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  1. Tom Locke

    Tom Locke Very Well-Known Member
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    "Home Improvement" - yes, my home certainly needs some. Some imbecile in the flat above me decided that it would be a great idea to turn on a tap, leave it running and then go out. Result: my home disappeared rapidly under hundreds of gallons of water. I now have eight industrial humidifiers running non-stop, no wallpaper, no carpets, walls and ceilings in a mess and a temporary electric supply.

    Looks like I might be off the air for a while...
     
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    Oh no, sorry to hear! You would think that this would not so common. Nope, the same thing happened to me years ago. The fellow upstairs had an over-flowing toilet and just let it keep running for hours. Crazy thing, he was even home watching his whole apartment flood with inches of water that eventually came down through the ceiling and walls of our place, even through the electric box.

    Maintenance man got up there and turns out the fellow was a hoarder and did not want anyone in his apartment. So, he thought he could get away with no-one knowing? Who knows. He never even ever bothered to apologize. So yeah, I feel your frustration and all the details along with something like this happening! Hope to see you back online, soon. Blah!
     
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    Thanks...this eejit seemed completely oblivious to what he'd done as well. No hint of an apology, either. I've been trying to look at the positives, few that there are. I've got insurance. My book and record collections are undamaged. My laptop still works. It's something to work with.
     
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    I am really sorry to hear that. This once happened to my wife and I when we were living in a block of flats. A pipe suddenly bursted somewhere above us, and all the water came running down in the middle of the night. We had to wake up our neighbours at 3AM during a horrible thunderstorm in order to stop it before our apartment became flooded. It was an absolute nightmare, but we pulled it off in the end. Best of luck to you!
     
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    At present, I have no less than eight industrial de-humidifiers blasting away. What a noise. At least we're getting dried out a bit now, certainly judging by the way wallpaper is slowly falling from the walls. It also gives us a bit of exercise because you have to go out every so often because of the noise and to get some fresh air.
     
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    I can't imagine! With 8 heavy duty dehumidifiers running constantly, be careful to watch your electric, in case of an overload, Tom! Good luck!
     
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    It's safe enough because the contractors installed their own power supply and run them from that. Not that we're going to be using anything in the next few months - the place needs to be dismantled and virtually rebuilt. All the walls and floors need to be stripped and the ceilings are wrecked, as well. It looks like it could be about three months before we see our home again (or at least what's left of it).
     
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    Oh, that's terrible. If we should ever have to move to a condo or some such I'll look for a single story one.
     
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    ...or choose one where your upstairs neighbour isn't a total buffoon.
     
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    ...so much for "The Man, Upstairs".;)
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    One major difference - Wodehouse was funny.
     
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    Your reply had me laughing. Not because the situation is funny, but it reminded me of my daughter and I screaming grab the books and albums, and omg save the computer. I am not even exaggerating, this is what came to our minds or specifically out of our mouths immediately.

    Good you have insurance and staying positive. What I find incredible is that your neighbor did not even see fit to have the etiquette to apologize, either. I wanted to confront ours, yet I knew whatever came out of my mouth was not going to help the situation. It did help that this was a temporary rental and had already given notice to leave.

    Hope your repairs and renovation move along at a good pace! Good you have another source of power supply. We were told to just let it dry out... Yes. Ridiculous!
     
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    Hope the repair on your Condo does not take too long. I am surprised your home owners insurance company has not put up in alternative house untill the repairs have been made.
     
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    This is what I did, even though, I got my next door neighbor leaving the shower faucet running for a whole weekend some weeks ago.

    Her home was totally flooded and turned into a swimming pool because of each house's structure is one step below the yard level. However humidity on her side began to undermine my bathroom room and I woke up the next day with a lake under the shower, but nothing that a two-speed fan has not resolved quickly.

    So sad to hear what happened to you Tom, because sounds to be kind of great flood just waiting for next Noah's arch stopover.

    Hope the recount of damages don't return irremediable item rescues.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their kind words.

    Nothing can happen in the way of repairs until the place is dry, so we have to leave the driers on all the time. Superficially, the place is dry, but there is still a lot of moisture in the walls.

    One of the few redeeming features is that nothing seems to be damaged in the way of contents. All books, records, electrical items and furniture are okay. All the damage is to ceilings, floors and walls. Another saving grace is that it's summer, so we have long daylight hours here in Scotland and the temperatures are reasonable.
     
