Sunday, March 19, 2006


Having the roof repaired and the electrical it was time to begin painting the walls inside. There were many little yellow spots on the walls and ceilings from water staining. As we painted halls and rooms the little spots reappeared? Finally my son decided to take a piece of wall down to see if the roof still leaked to discover that the iron water pipes were split at the junctions in several places. We did replace an out side drain under the house as it had split at the junction we just thought that it broke. Which it did but most likely from the strong winds picking up the house or shaking it too much. Now 2 bath room walls need to come down to dry out the wet spots and replace the plumbing. A call has been placed back to the insurance company to see if this will be covered. I can only imagine how the house shook, some pictures fell to the floor and a lot of the neighbors shingles broke into some windows and stuck deep into the ground. Seems as you try to rebuild more and more damage is discovered and more and more problems encountered with returning home.


Sunday, March 12, 2006


I guess going without electricity for 5 months would seem silly if you told me that 6 months ago. But many here in New Orleans still do not have electricity and some may never get it. Fig House was spared direct water damage except it sat under the old house for 10 days or so and the electrical lines that were moved from the attic to the stringers under the house were all soaked and needed to be redone along with the entire service box as it was dated and needed replacing. Just $17,000 and 5 months later there is electricity again. Again though the wiring had to be placed under the house so if we flood again good luck. The roof has been repaired just $8,500 but actually in the next 5 years we would have had to get a new one anyway.
Progress is being made weekly as I travel back and forth from my cabin in the woods where I still repair and cut trees then to Fig House to do repairs and paint. We replaced some siding and repairing fences, at the rate we are going we hope to have most repairs done by June. By then I will have begun the final repairs to the cabin in the woods. I think I will stay there for the next hurricane season, no flooding and now no trees left to fall over.