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I would give anything to be able to spend a day in the sewing room. We started putting in a new septic system three weeks ago at the lake house. Now, there are many rules when you live by water. We hired an engineer and went through the process with the town board. Everything was on schedule until the health inspector showed up and he realized our contractor had fired him several years ago. They have nit picked this project until I'm about to scream. We even had to redo our gutters to the other side of the house. Now, every inspection is days in between. Finally, I called the town supervisor and complained. Told him, that if this were women doing this job, I'd already be planting flowers! He is getting things moving. My last posting, I mentioned how our tree fell into the lake...well, we have had several bids to take all 6 down. They will be bringing a crane to lift the trees over the house! Nothing is ever easy! Will take movies of that event. I told them not to cut the money tree down...we'll need it! So, this has been the summer from ... but, all the major projects should be done for us other than the usual up keep. Hope the summer is being good to all!

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Comment by Barbara Graham on July 29, 2015 at 12:34pm

My goodness! There is nothing like some petty chest thumping to slow down a project. Good luck with the guys. (I can't wait to hear about the tree extraction)

Comment by Donna Sykes on July 18, 2015 at 10:48am

I hope all your headaches will be over soon and you can enjoy the rest of the summer.

Comment by Barb/WI on July 17, 2015 at 6:55pm

Yikes!  Any time septic systems are involved, I swear there are headaches.  In as much as I am glad there are strict rules near water, it doesn't mean that the people who are supposed to be helping you do it right have to be a pain in the rear.  At one time we looked into buying land on water, but the septic issues were such that we would have had to practically live in a long, skinny envelope.  Good luck with those trees!  Should be interesting to watch.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 17, 2015 at 2:19pm

Lifting the trees over the house?  Oh sure, nothing could go wrong there!  I'm surprised the septic system inspector doesn't have something to say about this -- it's about as relevant as rain gutters!  Good luck Pam; looking forward to the photos.

Comment by Janet/MO on July 16, 2015 at 7:27pm

What a pain in the posterior!  Very unprofessional of that inspector and he really should be fired for letting a personal grudge color his judgment!  I hope it is all fixed soon. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 16, 2015 at 6:39pm

I feel for you Pam.  I'm sure you would rather be enjoying your time there then dealing with a couple of knuckle heads who choose to hold grudges.  I hope things get straightened out soon so your Summer will be more enjoyable.  I have heard horror stories from friends and relative who own property on lakes.  

Comment by Roxann on July 16, 2015 at 6:25pm

If it's not one thing it's another! I hate times like that. When we built our house we had to have an inspector come in before we could actually move in (which we were already living in the house before he got here...oops) we hadn't gotten the back deck finished yet which would be about a 30ft fall out the back door and he said nothing about that but we HAD to have a hand rail on the basement steps. Really? 

It will get better soon! I hope you get to enjoy some sewing time soon!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 16, 2015 at 6:05pm

Pam, why is it that sometimes those in power can turning a grudge match into a power play - at  your expense?  If they want to play king of the mountain like little boys (actually that wasn't my first choice in contests that came to mind, but was the cleaner one), let them do it on their own dime.  I can imagine you are pretty frustrated.  Hang in there.  Hopefully the higher-ups will be able to act like adults.  

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on July 16, 2015 at 4:25pm

You have my sympathy regarding the septic system and the hold ups.  We live on a fairly small lake (about 3 miles long by 1 1/2 miles across at the widest) so septic systems are very strictly regulated.  At least they are NOW - not so much years ago.  There are people on the other side of the lake that have systems that burp and belch twice a year during high water.  Getting a contractor to put a new system in is next to impossible, and getting permission from the regional district is even harder.  Years ago a rather 'shady' contractor put in almost all the existing systems and he didn't pay any attention to the rules at all.  Our system (unfortunately) was installed by him for the previous owners.  We have a lift pump without an alarm so when there's a problem we don't know until it backs up into the bathtub (happened once in the middle of the winter). I swear that when we eventually have to sell and leave this place (we'll be too old to deal with the problems that come with our winters) I will refuse to move into anything that doesn't have a city sewer hook up.  No more septic systems for me. 

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