I wrote about my house’s foundation a few months ago. I was very distressed to get the five figure cost of 16 beams to level my foundation. I need a new kitchen floor, but everything had to be put aside for the foundation. I got a second opinion with the same consensus. However, I did get a nudge to call a structural engineer before I went with either bid.
I consider these nudges to be divine inspiration, frankly.
I called, they came, and spent hours measuring my house. (I took Stanley to day care because they were here for about five hours.) Bottom line, my foundation is within structural limits. In other words, I don’t need 16 beams. The cost for the engineer? $800, which is a lot better than five figures.
There’s only one thing he wants me to check and that’s the fact that the highest level in the house is the guest bathroom. So, the plumber is coming out next week to do a waste water survey to ensure I don’t have a leak there. Repairing a leak is STILL cheaper than five figures.
I have come to the conclusion that technology is not all cut and dried, zeros and ones. It’s freaky, sometimes. I’m beginning to wonder if computers are sentient. “Hey, guys, let’s screw with her mind, whadya say?” Case in point: I had a problem with a software I use every day. It announced a software update, but every time I tried to update it flashed on the screen, then turned itself off. I finally initiated a support ticket to the software gurus. This morning they answered with a canned response that just made me roll my eyes. They wanted me to uninstall the software and reinstall it. So, just for grins, I tried updating again. Yep, it worked perfectly. Go figure.
How about you? Have you had gremlins in your computers recently? Any horror stories about foundations you’d like to share?