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Plumbing and landscaping, ct'd

So, we had the owner of Bodhi Tree Landscaping come and consult on our yard, and frankly I'm underwhelmed. He suggested we might consider using roundup to wipe out the front yard, which goes completely counter to his website's claim of pesticide-free installations. All I can figure is that he pegged us as wanting the fast route. And the do-it-yourself route, even though we did say a few times we don't want to do it ourselves, we've been not-doing-it-ourselves for 7 years.

He didn't have any photos of some of the ground-cover he suggested we consider. He said we were at the very start of figuring this out, and we should talk it over amongst ourselves and get back to him when we had a course of action for him. Um, hello?

Perhaps if I had more assertively tried to put money into his hands, he might've tried harder, but I really thought he was gong to re-offer what he said on the phone, an hour consultation for $50 or so; he didn't, and I suggested it, and for whatever reason he didn't want to. Oh well.

So that's Bodhi Tree.

On Tuesday, the city came back and gave our house a colonoscopy. The pipe looks fine (except the city's portion has the remains of tree roots, almost certainly from the tree the city removed two years ago). And they put a stake in the lawn at our property line. The city will replace their pipe, possibly next summer, and they will pay for any sewer-line repairs between now and then. The two guys who came were mid-50s seen-it-all guys. The more assertive one said Hammonds Plumbing is owned by a crook, and he sees them in court almost every week. Hm. I'll pass it on to you all, but I'm not sure I wouldn't hire them again; they did show up on Saturday morning early and did call the city for me.

And now it's bedtime for Bonzo. And me, too.


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Jul. 12th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
FWIW Hammond replaced the boiler in the basement just before we bought the house. While it's a technically correct installation, the flue venting was such that acidic chimney condensation would weep back down into the basement, rusting the stovepipe and dripping on the floor. A smarter installer would have bypassed the damper as the city gas man suggested while doing an inspection (no more drips now).

That's the difference between a "seen it all" guy, and a "we always do it this way" guy.... a narrow metal 40' chimney is liable to weep if you ever close the damper, and unless you've seen it happen you probably won't realize what will happen when the whole thing's rusted out in five years.
Jul. 13th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
If I owned a house, I guess I'd be taking Bodhi off my list. It must be nice to have so much business you'll fairly actively turn down new stuff.
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Jul. 13th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
They were in fact on our list, but now they're off.
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