shallow end and the deep end. At night, the would start flashing different colors looking nice and being attached to the rope, I didn’t have to worry about them ending up in the skimmer.
A modern design just has a battery holder, a switch, a single very efficient color changing LED, and cleverly molded plastic to distribute the light in some sort of artistic pattern . These things have a little circuit board with a bunch of electronic parts, and 3 older design color changing LEDs that probably use a bunch more power, yet put out less light.
This suggests that these were designed when the LEDs were expensive. Assuming a balanced design, the plastic cases were probably also expensive, with reliable water proof seals.
Now that individual color changing LEDs cost less than 5 cents each, they are in many toys. They aren’t cool any more.
@danlo@mediocrebotLattice of co-incidence? You mention salt water and the importance of “ocean,” and then the “/image” brings us a picture related to that. Almost as it if were meant to be. Now I need to look up “The Garden” movie.
A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked and pilloried, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Loose in this contemporary world of electrical-power transmission lines is also Jesus. The elements, particularly fire and water, content with political power, which is intolerant and murderous.
@danlo@mediocrebot@shahnm after further research that whole somewhat-hallucinogen-induced review was from some person @hotmail.com — is that even still around? So not like a credible movie review source; not that I ever trusted those either. (I loved “The Jerk” but pro reviewers hated it).
and BTW this has nothing to do with the product for sale; it’s all just from an image link that was random. But fun anyway and now I have to watch the movie with the maybe Madonna and electric Jesus.
The instructions are adamant about not submerging these lights. Seems a bit weird for lights designed to be used on water. All three of mine worked out of the box but I have not tried them in water yet.