Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Running WATER!!!!



Well we can say it has been officially a week since we've been here now and we finally have running water! It took a lot to get there, and for now this is our working sink! This is a high tech sink here folks! With our own 31 flavors of mold growth lol We still need to scrub the almost 20 years of gunk off the sink but you can see our house bib and a cut washer hose making our spout. On the right you can see our old school coffee pot, and since we are talking church here, we have a few of these....and they make great hot water! So we have hot water too!! 

We also now have a 1948/1958 American Standard Toilet fully functional too!! It was rather amazing to see the toilet fill after all these years and flush better then the five year old one we had in Arizona. This wasn't an easy task at all either!!

I had been cold calling electricians, plumbers and handyman all last week. I nearly gave up hope ever finding anyone to show up. We went to a local restaurant, got talking to the manager and he took our name down. With the usually I know someone who does this stuff...I expected to not here a word back...but I did get word back! and I am so happy I did!!

See we need things temporarily working, until we can get more funds and do more work. Our plan was to move into the parsonage and work on the church. So we don't want to do to much work on the church, as it is pretty much a full gut...well....both places are but the home/parsonage is a bit more solid...

Here is the issues....The property while having things done, a lot in 2000.....was all done half assed...Sort of like, they just asked on Sunday...Anyone want to do foundation work?

With our electrical...oh boy!! There is a new panel in the church, but the line was never connected to the home/parsonage and we found out....That in order to connect the home to the church, would require a 200amp breaker box and about 75ft of expensive cable...Going underground and the fuse panel on the church is maybe 30amp which is high unsafe...

Now to running water issues! Despite all lines being cute, the water lines are also all done half assed and now we have to pay! We found out, that the water line to the home/parsonage is ran off the water line to the church BUT the water line in the church...Has no shut off...As it was cut!!...So we would need to dig up the meters to cap the line to the church...BUT...the line running into the church, is some sort of flexible black line, that the maker went out of business in the 90's because the inside diameter didn't match the outside...and fittings are NLA...

So no matter what, all this has to be replaced....again....

The good things are that, these people we found are willing to help us out! So we were able to get the water lines rehooked in the basement, to the kitchen sink and toilet...As well as a shut off installed...with all used parts and pieces for 200$! Woooo

He also told us, that they can make our electric work on the home!! What he would do, is move our 100amp breaker box from the church to the home, use the good wiring between the parsonage and church to run from the meter box to the breaker box. Hook up all the existing wiring in the parsonage to the 100amp box and that would get us to a safe starting point! We just need to have the meter relocated to the parsonage! At a cost of 450$...Not bad! Though we would be with out electricity for two days...booo...

They also told us, that the church isn't in that bad of shape and they have seen worse! That it isn't in fear of collapse, as the way it is constructed and that the slopped roof/cockeyed look of the church can be considered character..another woo! 

Unfortunately though....The chimney stack is very near collapse because of the leaking roof...Not good! That is a lot of brick! and weight!

These guys are great! They really share the passion for the restoration of the project and the one loves old junk as much as me...If not worse! They say they are able to work with us, help us find used materials and everything!!

As far as the roof! They say, its isn't that bad...That the worse will be all the material that will need to be dumped when they strip the roof down and the ceiling would come down as well. I really hate loosing all the original plaster in the church, but it is so far gone and it will be nice to have it all gone when the roof is taken off. They quoted me a price of 6k for the roof! Way less then I thought, thinking I would be seeing five figures! They even say they may be able to locate us, used tin for the roof!! That would be amazing!! 

They are really wanting to get the roof tarp'ed or the worse patched until we are able to afford the full rip off. We are hoping that my partner can find a job and that we might be able to obtain a restoration/construction loan to have all this work started...but for now we are stuck in a tent but now with running water!!

So now that has been explained...I can post some treasures I found while cleaning! I was in the back room, opened up a cabinet and found church artifacts. Original ledgers going back to 1921 for St Luke AME, and alter clothes. I then was thinking that night, wait...I wonder if that is the original podium? Sure enough, turn it around and here is the podium!!



Later on, we opted to clean out a closet in the church....and we found....what was left of an 1869 bible and....the original clapper to the blymyer bell!! When we got there, I was looking in the bell and was wonder if I could ever locate the missing clapper....and way in the back of the closet, there it was!! I thought it was an old plunger! Till I picked it up, a city councilman stopped by and said you would not believe how long we had been looking for that. I am happy to be the one to find it, and to see it never got tossed out. Here is the bible..


 Finally I will leave you with a picture collection of the antique/vintage wallpaper that is adorning the parsonage. And also you can see a antique stuck down carpet, I am told it is asbestos...but I remember reading that these were popular and early vinyl. I have to research this and make sure...It needs to be scrapped up, but I may need to soak it first...


 
 
Oh and I cannot forget, what else is inhabiting the buildings....spiders....but not any spiders....brown recluse spiders....and a TON of them!! These guys are a few of about a dozen we found in that closet, on the back of a piece of plywood. Then in the parsonage, I went to sit on an old chair, I opted to lift the cushion up...and found to more HUGE guys under there....a few in a box too!! I don't like them, but it is bound to happen seeing the condition and how long the places have been vacant...