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    We have movement. Our new home, at least for the next two or three months, is going to be in a holiday park. In all honesty, I'd have preferred a more traditional type of abode, but beggars and choosers, etc. Internet access appears to be virtually non-existent, so I shall probably be off the air for a good while (is that sighs of relief I'm hearing?).

    The way we have decided to approach this is to look upon it as a extended holiday. Unfortunately, it means that I won't be doing much in the way of paid work, but I might be able to get on with writing my next novel, so it's not all wasted time.
     
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    Yes, we will miss you. Hopefully, you can check in from time to time! Enjoy your "holiday" and excellent idea to continue your writing with another novel! I bet it will be fun to redecorate after the place dries out. I know, it would be for me. That would be my ray of sunshine through the process.
     
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    Hope you have a manual typewrite. This is why I have always considered these type of machines essential to have. I was left without electricity once and only my manual typewriter machine kept me going. This can also help you writing while you are back.

    We're gonna miss you Tom.
     
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    This reminds me of my husband's office which was inundated last month. No, it's not the rains. Their office is located on the 4th floor of an old building. It so happened that the water tank is resting on the 7th floor. And when the flooring of the 7th floor gave way, water went down to the floors below.

    Some of the computers got wet although they were easily repaired. But the voltage regulators were damaged and other appliances affected were the microwave oven, toaster oven, radio speakers and the chairs and sofa. It was a disaster that couldn't be predicted. It took more than 2 weeks for their office to fully recover.
     
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    Almost ready to go - bags are packed and we should have lift-off soon. Happily, my laptop was spared any damage, so I've got my writing instrument. It could be an interesting experience, particularly if we get some nice weather. The park is up on hills that overlook the Firth of Forth, so we should have some lovely views, as long as it's a clear day. Hopefully, the flat will be sorted out before the weather gets too cold. One positive thing is that we can get rid of the old sofa, which was looking pretty dilapidated before the unexpected arrival of the monsoon season.

    Once again, thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts and here's hoping that I'll be back online soon. My local library has internet access, so you may not have seen the last of me just yet...
     
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    Hey Tom, when I am out and about, I try to find hot spots that offer free wifi service. In the states, usually McDonald's and Starbucks are good places. I sit outside at one of the tables, enjoy the view and my internet access. Hopefully, you can find some establishments that offer this, too. Of course, the library is a good option, I just feel so confined inside a library, but never thought about sitting outside of a library. Also, the park that sits atop a hill sounds like a fantastic place for inspiration while writing your new novel!

    Haha, see I told you it will fun for you all to redecorate, as you are already thinking of a new couch. Good you continue to look at the bright side!
     
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    Hmm, wi -fi works...now that surprised me. One thing I can have no complaints about is the view that I have.

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    Are you serious? Oh, I know you are speaking the truth! How lucky to have this magnificent view. Did you use your own cameras to take this picture? The clarity and color is absolutely as striking, as the scenery! It literally took my breath away. Now, if that does not provide an incentive for creative writing for your book, I do not know what would! This is exactly why I want to go visit Scotland, someday.

    Actually, I was just reading an article about Scotland today about Golden Eagles. Yep. I am a bird lover! Kind of off topic, but thought I would throw it out there that you have a beautiful homeland and some beautiful birds, too.

    Hope you are all adjusting to your new temporary home. Glad you have your WiFi back!
     
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    Yes, it's my photo, taken on Thursday morning on my Canon IXUS.

    I'm a birdwatcher, though I'd need to go a long way (and be very lucky) to see any Golden Eagles. There are a few in Scotland, but much further north than where I am. I did see a buzzard on that very morning, but they are pretty common and not quite as big!

    Although it's not as sunny today, the view is clearer, so I got a reasonable shot of Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth. In the first picture, you can see the bridges across the Forth (rail nearest, road behind). In the second, the big hill is Arthur's Seat.

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    @Tom Locke, you are like my husband whose camera is an extension of his hand. Whenever we would fly, expect him to take pictures of the airport. He never misses to video the takeoff and also the landing on the other airport. He said, that's for complete documentation of our travels, be it domestic or international.

    In our latest trip, he chanced upon an interesting sight - the jet plane owned by Manny Pacquiao resting by the parking bay in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. There.... IMG_3495 pacman jet.JPG
     
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