Saturday, January 16, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors...The Crawlspace....


I noticed, that if I tilted my laptop screen, I could see a few pipes in the one photo of the parsonage crawlspace that I took and well...I will leave the rest to your imagination....

The home has Boston Ivy and a Tree of Heaven aka Tree of Hell or Ailanthus altissima. Both are nasty species, the tree "clones" itself and is currently attempting to turn the home into a tree house and it produces a chemical threw its roots that will kill competitive vegetation. The Boston ivy while nice, left uncheck will find every crevice it can to grow. As seen here, I told my partner don't be surprised if we find it growing in the home.

Above you see the effect of both, that are left unchecked. We will have to get into the crawl space to remove all this vegetation and eventually lay down plastic over the dirt to keep this from happening in the future. Besides the roughly 12in x 12in hole that a previous builder has left us....It looks like I will be eaten alive by vines, if I crawl into the space and I can just hear the 911 call....Yes I am being attacked by Ivy...Please hurry! 

On top of that, I believe the "Tree of Hell" knows my plans to rid him off the property as you see, there is a clone....giving me the finger in the photo and I just need the enter if you dare sign...

It is interesting, if you look to the right you will see the stack for the chimney and to the left a few pipes. It looks as though the floor joist is tied right into the chimney and given the brick appearance I wonder if in the past the parsonage was supported with brick columns/piers instead of a straight foundation wall. I may end up going back to the pier style, as in this photo you can see the joist on the left is simply sitting on a stack of wood and this side of the foundation is at a good angle. It would also explain why there is so much foliage growth in an enclosed crawlspace. I hope when we get there, we will be able to find some historical photos of the property so I can base my changes on the appearance it had when built.

We are still currently in Arizona but we have official closed and the deed n keys are awaiting us in Missouri. I am so happy and can't wait to get there. Currently I am stricken with another darn cold and all my preparations to leave are on hold. Having a chemically suppressed immune system by Enbrel, isn't fun when a cold strikes. My partner has filed his W2 and we are only getting maybe six hundred from that, which is a disappointment.

We figure even with that, and say another paycheck we will still be able to leave in the beginning of February. We were really hoping to hire someone from uship or rent a truck/dolly to save us some stress but with out as much as we hoped, we are back to renting a 5x8 uhaul trailer. As well as hoping we can get one in town and not take the eight hour journey to get one.

I am working on preparing the brown Mercedes 300D for the hauling, as he is a euro model, he has the manual transmission and the ability to tow two tons. I have a really nice Curt hitch a friend gave me that I will be installing but I found out my small drill isn't powerful enough for the 3/8in bit I need to make the holes in the frame. There went another ninety dollars for a drill but its not like we won't get to use it at our new home and we need two new tires for him which will cost hundred-sixty...and I noticed a coolant drop...hoping it is the old cheap Mexico radiator cap that is cracked. The 78's front tires are worn pretty bad but we may hold off on those, to keep the hundred-sixty it would cost for two more tires.

We did get new phones...YEAHHHH...So we will have phone coverage hopefully in Salisbury but that set us back near two hundred-fifty dollars. We opted to buy phones we could use for at least three more years and knock our monthly payment down.

A few things are selling on ebay which helped to cover the cost of the phones and pieces need for the hitch but I don't have many more treasures to list for extra monies and well the thrift stores are dry as a bone for many month now. I did drag home a retro seventies swag lamp, that I really don't need as we are moving...and...it doesn't have much value...I just can't pass up retro, even though I swore I was only going to stick with antiques for this project...

So this is where we are in the New Year, I will continue studying my photos I took of the property and wishing I took more. Praying the property is still standing and the many things I can't wait to do....All while hoping the vegetation doesn't eat me...